Tuckahoe Youth Football Association provides an instructional football and cheering environment that promotes self-confidence, teamwork, skill set development as well as focusing on good sportsmanship. Tuckahoe Youth Football is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that is driven to provide a competitive but safe athletic environment. There are no tryouts and all participants play with a focus on developing core skill sets during practice that will allow even the first year player/participant to increase their knowledge of the sport and get in game experience.  The first week of practice is used to determine an athlete’s ability, experience and skill.  Coaches then place athletes on teams according to their age as well as these considerations.

Tuckahoe, like many youth football and cheering associations relies on volunteers who donate time and experience to work with our kids, and we encourage all parents to get involved in coaching or other volunteer opportunities. You can see all of the types at the “Volunteers” tab. Without volunteers, our organization cannot succeed in providing a great experience for our kids.

We have listed the most frequent questions we get to help answer any questions you may have but have not asked yet.

Questions and Answers

What equipment is provided?

Football:  Tuckahoe will provide a certified helmet, game pants with pads, game jersey, practice jersey, practice pants with pads and a mouth piece. (Parents will have to purchase shoulder pads and cleats). Equipment will be handed out the week prior to practice and email communications and web communications will be posted on times and days.

Cheer:  Tuckhoe will provide a cheer uniform for game days, two bows and socks.  (Parents will need to purchase lollies, shoes and a turtleneck).

When does practice start?

Practice typically starts the first week in August.  Official dates will be released on the website and through email communications. In 2017, practice will start on August 7th at 6:30pm.

What nights do we practice?

During the last weeks of summer, Tuckahoe will be practicing Monday thru Friday from 6:30-8:30 pm.  We reduce down to 3 nights a week during the school year and practice is 6:00 – 7:30 pm.  The first 7 days of practice are reserved for conditioning with no contact drills for football.  Athletes only need to wear t-shirt, shorts and helmets on those days.  All players must complete 7 days of conditioning prior to any contact.  The cheer teams typically practice the same nights as the football players.

Who is River City?

River City Football and Cheer League is the Football “Governing Body” for teams in the Richmond area. River City Metro has a board that is made up of representatives of each team and they make decisions on required equipment, practice times, game times, and many other issues as they relate to our football program.  More information can be found on their website at http://www.rivercityyouthfootballandcheerleague.org/

How long is Practice?

Practice is typically 1.5 -2 hours. With the need to stretch and warm the kids up, we will roughly have an hour and 30 minutes to practice all facets of the game. During the warmer summer months we practice from 6:30-8:30.  Once school starts practice will be moved up and will be Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00-8:00 and Friday from 6:00-7:30.  Coaches may shorten practices at their discretion and will notify the team of any changes.

How late can I wait till I register my child or children?

You can register with Tuckahoe Youth Football and Cheering up until the rosters are finalized.  However, the longer you wait, the more the registration fees increase. We encourage all players to register during our early registration period.

Do I have to volunteer?

We ask all parents to volunteer to ensure the Program can be successful.  There is a list of volunteer roles on the website, but it’s typically a very limited amount of time to commit to. Typical parent volunteers will work 2‐3 shifts in the concession stand the entire season, or volunteer to be a Play by Play announcer for their child’s game, or work on the chain crew or simply help out where help is needed. We typically ask for about 5 hours of volunteer time from each family during the course of the season.  We simply cannot have an amazing season without volunteers!  Our association is run by volunteers and we depend on our families to be a part of our organization and encourage you to talk to a board member to find out more information.

Why does a parent/guardian need to be at every practice or game?

The safety of our athletes is one of our main priorities.  When athletes do not have a parent/guardian at practices and/or games and an issue arises, it causes a great deal of interruption and takes away from the practice/game.  In addition, if an athlete is injured or there is an issue, we need to be able to locate a parent or guardian quickly to address anything happening on the field.  If your child needs to be at practice or a game and you are not able to make it, please have an adult who can take responsibility for your child there – and please notify the head coach so that everyone is aware.  In addition, communication from coaches happens often after practices and games and this allows you to hear the information first hand.  We thank you for ensuring that our athletes are safe and looked after.

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