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Practices, Games & Playoffs


Football Practices

Practices begin on August 1st.

Flag Teams:  During the month of August, your child will typically practice three days a week. 

Tackle Teams:  During the month of August, your child will practice four or five days a week.  

The actual days and times for flag and tackle practices are set by the head coach of each team after the teams have been formed, but most often, the practices are in the late afternoons/early evenings.

It is mandatory that your child attend all conditioning practices, any participant that misses a practice will be required to make up the missed time during the next scheduled practice.  This will put your child behind the rest of the team as they prepare to practice in pads with full contact. When SMUST returns to school, practices will be cut down to three days a week, plus one game most every Saturday (due to scheduling issues, there could be a Sunday game).  Practice fields this year will be at Conners Park or Sunset Park, times and dates will be determined by the Head Coach.


Do NOT schedule any vacation time in August. It is the month for conditioning and learning. All players and their parents must make a commitment to be available for all practices and games. Football requires a serious commitment, at all age levels.

Regular Season Games

Games typically begin the first week of September; there is a usually a pre-season game the Saturday of Labor Day weekend. Once teams have been formed by the various associations, Conference will prepare and distribute schedules.  Once received,  we will notify all teams.  In our experience, the schedules will be made available to us sometime in late August and will be for the first four games of the season.  The remainder of the schedule will be released later as teams are evaluated to ensure they are playing in the appropriate division.

Many games are at our home fields, San Marcos High School or Mission Hills High School and some games are away. Palomar tries to balance out the schedule so teams play equally home and away. The other teams in Palomar Conference are located in Carlsbad, Escondido, Fallbrook, La Costa Canyon, Murrieta Valley, Oceanside, Poway, Ramona, Rancho Bernardo, Scripps Ranch, Temecula Valley, Torrey Pines, Valley Center, and Vista.  The schedule will list the locations of each game.  Some teams may elect to use alternate sites (like Shutterfly) to post game times and locations. 

Playoffs

The Flag Season will continue through  late October.  The Tackle Season will continue through mid-late November and possibly through the middle of December, if your child’s team or squad enters regional and/or national championships. All competitive tackle teams above the level of Mitey Mite are eligible for post-season play based on their league record. Teams at the D2 level are eligible for local, regional and national championships. Teams at the D3 level are eligible for local championships and a southern sectional championship with teams from outside the San Diego region. Flag teams will play in a post-season Flag Fest. Mitey Mite teams will all be eligible for post-season Chocolate Bowl games. 

Any team traveling is responsible for fundraising as the cost of traveling is not covered in the registration fees. There are many fundraising opportunities and the league may have limited funds available to supplement the cost of post-season travel.