Football & Cheer FAQs

Are you considering signing your child up to play football or cheer?  Here are some of the common questions parents have?

Who can participate to play Xpress Football?
Boys and girls ages 5-14 from the towns of North Smithfield, Blackstone, Millville, and any other town that does not have an AYF team in it, can play Xpress Football.  In order to cheer or play flag football you must be 5 by July 31st. To find out what team your child will play on click here.

Is there a weight limit for kids?
 No there is no weight limit for kids to play with Xpress,  they play with other kids from their grade.

How often is practice and where does it take place?
Practices begin in the last week of July,and are four nights a week, usually lasting from 6-8.  When school starts, kids practice three nights a week.  All practices take place at the Meadows field, behind the Polish American Club in Blackstone.

When do we play the games?
All our games take place on Sunday’s.  Our home games are played on the North Smithfield High School Football field.  Usually the gameday schedule has been this,:

Flag : 8:00  Jr Mites: 9:30 4th Grade 11:00 5th Grade 12:30 6th Grade: 2:00  7th Grade: 3:30

What equipment is needed?
We  provide players with most of the equipment, you will need to provide football cleats, mouth guard with strap, practice jersey and a supportive cup if needed.  We also recommend an all in one girdle, this is not required.

How many players are on the team?
The maximum players per team is 33 .  This may vary depending on the number of children at each level.

Does everyone play?
Yes everyone plays.  Each child is required to play a certain amount of downs, depending on the team size.

Do you perform background checks on coaches?
Yes all Board members, head coaches and assistant coaches go through a background check.

If I register my child do I have to volunteer or pay an opt out fee for not volunteering?
No, unlike other programs we do not charge a fee if you do not volunteer. Please remember this is a 100% volunteer  run league,  without the help of parents this league would not be able to run.

My child is not scheduled for a physical until after the season starts, what do I do?
In order for your kids to start practicing they are required to have a medical waiver form or a physical that states that your child can participate in all active sports. Click here to download the AYF medical waiver and have your child’s doctor sign it.
If you are interested in volunteering please contact Nick Agrela