Frequently Asked Questions
I'm not sure I understand the weight requirements for football as posted on this site. For example, in the 10-12 year old category it says, "The maximum weight for 11 year olds is 130 pounds and 110 pounds for 12 year olds." Does that mean that a 130 lb 11 year old has to lose 20 pounds to stay on the team when he turns 12? Also, 110 pounds seems awfully light for a 12 year old. My almost 11 year old weighs that much now...
I'd love to hear a explanation on the weights.
The weight limits are all about player safety. The 10-12 year old group is primarily designed for 10 and 11 year olds. That is why there is such a small weight for the 12 year olds. In your example, an 11 year old 130 lb. player would have to lose 20 pounds to stay on the same team the next year, but the next level is primarily for 12 year olds and he would likely fit well into the next level. Certainly, no one would expect or even attempt to have an 11 year old lose that much weight. That is not the intent of the rules. Over the years through trial and error, experimentation and observation, smaller players can successfully play at lower levels but only up to a certain weight because they get an advantage through maturation and experience. Heavier players move up according to their age and weight fairly regularly. The two goals are to maximize player safety and player opportunity.
Grace Brethren Schools
My son loves the game of football and we're interested in having him participate in Grace Youth Football. However, he doesn't attend Grace Brethren School. Is he able to play for the Grace team?
Absolutely! Grace Youth Football actually operates as part of Grace Brethren Youth Sports (GBYS) which is a community youth sports league. While games take place on the school campuses, GBYS is a ministry of Grace Brethren Church and functions independently (though in cooperation) with Grace Brethren Schools. So if you're looking for a Christ-centered atmosphere where your son can be developed as a person as well as learning to play the game of football then go ahead and sign him up! We'd love to have you be apart of what God is doing here.
Who's the Coach?
Coaches have a huge impact in children's lives and one of my major concerns is in regards to who will be coaching each of these teams? How do you determine who will coach each of your teams and is there a way for me to get involved if I'm interested in coaching?
We believe that this is one of if not the most critical area for us to address. Anyone who's played organized sports understands just how great an impact a coach has in a players life. Next to the parents, there may not be anyone as influential as a coach in the life of a child. Due to this fact, we've taken great strides to place men into coaching positions who are committed to our Christian values and are going to seek to impliment character development along with football development. We have an in-depth interview process and go through numerous steps to ensure that we are able to put the best men we can into these very important positions.
Our goal as we move forward, is to find coaches who would be committed to a single level of the Grace Youth Football program and would commit to coaching at that level for a significant amount of time. Currently we have a great group of men who have agreed to be part of our coaching staff for the upcoming year and we look forward to finalizing the rest of that group and adding to it in the years to come.
We're always looking for more help! If you're interested in coaching or being a part of Grace Youth Football in another capacity we'd love to hear from you!