Frequently Asked Questions
San Diego Generals Jr All American Football (SDGJAAF)
Is this tackle or flag football? SDGJAAF is a tackle football program.
Who do we play against/or what conference are we in? SDGJAAF is in the Southern California Junior All American Football Conference (SCJAAF). The conference consists of teams throughout the San Bernardino, Riverside, and Orange Counties. Our conference has over 30 chapters including Corona, Chino Hills, Riverside, Murrieta, Orangecrest, Hesperia, Colton and many more.
Will we have to travel far to games? Our conference has chapters throughout multiple counties. You may travel as far north as Corona/Chino Hills/; Victorville/Hesperia; as far east as Palm Springs/Indio; as far South as Murrieta/Temecula. We have charter buses that will bus our team and parents to each game.
My child played for another (NON JUNIOR ALL-AMERICAN) team last season, will my child need to be released or a waiver to play for Junior All American Football? No. We do not require waivers for anyone that has played for other youth football organization in San Diego such as, Pop Warner or AYF.
Where do we practice? All practices are held at Ibarra Elementary School.
Where are home games played? All games are away for the 2018 season as our feeder school field is under construction. 2019, home games will be played at Crawford High School on the stadium football field.
When are the games played? All games are played on Saturdays. The only exception may be a Championship Game which could be played on a Sunday.
When are practices? The first week of practice is mandatory conditioning. Practices are 5 days a week beginning July 23th. After Labor Day practice is 3 days a week: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Practice is from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
What times are games played? Games can be played as early at 10am or as late as 8pm depending on the division and number of the teams playing at the field. You will receive a schedule at the beginning of the season.
Is there a weight limit? Yes, we have 5 age divisions and each has a maximum weight per division, per age. The divisions are:
- Junior Micro – 7 and 8 year olds
- Micro – 8, 9, 10 year olds
- Junior Pee Wee – 9,10, 11, 12 year olds
- Pee Wee – 10, 11, 12, 13 year olds
- Midget – 11, 12, 13, 14 year olds
Again, there is a weight restriction on each age. There is no minimum weight. Please see the weights section on our website. The Chapter Athletic director will ensure all players are placed in the correct weight and age division.
How are teams chosen? After the first 7 days of conditioning a player draft is held offsite. Players are chosen based on their age and skill level. In most cases, there are multiple teams per age division. Most divisions have a 1, 1A, 2 and 3 teams.
I have multiple players; will they play at the same field? Yes. We place siblings in the same skill level division based on the eldest child. Please note that this sibling rule only applies in Division 1 and 1A. There may be some instances where our competitors do not match up exactly and teams may have to split locations. (Please see the Chapter Commissioner if you have any questions).
What does the chapter provide? SDGJAAF provide the following: Integrated practice pants, practice jersey, shoulder pads, helmet, game socks, game pants, game jersey, cleat covers, spirit pack, compression shirt & equipment game bag are also provided. Players may keep their compression shirt, team equipment bag, football cleat sleeves & game uniform which is personalized with their last name on the back, as well as their socks. We do require a deposit for the equipment that is distributed/loaned. That equipment must be returned at the end of the season and be in good condition. (There will be scheduled equipment return days.) You must purchase your own cleats which must be non-detachable rubber molded cleats. Steel, aluminum, hard rubber or nylon with metal cap cleats are not allowed. You may purchase your own helmet but it must be certified. (Please see Chapter Commissioner, Chapter Athletic Director or Equipment Director for details.)
My child wants to be on the same team with his/her friends. Is that possible? Unfortunately, requests for players (non-siblings) to be on the same team cannot be honored due to the player draft.
My child has never played football will this be difficult for him/her? At this time, first year players are only for Jr Micro age group 7 & 8. All other age group must have a minimum of one year football tackle experience. We have multiple divisions per age range. Our coaches pride themselves on teaching the game of football in accordance with each individual division and level of skill. Practices will include basic instruction and safety techniques.
Are the coaches certified? Our coaches are required to participate in on field and classroom training sessions as mandated by our Conference.
Is there a minimum play rule? Yes, we have a 10-play minimum play rule per game for the regular season and 5 play minimum play rule per game in the playoffs for all players.
If my child cannot make every practice will that limit his/her playing time? Practices are 3 days a week (after Labor Day) and it is very important that your player attend each practice. Missing practice could limit playing time and/or the minimum play rule. Talk with your coach regarding attendance /schedule issues.
Are there tryouts for positions? Once players have been drafted to a team, the coaches will give each player the opportunity to try out for various positions. All coaches will work with players to determine which position best suits the player and his/her skill level.
What is the role of the Team Athletic Director? The Team Athletic Director is responsible for the safety and well being of the player while at practices and games. Team Athletic Directors are also responsible for the paper and weight certification of a team. Team Athletic Directors work closely with the Chapter Athletic Director in assuring all records, certification documents and necessary paperwork is complete to ensure the team is eligible to play on game day. The Team Athletic Director is required to be at the field for every practice and game. Team Athletic Directors determine if an injured player can return to the field in both practices and games. The Team Athletic will make the final decision in regards to injuries and is responsible for the safety and well being of your child.
Do we have to participate in the Conditioning Program in June? No, the conditioning program is not mandatory. However, this is an excellent way to get in shape and prepare for the upcoming season. Note: the first week of football practice consist of conditioning which includes extensive running, stretching and football related drills.