What is included in the registration fees?
Registration fees are used to defray all normal operating costs during the season for both the football and cheer programs including safety equipment re-certification, practice and home game field rental, trainer (medic) fees, league provided referees, league provided insurance, normal team equipment (footballs, etc) and practice and game jerseys. Football players receive a custom game jersey, customized with the player’s last name, that they get to keep at the end of the season. The Birmingham Patriots are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Are there any additional costs?
There is a small list of items that is required for purchase, including cleats, protective cup, mouth guard, white socks, girdle with pads, etc. The Patriots do sell apparel at an extra cost as voluntary fundraiser and there are other fundraising events from time to time to help offset additional expenses.
Are there Personal or Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities?
Personal and corporate donations are greatly appreciated and all donations go into a special fund for the sole purpose of purchasing the next generation of football and cheer safety equipment.
When does the season start?
Camps start Mid-July and formal practices begin on August 5. The first game will be on August 24 or 25 and we DO play Labor Day weekend. Please refer to the calendar for updates.
What days and times are practices?
Prior to the first game (August), practices are Monday through Friday, 6-8 PM. Friday practices may be shortened. After the first game, practice days and times are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 6-8 PM. These times may adjust due to daylight issues in October.
Where are practices?
Practices are held at Birmingham Groves High School. Please drop off your child at the northwest playing fields next to the football stadium.
What days and times are the games?
Games are Saturday or Sunday of each week beginning week of August 25 (for 2019) and there are eight consecutive game weeks during the regular season with a potential of three additional weeks for playoff eligible teams.
Where are the games?
Home games are traditionally played at either Groves or Seaholm High School. Away game venues can be found on the OMYFA website.
What if my child cannot make it to practice?
In football, practice is essential for performing well during the year. A player missing practice may miss important schemes or scouting adjustments in any given week. With that said, the coaches recognize that illnesses and certain events occur that prevent children from making practice. Our official policy is that a player that has two unexcused practices during a game week cannot play. Players participating in school events such as camps are given excused absences and are not in jeopardy of missing game play time. For clarification of any rule, please contact your assigned coach.
What teams do the Patriots play against?
In the OMYFA league, we may play any of the following teams: Berkley Steelers, Chesterfield Chargers, Clawson Mavericks, Madison Heights Wolverines, NFWB Vikings, Romeo Jr. Bulldogs, Roseville Broncos, Royal Oak Titans, Shelby Lions, Troy Cowboys, or Waterford Corsairs.