FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

Updated Saturday March 18, 2017 by Brookwood Football Association.

FOOTBALL

Q: How do I register?
A: On-line Registration opens March 18th at 10:00 AM online and in person. We encourage everyone to register online. Our two walk up registrations for football are March 18, 2017 at Brookwood High School from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM and May 20, 2017 at a location TBD from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Registration closes at 2:00 PM on May 20, 2017.

All players need three things before the season begins; birth certificate, GFL Code of Conduct Form, and GFL Physical. If you played in 2016, BFA has your birth certificate on file. New players need to provide BFA with their original, raised seal birth certificate. The GFL Code of Conduct will be available at any walk up registration, Physicals/Uniform Fittings, and Evaluations. The GFL Code of Conduct Form is not available online.  These three items must be collected no later than July 20, 2017, the first night of evaluations.

Q: What is the cost and what is included?
A: Registration cost is $275.00. This includes: Spirit money used by team during the season, game day uniform consisting of two jerseys (home & away) and pants, supplemental insurance, GFL league fees, physical by MD, BHS youth night ticket, and year end trophy.  The fee also makes it possible for the association to purchase equipment like practice dummies, footballs, etc as well as incidental expenses the associaion incurs such as utility bills. 

Q: Is there a discount for multiple children?
A: Yes. If there are three or more participants per family, BFA offers a discount. Please email web@bfabroncos.com for the discount code.

Q: What age group will my child play?
A: The Gwinnett Football League is age based football. Playing age is based on the child’s age as of and including September 1st. All players must be 6 years old on or before 9/1/17 to be eligible to play at BFA.  8th Grade football is for players enrolled in 8th grade for 2017 and players age 13 as of & including 9/1/17 through age 15 as of & including 12/31/17. It is possible for a player to play 2 years at the 8th grade level based on their age and grade.

Q: Do I have to attend both days of Evaluations?
A: Yes, it is a GFL requirement that all players attend both days of Evaluations for ages fielding multiple teams. (Player should wear t-shirt, shorts, and cleats and bring a water bottle). Players who do not attend both evaluation days are ineligle for the draft and will be "hat picks". 

Q: What will I need to purchase as a first year player?
A: All players need:

  •  White football helmet with cardinal or grey mask and chin strap. (Mouth piece will be provided, but may purchase your own). Mouthpieces must have a strap and can’t be clear or the same color as the face mask.
  •  Shoulder pads. Please be fitted properly! If you are unsure, please do not remove the tags from your pads and bring them to uniform fittings. BFA has partnered with Shuma Sports and will offer a shoulder pad/hemet fittings and packages. Please check webiste for dates and times.
  •  Practice pants with pads and practice jersey. 
  •  Football cleats
  •  Girdle and knee pads
  •  Average cost for new equipment is about $200.00 at your local sport store based on  brands purchased. We recommend pre-ordering from our sponsor Shuma Sports or purchasing at Play it Again Sports.
  • BFA collects gently used football gear and distributes it during Physicals/Uniform Fittings.

Q: What about physicals?
A: A physical by an MD is included in the cost of registration for BFA. 2017 Physicals will be offered on June 10, 2017 from 8am-12pm at Eastside Medical Center. Times are scheduled by age.

If you cannot attend physicals or prefer to have a physical performed by your own Provider it is at your cost. You need to print the GFL physical form from this website and have your Provider complete it fully. All physicals must be the original and include the original signature. GFL will not accept copies, faxes, PDF’s, e-signatures or stamped signatures.  The signature should include the provider credentials. GFL requires physicals be completed by MD, DO, PA, or NP’s only. Physical Forms must be completed and submitted to BFA before child can participate in any capacity.

Q: When does my player pick his jersey number and get sized for a jersey?

A: BFA allows players 6-12 years old to pick their jersey numbers based on preference, not position. Once a player is given a number, that number becomes theirs as long as they play consecutively at BFA. BFA highly discourages players from switching jersey numbers. Requests for jersey changes can be made by emailing registration@bfabroncos.com and are at the sole discrestion of the Registration Committee. BFA offers numbers 2-99 once per age group. 8th grade players are assigned numbers by the Head Coach.

Returning BFA players can select their jersey size during online registration. If a jersey size is selected during registration it can not be changed! BFA offers Physicals/Uniform fittings on Date TBD. ALL players, all ages are asked to bring their personal shoulder pads when being sized for the 2017 uniform. **If your sizes are not on file by July 1, 2017, we cannot guarantee your uniform will be ready by Jamboree.**

Q: How many days a week do the teams practice?
A: For the first two weeks of practice, July 25th through August 5th, all teams practice five days a week (Monday – Friday) for two hours each day. After the first two weeks of practice, starting on August 8th, 7-12yo teams practice three days a week (Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday), 6yo practice two days a week for one hour and 30 minutes, 8th grade practices for two hours (Monday-Thursday, varies).  

Q: When and where are the games played?
A: All games are played on Saturdays with an extremely rare make up game scheduled on Sunday afternoon. Games are played at parks throughout Gwinnett County with our home field located at Bethesda Park (Bronco Field). GFL schedules all games and typically publishes the schedule after the Jamboree. We do play games on Labor Day weekend.

Q: What should my child do to prepare for the first day of practice?
A: Get outdoors and run/condition/play as much as possible throughout the summer. Drink lots of water daily! No carbonated drinks, sport drinks, or energy drinks. Eat healthy foods including fruits and vegetables. Have your player get comfortable wearing and removing their helmet; a little bit every day make a big difference!

Check our website for Summer Camps, including the Brookwood High School Bronco Football Camp led by Head Coach Phillip Jones and BFA’s Free Speed & Agility Camp.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT BFA CHEERLEADING

What are the age requirements to cheer?  

Cheerleading squads are divided into groups by grade, for grades 1st though 8th grade. Kindergardeners can be placed on a squad as a mascot.

All cheerleaders must cheer for the grade level she will be entering in the fall of the season for which she is registering, per Gwinnett Football League rules.  Mascots must be in kindergarten in the fall of the current season, and may cheer for any grade they wish. 

How much does it cost? 

Registration for 2017 is $275. The fee included "Spirit Money" that goes directly back to the squad, cheer camp, camp outfit, game day shoes, game day ribbon,  BHS youth night ticket, cheer off entry, trophy, league fees, and supplemental insurance. The additional required costs are $165 for a game day uniform package and $20 for poms. Optional expenses include a warm up jacket, warm up pants, pom bag and rain poncho.

How many days a week do the squads practice, and for how long? 

A practice shall be no longer than two hours per day, five days per week, with a maximum of ten hours per week Monday through Saturday prior to the start of the school year, according to Gwinnett Football League rules.

No team shall practice more than three days per week after school opening and such practice is limited to 1 ½ hours per session for 1st through 7th grade.  8th grade practice will be limited to two hours per session after school opening.  After week one of the season, the 1st grade squads will go to two practices per week.   This is also according to GFL rules. 

Practices are generally scheduled between the hours of 6:00 PM through 8:30 PM, usually on Monday, Tuesday, and/or Thursday nights. This is determined by the individual squad’s head coach.

No Sunday practices are allowed. 

What happens if my child misses a practice? 

It is up to the individual squad and the head coach to outline the policy regarding excused/unexcused absences.  This is normally communicated at the beginning of the season.

When are games played?

Games are played on Saturdays throughout Gwinnett County.  

Is there an admission price to the games?

Yes – the admission is $4 for adults and $1 for students.

Do I have to be present at all practices and games?

YES!  Parents may NOT drop off their children for practices or games.  If you cannot remain at a practice or game with your child, you must make arrangements for another parent to be responsible for your child for the duration of that practice or game. 

Am I required to volunteer for any duties?

Since BFA is a recreational sports league run by parent volunteers, we rely on parents to be coaches, assistant coaches, team moms and to help with other miscellaneous needs that arise during the season.  As such, if we do not get the required volunteers for each grade level, we cannot field a squad. Please email Tracy Shields at cheer.director@bfabroncos.com if you are interested in volunteering.

Will there by any additional costs during the season, not including the registration and uniform fee?

Yes, there are generally some additional costs that arise during the season and each team will particpate in some type of fundraising.

 What is Cheer Off?

Cheer Off is a competition held toward the end of the regular season each year.  It is sponsored by our governing body, the Gwinnett Football League, and consists of squads from all of the member associations in Gwinnett county.  It is similar to a competitive cheer competition.

What is Cheer Camp?

Cheer camp is mandatory for all cheerleaders.  It is hosted by the Brookwood High School Cheerleaders, and is when we learn halftime routines, cheers, chants, jumps, etc. that we will use throughout the season.