What does it cost to play?
$150 first child
$100 for second, third and on.
This fee covers the use of a certified helmet, game jersey, practice jersey, and pants. Each player will need to provide their own mouth guard and cleats. There will be a $100 (check/cash) deposit required at gear check out day. This check will not be cashed, unless the equipment does not get returned by the return date at the end of the season.
What is the time commitment?
Practice usually is about 3 days a week for about hours and usually after 5pm. Games will take place on Saturdays.
Are there going to be tryouts?
There are no try outs. All players play and will be assigned to their team based on their grade level.
Will my child play on the same team as last year?
No. Walla Walla will have one team at each grade level. All of those teams will be known as the Junior Blue Devils. These teams will run the same plays and systems as the Walla Walla High School Football Team. If there end up being 34 or more students participating at a grade level, a second team will be formed at that grade level.
Who exactly will my child be playing against?
We are part of the Columbia Basin Youth Football League (CBYFL). Therefore, we will play games against teams from all over the columbia basin. Richland, Pasco, Hanford, Chiawana, Kennewick, Kamiakin, Prosser, Zilliah, and Kiona-Benton all have youth football organizations. Players enroll within the boundary lines of the high school they will attend and play on that high schools junior team.
Who will be coaching these football teams?
All of the coaches will still be volunteers and some coaches may be coaches from last year. All coaches will be USA Football Certified, required to be trained in concussion and injury management protocol, and required to attend coaching clinics provided by the Walla Walla High School Football coaching staff.
Where will the games take place?
Most games will be played in the tri-cities, although we have have been told that at least some games will be played in Walla Walla.
Does my child have to be a future Blue Devil to play in the league?
Football players do NOT have to be future Blue Devils to play in the football league. In fact, we hope to get football players from the entire Walla Walla Valley and would never discourage any football player from joining the league. If a group affiliated will another high school has enough players at a grade level (17) to form a team, the league will set up a team under their mascot.
What is the difference between the spring and fall seasons?
The spring season is a 7-on-7 non-contact league which will focus more on passing and coverage. In 7-on-7, teams will be made up of two grade levels (1st/2nd, 3rd/4th, 5th/6th, 7th/8th. The fall season is traditional tackle football and we plan to have at least one team for each grade 3rd through 6th.
Does my child have to play in the spring and the fall?
No, your child does not have to participate in both seasons.
Will the name of our League change?
No, we will continue to operate as Blue Mountain Youth Football. Sign ups, registration, and equipment will be handled by BMYFL as last year. All teams will be called Jr. Blue Devils. When a school such as College Place, Waitsburg, Dayton, etc. has enough kids to form a team they will form a junior version of that high schools mascot.
Where do we practice?
Practice will continue to be in the Walla Walla Area. Location will be determined by the number of teams we have.
Where are the games played?
Most of the games will be played in the Tri-cities. Schedules have yet to be worked out but we will lobby to get as many games in Walla Walla as possible.
Why join CBYF?
Joining gives our local youth an opportunity to play more games per season. They will be competing against players in their own grade level.
Because we are BMYFL all of our teams are competing against out of town teams NOT against each other. This will create a more supportive atmosphere between coaches, players and parents. Coaches can now work together instead of against each other.
We now have the full support of the Wa-Hi coaching staff, (and others) they are assisting our league with coach training and student volunteers. The benefit to our young players is they are learning the High School systems early and if they elect to play High School football they will be prepared.