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What you need to know about our programUpdated Saturday October 27, 2018 by Lauren Hyde.
Our 2018 season has come to an end! We had an amazing year welcoming new players and veteran Chargers throughout all Divisions.
Some important information to know:
SBYF Chargers is an all volunteer run youth sports league. We invite all players from the surrounding areas to participate in our programs to build confidence and instill team work while being part of the Chargers team. We are in the process of becoming a non-profit organization recognized by the IRS which will allow us to enhance our program even more as time moves on.
For the first time in 2018 we offered a flag football league for players age 5-8. Flag is designed to offer players the ability to learn the rules of the game without tackle. This provided families and players the opportunity to be on a team, learning the rules without the elevated level of tackle. We will run flag again during the 2019 season with 2 practice/games during the week and matchups against other county wide flag leagues as well on scheduled days.
New in 2018 was an age restriction on Pee Wee players with a minimum starting at age 7 and for all players age 7, 8 or 9. As in the past, our Junior Division will be for players age 10 and 11 and Seniors are age 12 and 13 or players may turn 14 before September 1st and still be in 8th grade to be on the Chargers teams.
Southern Berkshire Youth Football Inc gives our players the opportunity to play football on a team that teaches the game in a way that is safe for our players. We take the league very seriously and are commited to making sure that each and every player is protected by the league provided gear and by the coaching staff. If you have concerns regarding safety please contact our league Safety Coordinator, Graham Frank at 413-347-2997.
The 2018 season regstration fees were $65 per flag player and $110 per tackle league player with a maximum per family of $160. We offer payment plans and are exploring the ability to provide scholarships to those in need. The 2019 fees may differ but will likely be similar to the 2018 pricing structure.
During the 2018 season scheduled practices were held Tuesday, Thursday and Friday with games on Sunday. Although this is a big commitment for a youth football league, the conditioning and skills practices are critical for players to know the game rules and plays so they can be an effective member of the team. Your player will gain confidence knowing that they are part of a team and the benefits that you will see in your child will be worth the time commitment for you and for them. We strive to make the league one big extended family and hope that you will join us.
The 2019 practices will start for the season in August 2019 and will be held at the Great Barrington Little League field, Olympia Meadows.
If you have any questions regarding the 2018 season please contact league President Kris Laine at 860-671-9632 or Registrar Jen Wilkinson at 413-695-2928.