2018 Daphne Youth Football Information
Thursday, July 19 - COACHES ONLY - All volunteers (coaches assistants, etc..) are asked to come to Nicholson Center at 6:00 pm to help clean, size and set up helmets and shoulder pads for equipment checkout. This should only take an hour or so as long as we get enough help.
Friday, July 20 - Registration Closes
Saturday, July 21 - Equipment checkout for all players from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm at the Nicholson Center located across from May Day Park on the corner of College and Captain O'Neal. Player and guardian need to be there to be sized and to sign for equipment. All coaches are asked to be there at 9:30 to help size and distribute equipment to players. We will also get player weight and jersey size.
Tuesday, July 24 - Make Up Day for equipment checkout. 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm at the Nicholson Center. All coaches are asked to be there to help size and distribute equipment. There will be a short coaches meeting at 7:00 pm at the Nicholson Center. If you absolutely can not make it to either of the equipment checkout dates, we will get your child equipment during the first week of practices at the football field concession stand. Please use this option as a last resort as it will be more time consuming because we will not have people to help size and distribute equipment.
Thursday, July 26 - Player evaluations for age groups that will have more than one team. We will notify each age group by Wednesday, July 26 as to whether or not you will need to be at player evaluations.
Wednesday, August 1 - Practices MAY begin for teams. This is completely up to the coach as to when they choose to start practices. Some may wait a few days. If you have not heard from a coach by Friday, August 3, please email email@example.com and we will make sure your coach reaches out to you.
Saturday, Sept. 9 - First week of games. Regular season will last 8 weeks.
Equipment - City will provide helmet and shoulder pads (which must be returned at end of season) and ONE mouthpiece. Parents will need to provide chin strap, practice jersey (or large tshirt that will go over shoulderpads), practice pants and game pants. Everyone's first question is what color pants do I need to buy. The answer you will get from us is that we recommend you purchasing a cheap pair of practice pants (any color). Once teams are worked out, the coach will notify you what color you will need for game pants.
Practices - Most teams will practice 3 nights a week prior to games beginning and then drop down to twice a week once games begin. But some coaches prefer to maintain the 3 practices a week all season. The bottom line is that a coach can not practice or play games more than 6 hours a week. Practices for most teams will be held at Trione Park, but some coaches prefer to practice at "the pit" at Daphne High School. Some teams may practice at Daphne Middle School.
Games - Games will likely begin the Saturday after Labor Day. Teams will play 8 games with the possibility of making the playoffs and playing a few more games. Season should be over prior to Thanksgiving. Game locations could be anywhere from Bay Minette to Gulf Shores. Most games will take place on Saturdays although there could be a few midweek games as well.