Frequently Asked Questions 2017
When does Registration Open?
Early bird registration for football is open 3/15 - 3/31 with a $25 discount. Payment must be received by March 31 to receive discount. Regular registration continues from 4/1 - 7/15. Late registration continues July 16 with a $50 additional fee. Please join our email list to be notified about registration and other important football information. After July 15th players will only be added to teams where space is available. Wait list registration will be available as teams become full. Each year teams fill to capacity. Do not wait to register.
REGISTRATION MAY CLOSE EARLY IF CAPACITY IS REACHED
Early registration (payment received prior to 3/31) $250
Regular Registration (payment received 4/1-7/15) $275
Late Registration (any payment received after 7/15) $325
Due to the rising costs of fields, we were forced to increase the cost to play this year.
What is included with the cost of registration?
The cost of registration covers the rental of the fields we use for practices and games and the fees to participate in the AYL for the season. Depending on level of play, your son or daughter can have up to 3 practices and a game each week.
Where do I get gear?
We are really fortunate to have a local Hawks shop here in Parker. Located on the corner of Pine and Parker Rd sits a local shop called Locker Room Sports. There you can find just about anything you need. If you have any questions don't hesitate to email us at email@example.com
What documentation do I need to play football?
If you are not playing for the same Hawks Football team as last season, you will be required to furnish a copy of your child's birth certificate to your new coach during or before the first week of practices. If you are new to Hawks Football, whether you have played other Hawks sports, you will also be required to provide a copy of your child's birth certificate to your new football coach. Without validation of your child's age, he cannot be weighed-in and placed on the team's official roster.
When does the season start?
Teams may have one preseason non-contact, no pads, optional practice per week only for players that are registered and paid on a team beginning 5/1. Regular practices begin approximately the end of July. This is dependent of field permits. Official games the last week of August and games will be played on Labor Day Weekend!. Most games are held on Saturdays. Some teams may have a midweek evening game scheduled. Make up games, playoff games, and the AYL Super Bowl may be scheduled on Sundays.
When does the season end?
The regular season ends approximately the last Saturday of October. Playoff games can begin as early as the following Wednesday. The AYL Super Bowl games are usually held the weekend before the Thanksgiving Holiday weather cooperating.
What are weigh-ins?
Every player for the Hawks (and the other clubs in the AYL) must be weighed in prior to competing in games and being placed on a teams official roster. The AYL weigh-ins are held on one Saturday in mid-August and are mandatory for all players.
How many practices will there be per week?
In the pre-season, teams can have up to 4 activity periods per week. This can be 4 practices, three practices and a scrimmage event, etc. Once the season begins, teams are limited to 3 activity periods per week, one of which is the game. This means 2 practices per week during the season.
13/14 year old teams are permitted an additional period during the season which can be used for a walk through.
When will practice be?
Your coach will notify you of practice days/times. Please be aware that teams practice at various times and locations throughout Parker and are based on the availability of practice fields. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee practice times, days, or locations.
Are there any other scheduled team activities?
There is also an optional non-contact/non-activity 'chalk-talk' to view film or go over plays that can be held. In no way can pads/helmets be worn, or any sort of contact drills or plays be run. Beginning at the 9 year old age group, the NFC level teams also have the option to have a non-contact, non-pads walk through of plays instead of a chalk talk.
What is the age cut off for teams?
Parker Hawks Football participates in the Arapahoe Youth League. The League rules specify that players compete at the age they are as of 5/31. So, if your child is 10 on May 31st, he would play in the 10 year old age group that year. There are teams for players as young as 6 as of 5/31 and as old as 14 providing they will be in 8th grade. 14 year olds in high school 9th grade cannot participate in Hawks Football.
What are minimum play levels?
The Hawks believe that that every player's improvement and enjoyment of the game is tied to how much they play the game. To that end, we have pioneered the highest minimum play requirements in the area. For 5/6 and 7 year olds (1st and 2nd grades), each game will last at least 80 plays. For the 8 and 9 year olds (3rd and 4th grades), each game will last at least 88 plays. For the 10, 11, and 12 year olds (5th - 7th grades), each game will last at least 96 plays. Teams in the 13/14 year old divisions will use a 'running clock' with 12 minute quarters so we can insure a high number of plays for every Hawks player.
- Our AFC division, requires that each player receive a minimum of 20 plays per game. At this level, you may begin to see more specialization in positions each year. The 13/14 year old division or 8th grade uses a game clock and each player will receive 10 minimum plays.
- Our NFC, or select division, is for the most experienced athletes and has a minimum play requirement of 16 plays per game. The 13/14 year old division or 8th grade uses a game clock and each player will receive 8 minimum plays.
The goal is for every player to exceed the minimum plays in the AFC and NFC level. If your child is playing minimum plays, please consider one of our other division or play-down options. Playing more will build more skill and confidence in your child than playing less on a 'higher' division team before they are ready. Remember that this is a competitive league and the goal is to build solid teams in all divisions so playing your son at the appropriate level is very important to that. More reps is way more important than what coach or team. We can help get your kid on the right path to loving football and get them prepared for high school. Along the way they will build character and friendships that will last a lifetime!
What is 'Play-Up'?
AYL rules allow players to request to play up one age group. In general, being at the correct age group or lower (see Play-down, below) is an advantage for the players in competing at the right level for their size, speed or coordination level. Playing up can be a disadvantage in competing vs. older, faster, stronger players. The goal of youth football is to build skill and confidence in all players, which is significantly enhanced by being in the correct age group. Every effort will be made to accommodate a request, but if an age group is full, priority will be given to placing players on teams in their correct age.
What is 'play-down'?
Kids can vary widely in their development, especially at younger ages. Play-down is an option for players below a certain weight to compete in the next age group down. This can give them an advantage in speed and coordination and lead to more playing time and a better experience. Players can continue to play down or return to their normal age group after building confidence and learning the game. We have had players play down their entire careers and have tremendous success at the high school level. If you have questions about the option of playing down for your child, please contact the football coordinator (
). Every effort will be made to accommodate, but if an age group is full, priority will be given to placing players on teams in their correct age.
What is 'out of area'?
The AYL is based on the principles of community based youth athletics. The Hawks are focused on serving the communities of Parker, Elizabeth, and Franktown. Players from these communities, or schools within these communities, are considered 'in-territory'. Players from outside these areas are considered 'out of territory'. Each team is allowed to have some out of territory players. In the CFC division, each team can have one out of territory player. AFC division teams can have two out of territory players and the NFC division teams are allowed up to four out of territory players.
If you have been an in-territory player and move out of the community, you will be considered in territory as long as you stay continuously with the Hawks for football. If you have skipped a season or played football for another club after moving, you will be considered out of territory after that point.
Can I pick my child's team?
The Hawks accept team, coach, and teammate requests and will attempt to place your child based upon your request. However, our primary goal is the best experience for all the players in our community, which means there are cases where we can't fulfill every request. To insure maximum playing time, we avoid placing too many players on one team. Competitive balance of our AFC teams is also a factor we consider. At the NFC level, coaches organize their rosters and have a limited number of slots. If you have questions about the level of play for your child or wish to talk with an NFC coach please check the NFC tab on top left or please email the football coordinators using our feedback form .