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The following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) are listed with answers to help our customer better understand Spartan Football.  Find your question and scroll down to that number on the page.  If you have a question not answered here please send an email to .


1.  Who may participate in Spartan Football?

2.  When does football registration start?

3.  Why does football registration start so early?

4.  When does the season/practice start?

5.  How do I register for Spartan Football?

6.  What is the cost to play Spartan Football?

7.  What does the registration fee cover?

8.  What equipment will I have to purchase for my child to play Spartan Football?

9.  Where do we purchase Spartan Football jersey and pants?

10.  How is a new player assigned to a team?  Are there tryouts?

11.  How are returning Spartan Football players placed on teams?

12.  How many players are on each team?

13.  How are jersey numbers decided?

14.  Where, when, and how often is practice?

15.  How many games are played?  When and where are they scheduled?

16.  What if we have a family vacation scheduled during the season?

17.  What if my child decides after signing up that he does not like football and wants to quit?  What is the refund policy?

18.  Who can be a coach?

19.  How can I help?

20. Do you offer refunds if this does not work for us?



1.  Who may participate in Spartan Football?

Any child age 6 to 14 (Grades 1 through 8), excluding high school students.  Spartans are a 40 year old Member Club of the Arapahoe Youth League (AYL) and as a result have a specific geographic territory tha we serve.  We service South Aurora, Centennial, and Unincorporated Arapahoe County.  However, players from outside this territory can still play within the Spartans Football program, but are subject to a few additional requirements.  We have provided a map of Spartan territory on the General Information Tab.  Should you wish to play Spartan Football or you are unsure as to which Club Territory you live in, please contact one of the Spartan Football representatives.

2.  When does football registration begin?

Registration for Spartan Football begins on May 1st.  All registrations must be completed using the on-line system.  This allows our customers a more efficient registration process.  Please click on the registration link beginning May 1st.

3.  Why does football registration start so early?

The Spartans are a member of the AYL, which has more than 250 teams participating in youth tackle football.  Each club must define and commit by the end of June each year as to the number of teams by age and division that will particpate in teh league.  This is required to allow time for the all volunteer AYL Football Board to complete detailed plans for the season including game schedule, number of officials required, practice/game fields, etc.  This also allows ample time for Spartans to place players on rosters and recruit additional coaches if necessary.

4.  When does the season/practice start?

Practice begins Monday July 24th.  Coaches will be allowed to contact players/parents on their rosters by mid-July to discuss practice schedules.  The regular season will begin on Saturday August 26th.  The season is 8 regular season games with the top teams in each age/division of play advancing to the playoffs.  Playoffs and our seaon ending Super Bowl are completed by the weekend prior to Thanksgiving.  The season calendar varies year to year by as much as one week.  It is best to review the current season calendar listed in the Football section of the Spartan website.

5.  How do I register for Spartan Football?

Spartans use an on-line registration process.  This on-line system makes it far more efficient for parents and our organization.  Credit cards are the preferred way to pay registration fees.  Please click on the registration tab for your Childs age group on/after May 1st. You may visit our store during store hours and pay via check or cash or you can mail check payments along with your online confirmation to 6920 S Jordan Road, Suite C , Centennial,  CO 80112. Registrations are not considered complete until payment in full has been received and acknowledged.

6.  What is the cost to play Spartan Football?

The cost for Spartan Football can change year-to-year based on our field provider's adjustments in field usage fees.  The cost to play football in 2017 is $295.00 if you register during the regular registration time period which is May 15 th through June 15th.  We are offering an Early Bird registration for those who register and pay in full from May 1st through May 14th at a cost of $245.00.  Late registration starts on June 16th and will be $315.00.  All registrations after July 31st will be $345.00. 


7.  What does the registration fee cover?

The fee covers many items including (but not limited to):

Registration costs which are league fees, insurance costs, coach background checks, etc.

Practice costs such as practice field usage & permits, Coaching, and practice equipment.

Game costs such as game field usages & permits, including weekly field set up/tear down, official's cost, website scheduling and score reporting costs, and officials evaluation costs.

Spartan Football operating expenses such as bank fees, ongoing coaching evaluations and education, administration costs, copying costs, misc. etc.


3 day camp with the local high schools including Regis on July 24th, 25th, and 26th.  Also includes a camp t-shirt.

8.  What equipment will I have to purchase for my child to play Spartan Football?

Each individual player is responsible for his own equipment and uniform.

The required equipment includes a Helmet (Spartan Purple with black face mask), shoulder pads, football pants, and a cleated shoe.  Soccer cleats will work if you already have them.  If purchasing a new cleated shoe please consider purchasing a Football cleated shoe, which has a better base specific for football action.  Spartans and the AYL are extremely concerned about the proper fit of a player's helmet and shoulder pads.  Should you plan to purchase used equipment, particularly a helmet, please take the equipment to a reputable retailer to have the prospective purchase reviewed for safety.  Should you be purchasing new equipment we encourage you to shop one of the Spartan preferred retail partners for your purchase.  Our Spartan preferred retail partners will ensure a proper fit for your child and assist over the intervening years as your child grows to make sure everything still fits correctly.

The required Spartan Football uniform consists of purple pants (check with your coach first), two game jerseys - one grey and one white , game socks, athletic supporter with a hard cup, and mouth guard.  We suggest that you purchase two mouth guards and fit both at the start of the season. 

 Once you are contacted by your coach you can purchase game jerseys and pants from the Spartan store.  Depending on the size of your child you will be able to purchase integrated pants.  Please check your email for deadlines for ordering.

9.  Where do we purchase Spartan football jersey, pants, and equipment?

Jerseys and pants can be purchased at the Spartan Store : 6920 S Jordan Road, Suite C, Centennial, CO 80112, during store hours.

Equipment can be purchased from:

Dick's Sporting Goods                          http://stores.dickssportinggoods.com/co/aurora/366/
15400 East Briarwood Ave
Aurora CO 80016

Play It Again Sports                              http://www.playitagainsportsaurora.com/  
18883 E Hampden Ave
Aurora CO 80013

There are other retailers in the Southeast Aurora area that sell helmets and shoulder pads too.

10.  How is a new player assigned to a team?  Are there try-outs?

A football player is assigned to a team based upon age and experience.  Age is determined as of June 1st of the current year.  We attempt to place a new player on a team with similar experience level.  Then if there are multiple choices we will try to match the new player with a team that has other players from the same school the new player attends or within the middle school feeder system.  Priority for placement is based on the actual registration date and time from our on-line system.

New Spartan football players may request to play with a friend or a particular coach.  This can be noted on the registration form.  If a team preference is indicated on the registration for Spartans will endeavor to grant that preference however there are other factors such as team level of competitive play, specific team roster openings, etc., that affect placement.  Generally there will be a conversation between the Parents and a Spartan Football representative to ensure correct team placement if a specific team is indicated.

NFC try-outs were communicated to all Spartan Families this year. 

11.  How are returning Spartan Football players placed on teams?

Returning players who are registered and paid in full by June 3rd of the current year will automatically be assigned to the same team they played on the previous season.  The player's jersey number used by that returning player will also be guaranteed if the registration is paid for by June 3rd.  Should a returning player fail to register by June 3rd there is no guarantee that they will be placed on the same team's roster.  Should a returning player wish to change teams for any reason please contact the Spartan Football Director as soon as possible so we can advise and assist you in making the requested change.  Please understand that a returning player that wishes to change teams must still register by June 3rd.

NFC Coaches control their rosters and will provide their players with a code to register.

12.  How many players are on each team?

Team size can vary depending on the number of kids registering to play.  Spartans has target roster sizes, varying by competitive division of play to ensure the minimal financial requirements are met.  Those roster size targets are NFC - 18 players and AFC - 20 players

13.  How are jersey numbers decided?

After registration ends, coaches will contact each player on their roster and ask what jersey number your child wants.  All jersey decisions ultimately are determined by the coach.  Please work with your coach to determine your child's jersey number.

14.  When, where, and how often is practice?

The Spartans pay for practice field permits from Cherry Creek Schools, Arapahoe Parks & Rec. District, City of Aurora Parks & Rec., and Aurora Public Schools.  Most teams will practice 2-3 evenings during the week and one practice on Saturdays during the pre-season.  The start and end time of practice is determined by the Head Coach and generally takes into account the Coach's work schedule as well as the school schedule our players are under. 

The number of practices per week is regulated by the AYL Football Rules.  The AYL allows up to four playing periods per week in pre-season up to and including the first game.  All playing periods may include exercise and/or contact.  Spartan coaches generally manage the weekly number of practices in accordance with their team's age.  After the first game teams are allowed four playing periods, however one of these periods must be a team meeting or chalk talk.  NFC teams are allowed a walk thru instead of a chalk talk.  Playing periods consist of practice and games for each week.

15.  How many games are played?  When and where are they scheduled?

The AYL regular season generally consists of eight games.  Teams can qualify for post season playoffs.  The number of games played during the playoffs can vary based upon the number of teams in an age division.

The AYL is comprised of Member Clubs establishing teams in the South Metro area communities of Littleton, Centennial, Highlands Ranch, SE Denver, South Aurora, Parker, and Castle Rock.  Games can be played in any of these locations at specific parks.

Regular season games are scheduled for Saturday's with the earliest game at 8:30 or 9:00 AM and the latest game scheduled for 3:00 PM.  On some fields we may have later games being played under the lights starting at 5:00 and 7:00 PM.  The first regular season game is scheduled for the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend.  The regular season runs through the end of October/early November.  Post season playoffs being immediately following the conclusion of the regular season and continue with the AYL Super Bowl that always is completed no later than the weekend before Thanksgiving.  Please understand that games may be postponed by weather, field issues, or other problems resulting in game cancelations.  Games are typically rescheduled on Sunday the week following the cancelation, eight days later.  Also, some playoff games may need to be scheduled on Sundays to be certain the entire playoff schedule can be completed prior to the mandatory end of the season.

The AYL will make every attempt to allow for four home games and four away games, there is no guarantee that your team will get four home games.  The AYL contract with the officials states that we must schedule a minimum of three games at each field to be used on game days.

****All 8th grade games must be scheduled on fields with goal posts this season.  The AYL will schedule all 8th grade games at the same fields by division.  For example, CFC will play on the same field (9-11-1-3) for one week and then move to a different field for the next week.

16.  What if we have a family vacation scheduled during the season?

Football requires a significant preparation and practice as well as a strong commitment to the team.  Family vacations during the season are highly discouraged.  Depending on team rules, playing time may be impacted because of the time your player misses because of the vacation.  You are encouraged to schedule your vacations prior to or after the season to avoid playing time impacts.  If you must schedule a family vacation during the season please inform your Head Coach as soon as possible to understand how your team may be impacted.

17.  What if my child decides after signing up that he does not like football and wants to quit?  What is the refund policy?

Generally all registration fees for Spartan Football are non-refundable.  If you wish to discuss this policy please contact one of the Spartan Football representatives.

18.  Who can be a coach?

Anyone can apply to be a Head or Assistant Coach.  All coaching candidates will go through a certification process.  The process involves filling out an application, undergoing a CBI background check, and completing an interview with Spartan Football representatives.  All Spartan Coaches are required to attend any mandated AYL Coaches Training sessions and are encouraged to attend local coaching clinics if they can as well. 

All Spartan Coaches must complete the NFHS Concussion Training Course annually.  We encourage parents to take the concussion course to become familiar with the signs and dangers of concussions.  The course information can be found on the NFHS site:  www.nfhs.org

19.  How can I help?

Each team will need help with a variety of jobs throughout the season.  Please communicate with your coach about helping with the chain crew, play counter, play auditor, team mom, etc.

20. Are refunds given?

The Spartan Youth Club is a 501C3 organization. Fees paid to 3rd party affiliates are paid by us prior to us being able to begin official practices, therefore once practices have begun we are unable to refund fees. In the instance of a season ending injury, requests can be submitted to along with proof from a medical doctor referencing the injury and expected date of return to sport. In cases like these the executive board can vote on whether or not to issue a pro-rated refund.
All refund requests made prior to the first date of practice will be granted minus a $25.00 administrative fee.