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City of East Grand Rapids
750 Lakeside Drive SE
East Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Ph: 616-949-2110
Fx: 616-940-4884
Rocket Football FAQ's
The Rocket Football program is a full contact (tackle) football program for children in grades 3-7. Your child does not have to be an East Grand Rapids resident to participate. Each child will be placed in the group of the grade they are going into in the fall of 2016.  The focus is on learning how to play the game of football and have fun doing it. Below you'll find some FAQ's that are typically asked each year.

Frequently Asked Questions:

•Are requests for specific coaches, teams, practice schedules, or game times accepted? 
    No, much as we would like to, we are unable to accept or satisfy any special requests. Thanks for your understanding.

•What will be my child's team game schedule this year? 
    The season consists of 7 games each Saturday beginning the first Saturday after Labor Day, and ending 7 weeks after that date. Your team's opponent, game location, and game time, is scheduled weekly by the league (i.e., the WMYFL) based on a strength basis (or in other words, based on each team's win/loss record up until that point). Because it's developed weekly, the schedule will be available only after the previous week's scores have been tallied and field availability determined. This is normally Tuesday or Wednesday before the upcoming Saturday game. We are hoping to have 3-4 weeks of pre-scheduled games this year.

•Where are games played? 
    Home games are played at Memorial Field.  Away games could be played at one of the other WMYFL teams (Rockford, Northview, Lowell, Kentwood or Caledonia). We have started this new league to cut down on travel.  Directions to away games are available at the WMYFL website (coming soon).

•How are players assigned to a Team? 
    Teams are constructed through controlled draft process. Each coach is able to reserve 5 kids. The 5 reserved kids include his child and any assistant coaches child. If a head coach has three assistant coaches with kids, the coach only has one open at large pick. The kids that are not drafted are sorted by DOB, weight, and playing experience, and then evenly distributed to a team in their age group by the WMYFL.  

•What is the practice schedule typically like? 
    Each team will have 4 practices the first week, and 2-3 practices each week after that and through the season. Each team's practice schedule and practice location is determined by each team's head coach. Practices locations are generally at Wealthy Elementary or Manhattan Park.

•Are there weight limits? 
    Yes. Each player's weight must be at or under the limits listed below in order to participate in practices or games. This is a league requirement. Each player is weighed before each game in full equipment, less helmet. If your child is over the weight limit at game time,  a orange sticker will be placed on their helmet and they can only play the line for that game.  A scale will be available at the Parks and Recreation Department. We do not allow your child to play up to the next age group if they are over the weight limit. 

The weight limits for each age group is as follows:

3rd/4th grade 125 lbs.
5th/6th grade 145 lbs.
7th grade 160 lbs.

•What equipment is needed? 
    Each player must provide his/her own helmet, football pants/pads, shoulder pads, practice jersey, football cleats (metal or screw in cleats are not permitted), and mouthguard. Jerseys are provided by the Parks and Recreation Department and must be returned at season end. Please make sure the football pants are white and the helmet white. Take advantage of the Dick's sporting goods coupons and special shop day.  

•Are there any rules concerning playing time? 
    League rules concerning playing time are very clear. The WMYFL rule is "All players shall start on either offense, defense or specialty teams; and thereafter play as equally as possible." In East Grand Rapids, we insist that our coaches follow this. Coaches do have some discretion to try different line-ups during the course of a game but this should not impact your child's playing time. If you any concerns or questions about your child's playing time, please discuss it immediately with your coach.