What age group does Eagles serve?
Boys and girls ages 7-14.
Are there tryouts?
No. All children in the same age group will play for the Eagles as long as they have a completed medical exam/release completed by their physician.
Are there team sizes or limitations?
All teams must field a minimum of 16 players and a maximum of 30, though some teams may max out at a lower number. Registration of over 42 kids in a single division may be split into two teams. If there are not adequate players to establish a second team, available team slots will be given in the order that registration is paid in full, and all forms have been completed. As per PYFL, all registration documents are both date and time stamped for this reason.
Are there playing time requirements?
All players will play a minimum of 12 plays every game if they attended practice under the Head Coach's requirements.
What league are the Eagles in?
The Ojai Eagles are members of Pacific Youth Football League (PYFL) consists of multiple local chapters in Southern California. More info about PYFL can be found by clicking in the drop down menu 'PYFL'.
Are there weight limits or restrictions?
Yes. If a player is over a certain weight, determined by division, he can't carry the ball. The weight restriction for each division is posted on the Sign-up Information page.
Is there a cut policy?
There are no cuts. However, players are required to participate in regularly scheduled, weekly practices, in order to take the field for games.
When does the season start and how long does it last?
Pre-season practices begin the first week of August and lasts 4 weeks. Jamboree, or the league scrimmages, are usually over Labor Day weekend, and the regular season will last 9 weeks. If a team qualifies, play-offs could last up to three weeks.
What are the typical practice times and locations?
The Div I and Div II teams practice 5 days a week for the first 2 weeks; then 3 days a week for the rest of the season.
The Div III and Div IV teams practice 5 days a week for the first 2 weeks; then 4 days a week for the rest of the season.
Practices are held at Nordhoff High School at various backfields. The Coaches will decide what times work best, but usually 5-7 PM.
What equipment is provided and what can I keep?
Your registration fee buys you a game jersey. The Eagles will provide a helmet, shoulder pads, game pants, belt, and practice pants (limited supply), all of which must be returned at season's end. Families must purchase practice jerseys and girdles separately. Most of the registration fee goes towards your child's insurance costs, field and official's fees, and coaching resources. Cheerleaders keep their entire uniform.
Are there other fees and fund-raising requirements?
All football players and cheerleaders are required to sell one (1) raffle booket each. Families may sell additional raffle books to "earn back" their registration fees. This season, the raffle will be held at the Kick-off BBQ in August, so books must be sold prior to then.
Is there a refund policy?
Registration is viewed as a commitment to complete the entire season, and finances are treated as such. In the event a participant must withdraw, for any reason, including but not limited to injury, parents agree to the following refund policy. Notice of intent to withdrawal must be submitted via written notification to the Head Coach and Executive Board. For the purposes of refunds, the official date of withdrawal will be the date notice is received by the Executive Board AND all league issued equipment, if any, has been returned. Withdrawal prior to July 15, 2020: all fees will be refunded except for the initial $100 non-refundable deposit. Withdrawal between July 15 – PYFL Player certification date (football) or uniforms have been ordered (cheer): all fees paid in excess of $160 will be refunded. Once a player has been certified OR a cheerleader's uniform has been ordered, no refunds will be approved.
What days are games held?
Games are held at various locations on Saturdays only.