Email Jimmy Clemmer about tackle football questions. 

1. When does the season start?

Practice begins the first week of August (with the exact date TBD later) at Briarwood High School on either the baseball field or "The Shelf". Before the week school starts, there will be 4-5 practices per week. Practices will only be twice a week beginning the week school starts. The season starts the last week of August. For more details, go to the "2018 Important Dates" page.

2. In which league does Cahaba Valley/Briarwood teams participate?

The league is called Jefferson Shelby Youth Football League (JSYFL). Other participating members are Chelsea, Helena, Homewood, Hoover, John Carroll, Oak Mountain, Pelham, Spain Park, Thompson, and Vestavia.

3. Where and when are the games played?

The schedule is arranged by the league and is released about one month prior to the first game. Games will be held at participating parks. Generally, about half of the games will be home and played at Briarwood High School football stadium, and the other half away. Games will be played weekly, either on Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday nights at the other parks. The game night may vary from week to week.

4. What times are the games?

Junior Division (3rd and 4th grade) games begin at 6:00 pm and Senior Division (5th and 6th Grade) begin at 7:15 pm and last about 1 hour and 15 minutes. The game schedule is arranged by the league. The league has made every effort to expedite these games; however, they must provide a schedule that satisfies many considerations.

5. When will we practice?

The practice schedule is a reflection of the game schedule. Generally, teams practice 2 times a week, usually 1 1/2 to 2 hours per practice. You may practice Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. If, for example you have a Monday game, you may practice Saturday. A team may practice in the pre-season on Fridays, but generally do not practice on Fridays during the season. Practices cannot start before 6:00 due to Jr. High and High School teams practice schedules. Please be at all practices; your commitment to the team is important.

6. Where will we practice?

All our teams will practice at Briarwood High School on the baseball field or on the field behind the Varsity game field press box. It is commonly called the "shelf." The coaches are assigned practice times prior to the season.

7. How much will my son play?

Beginning in the 2014 season, a new JYSFL rule makes it mandatory that each player participate in at least 6 plays during a regular season game as a 3rd and 4th grader and at least 4 plays during a regular season game as a 5th and 6th grader.

8. What equipment does our program provide?

Cahaba Valley Football provides HELMETS, GAME PANTS, and a GAME JERSEY (You will keep the jersey.)

9. What equipment must I provide?

You must provide a CHIN STRAP, MOUTHPIECE, SHOULDER PADS, PRACTICE JERSEY, PRACTICE PANTS, PANT PADS, ANY ARM PADDING, WHITE MID-CALF SOCKS and FOOTBALL CLEATS. We will provide you with the best source for these items.

10. What division can or will my son participate?

There are 4 age/weight divisions. A player may play up in age and weight, but may not play down a division. The first criteria is age, followed by weight. Eligibility requirements for age and weight apply equally to all parks in the JSYFL. Divisions and age/weight requirements are below:

  • Jr. 3rd Grade (90 lbs.) - Teams for players who are 7 & 8. Players cannot be 9 years old before May 1 of the current year. Players who turn 9 between May 1 and August 31 must be in 3rd Grade. Players must weigh in at 90.9 lbs or less to be considered an “Unrestricted Player.” All players weighing between 91 and 100.9 lbs. will be considered a “Restricted Player.” The 90 lbs Division Team will be formed only if registration volume allows. Players for this division can only play in the 105 lbs division for age/weight reasons.
  • Jr. 4th Grade (105 lbs.) - Teams for players who are 8 & 9. Players cannot be 10 years old before May 1 of the current year. Players who turn 10 between May 1 and August 31 must be in 4th Grade. Players must weigh-in at 105.9 lbs or less to be considered an “Unrestricted Player”. All players weighing between 106 and 115.9 lbs. will be considered a “Restricted Player.”
  • Sr. 5th Grade (120 lbs.) - Teams for players who are 9 & 10. Players cannot be 11 years old before May 1 of the current year. Players who turn 11 between May 1 and August 31 must be in 5th Grade. Players must weigh-in at 120.9 lbs or less to be considered an “Unrestricted Player”. All players weighing between 121 and 135.9 lbs. will be considered a “Restricted Player.” 
  • Sr. 6th Grade (130 lbs.) - Teams for players who are 10, 11, and 6th Grade 12 year olds. Players cannot be 12 years old before May 1 of the current year. Players that turn 12 after December 31 and before May 1 of the current year will be allowed to play proved the player was on a Certified JSYFL roster for the previous season. Players must weigh-in at 130.9 lbs or less to be considered an “Unrestricted Player”. All players weighing between 131 and 150.9 lbs. will be considered a “Restricted Player.”

11. What is the refund policy if my son quits?

Once you register, the Cahaba Valley Football Board makes an expendure for equipment, supplies, and insurance for the player. If the player quits before the first practice, you will receive all but $50 of your $300 registration fee, provided you return the already distributed equipment. Once your child signs up, we buy insurance and pay a field fee before the season begins. After the first practice, you will receive 50% of your total fee ($150.00) regardless of your reasons for not finishing.

12. How are teams chosen?

If a particular age group has enough players for two teams, then the director, asst. director and the head coaches of the age group determine the division of the teams.

13. Do I have to be enrolled in Briarwood to participate in the Cahaba Valley Football League?

Not necessarily; If you attend Oak Mountain Classical "Westminster School at Oak Mountain" you may play for Cahaba Valley or the public school for which you are districted to attend. In addition, if you have been on the Briarwood waiting list for less than one year, you may be eligible. Please contact Jimmy Clemmer if this is the case...

14. What are the breakdown on the ages (birthdays) and weights for the 4th, 5th and 6th grades?

4th Grade - Junior 2 - Teams for players who are in 4th Grade. Players cannot be 11 years old before December 31st of the current year. All Players must be in 4th Grade or lower in the fall of the current year. Players must weigh-in at 105.9 lbs or less to be considered an "Unrestricted Player". All players weighing 106lbs. or more will be considered a "Restricted Player"
(see Restricted Player rules).  There will be a 6 play minimum play rule for this division.

5th Grade - Senior 1 - Teams for players who are in 5th Grade. Players cannot be 12 years old before December 31st of the current year. All Players must be in 5th Grade or lower in the fall of the current year. Players must weigh-in at 120.9 lbs or less to be considered an "Unrestricted Player". All players weighing 121lbs. or more will be considered a "Restricted Player"
(see Restricted Player rules). There will be a 4 play minimum play rule for this division.

6th Grade - Senior 2 - Teams for players who are in 6th Grade. Players cannot be 13 years old before December 31st of the current year. All players must be in 6th Grade or lower in the fall of the current year. Players must weigh-in at 135.9 lbs or less to be considered an "Unrestricted Player". All players weighing 136lbs. or more will be considered a "Restricted Player"
(see Restricted Player rules). There will be a 4 play minimum play rule in this division.