Davidsonville Athletic Association is a non-profit organization administered by a volunteer board whose mission is to promote, encourage, direct and operate athletic programs for the children and youth of the Davidsonville area, Anne Arundel County.
2017 Gator JDL Football Program for (7,8,9 and 10 year olds -
(Boys & Girls Welcome!)
Gator football is offering for the first time ever Gator JDL (Junior Development League) in house tackle football for kids who are 7,8,9 and 10 years old. The mission of this program is to provide a safe enviornment in which children have an equal opportunity to learn, play, and enjoy the game of tackle football. This program is run like a clinic program meaning all of the practices and games are at the same location. The games will be played amongst those registered in the program. This program offers balanced competition, an abundance of meaningful playing time for all, positive reinforcement, and a focus on fundamentals. Children participating in this program will be provided with a helmet, shoulder pads, a game jersey, and game pants.
The league will be designed for players to learn the great game of football while beginning to develop their football skills. A high level of focus will be placed on learning fundamentals, having fun and beginning to play the game of Football!
Every player will have multiple opportunities to play all of the positions on offense and defense to ensure a well-rounded introduction to the game.
The season will be approximately 8 weeks long.
One of the most fundamental tenets of JDL Football is the premise that each player receive abundant playing time. The head coach is responsible for ensuring that this objective is met for every participant during the course of the season. To assist the coach in this task, JDL football provides a special software tool that the coach uses to create competitively balanced team rosters for each game.
Using the software, the head coach creates two teams from their entire division roster. These teams only exist for this game and next week's teams only exist for one game so for each game you have unique teams. The software assures that each player starts either on offense or defense in each half. Considering that there are four starting segments or opportunities in a game––1st half offense, 1sthalf defense, 2nd half offense and 2nd half defense––and 16 players per team, 12 of the players play three of the four starting segments and the 4 remaining players play in 2 of the 4 segments in that game. As the season progresses, the software tool ensures that each player has an equal opportunity to play 3 of the 4 starting segments. Of course, game time circumstances (player absences/injury) may require that the head coach vary from the roster created plan. In these instances, the coach must make best efforts to maintain a level of equality across the players present for that game.
While every player wants a chance to handle the football, we know that in most other football programs only a few players on the team get that chance. That is not the case in JDL football. JDL Coaches are required to give all players the opportunity to play each of the major football positions especially the ball handling positions (e.g. Quarterback, 3 Running Backs, & Center). Again, the roster software provides the necessary assistance to the coaches to help them keep track of players and the positions they have played during the season. With this information it is the responsibility of the head coach to ensure that each player has the opportunity to play running back and quarterback during a game. Doing the math, one should quickly understand that not everyone will play a full game in these positions, but it should be clear that it is the expectation of the league that every player get a game time experience in these coveted positions.
To achieve this objective, the league and coaching staff need your help. In fairness to the child, it's important that he/she be given the opportunity to receive adequate practice and instruction in the positions. Please assist the head coach by letting him know of any plans to miss practice or a game. Failure to do so may jeopardize your child's opportunity to participate one of the key positions. Furthermore it may cause a ripple effect that impacts other players as well. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Tentative Season Schedule
Season begins August 2nd
Practice: Tuesday's & Thursdays 6pm to 730pm or Mondays & Wednesday's 530pm to 7pm
***Practice is only two days a week***
Games: Will begin at the end of August on Saturday's starting at 10am.
Breakdown of Teams
Seven and Eight year olds will be grouped together and play in the 7&8 Division
Ninth and Ten year olds will be grouped together and play in the 9&10 Division
We are currently looking for coaches- Moms or Dads No experience is necessary. We provide all coaching materials and instruction.
Sign-up fee is$ 110 per player and all players receive a Gator Football T-shirt to keep. Children must be 7 years of age by August 31, 2017 to be eligible to play. Children turning 11 years of age before August 31 2017 are not eligible for this league. They may, however, register for our U11 County team.
Players will be responsible for providing their own cleats, socks, and mouthpiece.