Bloomingdale Bears Football

UpdatedSaturday March 19, 2022 by Bloomingdale Athletic Club.

What is the Bloomingdale Athletic Club?

The Bloomingdale Athletic Club (BAC) is a 501(c)(3) youth sports organization founded in 1956. Our football teams participate in the Bill George Youth Football League (BGYFL) as USA Football affiliates. Members of the BAC—including athletes, parents, guardians, coaches, team managers, and other relevant parties—are invited to attend our Board of Directors meetings on the second Tuesday of the month at 8:30 PM from September to November and at 7:30 PM from December to August in the Bloomingdale Village Hall.


How much does registration cost?

The registration fee is $365 for tackle football and $125 for flag football. In addition, team managers collect $60 to cover the cost of team activities and gifts. The fundraising fee is $150 per family. Registrants receive raffle tickets which can be sold to recoup $200.


What do the registration and fundraising fees cover?

The registration and fundraising fees cover property insurance, supplemental injury insurance, Bloomingdale Park District, BGYFL, and equipment costs.


Which pieces of equipment are issued to my athlete?

  • Helmet
  • Shoulder Pads
  • Game Jerseys
  • Game Pants
  • Game Socks

When and where is equipment issued to my athlete?

Your team manager will schedule an equipment distribution. If your athlete is unable to attend the scheduled equipment distribution, coordinate with your team manager to schedule a supplemental distribution.


What should I do if my athlete is issued improper or defective equipment?

If your athlete is issued improper or defective equipment, coordinate with your team manager to reissue proper equipment.


Which pieces of equipment must I purchase for my athlete?

  • Mouthpiece and Tether
  • Chin Strap
  • Padded or Unpadded Practice Pants
  • Padded or Unpadded Girdle
  • Cup and Supporter
  • Cleats
† Athletes at the flag level are not required to purchase practice pants or girdles.

What are the levels of play?

Levels of play are based on age: 5 and 6 year-olds play flag, 7 year-olds and up play tackle at the 8U, 9U, 10U, 11U, 12U, or varsity levels. Note that levels of play may incorporate multiple teams.

‡ Athletes who are (1) 7 years old, (2) weight under 70 pounds, and (3) turn 8 year old after November 1st, may play at the flag level with the approval of the Board of Directors.


Can my athlete request to play at another level of play?

Yes. Athletes may play at a higher level of play with the approval of the Board of Directors. Athletes may not play at a lower level of play.


How are athletes placed on teams?

Athletes are placed on teams through a draft conducted by the Vice President of Football and head coaches.


Can my athlete request to play for a specific coach or with a friend?

Yes. However, the Vice President of Football and head coaches cannot guarantee that requests to play for a specific coach or with a friend will be granted.


Can my athlete request to play with a sibling at the same level of play?

Yes. The Vice President of Football and head coaches will attempt to ensure that siblings at the same level of play are placed on the same team.


Does everyone play?

Yes. At the flag level, athletes play a minimum of 20 minutes per half. At the 8U level, athletes play a minimum of 20 plays per game. At the 9U and higher levels, athletes play a minimum of 10 plays per game.


What is the practice schedule?

Practices convene at Circle Park (163 Fairfield Way, Bloomingdale, IL 60108) or Stratford Middle School (251 Butterfield Drive, Bloomingdale, IL 60108), beginning on the first Monday of August. Tackle practices are 5 days a week from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM and flag practices are 3 days a week from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM. In late-August, tackle practices meetings reduce to 3 days a week and flag practices reduce to 2 days a week. Your head coach determines practice days.


What is the game schedule?

Home games convene at Circle Park and away games convene at other BGYFL member fields. The BGYFL issues schedules in mid-August, with games beginning in late-August. Teams play a game per week, on Saturdays or Sundays, for 8 or 9 weeks, not including playoffs. The season ends in mid-November, depending on playoff performance. Your team manager will communicate the final schedule.


How can I help?

Parents and guardians of registered athletes are de facto members of the BAC Booster Club. Your head coach and team manager will communicate volunteer opportunities, including concessions and merchandising, game announcement, scoreboard operation, photography and videography, chain crew, field setup, takedown, and maintenance.


Where can I get more information?

Visit BloomingdaleBears.com for current information. Also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.