1. At what age can my son play in the GridIron Football League?
The GridIron Football League is for boys ages 7 to 12 (age as of September 1st) consisting of three divisions:
Freshman: Ages 7-8
JV: Ages 9-10
Varsity: Ages 11-12 (but not in 7th Grade)
Following our mission statement, if your son is going to be in the 7th grade, he is eligible to play for his junior high or middle school football team. Therefore, he is INELIGIBLE to play for GridIron.
2. How are teams formed?
The GridIron League is a zoned football league. Teams will be made up of players that live in the same high school zone per Fort Bend ISD or Lamar CISD zoning maps. The zone you live in determines which team your child will be placed on. There are eight participating zones for the 2017 Season. If you live outside one of these zones, you can still register to play football or cheer. Your child will be placed on a team in one of our participating (“active”) zones.
Teams have a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 20 players. If enough players register to form two or more teams in a single division within a zone, teams will be determined by a draft. The League reserves the right to adjust the number of players on a team based on final registration numbers in an effort to keep teams as balanced as possible.
3. What zones are “active” for the 2017 Season?
The following zones are active for the 2017 season:
- Clements Rangers
- Foster Falcons
- Fulshear Chargers
- George Ranch Longhorns
- Ridge Point Panthers
An “active” zone is one where we have secured the proper leadership and where we have established a working relationship with the high school coaches of that zone. These two key elements must be in place before a zone will be come active. Remember, if you do not live in one of zones listed above, you can still register your child to play football or cheer! Your child will be placed on a team in one of these active zones.
4. Why isn’t my zone a participating or “active” zone?
GridIron has not yet secured the right leadership in your zone. We are always looking for Zone Coordinators and Coaches so that the League can expand into more zones of Fort Bend County. If you are interested in become a Zone Coordinator or Coaching in a zone not yet participating, please click here to contact us. Remember, even If you live outside one of the currently active zones, you can still register to play football or cheer! Your child will be placed on a team in one of our active zones!
5. How much is the registration fee, and are there discounts if I am registering more than one child?
Football Registration Fee: $195
Cheerleading Registration Fee: $300.
Yes, there are multiple-child discounts. They will be automatically applied at checkout in $20 increments. For instance, if you have three football players you are registering, the fee for each one would be as follows: $195 for the first child, $175 for the second, $155 for the third, and so on.
6. What equipment do I need to purchase for my football player, and what does the League provide?
Items Provided by the League:
- Game Jersey
- Practice Jersey
- Helmet Decals
- GridIron T-Shirt
Equipment to be Provided by the Player:
- Helmet - White with Grey Facemask
- Chinstrap and Mouthpiece
- Shoulder Pads
- Football Pants with Built-in Pads
- Football Cleats
- Elbow Pads
See Equipment Fittings for more information.
7. When does the season start, and when does it end?
The first day of practice will be August 14th. The first game will be September 2nd, and Super Bowl Sunday will be October 29th. Season duration will be approximately two and a half months. Games are played on Saturdays.
8. Will there be a draft, and what is the procedure?
If enough players register to form two or more teams in a single division within a zone, teams will be determined by a draft. There will be an evaluation/combine day scheduled after the close of registration in the early part of June. Players will be asked to run through a few basic drills (running, throwing, catching, and footwork drills). The coaches will meet immediately after the evaluation and draft their players. If a player is not able to attend the evaluation, the coaches will be given the player’s registration details (height, weight, age, and whether they have played before) to use as reference during the draft. This is NOT a tryout. Every child WILL be placed on a team.
9. How many nights a week will there be a practice and/or a game?
During the regular season, teams will have a total of three “activities” per week. Activities include practices and games (i.e., two week-night practices and one Saturday game).
10. I am interested in volunteering to coach football and would like to know what process I need to follow to pursue this.
Please click here to contact us. All head coaches will be approved by the FBYSA Board and will also be required to pass an on-line coaching course presented by USA Football. This course takes approximately 2 and a half hours and will cost $20. See Coaching for more information.
11. How do I get involved in the program?
Volunteers are essential to the success of the program. Please click here if you are interested in volunteering your time or expertise. Someone will contact you. If you are interested in sponsorship, please see Sponsorship on the home page.
12. What is the Refund Policy?
Football Refund Policy:
Refund requests must be given in writing to your Zone Coordinator, Head Coach, or League Administrator.
Full refund will be given, less a $10 processing fee, until June 30th.
Partial refund of $100 will be given from July 1st until August 1st.
NO REFUNDS will be given after August 1st.