Frequently Asked Questions
When and where does practice start?
August 3rd, 2020 @ 6PM, at Concord High School. Flag Football and Cheer begin the week after on 8/10/2020. Flag players should park in the front of the school. All others should park in the rear parking lot. DO NOT park in the band practice area. Practices normally run until 8PM.
How long does the season run?
This will vary depending on the team your child participates on, however most seasons run from August 1st until the second or third weekend in November.
When is practice?
Nights of the week to be determined by the head coach. .
AUGUST (4) nights a week at Concord High School
SEP-OCT-NOV (3) nights a week at Concord High School
AUGUST (3) nights a week at Concord High School and 1 game on the weekend
SEP-OCT (2) practice nights per week and 1 game on the weekend
What is the difference between Varsity and Junior Varsity?
Varsity teams are teams that compete for a league championship.
JV teams are instructional teams with no undue emphasis on winning.
Is BW a traveling organization?
Yes, we play 4 home games at Concord HS and 4 away games in either Chester or Delaware County. Away games are on average about a 20-30 minute drive.
What does my football player need to buy for 1st day of practice?
The 1st week players will practice in t-shirt, shorts & cleats.
Players will be in full pads after one week of "heat acclimation". Pads are provided by the organization.
Bring a water bottle to all practices.
What does my cheerleader need to buy for 1st day of practice?
A cheerleader needs a t-shirt, cotton shorts, and sneakers, hair in ponytail, water bottle and physical.
Before my child can practice is a full medical clearance required?
A child will not be able to participate in contact or stunting drills until a medical clearance release is obtained from a physician. That form can be found on our website or requested from your coach.
Do flag football players and cheerleaders get uniforms like the bigger kids?
Flag football players will be issued a game jersey & game pants.
Flag cheerleaders will be issued regular cheerleading uniforms.
If you are interested in coaching or getting involved with the Brandywine Warriors, please
email Nick Rubino @ Nickrnbino@yahoo.com
1. Alcoholic beverages, smoking and animals are not allowed on the fields during practice or games. This is not only a Bert Bell rule, but also a Brandywine School District rule.
2. No parent, guardian, spectator or guest will have access to the playing area without validated Bert Bell credentials.
3. ALL coaches/volunteers must complete a background check and Heads Up Football training to receive a Bert Bell ID.
Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Youth Football & Cheer Program
Is the club a member of the Bert Bell Memorial Football Conference, the area's Premier youth football league? Visit www.bertbell.org for more information.
Brandywine Warriors Youth Football and Cheer has been a member of the Bert Bell Memorial Football Conference since 2003. There are 20 member clubs in the Bert Bell Memorial Football Conference.
- Are all their coach's background checks done at the league level?
Do they even complete background checks?
Most coaches in other leagues do not get background checks completed, jeopardizing the safety of your children. It is mandatory in the Bert Bell Memorial Football Conference that ALL football and cheer coaches complete and show proof of their background checks before they are allowed to step on the field. A photo ID is then issued by the league, which must be worn at all games.
- Are all their player's original birth certificates and age eligibility verified at the league level? Do they even check original birth certificates or do they use unsecure photo copies?
The Bert Bell Memorial Football Conference Board of Directors personally review ALL football players and cheerleaders’ original, state sealed birth certificates before they are allowed to compete in any games. A photo ID is then issued by the league and must be presented at all games.
- Are their coaches USA Football Certified for "Heads Up Football"? (www.usafootball.com/headsup)
The Bert Bell Memorial Football Conference is the ONLY league in the area where it is mandatory that ALL football coaches complete the USA Football “Heads Up Football” certification program before they are allowed to step on the field. “Heads Up Football” is USA Football’s national initiative to help make the sport of football better and safer.
Beginning at the end of July, Bert Bell Memorial Football Conference clubs host free camps for all coaches, players and parents, informing them of the latest tackling and blocking techniques, proper equipment fitting and player safety, allowing them to participate in their child’s football development and well-being.
- Does their league have a 12-team playoff system?
The top 12 teams in the Bert Bell Memorial Football Conference advance to the playoffs, based on a competitive power ranking point system, giving more clubs a chance at a championship.
All Bert Bell Memorial Football Conference championship games are played at local high school or college fields with artificial turf surfaces, ample parking and seating.
Some clubs in Bert Bell play all their regular season home games on artificial turf fields and even host night games under stadium lights, giving that “Friday Night Lights” atmosphere.
- Does their league host their own annual cheerleading competition?
The Bert Bell Memorial Football Conference hosts its own cheerleading competition in November, where all member clubs compete at various skill levels and group sizes.
If you answered No to any or all of these questions, then don’t hesitate, contact:
Brandywine Warriors Youth Football and Cheerleading. We are the oldest, most organized and well established program in the state of Delaware. 2020 marks our 57th year providing youth football and cheerleading in Northern Delaware. If you are looking for the best program in the state for your child, look no further, you have found it.