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Jun, 2020

Registration is open, do you have questions?

To Our Hinsdale Falcons Community:

Registration for the 2020 
Falcons season has been open, since before the onset of the current crisis.  It remains open.

After months of uncertainty, we have a chance to come together as a Falcons community and strengthen each other through these difficult times.  Let’s do it!!!

While we don’t have all of the answers at this point, we are more and more optimistic that there will be Falcons football in the Fall.  Below is a short list of answers to some basic questions that you may have:

Q. Will there be Falcons football this fall?

A. It is looking more and more likely.  We are scheduled to start Falcons football practice on Monday, August 3, but this date may change depending on our registration numbers (see below) and further guidance expected to be published by Illinois High School Association and the Bill George Youth Football League as to the timeframe for the 2020 season and what the 2020 season will look like.

We note that, as of last week, IHSA has permitted high school football programs to participate in offseason summer workouts.  In the coming weeks, we expect that IHSA will issue further guidance to permit high school football programs to participate in full practices and games.  BGYFL has announced that it generally will follow guidance published by IHSA.  In other words, once IHSA announces that high schools may participate in games, then we expect that BGYFL will issue a similar announcement.

Q. Will registration fees be refunded if the season is cancelled?

A. Yes.  In the unlikely event that the 2020 football season is completely cancelled, the Hinsdale Falcons program will fully refund all registration fees. Although we expect there will be a season, we do not know at this point whether there will be a full summer practice session or whether we will get a full 8-game season.  However, due to the fixed costs of a partial season, we note that we will not be in a position to refund a portion of your registration fees in the event of a shortened or modified season.

Q. Why should I register now instead of waiting until early August?

A. The sport of football requires a large amount of offseason preparation in order to keep the kids safe and healthy during the season.  More specifically, the Hinsdale Falcons program provides safety equipment (e.g., helmets, shoulder pads, etc.) to all players, and it takes months of planning and coordination to make sure that we have enough equipment to fit every player enrolled in our program.  In addition, each Hinsdale Falcons coach is required to complete a training course focused on player safety.  An accurate headcount based on registration numbers is critical to allow us to determine what levels will field a team, how many coaches we will need at each level, and how many players will be rostered on each team.  Right now, very predictably and understandably, our registration numbers are low.  In short, NOW is the time to register!  Accordingly, if you intend to play Falcon football this season, we urge you to register soon as possible so that we can plan accordingly.

Q. Will the Hinsdale Falcons program take precautions in light of the current environment?  What will those measures look like?

A. Yes.  We will be reviewing the guidelines that we expect to be promulgated by the IHSA and taking appropriate precautions.  We will make further announcements along these lines as we get closer to the start of practice in early August.

Q. Why worry about football right now?

A. From James Brady, Vice President of the Hinsdale Falcons:  We understand that each family in our community is making many difficult decisions to cope with the spread of the virus.  On a personal note, my wife and I have decided to prioritize our boys’ physical fitness to better prepare for the virus when it eventually shows up at our door.  Both our boys are veteran Falcons.  We’ve chosen to register them for the 2020 season because we believe in the passion, discipline, and competition that Falcons provides to push our boys and help them stay physically fit.

Of course, we understand that every family is different, and we respect anyone who takes a different approach.


Click here to access the enrollment page.

We look forward to a great 2020 season!

GO FALCONS!  EARN YOUR WINGS!

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