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FAQ's

Where does your organization play?

Wylie Youth Football and Cheer (WYFAC) plays our Fall League season in the West Texas Youth Football Association (WTYFA).  We are located in Abilene, Texas.  All of our games are played in Abilene, Texas against local schools associated with Abilene Independent School District (AISD).

Our WYFAC players and cheerleaders are proud Wylie Bulldogs who attend grades K-6 at the Wylie Independent School District! http://www.wyliebulldogs.org/

Is your league only a tackle football league?

We have BOTH flag and tackle divisions divided by grade level.
  • Flag Football: Pre-k (4-year-olds) and Kindergarten must be under the age of 7 as of Sept 1st, 2018 to be eligible for this division.  If your child has been held back for any reason and is 7 years old as of September 1st, they will play up in the next age division no matter what grade level they currently attend. 
Tackle divisions are separated by grade level fisrt with a maximum allowable age limit as follows:
  1. Mighty Mites = 1st & 2nd grades and must be under the age of 9 by Sept. 1, 2019.  If your child has been held back for any reason and is 9 years old as of September 1st, they will play up in the next age division no matter what grade level.  
  2. Junior Pee Wee = 3rd & 4th grades, and must be under the age of 11 by Sept. 1, 2019.  If your child has been held back for any reason and is 11 years old as of September 1st, they will play up in the next age division no matter what grade level.  
  3. Pee Wee = 5th & 6th grades, and must be under the age of 13 by Sept. 1, 2019.  If your child has been held back for any reason and is 13 years old as of September 1st, they will not be eligible to play in WTYFA no matter what grade level.
*No 7th graders are allowed to play in the League.

How much is it to participate in your league?

Our league is governed by the WTYFA and they set the annual player/cheerleader fees for the entire league.

*2019 League Fees Are:

  • Flag = $80.00 each child
  • Tackle = $130.00 each child
  • Cheer = $150.00 each child
*All players and cheerleaders must participate in the WYFAC Fundraiser. Each player will be responsible for selling at least (10) raffle tickets valued at $10.00 per ticket or will have a designated fee to "opt-out" of selling the raffle tickets.

Am I required to get a Physical?

Yes. Your child must have a current physical in order to cheer or play football in our league as a mandatory insurance requirement. We use the generic "sports physical" form which can be provided by any doctor's office or urgent care facility/clinic.  Please note this physical must be performed within the last 30-90 days prior to registration in May each year.   

What is needed to register my child into the league?

  • A copy of your son or daughter's birth certificate for us to keep;
  • A copy of the most recent 2018-2019 report card proving attendance at Wylie ISD for us to keep;
  • 3 forms of proof of residency in the Wylie District. (Parents or guardian's drivers license, phone bill, utility bill, water bill, etc.);
  • Current physical (no more than 3 months old as of July 15th);
  • **I agree to notify WYFAC immediately if their primary residency changes meaning my child will not attend Wylie ISD at any time for the Fall 2019 school year;
  • **I agree to notify WYFAC immediately (within 3 days) if my child leaves the active enrollment at Wylie ISD for any reason from 5/1/2019 to 12/31/2019;
  • **Please understand that not notifying WYFAC of this correct school attendance information by 8/1/2019 or at anytime during the season may cause a team to unknowingly practice/play an ineligible player and force the whole team to forfeit their games, season and/or playoff, all-star or Super Bowl games.  WYFAC appreciates your cooperation in this compliance matter for ALL our kids benefit. 

Do I have to buy my own shoulder pads and helmet?

No. WYFAC provides Riddell helmets and Schutt shoulder pads and game pants and a game jersey. At the end of the season each player will keep his game jersey and game pants and return all other WYFAC owned equipment which includes the helmet and shoulder pads.  You can use your own shoulder pads and helmet but they must be inspected for play by our equipment manager prior to use to be approved.  If items pass inspection and are approved for use, you will have to sign a waiver stating you are using your own helmet and shoulder pads.  We suggest you use WYFAC gear.   

Who is going to coach my kid?

All of our coaches are 100% un-paid parent volunteers that are subject to annual criminal background checks and are certified by USA Football with the most up-to-date standards of competitive practice and play.  This annual background check applies to all Board Members, Head Football Coaches, Assistant Football Coaches, Cheer Coaches and all other volunteers for both football and cheer.  The WYFAC Board reserves the right to accept or reject any application received to coach or volunteer in any role within our non-profit on an annual basis.  WYFAC Board members reserve the right to suspend or eject any coach, volunteer or parent at any time for any action or actions deemed detrimental to a child, the organization, the league or Association or in any way is deemed a violation of our Code of Conduct agreements signed when applying to coach or volunteer or when placing membership within WYFAC and WTYFA by signing your child up to play in our Leagues or Associations. 

How often do you have practices and when are the games?

Practice starts the first week of August. We practice three days a week on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6-8pm each night. Before school starts we can practice a maximum of 8 hours per week. After school starts we can practice a maximum of 6 hours per week. Our games will be played on Saturdays unless postponement due to weather or other WTYFA conflict.  Rescheduled games are typically made up on Sunday mornings immediately following the Saturday of cancellation. 

Where do you practice and where are your games?

Flag, Mighty Mites and JPW practice on the practice field located behind Wylie Junior High and Wylie Middle School next to the tennis courts. Our cheer and Pee Wee teams practice on the practice field at Wylie High School. Satellite maps will be posted shortly no later than 8/1/2019.
Our league games are held at three locations throughout the regular season: 1) Lee Athletic Complex 1318 N. Pioneer, 2) Curly Hayes Field off S. 27th , and 3) Wylie Bulldog Stadium. We request two "home" games to be played at the Wylie Bulldog Stadium but must coordinate those dates with the Athletic Department Office.  Those two Bulldog Stadium dates are at the sole discretion of the Athletic Department at their convenience and based on their overall Fall 2018 UIL schedule of events. Keep in mind we are an organization considered to be "outside" Wylie ISD, so we are NOT guaranteed to play ANY games at Bulldog Stadium each year.  We appreciate the generosity of the School District and Athletic Department in allowing us access to all practice and gameday facilities and must continue to be good stewards of those resources each year that they graciously grant our organization to use.  WYFAC appreciates in advance your help in understanding this stewardship responsibility we have to the school district in order to allow this opportunity to continue for our future WYFAC Bulldogs.  Click here for the practice maps.

Can I choose the team or coach that my son plays for?

No. The WYFAC Board selects, approves and oversees all coaches.  The WYFAC Board has the authority to annually accept or reject any coach or volunteer application.    All coaches or volunteers must pass a thorough background check annually by an outside third-party reporting agency which includes checks from a national database for any prior criminal activity, felonies, sexual misconduct, or other convictions.  All team coaching and player assignments are made based solely on fit as determined by the WYFAC Board.  Grade schematics are used to place players according to WTYFA bylaws and other governing playing rules.  If we field two teams in a particular age division there will be a draft to create a “Gold” and “Purple” squad.  No “stacking” of teams is allowed in order to be "transparent" and "fair" to other League teams.  There will be a single and mandatory player combine day to help the coaches see the kids perform drills to aid them in the draft process. 

What Are Your Draft Procedures? 

  • Flag is an introduction to football where the kids learn to gain confidence in their abilities to listen, run, pull flags and participate in a team environment. The combine will allow each flag player to perform in a variety of ways, allowing the coaches to see introductory skill sets. WYFAC kids on our flag teams aren’t expected to know everything about the game, our job is to teach them to grow a love for the game, develop future skillsets and have fun so they want to play in the future.

  • MM is an introduction to tackle football where kids begin learning the fundamentals of the game, how to play tackle football, how to work as a team, proper techniques, what to do, etc. The combine will allow each MM player to be scored with a 1, 2, or 3. On draft day, coaches will select from the player pool an even number of kids at the 1 level, the 2 level and the 3 level, allowing for the talent to be evenly spread amongst the two teams and be more competitively balanced. 

  • JPW AND PW are upper level divisions and enhance techniques, skills and positions in order to prepare them for junior high football. The combine will allow each player to be scored with a 1, 2, or 3. On draft day, coaches will select from the player pool an even number of kids at the 1 level, the 2 level and the 3 level, allowing for the talent to be evenly spread amongst the two teams and be more competitively balanced. 

    A WTYFA Board member is present on draft day to ensure it is done in a fair manner.

Do you have weight limits/restrictions on players?

No. Abilene league has no weight restrictions on players or ball carrier weight restrictions for any age division.  We play full-contact ... full-speed ... tackle football.  If you are concerned about the safety of your child playing full-contact tackle football, we suggest you seek out a WYFAC Board member to discuss the realities of the speed, size and talent level found in WTYFA.      

Can I get a refund if I decide to pull my kid from the league?

No refunds will be given after June 10th, 2018 or once uniforms have been ordered; whichever comes first.  No refunds or partial refunds will not be granted at anytime through the league season if you choose to quit the program for any reason.   

How can I coach or volunteer?

It takes approximately 75-100 adult volunteers each year to run our organization effectively.  We appreciate parents who want to get involved in their kids lives by rolling up their sleeves and investing time, energy and money into our kids lives instead of just criticizing from the armchair.  To be part of the solution, please download, complete and return the 2019 Combined Volunteer App in the Registrations section of this website.  The WYFAC Board has the authority to approve or reject any coach or volunteer application.  All coaches must be approved annually by the WYFAC Board, the Coaching Coordinator and the President.  We do need all the help we can get from good people who are there solely to work well with other adults to get along and be positive helping to create a positive environment for ALL our kids.  We have anywhere between 175-250+ kids each year in the various squads and age groups in WYFAC. 

How can I check out WYFAC’s financials?

We are structured as a non-profit organization registered in the State of Texas and our financial transaction record is transparently posted in ledger format on this WYFAC homepage for all to see, download and review.  These records are maintained by our WYFAC Treasurer.  Please feel free to review and if you have any further question about any particular entry, do not hesitate to contact our Treasurer or another WYFAC Board member as we'd be happy to discuss a specific question about our annual expenses or fee structure.  Our operating funds are held at a local bank and are generated through membership fees, raffle ticket sales and sponsorships.  The only two signors on the WYFAC bank account are the WYFAC Treasurer and the WYFAC Secretary.  No other WYFAC Board members are signors on the bank account.  The WYFAC Treasurer and WYFAC Secretary are the only two WYFAC Board members each year with any account privileges at the bank to withdraw cash or write checks or use the debit card on the WYFAC bank account.  Frank Peck (WYFAC President) and Amber Peck (WYFAC Communications Coordinator) have been in leadership of WYFAC since June 2015 and do support the organization annually with their private funds in the form of sponsorship donations.  Frank and Amber have NEVER had any withdrawal access or signing privileges to the WYFAC bank account at any time since coming into WYFAC leadership.  Frank and Amber Peck do not have any bank account rights that would allow them to withdraw any WYFAC monies, funds, or write any checks on the account or use any debit card to withdraw WYFAC monies. 

Can I come on the field at practice and games?

No. Not while the practice is ongoing or there are games are being played. The only individuals allowed on the fields are Board members and approved coaches who have been background checked and display the league approved picture badge.  All other spectators are asked to stay off the field and sidelines during the games and practices.  WYFAC does have the authority to close practices and games to all spectators.  Please do not interrupt coaches during practice times and reserve any questions or comments to your coach before or after practice which would include any concerns so they can maximize their time each week training the kids during normal practice times.  The fields we practice on are owned by Wylie ISD and contracted through an arrangement with WYFAC Board members.  WYFAC Board members have the authority and reserve the right to allow or restrict access to these fields to anyone for reason deemed detrimental to the children or the league.  The fields we play league games on are owned by AISD and the City of Abilene and contracted through an arrangement with WTYFA Board members.  WTYFA Board members have the authority and reserve the right to allow or restrict access to these fields to anyone for reasons deemed detrimental to the children or the league.       

Who officiates the games and what are the rules?

There are multiple UIL sanctioned and credentialed officials who work our games that are members of the local TASO officiating chapter.  These officials are paid by WTYFA for games at Curly Hays Field and Lee Complex.  For games at Bulldog Stadium, WYFAC pays the officiating fees.  These are also the referee's that judge all middle school, high school and local collegiate football games in the Big Country and Permian Basin and Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.  All flag and tackle games are officiated using the current UIL standards of play for Texas Junior High and High School play.   Typically there are a minimum of two officials for flag games and a minimum of three officials for each tackle game. They do adhere to those most current UIL rules and have a keen eye for safety of all the children at the various levels of play. Protection and safety of the kids is paramount in WTYFA as all Coaches are mandated to be USA football certified and instruct using HeadsUp Football techniques.  Initiating blocks below the waist, horse-collars, going after knees, targeting players and any helmet-to-helmet initialed contact are disallowed and called as personal fouls by our officiating crews.