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Frequently Asked Questions

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Registration

Is this for the fall season? Yes. The RedZone League season runs in the fall from late August-October. We do not run a spring football league. We do run Camps & Training throughout the rest of the year.

 

When is the registration deadline? July 14 is the priority placement deadline. Registering by this date guarantees a spot in the program and exponentially increase the likelihood of being placed on a team with schoolmates.

 

Can I register after deadline? We will accept registrations after the deadline only while and where there are openings. Once all teams have reached capacity, we will be unable take additional participants.

 

What is the cost & refund policy? The base registration fee is $124. There is a $15 early bird discount through April 14 and a $15 late fee goes into effect after the July 14 priority placement deadline. Refunds requested before July 14, will receive a flat $80 refund. There are no refunds for cancellations occurring after July 14.

 

What does the fee include? Participants will receive a reversible NFL team jersey + flag set that they may keep at the end of the season. All teams will have at least  7 games (6 regular, 1 post season). All participants will be covered by accident insurance via NFL Flag.

 

What are the age groups? The league has three age divisions. 1st-2nd | 3rd-4th  | 5th-6th

TEAM & ROSTER ASSIGNMENTS

 

How are teams/rosters picked? All team assignments and player placements are appointed by RedZone. We use school & community based criteria when assigning players to teams. Some teams may consist of players all from the same school while others may have players from a combination of closely located or related schools. In cases where there are enough players from the same school for multiple teams, RedZone may engage coaches from those schools in an effort to make two balanced teams. 

 

Can we request a teammate or a coach? No, we do not take such requests. Participants are to be solely assigned a team based on where they go to school. We do not place participants together because they are on the same team in a different sport, because their parents are friends or because they plan to carpool together. Siblings living in the same household will be placed together.

 

Who are the coaches and how are they chosen? Coaches are volunteer parents. Coaches must register with the league,  are subject to a background check, and are encouraged to attend a clinic and/or engage with other training resources from the league. We prefer Head Coaches with previous RedZone League or other coaching experience. We do welcome new coaches and provide resources to help all coaches in the program have the tools they need to lead a great season.

PRACTICE

 

When/where are the practices? Who will contact me about this? Practices dates, times, and locations are determined by your coaches. Your coach should make contact sometime by the first week of August with practice to begin soon after. 

 

How frequently are practices? Generally, practice should occur twice per week. This may be heavier before game begin, and could be lighter on during weeks with inclement weather or conflicts for the entire coaching staff.  Arriving 45 minutes or more before a game to work on plays and strategy can constitute a team practice. 

GAME DAY INFO

When are games played? Games are played once a week. They occur on weeknights. Games begin at 5:30, 6:30 & 7:30. We make an effort to rotate start times so no team always has the early or late game. Game days are subject to change periodically due to number of teams and number of fields available. 

  • 1st-2nd grade plays on Mondays

  • 3rd-6th grade plays on Wednesdays

 

Where are games played?​​ Games are played at TBK Bank Sports Complex on the turf soccer fields to the back (north) side of the complex.

 

How is competitive balanced achieved in scheduling? All teams in each age division will have their first few game opponents randomly assigned. After that, remaining opponents of similar competitive ability will be scheduled for the rest of the season.

 

What are the playing time rules? Every player must play 2 series per half. This could be twice on offense, twice on defense, and one of each. Beyond that, playing time and player usage is up to the coaches discretion. There is no such rule that everyone must play the same amount. Our rules and operations are set up to incentivize coaches to utilize a wider range of the team by tracking touches on offense and assigning a player usage score based on ball distribution. It is perfectly acceptable for a player's playing time to reflect that of their practice attendance. 

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