Frequently Asked Question's
When do sign-ups close for the 2020 season? Official registration is open now. Limited spots remain. We are hopeful that COVID-19 will not affect the season. However, if the season is cancelled we will provide full refunds. As of now, we are preparing for the season. Also, we are prepared to push back the season if necessary.
If I own my own helmet or I want to buy one, what color should I have it painted for the 2020 season? For the 2020 season our helmet color (TBD). We will use a (TBD) color face mask and (TBD) color hard cup chinstrap. If you want to buy your own Riddell helmet, please contact our Riddell Rep. He/she will apply our team discount. If players want to use or buy their own equipment, it must be the exact proper team colors and be 2020 certified according to NOCSAE standards. For more info please visit nocsae.org. Safety is paramount.
Where do you practice & play? Practices for all teams will be at Culver City High School and home games will be at Culver City High School and Notre Dame High School.
What are the boundary areas? The are no boundary restrictions. Any child can play for the City Ducks.
Do you offer Flag Football? No.
Do I need to show a school report card? No.
How is your age determined? Your 2020 league age is determined on July 31st, 2020.
When do the official mandatory practices begin? Monday, July 20th, 2020 from 6-8pm. The team meeting and equipment handout will be on Sunday, July 19th, 2020. Please check the 2020 google calendar tab on the website toolbar above for more details.
How much & how often do you practice? Practices will be from 6-8 pm, M-F, for the first two weeks. For the following two weeks, we will practice from 6-8pm, M-Th. Then, when most schools start on August 17th, teams will practice on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 6-8pm for the remainder of the regular season. The Senior team could have an additional practice on Wednesdays during the season if need be. For one to three weeks of Play-offs, we will have 3 practices a week. All games will be on Saturdays. Please visit our google calendar and sync it to your mobile device for up-to-date events and alerts.
What is the reason for your younger teams only practicing 2 days a week during the regular season? We strongly believe that physical back-to-back practices during the regular season are not in the best interest of the younger children. The most important component to a young athletes growth is body regeneration & rest after contact. Additionally, we feel limited contact will be beneficial to the children as they mature and grow in to the sport. Times have changed regarding football preparation and we are changing too. Also, since we do not have geographical boundaries, we have players that come from all over. One or two less practices a week when school starts, makes this possible.
If we go on vacation and my child misses practice(s), is that a problem? Youth tackle football is a big commitment as well as a true team sport. It is highly recommended to schedule vacations and/or sleep away camp before July 19th, 2020. Also, it's very important for every child to make it to practice and maximize their potential. We only practice 2-3 days a week once the regular season begins, while most of our competition practices 3-4 days a week. So, summer practices are an integral part of our teams growth. We want to field competitive teams and make sure your children are safe and prepared to play to the best of their ability. Usually, newer players that miss any amount of summer practice will end up being minimum play children or quit. This is a fact.
What is the total cost for the 2020 season and what is included? The 'Standard Registration fee' is $795. The 'Discount Package' fee is $325 (see below). The standard & discount fee both include the use of a custom painted new or reconditioned/certified Riddell helmet with a hard cup chin strap and Riddell shoulder pads as well as a new mesh practice jersey and pull-over game new pants. Also included to keep, home & away custom personalized game jerseys, Nike game socks, athletic wicking shirt & performance shorts. Our expenses have tripled over the past four years and our donations & grants have decreased. Therefore, to provide our children with quality gear & to cover: insurance, field space, referee fee's, uniforms, field equipment, league fee's, practice lights, medics for home games and more, we need to raise our fee's slightly on the standard fee. Replacement gear will be charged at the retail price at the time of purchase.
What is the 'Discount Package'? This plan is for those who have been paying this fee previously with the Ducks or at other tackle chapters and those who need a little break on the cost. This $325 'Discount Package' includes everything that the 'Standard Registration Fee' includes. However, this plan is "need based" only. If you feel that you might qualify, please fill out the '2020 Player Info Form' and YES next to the Financial Assistance request. All communication will remain confidential. We would really appreciate if you only request this option if you really & truly need it. Our expenses have tripled over the past four years and our donations & grants have decreased.
What conference do we play in? We are a member of the Gold Coast Youth Football League (GCYFL). The GCYFL is regarded as one the most organized and one of best youth football conferences in the country.
Are the players responsible to bring their own water to practice? Yes. Please make sure to send your child to practice with water. No sports drinks will be allowed on the turf fields.
What size football does your conference play with? Freshman plays with a Pee Wee ball. Sophomore and Junior play with a Junior ball. Senior plays with a Youth ball.
Can my son play organized soccer and football for the Ducks at the same time? No. Youth tackle football is a full-time commitment.
Is there a minimum weight requirement? No. The GCYFL is one of the few conferences that does not restrict smaller children. The conference leaves that decision up to the individual families and the chapters.
What mandatory equipment do I need to buy? Each player is responsible to provide their own:
*Football cleats (no blue, red, orange, brown or purple cleats allowed)
*Black padded practice pants/game pants- (Fully integrated pants are highly recommended) Nike Recruit style recommended
*Optional items-(padded compression shirt, shoulder pad back plate, cup, gloves, clear helmet visor, personal helmet, etc...)
What is Medics On The Ball? Medics On The Ball (MOTB), is Southern California’s premier event medical company. (MOTB) is a full-service team of highly-trained medical professionals who provide thorough medical care at events across Southern California. The City Ducks will employ (MOTB) for all home games to insure that our children have access to health professionals on the field. (MOTB) provides qualified medical staffing for youth sports games, concerts, celebrity and charity events, red-carpet galas, sporting competitions, street fairs, festivals and more.
What is the actual amount of practice time required to play in a game? The conference rules mandate that a child must condition for at least 10 hours before putting on full gear. During the first 10 hours,
players are permitted to wear helmets at the chapters discretion. A child must wear full gear for an additional 10 hours before they can have full contact with another player. However, contact with bags is permitted during this time. These rules are in place to protect your children and the their teammates that line up next to them.
Will I need to show a birth certificate or passport to certify my child to play? 2019 returning City Ducks players do not need to show proof of age. New players will. The Gold Coast must view an official document that shows your child's date of birth. They will only accept an official birth certificate or a valid passport. No photo copies will be accepted. These documents must be turned in by July 19th, 2020 and will be returned right after certification day on August 12th, 2020. No exceptions. If you cannot find it or do not have one, please apply for one as soon as possible.
Do I need a medical physical to play? Yes. We recommend that you schedule your medical exam during the summer, before practice begins, so you do not miss any practice time. We will need the physical form on July, 19th, 2020. This form can be downloaded on our site under the "2020 PHYSICAL FORM" under the more tab soon. No child can participate without a signed physical form on file with us. If you do not have a primary physician or your doctor is not available, CVS pharmacy Minute-Clinics offers youth football physicals. The form must be signed & stamped by the practitioner.
Besides our family physician, are there any other places to get a quick physical exam? Yes, the Minute Clinic at some CVS pharmacies. Please remember that physicals are due at the equipment handout on Sunday, July 19th, 2020. Team times will be published closer to that date. No physical, no play. Call before you go. Here are the closest locations.
10889 WELLWORTH AVENUE
LOS ANGELES, CA 90024
2505 SANTA MONICA BOULEVARD
SANTA MONICA, CA 90404
13171 MINDANAO WAY, MINDANAO AND THE 90 FREEWAY
MARINA DEL REY, CA 90292
14735 VENTURA BOULEVARD
SHERMAN OAKS, CA 91403
When can I check out my football gear? Football gear will be distributed on July 19th, 2020 to all paid in full participants who have turned in all of their paperwork. New City Ducks players must bring their original birth certificate with the official seal or a passport. No photo/color copies. Please check the calendar for your teams pick-up time closer to that day.
How long is the 2020 regular season? Usually, eight regular season games over nine weeks. Play-offs may last an additional one, two or three weeks depending if your team qualifies and wins. The National Conference Super Bowl will be on November 7th, 2020 and the American Conference (Developmental League) Championship game will be played on October 31st, 2020. All-Conference games will be played on November 14th, 2020 if you are voted in to participate.
How are the children put on teams? Teams are determined by a combination of age, weight, skill and experience.
Does everyone get to play in the games? Yes. The minimum play requirement is 12 plays a game for player's that do not miss practice. Unexcused or frequent absences may result in a player sitting out of a game or longer. We will handle these issues on a case-by-case basis. Coaches will have the final say.
Is there game travel involved? We usually play four home games & four away games during the regular season. However, this can change slightly due to scheduling issues & field space availability.
Can a parent, relative and/or child be dismissed from the City Ducks? Yes. We reserve the right to dismiss anyone that we believe is not acting in the best interest of the City Ducks Youth Football Club or that exhibits any conduct that we deem as detrimental to our club, whether or not they have signed or read the Code-of-Conduct policy. Please see the "Code-of-Conduct" in the 2019 FORMS section under the 'MORE' tab on the tool bar above for more details. THERE WILL BE A STRICT "ZERO TOLERANCE" RULE IN EFFECT FOR THE 2019 SEASON AND WE WILL ENFORCE IT. NO EXCEPTIONS. IF YOU CANNOT CONTROL YOURSELF, PLEASE SAVE YOUR CHILD THE EMBARRASSMENT AND FIND ANOTHER TEAM.
What is the refund policy? No refunds unless we feel that your child cannot protect himself. We must buy custom ordered equipment well before the season and have limited roster spots. If the season is cancelled due to COVID-19, full refunds will be provided.
How does the wait-list work? Once we close a roster, we will create a wait-list. Wait-listed players can be added based on positional need if a roster spot becomes available.
Are there any volunteer requirements? No. However, volunteering is recommended and essential. There are many ways to help out with your team and/or the City Ducks organization. We rely on volunteers and donations to make this program a success. All coaches are volunteers. So, please don't complain to, or about them. Especially, if you have not volunteered yourself. Without volunteers and personal funding, the City Ducks would not exist.
How is your club classified by the Internal Revenue Service? The City Ducks Youth Football Club is a California Non-Profit organization & 501(c)(3) corporation. We have NO paid employees. Our EIN # is available upon request.
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