USA Football
Frequently Asked Questions

How old do you need to be to play for the Eagles?
The Belchertown-Granby Eagles play in the Suburban Amateur Football League (the SAFL.) There are three (3) age divisions, and we have teams in each age division. For each division, there are weight limits; if a player weighs more than the set weight limit at the official preseason weigh-in, he or she will play as a lineman.

Division Grades in School Lineman Weight
Peewee 3rd & 4th over 80 lbs
Junior 5th & 6th over 115 lbs
Senior 7th & 8th over 135 lbs


 

How much does registration cost? Registration for our footballs players and cheerleaders is $160.

When does the season begin and end?
The season starts the first week of August, with games starting in early September, and continues through the first week of November.

How much time is involved in football?
A whole lot!  It is a serious time commitment for both players and parents.   From the first week of August until the start of school, we practice 5 times per week for 2 hours each day.  Once shool begins, we practice 3 nights per week for 2 hours each. Academics are a priority for our student-athletes, so we scale back practice commitments to allow time for homework.  Practices traditionally begin at 6 pm and end at 8 pm.  Players must attend practice regularly.  Games begin in September and are played on Sunday afternoons.

Does my child have to go to Weigh-ins?
Yes!!  Every participant must attend weigh ins or they will not be allowed to play in any games.  This is a mandatory SAFL league regulation. 

Where are the games played?
Practices and home games are held at Cronk Field in Belchertown – this is the football field below the parking lot of Chestnut Hill Community School .  Away games are all within an hour drive.

Do players practice in the rain?
Yes, players practice in the rain.  The only time practice will be canceled due to weather conditions is if there is thunder and lightening in the area or if there are other severe weather warnings.

Do we have to buy all the equipment?
No. BGEYFO provides the equipment (with the exception of some personal items, e.g., cleats, athletic supporter, socks, and under-garments) for football on a lease basis.  All equipment must be returned at the end of each season. Cheerleaders purchase their shoes.

Can girls sign up to play football with the boys?
Yes! Football is a wonderful sport for both girls and boys, and the girls who have played football in our program in past years are just as capable, and just as valuable as all players on our teams.

Why do parents need to volunteer?
Parents need to volunteer because this is a parent run organization.  Volunteering can be as much or as little as you can. Some parents are only available for the chain gang once in a while.  Some can work the concession stand every game. Some put in lots of hours as coaches and officers before, during and after the season.

Volunteering can be flexible.  It takes everyone doing a little of something to pull the program forward. Without all the parents volunteering the program would falter.  Everyone has different skills and gifts and all are needed to better the program.
There is one more reason why you should volunteer.  It is fun and makes your child proud of you.

Do I have to stay at practices?
No, but why not?  You get to meet interesting people who have similar interests.  It is a social experience for our kids and can be a social experience for us too.

What are the procedures for Player/Coach Conflicts?
If a parent has a concern about a child being unhappy with their situation in the Eagle’s program (i.e. playing time, position or anything else) please follow these procedures. Please note that all issues must be addressed before or after practice time. Coaches should never discuss player issues before, during or after games.

1) Have the child talk with the head coach about his/her problem and talk about what they would like to do different. Sometimes a coach may not realize they have a child who is unhappy about their situation.

2) Ask for a parent/child and head coach meeting if your child tells you that they spoke with the coach and were still not happy. Listen to both sides as there might be times when a child is in the best available spot for the team.

3) If you feel the meeting with the coach was not satisfactory to you or your child the next step is to speak to a board member, explain the situation and ask them to speak with the coach and see if there is a resolution.

4) In an extreme case and after all the above avenues have been explored the last step is to file a written complaint to the President of the organization and the Board of Directors who will set up a meeting with everyone involved and put together a plan that best suits everyone. It would be voted on by the Board of Directors and made a final decision.