F.A.Q.

Why play for the Boerne Bulls?

Why play for the Boerne Bulls?

We care about you and your child. We are a different program than all the others and ask that you not compare us to others. We are a competitive flag and tackle football program that focuses on life lessons. Our goal is to learn the game, learn a few life lessons, and have fun every time we get together.

Many of our coaches also give talks near the end of every practice where they teach or discuss a wide variety of topics with the players. Sometimes we’ll discuss athletic role models. Sometimes we will discuss nutrition and fitness. Other times we’ll discuss sportsmanship and positive attitudes.

How do I register my child?

How do I register my child?

You can register online by clicking the link on our main menu. Our home page or our Event Calendar will have information about upcoming onsite registrations or ongoing events.

Where and who will the Boerne Bulls be playing?

Where and who will the Boerne Bulls be playing?

During regular season will be playing teams that are other members of the Central Texas Youth Football Association. For more information on the CTYFA league, please log on to CTYFL's website. As teams join or are assigned to our league’s division, we will be announcing them on Facebook. We will be playing 4 home games in Boerne and also traveling to play away games at fields hosted by other teams in our division. Those locations are expected to be in or South of Austin, but are not guaranteed until the schedule is made public by CTYFL.

Is travel involved with game days?

Is travel involved with game days?

YES. In all divisions, we play 4 games at home, which is the Boerne ISD Football Stadium. Through our association with CTYFL, we will play 4 road games at locations to be determined in the Texas Hill Country. For more information on the league and the teams we will potentially play, please go to CTYFL's website.

What are the age groups for football?

What are the age groups for football?

All ages are as of July 31st, 2016

  • Midget Flag - Non contact, ages: 4 and 5
  • Pee-Wee Flag - Non contact, ages: 6 and 7
  • Pee-Wee - Full contact, under 75 lbs, ages: 5, 6 and 7
  • Rookie - Full contact, no weight limit, ages: 7 and 8
  • Junior - Full contact, no weight limit, ages: 9 and 10
  • Senior - Full contact, no weight limit, ages: 11 and 12

Is there a weight restriction for players?

Is there a weight restriction for players?

See the restrictions under the age groups FAQ.

Where do we practice?

Where do we practice?

Practices are held at Fair Oaks Elementary School.

How frequent does my child have to practice?

How frequent does my child have to practice?

It is expected that we will practice 3 days a week for fall season. Practice typically lasts 2 hours for tackle and cheer. Flag will be 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours. Location will be announced soon, pending approvals.

Cheerleading practices will be no more than 3 days a week, but will likely require a much lower time commitment.

What does my child need to wear for practice?

What does my child need to wear for practice?

For the first 2 weeks of practice all players are required to wear a t-shirt, shorts, socks and cleats. Once players are in pads they will wear a practice jersey. Cheerleaders can wear shorts, tshirts and comfortable shoes.

How can I prepare my child?

How can I prepare my child?

Proper hydration is very important to a young football player, especially in South Texas. Players need to drink as much water as possible every day; at least four to six glasses. Heat stroke is always a danger, despite cooler weather during the fall, so it is very important to stay hydrated at all times. Please remember the golden rule, “hydration happens before and after practice, during practice water helps cool the athlete down”. We will not be teaching any form of weight lifting other than standard calisthenics like pushups and sit-ups.

How many players are on a team?

How many players are on a team?

There can be up to 40 players on tackle teams, 25 players on flag teams and an unlimited number of cheerleaders. If we are able to have two teams per age group, the actual number of players per team may be lower. For 2015, we only received enough registrations to field one team per age group.

Are rosters set for the entire season? Can a player on a developmental team earn a spot on the first team during the season?

Are rosters set for the entire season? Can a player on a developmental team earn a spot on the first team during the season?

Rosters are set once the initial game of the season is played.

Is there a minimum play rule?

Is there a minimum play rule?

Each participant is guaranteed 8 plays per half.

How can I volunteer?

How can I volunteer?

We encourage all parents to get involved. Boerne Youth Football Association is a volunteer organization. To volunteer, send an email request here. For certain volunteer roles, you will need to complete required forms and pass a background check provided by CTYFA. All coaching staff volunteers must complete a CTYFA certification. The certification date and location to be announced by CTYFA. We have mandatory volunteer time at various positions (fundraising, sponsorship, concession and gate) during home games. Everything we do could not be possible without your help.

What does the registration fee include?

What does the registration fee include?

Tackle football includes custom game day uniform (helmet, shoulder pads, jersey, pants, and 7 piece pad set) and CTYFA provided supplemental insurance. Parents are to provide cleats and a mouth piece. All uniforms and equipment are the property of the Boerne Youth Football Association and must be returned at the end of the year. Flag football includes custom game day uniform (jersey/shirt, and shorts). Cheerleading includes shell top, skirt, briefs and socks and pom poms. Your fees also go to paid and trained officials and places to practice and play (for example, rental fees for home games in the Boerne area can cost more than $2,000 per day). Additionally, the fees cover the overhead of operating the volunteer organization which includes our website subscription and storage units for the great equipment that we provide to our players.

When do I need to pay?

When do I need to pay?

We collect fees at registration. Due to insurance requirements, your child cannot participate until they have paid. This also gives us accountability of who we have, gives us time to order your son’s/daughter’s jersey and other equipment before the first game. It does take a few weeks to have made and sent back to us. Please keep in mind that your child will not receive a uniform nor may or may not play in any games until full payment is made.

How were fees determined?

How were fees determined?

The Board of Directors developed a budget. The fees were set to cover the expected costs for the year with an eye toward the long-term sustainability of our program.

Fees Cover

  • Uniforms (Home and Away) (includes jerseys, padded pants, socks, spats, gloves, compression shirts with customized logo for under your pads)
  • Practice jersey and practice pants
  • Field Fees for Games and Practices
  • Rental of Helmet and Shoulder Pads
  • Injury Insurance
  • Website hosting and subscription services fees

Unlike “select” programs, we are blessed to have volunteer coaches which allows are budget to be less than what would be required to run a program where coaching staff is also paid. In prior years, the organization attempted to rely on fundraisers to cover the costs, but were not always able to cover the actual cost of the program. As a result, the Board elected to take a path that would allow for more of the actual cost of running the program to be raised through registration fees. Our fees are $125 per player for flag and $225 per player for tackle (with an additional $100 required (fully-refundable) deposit upon equipment pickup for tackle players which will cover the use of provided helmets and pads for the season which you will receive back when you turn in your pads and helmet). All game uniforms - which players get to keep following the season - will be provided by this fee as well. Note, even at this price, all of the actual costs of playing are not covered and the Board will coordinate different means of raising the difference throughout the year.

By way of comparison, Boerne Little League (which is subsidized in part by the City of Boerne through the provision of fields at a discounted rate) costs $150 to $185 plus a $25 fee for non-residents, but players are required to provide batting helmets, bats, gloves, and uniform pants, which make actual cost well above our fees which are all inclusive (other than cleats). Boerne Soccer Club (which also is able to utilize City fields) ranges from $300 to $900 per year depending on your level of play with much less extensive equipment needs. Please let our community leadership know that we would love to have a venue for our youth football players in the community!! This would be a great resource for our children!

Will there be any refunds after the season starts?

Will there be any refunds after the season starts?

No, due to our budgeting process, we are relying on each team member's participation to cover the overhead costs for the entire season. Your child is a team member, as a result of expenses being incurred by the BYFA on behalf of your child, at the earlier of (1) when a jersey has been ordered for your child, or (2) on July 31, 2016. In advance of the season starting, if a refund is requested, we will provide a check for the registration fees paid less a $25 surcharge which covers the costs of credit card processing and other overhead for processing the refund.

How many coaches are on a team?

How many coaches are on a team?

1 head coach and up to 5 assistants

Can I be a coach?

Can I be a coach?

Maurice Walton is the Director of Football Operations and Coaching as well Head Coach for 10U-11U team. If you are interested in coaching, please contact Maurice so that he can set up an interview. He will be assigning coaching positions for the teams within the Boerne Bulls Organization out of the pool of volunteers.

Can I be a head coach?

Can I be a head coach?

Maurice Walton, the Director of Football Operations and Coaching, will be assigning coaching positions based on alignment with the association’s stated goals, skills and experience. Please contact him to volunteer.

Who are the coaches?

Who are the coaches?

We will post all coaches to the Facebook page and our other online resources as soon as they are selected. As this is a volunteer organization, similar to other local groups like Boerne Little League, we will be finalizing coaching staff as individuals volunteer and go through the interview, selection and background checking process.

What is CTYFL?

What is CTYFL?

Central Texas Youth Football League is a no boundary, no weight limit league (except the Pee Wee Division) that has a division breakdown by age.

Reference: CTYFL's Website

When is registration?

When is registration?

CTYFL does not hold registrations itself. Each Organization, as a member of CTYFL, holds its own independent registration in their own area. If you want to know when registration is, you can go to the "Association Links" tab on our home page to find the organization that best suits your needs.

Reference: CTYFL's Website

Which organizations play in CTYFL?

Which organizations play in CTYFL?

Area associations playing in CTYFL include:

  • ATX Longhorns
  • Austin Youth Raiders
  • Bastrop Bears
  • Boerne Bulls
  • Buda Bandits
  • Capital City Bearcats
  • Cedar Creek Eagles
  • Elgin Wildcats
  • Georgetown Patriots
  • Hill Country Cowboys
  • Hutto Hippos
  • Kyle Invaders
  • Manor Mustangs
  • Round Rock
  • South Austin Optimist Scorpions
  • Spring Branch Rangers
  • Town & Country Optimist Warriors.

Reference: CTYFL's Website

What rules does CTYFL use?

What rules does CTYFL use?

CTYFL is a Certified "Heads Up" Football League.

Heads Up Football is USA Football's comprehensive approach for a better, safer game with an emphasis on player safety. As a Certified Member of the Heads Up Program, CTYFL requires each of its organizations to be Heads Up Certified.

Heads Up Football was created by USA Football with support from the NFL.

The program focuses on four key areas:
  1. Concussion awareness
  2. Proper equipment fitting
  3. Coaching education
  4. Heads Up Tackling, which aims to take the head out of the line of contact.

To find out more and watch some Heads Up Instructional videos cick here--> HEADS UP TACKLING VIDEOS

NFL Dr's support "Heads Up Football" and medical experts say safety starts with proper technique, fundamentals.

Also here is a Concussion Awareness Brochure

Reference: CTYFL's Website

What are the division breakdowns?

What are the division breakdowns?

Rookie

  • Full contact
  • No weight limit
  • Ages 7 & 8

Junior

  • Full contact
  • No weight limit
  • Ages 9 & 10

Senior

  • Full contact
  • No weight limit
  • Ages 10 & 12

Reference: CTYFL's Website

Why are you not replying to the email I sent to the website email address?

Why are you not replying to the email I sent to the website email address?

This is a volunteer organization so please be patient. We are working to respond as quickly as we can.

What is the complaint process?

What is the complaint process?

If you have a question or concern, please email our President, Vice President and Director of Football/Competition and they will bring your concern to the Board. Contact information is available by clicking on the link to our Board members.

Will my kid be able to start at QB? (…asked by more than one dad)

Will my kid be able to start at QB? (…asked by more than one dad)

The Director of Coaching, Maurice Walton, will work with each of our volunteer coaches to develop players to be there best. That being said, positions aren't give they must be earned. Like any other team sport you might participate in, playing positions and time are at the discretion of each team’s coaches.

What are other expectations for involvement?

What are other expectations for involvement?

Parents are as important to the success of the team as the players. Coaches and parents must work together. Please keep the coaches informed about the problems that may be going on with your child. If the child has been sick, taking medication, any allergic reactions, or going through some emotional trauma please make sure the coaches are made aware of the problem as soon as possible. Parents and coaches must communicate with mutual respect.

  • We strictly enforce the 24 HOUR RULE: During game day if as a parent you feel the need to talk to a coach about playing time or situations concerning your athlete, please wait 24 hours to contact the coach. Coaches need time to wind down and deal with situations. If as a parent you feel the issue is urgent please contact our Director Football/Competition or our Director of Coaching on site or by clicking on the link to our Board members.

Parents and coaches reserve the right to postpone conversations that are getting out of hand. Heated discussions have no place in front of the players. Although many parents have coaching experience, and may have played on a higher level than the current coaches on the team, the coaches must ask that you refrain from coaching your kids at home. These kids are being taught to play as a team; each player is performing a set of function that his teammates can rely on. A player who abandons his teammates to do something his parents coached him to do is letting down his team, his coaches, and himself. At best he may open up the door for the opponent to win the game, at worst he may cause himself or a teammate to be injured.

This program is for the YOUTH and as such, Boerne Youth Football Association cannot and will not permit profanity, abusive language, tobacco, alcohol be used or any other conduct of a manner that could be deemed offensive. This rule shall apply at practices, games and any other BYFA events.

*** Parents may be ejected from games by either the Board of the Boerne Youth Football Association or by CTYFL for failure to follow these rules ***

For our kids we have some additional expectations:

  • Keep up with your schoolwork. Poor grades in school and not completing homework may result in disciplinary actions by the coaches.
  • If you don’t practice, you don’t play. All excused absences must be coordinated with the coaches. If you don’t make an effort to attend practices, coaches will not play your child.
  • What the coaches say goes. Back talking, profanity, or any form of disrespect will result in disciplinary actions. With the high quality of kids we have, this is not expected to be a problem.
  • Respect other players. Remember your teammates are working with you, not against you. Any unnecessary aggression or violence towards another player will result in disciplinary actions. This also goes for our opponents. Without them, there would be no football game, so treat them with respect.
  • Take care of your equipment. Let the coaches know if your equipment needs repair. This is the key to safety.
  • Wear your mouthpiece when required and keep a spare.
  • Come to practice prepared to work and play.
  • Learn the rules of the game. Remember especially the safety rules. Players who draw flags for unsportsmanlike conduct, clipping, late hits, or other serious safety violations will be removed and talked to as this is not tolerated.
  • Know the name of each position.
  • Arrive on time for practices and games. 6:00 pm means you are on the field and in position at 6:00 pm, so that you must be a few minutes early.

When and how long are the seasons?

When and how long are the seasons?

The Spring Season typically starts on the 1st Saturday of Spring break and goes for 7-8 weeks with an additional 2 Saturdays for Playoffs and Championships. The Fall Season typically starts the end of August/beginning of September for 8 weeks and then 2 additional Saturdays, 1 for make-up games and 1 for Championship Bowl Games.