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Doesn’t playing flag football instead of tackle put kids at a disadvantage when they switch to tackle?

Actually, Yes.  Skills learned at the flag level DO NOT TRANSITION well to tackle football.  From our experience, players coming from flag programs must be taught how to play football correctly from square one.  As an example, most flag players do not know how to get in a proper football stance and most do not know the basics of blocking not to mention tackling. Flag football hinders players growth, and neglect to teach them how to play the game in a tough and safe manner. 

Is playing tackle football safe?
Yes!  Tackle football is the safest it’s been with enhancements to equipment and advanced coaching techniques that promote player safety.  Our coaches are trained and certified with USA Footballs’ Head’s Up program. There is also a Player Safety Coach and Certified Athletic Trainers available at all games to insure player safety. The TCYFL also has an age and weight matrix that is adhered to so players play against others who are the same size.

Are BANA players at a disadvantage if they play through 8th Grade, and not with their towns perspective youth leagues?

Actually, No. BANA players are more prepared for the High School level of play, than those who play flag or through the middle school leagues. High School coaches want to, and will play the best players and BANA youth football players are always complemented as being the best blockers and tacklers compared to other kids within the High School programs. 

Most recently, at Batavia High School during the 2019 Season, 4 of the 6 captains were BANA alumni and most of the quality players at West Aurora were BANA alumni as well. 

How are teams put together?
We use an Age and Weight matrix to put teams together.  Matching up players by age and weight satisfies safety concerns for families concerned about playing against players that are more physically mature.

Who can play for  BANA?

Kids from Batavia, Aurora and North Aurora, as well as from other communities can become a Knight.

When are games played?

Games are played mostly on Sundays with a possibility of an occasional Saturday.

Where is the Knights’ home field?
We play our games in the football stadium and varsity practice fields at Marmion Academy on Butterfield Road in Aurora.

Where do the Knights practice?
We practice at Marmion Academy on Butterfield Road in Aurora.

Where are the Knights’ away games?
The BANA Knights is a travel football program so the games are played throughout the Chicagoland area.

In which league are the Knights affiliated?
We are part of The Chicagoland Youth Football League (TCYFL) which is the largest youth football organization in the state of Illinois

How much does it cost?
Regular registration fee is $350 during the 2020 season and can be done online.  

What does the registration cost include?
The cost includes a game jersey (which the player keeps at the end of the season), shoulder pads, helmet, practice and game pants.

Is carpooling available?
Yes, many of our families share rides.

How can parents get involved?
At our home games we run a concession stand and gladly take parent and sibling volunteers. It’s a great way to show support for our Knights!  There are also opportunities to be part of the “Chain Gang” and assist with down and yard markers, among other fun “jobs” on game day.

How many games do the Knights play?
The regular season has 9 games, however, depending on the outcome; there can be playoff games and possibly a championship game.

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