CSSU Buccaneers Youth Football

Where Players Play, Coaches Coach and Families Volunteer


    Player/Family/Coach Handbook www.cssubuccaneers.org

 
This Handbook provides and overview of pertinent information regarding the CSSU Buccaneers Youth Football Program. The Handbook is subject to change during the course of the season and the latest version, as well as related material referenced in this Handbook, will be on our website (www.cssubuccaneers.org). Please contact the CSSU Buccaneers Board at cssubuccs@gmail.com with questions or concerns.



Handbook Contents

 

Introduction.................................................................................................................................... 2

Program History............................................................................................................................. 3

Teams.............................................................................................................................................. 3

Player Eligibility............................................................................................................................. 4

Equipment...................................................................................................................................... 4

Program-Issued Equipment........................................................................................................ 4

Additional Required Equipment................................................................................................. 5

Palmer Field................................................................................................................................... 5

Practices......................................................................................................................................... 5

Games............................................................................................................................................. 6

Responsibilities and Expectations............................................................................................. 6

Players............................................................................................................................................ 6

Families.......................................................................................................................................... 7

Coaches......................................................................................................................................... 7

Adult Behavior and Code of Conduct....................................................................................... 8

Volunteers...................................................................................................................................... 8

Hosting Home Games.................................................................................................................. 8

Frequently Asked Questions...................................................................................................... 9

When does registration open?................................................................................................... 9

When is equipment distributed and returned?...................................................................... 10

Does equipment, including uniforms, need to be clean before returning?..................... 10

Can uniforms be machine washed and dried?..................................................................... 10

What is the best way to take care of a football helmet?....................................................... 11

How do coaches manage playing time?................................................................................. 11

2015 Required Releases and Acknowledgment Form........................................................ 11

 

 

The CSSU Buccaneers must receive a completed and signed Required Releases and Acknowledgment Form for every player each year. Please print and complete the Form and bring to equipment distribution along with any additional required paperwork, e.g. photocopy of birth certificate (new players only), physician notes, etc.

Introduction

The CSSU Buccaneers serve youth with the Chittenden South Supervisory Union (CSSU) school district, which is comprised of Charlotte, Hinesburg, Shelburne, St. George, and Williston. Our mission is to offer each child the opportunity to enjoy the sport of football in a positive and safe environment. We strive to provide an instructive and competitive environment for each participant to learn the fundamentals of football as well as the importance of, and pride in, sportsmanship, teamwork, self-discipline, physical fitness, camaraderie, leadership, and other beneficial life-long skills. Above all, the safety and well-being of each player is our number one priority. The CSSU Buccaneers are part of the Northern Vermont Youth Football League (www.nvyfl.com), which is of the comprised of approximately 16 teams from Northern Vermont.

Program History

The CSSU Buccaneers Youth Football program was founded as a feeder program for

CVU in 2004 by Jay Michaud, who was the then-acting coach of the CVU Club Football

Team. In 2005, the Palmer family offered their land off of Shelburne Falls Road in Hinesburg for the Buccaneers to use for practice and games during the season. The following year, in 2006, the program became an incorporated non-profit organization and expanded to include a flag team, initially consisting of third and fourth graders only. The program has grown more than 100 players each season ranging from second to eighth grade.   

Teams

The CSSU Buccaneers are comprised of three teams which play against other NVYFL teams at the same age and level: 7/8 Team (7th and 8th graders); 5/6 Team (5th and 6th graders); and Flag Team (2nd, 3rd and 4th graders). Depending on the number of players registered, the 5/6 and 7/8 teams may be divided into Varsity and Junior Varsity teams. The Flag Team also may be split into two or more equal teams. This allows all players to have more game time and the opportunity to play against players with similar levels of experience and ability. 

 

Flag Team  

This is an introduction to football with the sole purpose of teaching kids the fundamentals of football. 

5/6 Team  

This is an introduction to full contact, tackle football with an emphasis on safety, fitness, fair and hard play. 

7/8 Team  

This is introduction to healthy competition. It is the regular season record of the 7/8 Team that determines seeding in the NVYFL Tournament. 

 

While there are no cuts from any of the CSSU Buccaneers teams, the CSSU Buccaneers Board may limit the number of players eligible for registration based on equipment availability and the number of players each team of coaches can safely support and control. In the event the Buccaneers have its maximum number of players for a team, every effort is made to introduce prospective players other NVYFL programs in surrounding areas.

Player Eligibility

Under NVYFL rules and regulations, any player from Charlotte, Hinesburg, Shelburne, St. George, or Williston is eligible to play. Players residing in another town served by another NVYFL team must have a written release from the head coach of the other team to play for the CSSU Buccaneers. 

The minimum age for the 5/6 Team is 8 years old by November 1 of the season year. For the 7/8 Team, the player must be in sixth grade or 11 years old by November 1 of the season year. Players on the 7/8 Team must not be above eight grade or more than 14 years old by the end of the season. Any player attaining the age of 15 prior to April 1 of the following season year must play as a down lineman. 5/6 Team players cannot be older than 12 years by the end of the season. All new players must submit a copy of their birth certificate before they are allowed to play. 

A player must be at or under 130 pounds to play as an offensive back or an end on the 7/8 Team. Tight ends may weigh 135 pounds, but if over 130 pounds they cannot take a handoff. On the 5-6 Team, a player must be at or below 100 pounds to play offensive back or end. Tight ends may weigh up to 105 pounds, but if they are over 100 pounds they cannot take a handoff. All players that may potentially be ball carriers are weighed in at the season start Jamboree. All players are weighed again before the playoffs.

 

Equipment

Program-Issued Equipment

The CSSU Buccaneers issues the following NVYFL approved safety equipment to all players to borrow and use during the season: 

Helmet with chin-strap
Shoulder pads
Pads: hip, thigh, tailbone, knee
Practice jersey
Uniform (jersey and game pants with belt) 

All equipment issued to players is CSSU Buccaneers property and cannot be altered in any way. Players and their families are responsible for the care and maintenance of equipment issued to them and any abuse or damage that may occur while in their custody. The total replacement cost for program-issued equipment is $500. An invoice will be issued to the adult listed on the registration form and payment, in full, is expected to be made to the CSSU Buccaneers within 30 days from the date of the invoice

Additional Required Equipment

The following equipment is not provided by the CSSU Buccaneers but is required to participate in practices and games. All players must have: 

Athletic support/cup
Mouth guard
Football cleats (metal cleats are NOT allowed)
Black Practice Pants
Appropriate long socks, preferably football socks in the color red or black  Water bottle

OPTIONAL: Arm Pads, Rib Pads, Hand Pads, Gloves and girdle (to hold in tailbone pad and hip pads) are optional.

 

Palmer Field

Palmer Field is the home field of the CSSU Buccaneers and where all practices and home games take place. This is private land owned by the Palmer Family that they have graciously allowed the team to use during the football season. All players, families and coaches are expected to be mindful and respectful of the Palmer property. This means:

Staying within the bounds of the property that have been designated for use by the Buccaneers. 
Parking in designated areas only.
Keeping dogs and other animals home. NO DOGS OR PETS are allowed at the field.
Cleaning up after all practices and games. At no time shall water bottles, equipment, garbage, etc. or other items be left on the field. 

 

Palmer Field is located at 2800 Shelburne Falls Road, Hinesburg, Vermont 05461.

 

Practices

Players must complete ten (10) practices in order to play in the Jamboree and/or their first game of the season. There are no exceptions to this requirement. For this reason, the CSSU Buccaneers have daily practices (Monday – Friday) the two weeks prior to the date of the Jamboree. During this time, coaches may offer double sessions at their convenience. 

After the Jamboree, teams will fall into a regular practice schedule. As soon as the practice schedule is finalized, the CSSU Buccaneers posts this information on its website and also notifies all registered players by e-mail. The regular practice schedule is usually as follows: 

 

TEAM

SCHEDULE

Flag Team

5:30 until 7:30: Monday and Wednesday. 

5/6 Team

5:30 until 7:30: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 

7/8 Team

5:30 until 7:30: Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 

 

Games

As soon as the game schedule is finalized, the CSSU Buccaneers posts this information on its website and also notifies all registered players by e-mail. The regular game schedule is usually as follows:

 

TEAM

SCHEDULE

Flag Team

Game days vary 

5/6 Team 

Varsity games are Saturday mornings at 8 am; Junior Varsity games vary but are usually on Tuesdays or Thursdays 

7/8 Team

Varsity games are Saturday mornings at 9:30 am; Junior Varsity games vary but are usually on Mondays

 

Responsibilities and Expectations

Players, Families and Coaches should expect to commit a great deal of time during the football season. There is an amazing amount of effort required to have a successful youth football program. Therefore all players, parents/guardians and coaches are expected to accept and agree to the following responsibilities.

Players

All PLAYERS must agree to the following responsibilities:

Keep family and school as their number one priorities
Respect for the team, their fellow players - including opponents, and the coaching staff at all times
No bullying, hitting, abusive language or abusing fellow players. Poor sportsmanship, swearing, and inappropriate behavior is not acceptable and may result is dismissal.
Listen to direction of coaches
Follow all rules and regulations of the coaches and the program
Submit to disciplinary action (typically running extra laps) for disciplinary infractions
Treat all equipment, including uniforms, with respect and diligence
Attend all practices unless excused by a coach ahead of time
Arrive to all practices and games on time
Learn the game of football to the best of their ability

Families

All FAMILIES must agree to the following responsibilities:

Read and understand the safety requirements associated with playing football
Fulfill all registration requirements including providing insurance information and birth certificate for new players.
Acknowledge receipt and financial responsibility for all equipment issued to their player
Participate in the fundraising activities of the program
Volunteer for other team activities and duties
Transport or otherwise arrange transport of their child to all scheduled games and practices, including on time drop off and pick up
Timely return of all program-issued equipment, including uniforms
Support the teams, the coaches and the CSSU Buccaneers Board
Raise questions, suggestions and/or concerns to the coach and/or CSSU Buccaneers Board. Families are not to communicate with the Northern Vermont Youth Football League directly. 
Abide by the Adult Behavior and Code of Conduct in this Handbook

Coaches

All COACHES must agree to the following responsibilities:

Successfully apply and be approved by the Northern Vermont Youth Football

League as a coach before the start of the season (includes background check) 

Successfully complete and be certified by USA Football as a coach before the start of the season.
Set an example of good sportsmanship on and off the playing field
Treat players with respect and expect the same from players
Show a positive attitude towards the team, the game and individual players
Offer assistance to players that may be new to the game or needing more instruction
Maintain an open line of communication between players, families and the CSSU Buccaneers Board
Communicate weekly, by e-mail, with families about practice and game schedules as well as other notes of interest (Head and/or Assistant Coaches Only)
Abide by the Adult Behavior and Code of Conduct in this Handbook

 

Adult Behavior and Code of Conduct

At any CSSU Buccaneers Football practice, game, or event, any adult who does one or more of the following will be asked to leave the practice, game or event and his or her child will be removed from the practice, game or event: 

Verbally abuse
Attempts to intimidate
Is flagrantly rude
Cannot control his or her language or actions with an official, coach or CSSU Buccaneer Volunteer. 

Any adult who commits a second similar offense will be banned from CSSU Buccaneers events for the remainder of the season and his or her child will removed from the team for the remainder of the season. 

Any adult who physically assaults an official, coach or CSSU Buccaneer volunteer will be banned from the CSSU Buccaneers Football Program for one year from the date of the offense and his or her child will be removed from the program for the same period of time. After the one (1) year sanction time, the adult may apply for re-instatement of his or her children. If the adult commits a second similar offense, he or she will be permanently banned from the CSSU Buccaneers Youth Football Program and Northern Vermont Youth Football League.

The term physical assault includes, but is not limited to: hitting, slapping, pushing, spitting, kicking or striking in any way with any part of the body or physical implement.

There are no registration refunds or partial refunds for any infractions.

 

Volunteers

The CSSU Buccaneers is a wholly volunteer organization. Everyone from the CSSU Buccaneers Board to the coaches is a volunteer. The CSSU Buccaneers posts volunteer information on its website and also notifies all registered players by e-mail when volunteers are needed. Each family is expected to donate some time to help us maintain and operate our program.

 

Hosting Home Games

The CSSU Buccaneers Board and coaches are responsible for ensuring that all games hosted by the Buccaneers comply with NVYFL rules, regulations and expectations. This means that the field must be prepped to League standards and that volunteers are secured in advance. The Buccaneers also operate a concession stand at all home games as a fundraiser. 

In preparing for a home game, the following steps must be taken and volunteers must be secured for each:

Line field (one week prior to game)
Operate scoreboard
Set up orange cones, yard markers and down markers
Operate the three-person “chain gang” (down marker)
Serve as the field medical doctor (all Varsity and Junior Varsity games)
Coordinate parking, including marking the parking lot
Coordinate concession stand and sales
Coordinate apparel stand and sales
Clean up (post-game) and secure storage pod

 

Frequently Asked Questions

When does registration open?

Through a partnership with the Williston Parks and Recreation Departments, all registrations are done through the Department’s online registration system

(www.willistonrec.org).  On or before May 1 of each year, the CSSU Buccaneers and the Williston Parks and Recreation Department will post registration information as well as the current fee on their respective websites. The registration period is May 1st to July 1st each year. Registrations received after July 1st will incur a late fee. Registration officially closes the Thursday before the first day of practice. Scholarships are available and are based on need.


When is equipment distributed and returned? 

Equipment is usually distributed on the Sunday before the first day of practice at Storage Solutions located at 119 Commerce Street (Unit C-20) in Hinesburg. As soon as the day and time are finalized, the CSSU Buccaneers posts this information on its website and also notifies all registered players by e-mail. 

All equipment is required to be returned to the CSSU Buccaneers in the same condition as received at a designated date and time, usually the first Sunday after the last regular season game. (Teams that make the Playoffs will return equipment on the Saturday after the final Playoff day.) As soon as the day and time for equipment return are finalized, the CSSU Buccaneers posts this information on its website and also notifies all registered players by e-mail.

THERE ARE NO OTHER SCHEDULED DATES FOR EQUIPMENT DISTRIBUTION

OR RETURN. Players who miss equipment distribution and/or return need to make arrangements through their coach. In addition:

ALL PLAYERS must be present to ensure that their equipment is properly fitted for safety reasons. 
Failure to pick up equipment may result in a delay of starting practice and the season.
Failure to return equipment will result in a $500 charge to cover the cost of purchasing new equipment. The invoice will be issued to the adult listed on the registration form and payment, in full, is expected to be made to the CSSU Buccaneers within 30 days from the date of the invoice. 

 

Failure to pay an invoice within 30 days will result in $50 late fee and a claim will be filed with the Vermont Superior Court against the adult listed on the registration form.   

Does equipment, including uniforms, need to be clean before returning?

Yes, all equipment, including uniforms, must be clean prior to returning. Equipment and uniforms must also be in the same condition as received. Dirty or damaged equipment and uniforms will NOT be accepted for return. 

Can uniforms be machine washed and dried?

Uniforms, which consist of game jerseys and game pants, must be cleaned weekly and can be machine washed. However, they should not be placed in the dryer after cleaning. The heat of the dryer will cause the numbers and letters to peel off of the jerseys. The heat of the dryer will also cause the elastic material of the game pants to deteriorate more quickly and lose their shape. Please hang game jerseys and game pants up to dry in the air. Never use bleach on uniforms.

What is the best way to take care of a football helmet?

Scrub helmets with mild detergent to remove scuffs after games or as necessary. Never soak or submerge a helmet in water, place a helmet near heat or open flame, or use a hand or mechanical pump to inflate the air liner in a helmet. Sitting, throwing and leaning on helmets will result in damage. 

How do coaches manage playing time?

The CSSU Buccaneers place emphasis on instruction and participation over competition and coaches make every effort to allow every player to play in every game; fair playing time is a priority. Playing time, position determination and team placement will vary based on the coaching staff’s assessment of what is sometimes called a “The Three A’s”: Attendance, Attitude and Ability. 

Attendance: Players must be present to learn the skills
Attitude: Players must be respectful to all teammates, coaches, officials and volunteers at all times; behavior and effort must be positive
Ability: Players must build strength in practice, demonstrate durability, and play with spirit (Endurance). Players must learn the fundamentals, study the playbook and give extra effort (Skill).

As players advance, the impact of “Ability” in this evaluation has a greater impact on playing time. Due to the physical nature of the game, however, there are instances where the size of the player determines his/her position; some positions get more playing time than others.

How do coaches decide teams?

The 5/6 and 7/8 Varsity teams are generally comprised of the oldest players on each of the teams (e.g. 6th and 8th graders) whereas the Junior Varsity teams (if there are enough players to field another team) are comprised of the youngest players (e.g. 5th and 7th graders). Final placement, however, is largely based on experience and skill with an emphasis on safety first. Less experienced players, regardless of grade, are usually placed on Junior Varsity teams to start. Flag teams are also decided based on experience and skill. 

             

2015Required Releases and Acknowledgment Form

 

 

PARENTAL RELEASE I/We certify that I/we am/are the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of ‘player’ and that he/she is, to the best of my/our knowledge, physically fit and able to participate in unrestricted activities related to practice and games in the sport of football. If ‘player’ has a history of serious illness or injury a note signed by a physician clearing the individual for full participation in all NVYFL activities must accompany this form.  GENERAL RELEASE The undersigned individual, in consideration of his/her player’s participation in the Northern Vermont Youth Football League, covenants and agrees to hold harmless NVYFL, its agents, team organizations, coaches and all league administrators and persons transporting ‘player’ to/from activities, against all liabilities, expenses, costs and claims arising from or in connection with any suit, claim or demand of any kind and character brought or maintained in connection with the player’s participation in the NVYFL and any associate member team. The program includes the use of football players’ equipment, and the preparation for a participation in tackle football games—a contact sport—under the instruction and supervision of adults. NVYFL hereby informs both the player and his/her parents that there are risks inherent in athletic participation. I/We agree to return all equipment assigned to my/our child, or be sent a bill for it. 

MEDICAL RELEASE I/We grant permission to NVYFL coaches/staff to render first aid to ‘player’. In case of emergency, I/we hereby authorize him/her to be treated by Certified Emergency Personnel and understand that I/we and/or his/her emergency contact (parents first) will be contacted as quickly as possible. 

WEBSITE RELEASE I/We give permission for ‘player’s picture and name (first initial, last name) to appear on the NVYFL website and/or associated team site. Further I/we understand that the content of the website is at the sole discretion of the website administrator and NVYFL and that neither guarantee that his/her neither picture nor name will appear. 

(Place a checkmark in the box only if you do not agree to the website release  o) 

 

By signing below, I/we, the parent(s) or guardian(s) of  ________________________ (player’s name) acknowledge all information and herein give my/our consent to participate in the NVYFL program. 

I/we also acknowledge that I/we have read and understand the CSSU Buccaneers Handbook for the 2015 season and will comply with all herein. I/we understand that not complying with Handbook requirements and expectations may subject my son(s) /daughter(s) to be ineligible to participate in the 2015 season. 

 

 

_________________________________       ___________________________________     _______ PARENT OR GUARDIAN SIGNATURE   PARENT OR GUARDIAN PRINTED NAME  DATE

**NEW PLAYERS ONLY** Please attach a photocopy of the

player’s birth certificate to this form.

Revised 8-02-15

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