What is the time commitment for Football?
A) Tackle Football is 4-5 evenings a week beginning in early August, then usually 3 nights a week during the school year for practices. Games usually start last weekend of August through October for regular season. Playoffs go into November. 1 game per week on Sundays. Some teams may have a Bye week.
Flag football is usually 3 practices per week in August, then 2-3 practices once school starts with a game each weekend.
*All practice times, days of week, etc. are at the head coaches discretion.
Where does my child have to live in order to play for the Southern Dutchess Patriots?
A) For tackle football, any child that lives in a John Jay HS feeder area residence within the Wappingers Central School District. ex- Private school students must live within the district boundaries that would have them attending John Jay HS. Siblings out of the district can play as long as one meets the residency requirements.
Any student that would normally attend R.C. Ketcham must play for Wappingers Indians.
Any child in K through 2nd grade can play in our flag football league regardless of residency or school.
Where are the practices & games?
A) Practices are held at the East Fishkill Rec. Some flag practices are held at Wiccoppee. Home games are held at McGrath Field or the Utility field (weather dependent) For away games, please visit the TYF website here:
What equipment is provided by the league. What equipment do I need?
A) League Provides:
Helmet, Shoulder Pads, Game Pants
Parents are responsible for:
- Football Cleats
-Water for practices and games
-Mouth guard / mouth pieces
-Purchase of game jersey(s) Our jerseys have the last name on them. Jerseys are paid for at registration. Players must be fitted at Goal Evolution with shoulder pads on. Then coaches distribute usually late August before the pep rally. Jerseys can used year to year as long as they fit.
For flag football, the league provides game pants & jersey.
What training do the coaches have?
-Coaching staff is at the discretion of all head coaches.
-all coaches are Heads up/USA football certified.
-all coaches are background checked annually.
-at least one coach per staff has certification in CPR/AED.
How much live playing time will my child get? Is there a guaranteed amount of playing time?
MINIMUM PLAY REQUIREMENTS
-All players who attend and participate in practices weekly will play a minimum number of plays.
-minimum plays are dependent on team size and age designation.
-league minimums range from 4 to 12 plays depending on the factors above.
- The league (Southern Dutchess Football and Cheer) has final say over team designation for players. Players are placed based on age, not weight.