Frequently Asked Questions
What is the general timeline for football season?
Mandatory Coaches meeting
Teams begin practice
First day of school
Game schedules released
Trojan Preview and JTA run-on
Football season begins
Play-off game schedules released
Play-off games begin
Academic All-Stars - report cards due
7th Grade End of Season Party
Who or what is the INFC?
JTA is a member of the Indian Nations Football Conference (INFC). The INFC governs, coordinates, and enforces by-laws and regulations for its youth football and cheer member organizations. JTA Football Coaches and Cheer Sponsors are required to attend a conference held by the INFC each year, where these rules and regulations are reviewed.
The INFC is also the entity that schedules all games and coordinates the play-off brackets. JTA does not coordinate the game schedules and has no control over when game schedules are released, game times, or games that are scheduled over Fall Break or on holidays such as Halloween. JTA also has no control over schedule changes.
Violation of INFC rules can result in fines, forfeiture of games, suspension of Coaches and Cheer Sponsors, and even probation for the entire member organization. JTA upholds and abides by all rules and regulations released by the INFC.
For more information about the INFC click here:
How does the draft work?
The maximum number of players per team is 34 for grades 1st through 7th. Leagues like JTA exceed the maximum number of players and are required to form additional teams of equal ability by a drafting method approved and overseen by the INFC.
Each year, teams will have returning and non-returning players. The open spots on the teams are filled from the draft; a pool that consists of new players or players who chose to be in the draft. First year teams may recruit and protect 4 players from the draft. Each year thereafter, the team will be allowed to recruit and protect 2 new players. Before leaving the draft table, Coaches will be allowed to trade players, but only those players that were selected from the draft. Existing or protected players are not eligible for trade.
What is a Hat Pick?
If your son is not already on a team or has elected to return to the draft he is to attend the combine for his age group. If he does not he will not be in the 'draft' but his name is put into a 'hat' to be drawn at random by the coaches. This is done to ensure fair draft process.
For more information about the drafting method, visit the INFC Website, or ask your football coach to see his INFC Football Rule Book.
Why do parents and siblings have to pay to get into the games?
The money you pay at the gate goes into field maintenance, clean-up crews, electricity, trash and sewage, payment to referees, announcers, concession stand maintenance, insurance, and so much more. If at anytime you would like to see exactly how the money is spent, just contact a Board Member.
Both the Football and Cheer Boards try very hard to keep costs reasonable so that every family can participate in JTA. Businesses are invited to become “Banner Sponsors” by buying space along the JTA Field fence to advertise their products and services. The money generated by the support of these businesses help to defray the costs of the JTA program for our families.
My son really wants to play football, but I don’t think we can afford it… help!
JTA provides scholarships for those who qualify for financial assistance. Contact your JTA Grade Rep for more information and a scholarship application. JTA has a limited number of scholarships available and are provided based on need.
Why can't our team play more at the Jenks Fields?
All game schedules are coordinated by the INFC. JTA football teams play other youth football teams and traveling to away games is just part of the program.
What if I feel like I’m not getting all the information I need during the season?
Always check this website. It will be as up-to-date as possible. Announcements and upcoming events will be listed on the home page. There are also links and downloads for just about everything you could possibly need while participating in JTA Football. You can also call or e-mail your Coach, Team Mom or contact a JTA Board member. We all want you to be informed and know what is going on, so if you feel you’ve missed any information, please don’t hesitate to contact someone, we are all here to help you.
Who do I contact if I am having issues with the Coach or team?
First, always go to your Coach if you have any concerns and try to resolve them with him. If you feel that the problems continue or cannot be resolved, you can contact your JTA Grade Rep, who can advise you on how to handle the situation. You are also always welcome to contact any of the JTA Board members. A complete list of the Board can be found right here on this website.