2017 Fremont Football League
2017 Season Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Fremont Football & Cheer League (FFL)?
FFL is a competitive instructional league. We teach the basic skills and fundamentals of football and cheerleading, with qualified adult leadership, in a safe and fun environment.
What’s new for 2017?
As we enter our 54th season, we are renewing our focus on promoting safety and developing character. As always, we will continue to prepare our athletes to play and cheer at the next level, in high school, and beyond. Below are a few of the items that we’re doing in 2017:
- Adding a player skill/experience evaluation step into our player Division assignment process
- Evaluating how a coach develops character in their players/cheerleaders as part of the selection process
- Providing additional safety and character development training and resources for coaches
- Increasing the amount of training and resources available to our parents
- Increasing monitoring, evaluating, and correcting techniques for tackling, blocking, and cheer stunting
- Continuing centralized equipment distribution to ensure only trained staff perform equipment fitting
When does the season start and end?
Cheer pre-season practice starts on July 24th. Football pre-season practice starts on July 29th. Both run through August. Scrimmage games may be set up during this time to acclimatize players to in-game situations. In-season games start on September 9th and the season runs through November.
The regular season is 8 games with a playoff and Championship game in the post season. At the conclusion of the season, players may be selected to participate in the FFL All-Star game played on November 18th.
When are games played?
Games are played on Saturday with most games at Irvington Park. Some interleague games may be scheduled during the regular season. Each team will play at least one night game at Irvington Park under the lights.
Do I need to purchase any equipment?
Football: FFL will provide the safety equipment and uniform items needed to practice and play football. The only additional equipment that parents provide are an athletic cup and cleats. Screw-in cleats are not allowed, be sure to purchase molded cleat bottoms.
Cheer: Cheerleaders new to the league or moving up to a new team, will need to purchase a uniform in addition to the registration fee. The uniform is purchased through the league, and you will receive an email with fitting dates so that your Cheerleader can have a uniform sized appropriately. Returning cheerleaders may also need to purchase a starter pack and appropriate shoes.
How can I register?
You can register on-line at www.fremontfootball.org, or you can register in person at Irvington Park (registration dates are posted on the website). New registrants will need to provide a birth certificate (upload to your registration on-line). You will also need to provide a Sports physical/Medical clearance form prior to the first practice.
What if I can’t pay the full registration all at once?
The payment plan offers a flexible way to pay for registration. The $275 registration is broken up into 4 installments with a nominal credit processing fee ($2 per Installment). The payment dates are April 1st, May 19th, June 16th, and July 14th.
What discounts are available for registration?
There are currently 2 discounts that FFL offers:
- Early Bird Discount: If you register before April 20th, you will receive a $25 discount
- Multi-Player Discount: If you have more than 1 league participant in FFL (immediate family) you will receive a $25 discount for each additional registrant.
- Discounts can be combined.
What is Refer a Friend?
If you refer a friend who has not participated in FFL in the prior season, you are eligible to receive a $50 credit. This credit can be used toward fundraising, league merchandise or events. Better yet, refer more friends and the credits stack up! To earn the refer a friend credit, make sure your friend notes on their registration that they were referred by you, and you contact us at FFL to confirm your referral. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Is there any fundraising involved?
FFL is a non-profit organization. All funds needed to pay for the program are raised through registration and fundraising. The registration fee is only a small portion of the revenue needed to support the League. FFL works to generate additional funds through grants and corporate sponsorships, however fundraising is still needed. A majority of the fundraising is used to pay for the following items:
|· Heads up Football Certification for all coaches||· Equipment Reconditioning|
|· Jamz Camp for Cheerleaders||· Practice Field rentals|
|· Safety Training for all coaches||· Insurance|
|· New Equipment||· Background Screening for all personnel|
|· Referees||· Game Field Permits|
FFL is important in our community as it is one of the only Football & Cheer programs in the area where ALL participants are guaranteed to play. Therefore, each team has a fundraising obligation that must be met. Typically, fundraising will be an additional $300 to $400 on top of player/cheer registration.
When will I know what team my player/cheerleader is on?
As soon as you are assigned to a team in July, you will receive an email from the league with the contact information for the coaching staff. The team staff will notify you when the team meeting will be.
How do I communicate with the team?
During the season, there are two ways to stay in touch with your team. You can login to the same portal you used to register and access your team’s personal web page which includes discussions, rosters and contact information. You can also download the Dick’s Sporting Goods TSHQ app from the App store or Google Play store. The mobile app lets you message the team, look at the upcoming practice and game schedule and allows you to contact other members on the team.
When do I get my player’s Football equipment?
Each team will receive a time-slot to come down to the FFL Warehouse on July 22nd or 23rd. Your player will be custom fit for his/her safety gear. Parents/guardians/players are responsible for returning all equipment issued. At equipment fitting, you will be required to fill out an Equipment Card, including credit card number the league can charge in the event the equipment is severely damaged or not returned.
Important Events for the Pre-Season
|May 27, 2017||Football and Cheer Camp
FFL provides a couple of pre-season camps to get back into the groove for football and cheer. This is a free event from 10:00am to 3:00pm at Irvington Park. Lunch will be provided for the participants. This event is open to children 5-14 within our community.
|July 4, 2017||July 4th Parade
Join the FFL and march in the Fremont July 4th Parade. Show your FFL pride and wear your uniform or jersey from last year. New to the league, don’t worry, we have extras to wear. Parents and players are both invited to march with us.
|July 22 & 23, 2017||Equipment Fitting for Football
Receive a custom fitting for safety equipment at the FFL Warehouse. Details will be sent to you via email once you have been assigned to a team.
|July 23, 2017||Applebee’s Breakfast Fundraiser|
|Kickoff the season with breakfast at Applebee’s. This is a great opportunity to catch up with other families from last season and meet the new 2017 members of our community.|
How do I get involved?
FFL is an all-volunteer league and we’re always happy to have members of our community contribute. There are many different ways to get in involved between open board positions, being a team business manager or joining our Parent Booster Club to raise money for the program. Contact email@example.com for more information.