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Sandy Springs Youth Sports Football & Cheerleading - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Registration Costs for Football & Cheerleading


*Note: $50 Registration discount available if register prior to June. Payment plans available if you register prior to June 2019; excludes team dues are of $25-$30 are collected by the Team Parent

Q. Why should my son/daughter come play youth flag football/tackle football, or cheerleading at SSYS? 

The players, coaches and families at SSYS  make the park a special place. Our volunteer coaches make sure your player is having a lot of fun, improving their skills while also being cheered on and supported by a great park family. 

Q. Where do we play/cheer? 
SSYS youth football and cheerleading is conveniently located in Sandy Springs, off of Roswell Rd.  All flag, flex and non-travel tackle football are played at Morgan Falls Park. Half of our travel tackle football games are played in Sandy Springs and the other half are played at Murphey Candler park in nearby Brookhaven. 

When and how do I sign up? 

SSYS offers a rolling registration period. We begin accepting applications for the fall season in March and close our regular registration period in mid-July. We do have a late registration period which may result in participants being placed on a waitlist for openings in the various leagues.  Please register on-line at www.sandyspringsfootball.com .  Our mailing address is: Sandy Springs Youth Sports Football & Cheerleading, P.O. Box 76602, Atlanta, Georgia 30358. 

Q. What is the deadline for registration? 

SSYS begins accepting registrations in March of each year, and continues to accept registrations until mid-July. However, players who wait to register until June and July will not be eligible for reduced pricing and may be placed on a waiting list

Q. How much does it cost to participate? 

Please see the above chart. Note that payment plans are available if you take advantage of early registration before June.

Q. When does the season begin and end? 
Tackle Football and Cheerleading: The season typically begins with evaluations and practices around mid-August, and then games typically run from early September through the playoffs in mid-November. Flag/Flex Football: The season runs from early September through early November.What am I responsible for purchasing in terms of equipment?

Q. What does the league provide?
Please refer to the above chart.For tackle football each player should wear an athletic protector / jock strap and/or a protective cup. Also, each player should drink plenty of fluids before practice and bring his own water bottle or Gatorade to each practice. Most metro area sporting goods stores such as Dick’s sell the equipment.

Q. What is the time commitment per week?
For flag football, games & practice are usually held all on one day over a 90 minute period.For flag/flex football, there may be one practice per week and games are usually held on Saturday/Sunday afternoons.For tackle football, once the regular season games begin, the commitment for is limited to 3 events (games/practices) per week, and 2nd & 3rd grade league may only be 2 events per week. SSYS youth football and cheerleading is CONVENIENT.   All of our practices take place on weeknights between 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Morgan Falls Park.

Q. Are payment plans available?
Yes! We are excited to announce that payment plants ARE available. If you register by June 15th, you will receive a $50 early registration discount.  If you register prior to June 1st you can spread your registration fee over 2-3 payments.

Q. Why should my son play at SSYS as opposed to other nearby parks? 
SSYS is the fastest growing youth football and cheerleading program in the area. We understand that families may choose to delay participation in tackle football so we have flag/flex options available through 5th grade. In addition to having some of the latest equipment that is available, all of our players play every game on our stadium field. It features a regulation size (50 yards x 100 yards) Bermuda sod field with referees, a PA announcer calling the game, and parents and cheerleaders in the stands cheering them on. If you haven’t watched an SSYS youth football game, they are extremely entertaining. Flag/Flex football games last 1 hour and tackle football games last approximately 1.5 hours and consist of non-stop action and excitement. The boys wouldn’t want it any other way! 

Q. How often and when do they practice/play? 
For tackle football, practice for typically begins the second week in August. In the first few weeks preceding the first game of the season, all intraleague teams will practice two nights per week. Beginning with the first week of games, the 2nd & 3rd graders will practice one night per week (typically Tuesday), and play games typically on Thursday nights. The 3rd - 4th grade intraleague will practice two nights per week, typically Tuesdays and Thursdays, and play games on Saturdays (with some select games possibly scheduled for Friday nights under the stadium lights!). The 5th - 6th grade league will practice two nights per week, typically Tuesdays and Thursdays, and then play games on Saturdays (as well as some select Friday nights). For those with players in the Pee Wee (1st - 2nd graders) league, your weekends are free. The games last approximately 1.5 hours from start to finish. For those with players on the travel teams practice is typically three nights per week from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, and games are on Saturday afternoons.  Flag/Flex football practice begins two to three weeks later in early September. Kindergarten & 1st graders will have practice and games all in one day on Sundays.2nd-6th graders will practice one night per week and play games typically on Saturday/Sunday afternoons. Games usually last 1 hour.

Q. Can friends request to be on the same team?

How do you determine who plays in which League? In our kindergarten & 1st grade flag football we try and accommodate friend/buddy requests. In our 2nd & 3rd and 4th & 5th grade flag/flex league and tackle football leagues, following the week of evaluations in early to mid-August, the League Coordinator and Head Coaches for your player’s grade will convene to conduct a draft to ensure the equitable distribution of talent league wide. This helps to promote a competitive balance and to ensure a safe and fun experience for the players. League officials reserve the right to assign exceptionally large/small, fast/slow, or aggressive/timid players to a league more befitting their size, speed or ability.

Q. How many players are on each team?
- K/1st Flag is 7 on 7 and there will typically be 7-9 kids on a team.
- 2nd – 6th grade flag/flex will be 9 on 9 with 10 to 12 players on a team.
- Tackle Football, Non-travel: The typical intraleague recreational team roster will have between 14 and 18 players. - Tackle Football, Travel: The typical travel team roster will be comprised of between 16 and 20 players.  

Q. I would like my son to also play fall baseball at SSYS. Can he do both? 
Yes. Several kids play both football and baseball with SSYS, but there may be scheduling conflicts.  However, we work closely with the SSYS Baseball Board to accommodate the scheduling as much as possible. 

Q. I’m interested in coaching. Who should I contact?

Please contact either our Board President or the League Coordinator for your child’s age and grade regarding your interest in coaching. SSYS is committed to attracting and retaining coaches that will model behavior reflective of high moral character, ethics and sportsmanship. To that end, we exercise the right to choose carefully the persons who will lead and influence our youth. SSYS has mandatory coaching evaluation and training to ensure that your coaches are equipped to succeed. 

Q. I’m interested in sponsoring or making a donation to the program. To whom should I make the check payable and where should I send it?Please contact our Board President or the VP of Sponsorships to discuss becoming a sponsor. Please make your check payable to “Sandy Springs Youth Sports - Football” or “SSYS”, and mail it to us at: Sandy Springs Youth Sports Football & Cheerleading, P.O. Box 76602, Atlanta, Georgia 30358. Sandy Springs Youth Sports is a non-profit, 501© (3) corporation registered in the State of Georgia. Our tax ID is 58-6076168. 

Q. What sort of time commitment is expected of me as a parent? 
The success of our program is predicated on adult supervision and parental involvement. Generally, each team will have the following positions or duties that need to be filled: Team parent, team reporter, video parent, women’s auxiliary, concessions duty, chain gang, game announcer / scoreboard, equipment manager, field maintenance, head coach, assistant coach. Also, we welcome parental involvement with fund raising, publicity, and sponsors. Because there is ample opportunity and a compelling need for parental volunteers, SSYS reserves the right to withhold the issuance of uniforms from teams until all needed team volunteer positions have been filled. The children of those parents who have volunteered will be the first to receive their uniforms. Generally speaking, if you have a 1st or 2nd grade son in the league, your commitment will be 2 weeknights per week - one practice, one game. If you have a son in the 3rd through 6th grades, your commitment will be two practices and one game per week. The games are typically Friday nights or Saturday mornings. If you have a 4th -6th grade son who is playing travel ball, the commitment is 3 practices per week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday) with games on Saturdays.

Q. How are the in-park recreational teams selected?
Following the week of evaluations in early to mid-August, the League Coordinator and Head Coaches for your son’s grade will convene to conduct a draft to ensure the equitable distribution of talent league wide. This is also the time that the travel football players will be evaluated and selected.

Q. I have a daughter and a son. Can we coordinate schedules (practice and game) such that my daughter can cheer for my son’s team?
Much depends on the age differential between the two siblings. Ideally, we like to have 1st and 2nd grade girls cheer for 1st and 2nd grade boys, etc. Wherever practical, appropriate steps will be taken to keep siblings together, however.

Q. Are there minimum play rules? 
There are minimum play rules governing the in-park recreational league. They call for each player to play at least one half of every game. This is typically done by starting each player on offense or defense and allowing him to play, at a minimum, the entire game on that side of the ball. The minimum play rules for the more competitive travel players are different. The best players on the travel teams should expect to play the majority of the game, while lesser players may experience limited playing time.

Q. I’m interested in volunteering my time, talents or services. Who should I contact?

Please contact our Board President or the League Coordinator. Some of the ways that individuals can make a meaningful contribution include, but are not limited to: Team parent, team reporter, video parent, women’s auxiliary, concessions duty, chain gang, game announcer & scoreboard operator, equipment manager, field maintenance, head coach, assistant coach, league director, board member, fund raising, publicity, sponsor, etc. In an effort to encourage and reward volunteerism, SSYS has adopted a policy whereby the children of those parents who have volunteered will be the first to receive their uniforms.

Q. Is financial assistance available?
New this year, SSYS has made payment plans available. Additionally, SSYS strives to make financial aid available on an “as-needed” basis. In addition to a volunteer commitment, we do ask that the player’s parent(s) contribute some minimal amount toward the cost if possible. 

Contact

Sandy Springs Saints Football and Cheerleading
PO Box 76602 
Sandy Springs, Georgia 30358

Email: [email protected]

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