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When and Where are practices held?

Practices are usually held at either Langendorf Park, Ron Beese Park or Barrington High School. Specific times are up to each team’s coach in coordination with other teams, however, most practices occur between 5 PM and 8 PM. They are usually 1 ½ to 2 hours in duration.


What if my child cannot make a practice?

We are aware that children have other responsibilities. However, you and your child are responsible for contacting the coach whenever you'll be unable to make practice, arrive late or must leave early. Your player’s coach will go over team rules at the beginning of the season that include missed practices. Missed practices could impact your player’s playing time and desired position

What if we are on vacation when preseason or regular practices begin, or when equipment pick up days are held?

We are aware that summer is vacation time for many families. You should advise your child’s coach as to when you will be on vacation. Your coach will advise you of equipment make up dates or you can check our web-site calendar

What team will my child play on?

All teams are based on player’s weight and age. The most competitive team we field at each weight level will play in the Big 10 Division and with few exceptions, will play on Sundays. If there are enough players for additional teams the remaining players will play on Saturdays in the Pac 10 Division. If there are sufficient players for more than one Saturday team in a weight level, the talent will be split evenly.

How are the players divided between Big 10 and Pac 10?

Our objective is to give every player an equal opportunity to play at the most competitive level that their skill, potential and desire allows them. To accomplish this objective, all players within a weight category will begin practicing as a group. Coaches for Big 10 and Pac 10 teams will administrate these practices and begin evaluating players. Ideally, players will practice for at least one week with equipment before teams are selected. All coaches for the weight category will have input to the decision on players for Big 10 or Pac 10 play. The final decision is up to the Big 10 head coach.

 

What is TCYFL and what does it do?

Barrington Youth Football’s tackle program participates in The Chicagoland Youth Football League, known as the TCYFL. TCYFL is a growing and successful organization which we are proud to be a part of. BYF has made major contributions to the growth and development of this league over the years, including having former Dad, Coach and President Dave Jacobs on the board of directors for TCYFL. It has been a strong partnership and very beneficial to our community. 


The TCYFL is currently made up of 50 communities across Chicagoland. The league has grown significantly in recent years, and that development has enabled some important gains. Dick’s Sporting Goods is a major sponsor, which would not have been possible several years ago. The league actively promotes philanthropy, through league-wide participation in programs for breast cancer awareness and contributions to the Susan B. Komen Foundation. These contributions are made possible by TCYFL’s fundraising activities, and by the size and scope of the league and its member communities. There are also local philanthropic initiatives which vary from year to year, all coordinated through TCYFL Cares. 

A major focus of the TCYFL is coaching development and maintaining rules and standards. The league’s values are very closely aligned with BYF’s, promoting character development for our youth, teamwork, and fun competition. The TCYFL sponsored events such as Tony Dungy addressing a gathering of coaches, which took place in Barrington. The coaches enjoyed Mr Dungy’s messages on leadership, sports, and the influential role coaches can have in young people’s lives. 

Rules and standards is a major focus, made challenging by the addition of many new teams to the league.

For more information on the TCYFL, its programs, communities, and rules, the website is a very useful reference see www.tcyfl.net.

 

When does practice begin?

Practice schedules are determined by individual coaches. All levels will hold “preseason conditioning” practice sessions during late July/early August. These practices are without equipment and have no contact. Until your player is assigned to a specific team, a weight level coordinator will advise players of the practice schedule by phone or e-mail. After teams are assigned, your player’s coach will set and communicate the practice schedule.

 

When will my child be able to practice with their equipment?

Each player must have 6 hours of conditioning practice before they will be allowed to practice in pads. This is for the player’s safety and it is a state law. Each coach will keep track of conditioning practices attended to ensure each player meets this requirement.


How often are practices held?

Practice schedules are determined for each team by the head coach. Teams practice 6 hours a week during the season. Contact your player’s coach concerning questions regarding practice.

When and Where are practices held?

Practices are usually held at either Langendorf Park, Ron Beese Park or Barrington High School. Specific times are up to each team’s coach in coordination with other teams, however, most practices occur between 5 PM and 8 PM. They are usually 1 ½ to 2 hours in duration.

 

What if my child cannot make a practice?

We are aware that children have other responsibilities. However, you and your child are responsible for contacting the coach whenever you'll be unable to make practice, arrive late or must leave early. Your player’s coach will go over team rules at the beginning of the season that include missed practices. Missed practices could impact your player’s playing time and desired position

 

How are changes to practice times changed or canceled?

Each coach will establish the team’s communication process for such changes. Some might use phone trees, some e-mail, etc. E-mail is becoming the preferred and most effective way to communicate quickly and effectively with a team of up to 24 players. Some coaches require parents to check their e-mail for possible practice schedule changes as short as 30 minutes before scheduled time. It is the players and parents responsibility to understand the system used by their team and contribute to its effectiveness.


What happens in case of inclement weather?

For GAME CANCELLATIONS due to weather of field conditions, call our Weather Hotline at 847-381-0881. In the case of thunder/lightening during a practice or game, all players will be immediately required to leave the field and seek shelter. Each coach will determine as to whether they will cancel the remainder of the practice or wait it out. You should discuss this procedure with your player’s coach at the outset of the season.


When will we get a game schedule?

The game schedule is set by The Chicagoland Youth Football League (TCYFL). The schedule for the hundreds of teams in the approximately fifty communities that make up the TCYFL includes numerous variables including venue availability, team availability, allocation of home and away games and periodic "shuffling of the deck" during the season to provide for more equal opponents. The result is that we no longer receive a complete game schedule at the beginning of the season as we did when the TCYFL consisted of eight communities.   The system now usually results in games being scheduled one or two at a time and a week or two before the game is scheduled. Sometimes it's more frequent than that. And you can always be assured that regularly scheduled games are always either on Saturday or Sunday.


We understand that not having a complete game scheduled at the beginning of the season may cause some inconvenience.  And we truly appreciate your understanding of the significant efforts of the TCYFL to provide all the players in the TCYFL with the best youth football experience.” 

 


Do the coaches receive training?

he TCYFL and Barrington Youth Football require all coaches to be USA Football certified, review Advanced concussion training materials, attend a Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) Workshop and for each team to have a designated player safety coach who takes an additional day-long training program conducted by USA Football. 

 

How do I contact my player’s coach with questions?

Coaches will tell the team and parents how they wish to be contacted. It could include home phone, work phone, cell phone, e-mail, etc. E-mail is becoming a preferred method of communication. It provides the coach with the opportunity to respond when he can concentrate on your question. Please be sensitive as to the topics you choose to discuss with the coach on the practice field when other players/parents are present.


If for some reason my child decides not to play can I get a refund?

A refund, less processing fee, is available until June 1st.


 


 

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