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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q:  Who should I contact if I have questions?

A:  Email us at [email protected] if you have questions.  A league representative will get back to you within 48 hours. 

Q: How can I stay informed?

A:  Click here to subscribe to our email list for important announcements.  Click here to follow us on Facebook. Click here to follow us on Instagram.

Q:  What is the league's COVID protocols? 

A: Players do not need to be vaccinated. If a player tests positive for COVID, PLYF is following CDC recommendations.  If you test positive for COVID-19, stay home for at least 5 days and isolate from others in your home. On day 6, if you test negative and have no fever you can return to practice

Q: Does the league practice player safety?

A: Yes! Safety is our top priority.  Most parents don’t know that despite being a contact sport, youth football has fewer injuries than youth soccer. Player safety is integrated into our whole program.  Click here to visit our Safety page to learn more about PLYF’s safety measures.

Q: Is tackle football right for my child?

A:  Any parent involved with this program will tell you it’s an incredible experience for the whole family. It does much more than develop football skills.  It develops leaders with good academic performance and tools for success in life.  Players are instilled with a strong sense of community and the principles of good sportsmanship, leadership, dedication, and teamwork.

Q:  When does the season start and how long does it run?

A: Practices start August 1. Games start Aug. 26 and we will play on Labor Day weekend. Games can run to mid-November depending on playoffs. 

Q:  What are key dates?

A:  If you’re a new player, make sure to subscribe to our email list to keep informed about key dates.  You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Key milestones are summarized below.

  • March – Voluntary off-season Sunday morning workouts begin
  • Early-March – Returning player registration opens
  • Mid-March – New player registration opens
  • April – First document collection and helmet fitting
  • May – Second document collection
  • June – Last document collection and registration closes
  • Mid-late June – uniform fitting and voluntary off-season Sunday morning workouts end
  • August 1 – Start of practices
Q:  What division should I register my child?

A:  National Pop Warner provides divisions for ages 5-14.  Players are separated by age to match them by maturity. Click here for the current division matrix.

Q:  How much does it cost?

A: Flag Registration dates and fees are: 
Early registration [register by April 15th]: $300
Regular registration [register April 16th - June 30th]: $375
Late registration [July 1st - July 14th]: $400

A: Tackle registration dates and fees are: 
Early registration [register by April 15th]: $425 
Regular registration [register April 16th - June 30th]: $500
Late registration [July 1st - July 14th]: $525

A: $100 volunteer fee will also be applied to each family. If volunteer hours are met, your fee will be refunded.

Registration fees include participation for one player, 2 personalized game jerseys, 1 pair of game pants, and 1 t-shirt and pair of shorts. Helmets & shoulder pads and other gear and apparel are the responsibility of the participant.  When registering please upload a photo of your child from shoulders up with NO hat or glasses. You MUST upload a photo to be able to complete registration.

Q:  What information is needed to register my child?

A: There are several required documents needed to complete registration.  Forms are available on the Point Loma Youth Football homepage:

Q: What do I need to purchase?

A:  Flag: Cleats and water bottle or thermos for practice.

A:  Tackle

  • Cleats
  • Mouth guard (buy a couple)
  • compression shorts
  • Shoulder pads
  • Certified helmet
  • Practice jerseys (2 recommended)
  • Padded practice pants
  • Large water bottle or thermos for practice

Q: Where are games and how far do we have to travel?

A:  PLYF hosts 3-5 home games per season at Point Loma High School.  At least half of the games are at visiting locations around the county.  Driving times can be between 15 to 60 minutes.  CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL ASSOCIATIONS

Q: Where are practices?

A: Practices are at Correia Middle School.  

Q: How often do teams practice?

A: Tackle - teams typically practice 5-days a week through August. Practice will drop to 3-days a week following the Labor Day weekend.

A: Flag - teams typically practice 3-days a week through August. Practice will drop to 2-days a week following the Labor Day weekend.

Q: How long are practices?

A: Tackle - 2 hours

A: Flag - 1.5 hours

Q:  Will the time commitment impact school work?

A:  Pop Warner Football and PLYF emphasize academics and good grades. It’s a requirement to be part of a team.  You will often hear players respond in unison, “Yes coach!” when coaches tell their team to get their school work done.  Players learn to complete school work before practice. The time commitment and structure often-times helps kids to stay focused and do better in school.

Q:  Does every player make it onto a team?

A: Teams are limited to 28-30 players.  Registration is open to returning players first.  After returning players, registration is open up to new players on a first come, first serve basis.  If a player doesn't make a team, they will be put onto a wait list for players to drop out or for a second team if there are enough players and a coach.

Q:  Will my child get playing time?

A: Players are guaranteed a minimum of 8-12 plays per game.  This is checked each game by volunteers from both teams.  Players earn more playing time as they learn the game and improve their football skills.

Q: Is there post season championship play?

A: Yes!  Teams play for standings during the regular season based on their record. The top 4 teams compete in play-offs for a Championship game in Division 2.  The remaining teams compete in play-offs for a Championship game in Division 3.  Not all teams will make the play-offs.

Q: Will football interfere with other sports?

A: Football players are good athletes, and many compete in multiple sports.  There are a lot of baseball players in PLYF and many participate in Fall ball at either Peninsula Baseball or Point Loma Baseball leagues. 

Q: What can my son do in the off season to improve as a player?

A: PLYF encourages off-season sports to further football skill development.  Recommended sports include Havoc Track & Field, Mustangs or Wallabies Rugby, and Spring NFL Flag.  In addition, PLYF runs voluntary off-season Sunday workouts beginning in March.  Please click here to visit our Coaches Corner page for links to other youth sports organizations and training resources.  

Q: Can I help out?

A: Yes!  Volunteers are needed throughout the season in order to have a successful season.

Q: Can I sponsor a team?

A: Absolutely!  The league depends on sponsorship donations to operate each season and to minimize registration fees.  Sponsorship is a great opportunity for local businesses to gain exposure while giving back to the community.  Please email [email protected] 

Q: What if I want a refund?

A:  A 50% refund minus cost of uniform fee will be applied until July 31

A:  As of August 1, no refund will be issued

Q: Does Point Loma Youth Football have a cheer team? 

A: Currently, PLYF does not have a cheer team. We were hoping to get one started for the 2023 season, but it did not happen. If you are interested in coaching a cheer team and spearheading the initiative, please contact us. 

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