Frequently Asked Questions

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 right after Labor Day and go through October for regular season. Playoffs go into November.  One 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 Sunday.

 *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:
-Practice pants
-Practice jersey
-Football Cleats
-Water for practices and games
-Mouth guard / mouth pieces
-Purchase of game jersey.  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?

-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.


What happened to the raffle tickets?

A) We have eliminated the raffles for two reasons.  The first was due to our complete conversion to an online registration system.  The second reason is rising costs.  Insurance alone has gone up over 25% in the last two years.  Instead of raising the registration fees, we have decided to instead just elimite the raffle portion of the registration and make it a flat fee.  This way we can still charge the same fees and just apply what would have been the raffle prizes ($5000) to rising costs associated with running the program.  



How are teams made up?
Flag K-2nd grades
Comp I grades 3-5
Comp II grades 6-8
*Comp teams usually qualify and travel to Regional championships in Trenton NJ mid November


When does season start?

Approximately August 10th


How often are practices and how long? 

2-3 days a week, 1 hour for flag, 1.5-2 hours for competition teams.


What days/times are practices? 
We don't have a set schedule yet for practice days,  but they will be sometime between 5 and 8pm


What is the game schedule like?
Games are Sundays, starting just after Labor Day weekend and go until mid October, with playoff games to follow.


How often are there competitions?
Our first competition is in Oct and we do 2-3 local competitions


What equipment do I need to buy?
Cheer sneakers, Our Fans shirt, warm up  (jacket only for flag), pink October bow, body liner and boy shorts

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