NOTE: 8U USES THE SAME RULES AS 10U, 12U and 14U. THE 6U LEVEL USES THE SAME RULES AS LAST YEAR’s TM LEVEL. Those rules will be sent out to everyone, including the referees, next week.
NOTE TO PRESIDENTS ON SCHEDULE CHANGES – DO NOT CHANGE TIMES ON YOUR HOME GAMES OR YOU WILL FORFEIT THOSES GAME. More and more presidents are objecting to unexplained time changes different than what this schedule indicates, so we are going to stick to the schedule unless I made a mistake or the school changes your location and/or day. NOR CAL RULES STATE NO SCHEDULE CHANGES ARE PERMITTED WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF THE NOR CAL PRESIDENT AND IT WILL ONLY BE CONSIDERED IF THERE IS A VALID REASON. If you make a change on your own you could end up FORFEITING any games you moved or changed.
Each association set their own game times over summer and will have to stick with what they have (unless for example a team drops and there is a 2 hour hole in the schedule due to a drop or forfeit which will need to be fixed). If you move to a different school or a different day the game times will remain the same. I received too many complaints last year about forcing hundreds of parents, coaches and kids to change their plan because (for example) a coach had a work schedule conflict. It will NOT be allowed this year.
SCHEDULE PRIORITIES: Keeping teams together, ensuring no team had 2 byes, limiting repeat games and ensuring no team is scheduled to play someone 3 times, not including the Jamboree, were the top priorities with the schedule. Unfortunately there were drops which had a major impact on the ability to keep your teams together. I know there may be weekends where your teams are scattered but it could not be helped due to all the drops. HOWEVER, OUR BIGGEST PRIORITY IS TO PLAY GAMES WHICH IS WHAT THE KIDS WANT – SO WHILE YOU MAY NOT BE HAPPY IF YOUR TEAMS ARE GOING IN DIFERENT DIRETIONS TO PLAY GAMES, THE KIDS ARE GETTING TO PLAY GAMES WHICH IS WHY WE ARE DOING ALL THIS WORK.
Please let me know if one of your teams has 2 byes or plays the same team 3 times not including the Jamboree, as that would be a mistake on my part which would have to be corrected.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE SCHEDULE (FAQ).
NOTE TO ASSOCATIONS THAT DID NOT FIELD A FULL SET OF TEAMS FROM TINY MITE TO 14U:
If you do not have a full set of 5 teams (6U to 14U) then you are obviously putting other associations into situations where their teams cannot travel together and/or they have to play repeat games. PLEASE BE CLEAR – YOU ARE FORCING OTHER ASSOCIATIONS TEAMS TO TRAVEL TO DIFFERENT FIELDS EVERY SINGLE WEEK SO WHEN IT HAPPENS TO YOUR ASSOCIATION, YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO COMPLAIN. In some cases we scheduled extra games at your field so the visiting associations could stay together. On other occasions due to drops and or an association not filling a full set of teams, visitors were not able to travel with their families. Also there are situations where associations are playing at home and due to a visiting association not having a team on a level, a team may have to travel to another location to play a game while the rest of the teams are at home. We tried to keep families together and in most cases were successful. However when families are not together it is because your opponent had drops and did not field a full family of teams. Unfortunately this also impacted the 8 associations that did field full families.
WHY DON’T MY TEAMS ALWAYS TRAVEL AND/OR PLAY TOGETHER?
As indicated above, most associations do not have complete families in their 6U to 14U family line up. We tried to keep teams together as much as possible and were successful in most cases, but if for example one association dropped a 8U team and their opponent dropped a 10U team, both opponents needed someone else to play so there is no way to keep everyone together.
WHY ARE THERE BYES?
The reason there are byes is because there is an odd number of teams on ALL THE LEVELS EXCEPT 8U and/or two teams were at home with nobody else to play or two teams with byes were at home and there was no fair way to send one team to the other. If you have a bye please don’t make plans yet. We want to make sure we do not have any more drops as that would change us from odd to even and there would be games to play. No team should have more than one bye. Also on some weeks multiple teams at home have byes due to the visiting teams dropping, so coaches have the option of setting up their own game if they choose to play.
WHY AREN’T ALL MY ASSOCIATION TEAMS PLAYING TOGETHER AT HOME ON A HOME DATE?
Other than BYES at home which could not be helped, there are a few occasions when a team who should be home is on the road and that is to avoid another team having 2 byes at home. In this case the teams that dropped were visitors and the remaining teams were at home. In order to ensure the kids get to play a game one team had to give up a home game and was scheduled away so they get to play and to avoid multiple byes. We tried to balance it out so that everyone had 4 home games. Some teams may be impacted by a bye at home so the worst case is everyone will have at least 3 home games in spite of byes and lost home games.
WHY DO I PLAY REPEAT GAMES?
Except for 11U teams which did not want to play 12U teams there are not a lot of repeat games. If two teams on a level dropped and the teams they were supposed to play already played each other, we broke up other games where possible to avoid repeat games. However we could not take a team away from traveling with the rest of their family. We only have few repeat games (19 repeat games out of almost 350 scheduled games) during the regular season).
IS THIS THE FINAL SCHEDULE?
Yes but it is subject to change and will resent out with or without updates each Thursday evening or Friday morning. Sometimes teams drop, schools make changes and I have to correct any errors so it is your responsibility to keep up with changes. Make sure to look for the updated schedule each Friday during the season and/or check our website: ncalfootball.com.