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All Participating JV Programs,
Welcome to the 2019 GMSAA JV Season. The purpose of the JV program is to provide playing time for those players who may not play during a GMSAA Saturday Game or who see limited playing time on Saturday. These games are for the players.
Attached is the schedule for this season. As a reminder, no attempt is made to balance home and away games due to the limited availability of fields. Also, some teams may play each other twice in order to have a more full JV schedule. A few additional notes and rule reminders about JV:
Gate Fees – NO gate fees for JV games - admission is free.
Start Time – all games start at 7:00 pm unless stated otherwise.
Clock Operator – the hosting team is responsible for the clock operator, which is different from our Saturday games where a referee is the clock operator.
Officials – games will have four officials. Each team will pay for 50% of the games it plays regardless of the number of games it plays at home or away. Given the field availability, no attempt is made to balance home and away games. The cost of each official for JV games is $55/official.
No Cancellations – the GMSAA does not allow games to be cancelled because of inconvenience. Yes, a team may suffer some injuries or be short of players but we expect teams to still fulfill their JV obligation. The JV players live for these games. If there is a concern at any point during the season with the number of players, make it work. Talk to the other coach as well. Let the players play. If weather is an issue, please notify me as early as possible as we need to know before 12:00 pm of game day.
Quarters – each quarter is eight (8) minutes and halftime is eight (8) minutes. It is not a running clock. The running clock rules for a JV game are the same as for a Saturday game. No overtime play for JV games.
Six Quarter Rule – the six quarter rule applies to all players. The rule is that a player may only play six quarters in a week. The week is measured from the Saturday varsity game to the next Saturday varsity game. One play constitutes a quarter. For example, if a player plays one play on the kick team in any quarter but no other plays, the player is still deemed to have played one quarter.
Ineligible JV Players – each team should have identified five players that will never play in a JV game. In addition, the GMSAA has the right to designate other players as ineligible to play JV games.
One of the keys to success is communication with the opposing coach. Talk before the game if there are any concerns. These JV games should be rewarding for both the players and the coaches.
We are looking forward to a great season. Let me know if any questions.
The Georgia Middle School Athletic Association (GMSAA) is the largest residence based middle school football program in the country with more than 4,500 student-athletes. At the GMSAA a student-athlete must play for the program of the high school district they live in. This allows the high school coaches to start developing their kids at the 6thgrade level as opposed to their freshman year in high school. The high school coaches are encouraged by GMSAA to run the same offense and defense as the high school giving the middle school players great knowledge of plays and concepts prior to entering the 9th grade.
At the GMSAA, we also enforce our by-laws in a very strict manor allowing for the highest level of safety and coach’s knowledge of concussion protocol and procedure. The GMSAA is committed to our athletes along with their growth and knowledge of the game. Our board of directors and region managers have more than 100 years of experience in coaching the fundamentals of the game, player safety, and leadership in the community. Being a GMSAA member is an honor for both the member programs and the league. We have had thousands of athletes move on to the high school, college, and professional ranks and we stand by our “Commitment to Excellence”.
With regular season games running for 9 Saturdays from the end of August until the end of October and playoffs running until the week before Thanksgiving, 100 percent of the home game gate and concession money are kept by the program. This is a very big cash infusion for the member high schools.
If you are a high school without a competitive middle school football league, the GMSAA can offer you the highest level of competition in the country. We have proven that being a GMSAA member creates a stronger and more competitive high school program. Our teams are consistently ranked at the top of the state both middle school and high school. Please reach out to us to learn more about creating a stronger high school football program as we will welcome you with open arms.
GMSAA FBU 6th, 7th, & 8th GRADE TEAM TRYOUTS!
DATE: SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 15, 2019
LOCATION: ETOWAH HS - GAME FIELD
CHECK IN TIME: 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM AT TICKET BOOTH
RATE: $25 CASH (no fee paid - not able to tryout)
TRYOUT PERIOD: 5;30 PM - 7:30 PM
COME READY - PLAYERS SHOULD WEAR: HELMET w/ Mouth guard, SHORTS, SHIRT & CLEATS
$ 25.00 Cash ONLY players must be FULLY registered with all pertinent information and money paid before they will be allowed through gate to playing field .
NO FEE no tryout ! Player is accepted to their respective grade level team, the 25.00 application fee will be applied toward FBU fees. ALL previous players from last years teams need to be at tryouts.
FINAL TRYOUT DATE:
OCTOBER 6, 2019 - LOCATION TBD
Any questions, please contact:
GMSAA FBU Director
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