Welcome to All-American 7-on-7 Football!

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What is All-American 7on7 football?
What ages play in the league?
Who can organize/coach a team in the league?
How do I put together a team to compete in the league?
When does the spring season begin and end?
Is there a minimum or maximum team size?
What are the league registration fees and what do they cover?
What other expenses can a team expect to incur?
How much do most teams charge their players?
Where will the games be played?
Where will my team practice?
When will player registration be and what will the players have to provide?
Can we add players to our team at any time?
I understand that the league is grade based, but are there any other age restrictions?
Can a player play up with an older age group?
Will participation in All-American 7on7 jeopardize a player's eligibility in his school?

Q: What is All-American 7on7 football?

A: All-American 7on7 provides competitive spring 7on7 passing leagues and tournaments. The goal of the All-American 7on7 is to provide an experience that prepares athletes to succeed playing middle school, high school and college football.

Q: What ages play in the league?

A: The All-American 7on7 league has two high school divisions (16-under & 18-under) and four grade school divisions (11U, 12U, 13U & 14U). The 11U division consists of athetes in the 4/5th grades, 12U consists of athetes in the 5/6th grades, 13U division consists of athletes in the 6/7th grades, the 14U division consists of athletes in the 7/8th grades, the 16 & under division is for frosh/soph and the 18 & under division is for varsity high school athletes.

Q: Who can organize/coach a team in the league?

A: Any non-high school related coach approved by the All-American 7on7 board may bring a team to compete.

Q: How do I put together a team to compete in the league?

A: Teams normally consist of players who played together in high school or on a youth football team. Most players want to continue honing their football skills in the spring. Some teams will have a tryout well before the season starts to help select their players.

Q: When does the spring season begin and end?

A: The spring season will begin on the first week of April and end by last week in May (before Memorial Day).

Q: Is there a minimum or maximum team size?

A: Minimum team size is 10 players on the roster. There is no limit to the number of players a team may carry on their roster.

Q: What are the league registration fees and what do they cover?

A: Each TEAM must pay a team fee of $250 for the season. There is also a PLAYER fee of $1500 for a roster up to 20 athletes. These fees will cover the expenses the league incurs for games and organizational costs. These costs include field rentals, officiating crews, and equipment. Additionally, the league will provide medals or trophies to the winners and runners up of the league. The league membership also provides insurance for all participants.

Q: What other expenses can a team expect to incur?

A: In addition to the league fee, each team is responsible for its uniforms, equipment and other operational expenses.

Q: How much do most teams charge their players?

A: Based on a total league fee of $1750 ($250 TEAM fee plus $1500 ROSTER fee), most teams divide that number by the number of players on their roster (12 players = $146/player fee). Most teams also include an additional player fee to cover any additional practice time (outdoors or indoors), skills training and uniforms. Naturally, all clubs are encouraged to use fundraising methods in order to minimize the cost to the players.

Q: Where will the league games be played?

A: In 2016, the All-American 7on7 league will have a North Division at Canlan Sportsplex (formerly Lake Barrington Field House) and a South Division at The Rosemont Dome (locations map).

Q: Where will my team practice?

A: It is up to each individual club to secure their own practice facility. Most teams will rent indoor time at either Lake Barrington Field House or The Dome. Another alternative is to secure a local gym or an outdoor field in their area.

Q: When will player registration be and what will the players have to provide?

A: Player registration will begin on January 2nd at a time and location to be determined. All forms required by All-American 7on7 (registration form & waiver) must be completed and returned to the league at registration.

Q: Can we add players to our team at any time?

A: A team may only add players until May 1st. After that date, NO PLAYERS may be added to the team.

Q: I understand that the league is grade based, but are there any other age restrictions?

A: A player is eligible to participate in the age division for the grade in which they are currently enrolled in school.

Q: Can a player play up with an older age group?

A: Yes. A player may "play up" if it is viewed as appropriate by the coach and parents of the player.

Q: Will participation in All-American 7on7 jeopardize a player's eligibility in his school?

A: Absolutely not. Off-season participation in football is completely allowed by IHSA in the state of Illinois. Just like athletes are able to participate in other sports (basketball, baseball, soccer, volleyball, etc.) outside of their school, they are allowed to do so in football as well. The same rules apply to football as they do to the other sports. A full description of the IHSA regulations may be accessed from the downloads page of the IHSA website.

 

Each TEAM must pay a non-refundable team deposit fee of $250 for the season. Each team must also submit a ROSTER fee of $1500 for up to 20 players (minimum roster of 10).