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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

2018 Important Dates:

Evaluations July 23rd-
Pep RallyAugust 10th 
TNYFL Jamboree August 11th
Blaze Picture Day August 11th
Bowl Game Weekend August 18th
First Regular Season Games August 25th
Playoffs Begin October 27th
TNYFL Championship November 10th & 11th

We want to ensure that our participants have fun while we parallel our mission "An educational and recreational program with emphasis on being a winner in life!"  The Brentwood Blaze is a not-for-profit organization and has an open door policy welcoming any comments, suggestions, etc., to continue improving our youth program. Below are a few questions/responses that may be helpful to you.

When does the season begin?
Practices begin July 23rd. The first Regular Season Game is on August 25th.
 How are the age brackets determined?
For fair play and safety reasons, the breakdown is as follows. Players that exceed the noted weight limits for their Division level cannot play a backfield & end. Those players must play center, guard, or tackle on offense. For example, if you play in the AAA Division and weigh more than 140 pounds, you cannot play quarterback, running back or wide receiver, and cannot return punts and kickoffs.

Varsity Division (11-12 years old)
Varisty: 140 lbs.
Junior Varsity: 125 lbs.  

B Division (9-10 years old)
BBB: 115 lbs. 
BB: 105 lbs. 
B: 95 lbs. 

C Division (7-8 years old)
CCC: 90 lbs. 
CC: 80 lbs. 
C: 75 lbs. 

Pee Wee Division (5-6 years old)
65 lbs.  

Jr. Pee Wee Division (5 - 6)
60 lbs.

 * Photocopies of Birth Certificates are required

How are players placed within a divisional bracket?

The first week or so is dedicated to player evaluations. Number of years in the program, any prior football experience, evaluation drills by coaches, speed, size, and strength are some of the factors carefully considered in placing a player in a divisional bracket. These are guiding principles and subject to other factors such are number of participants in a bracket/division.

Example: CCC team would normally have players with 2+ years experience. CC team would normally have players with at least 1 year experience or a player who needs more experience before moving to the next bracket. A C team would normally have players that may have not played before or a player who needs more experience before moving to the next bracket.

Can a player move up or down within a division?
All players must play in their assigned age brackets. Official rosters are set prior to the first official game of the season in mid-August.
How do I learn more about the specific football rules the Blaze participate under as a member of the Tennessee Youth Football League (TNYFL)?

Practices are held at Crockett Park. In August before school starts, you should anticipate 4 to 5 days of practice. Once school begins, you can expect 2 or 3 days (ex. Mon/Wed/Fri) per week approximately 2 hours per day. Practices may be held any night of the week and cannot be requested. Also, due to lighted field space limitations, practices may be split from 5:30 to 7 PM or 7 to 8:30 PM. All Games are on Saturdays except on rare occasions. You could be scheduled to play anywhere in the TNYFL league.


How are coaches certified?

They are required to attend a 3 hour coaching clinic hosted by our local high school coaches.  They are also required to be certified through an on-line course USA Football and participate in yearly concussion certifications.
How many coaches are on a team?
We are allowed one Head Coach with five assistant coaches on the sidelines during games. However, if you would like to participate, we encourage and want any/all parents to assist with practices where possible.

How do I become a coach?

Contact Rick Erickson ([email protected]) or (615) 594-4282.  See the Coaches Page for more information.

My daughter would like to be a Cheerleader. Who do I contact?
Contact Kelly Black, Brentwood Blaze Cheerleading Director, at  [email protected].
How are cheerleader squads established?
 See the Cheer page above for complete information on the Blaze Cheer Program.            
What is the refund policy?

With football practices starting July 23rd*, the refund policy will be as follows:

Prior to July 23rd, 2018 - 100%, less a $5 processing fee will be refunded if ALL equipment has been returned

Starting July 23rd, 2018 through August 3rd, 2018 – 50% will be refunded if ALL equipment has been returned.

After August 3rd, 2018 – NO REFUND

*If the football jersey has been named, the refund will be reduced by the cost of the jersey. Cheerleaders will be refunded based on the above dates & percentages.

How do I become a part of the Brentwood Blaze organization?

Contact Kris Bulla ([email protected]) or 615-557-7716.
When is Spring Camp?
Spring Football and Cheer Camp is traditionally held the second week in May.

When do the Brentwood Blaze Board of Directors meet?

Generally, 1st Sunday night each month - Crockett Park concessions stand @ 6:30 p.m. Call one of our directors to confirm date & time.
How can I help coach?
There are a number of coaches selected each year, as either head or assistant coaches. Some of these individuals are helping out for the first time. For additional details, please contact the Cheer Director for more details.  
What are the player/cheerleader registration fees?

All A, B, and C Division Tackle Players will be $225 each prior to June 15th, 2018. Price increases to $250 on June 15th, 2018.

All PeeWee Division Players will be $150 each prior to June 15th, 2018. Price increases to $175 on June 15th, 2018.

All Cheerleaders will be $180. 

For additional player/cheerleader siblings there is a $15.00 discount applied to their registration fee. 

Non-Brentwood (City) registrants will be charged an additional $35.00 each per Brentwood City ordinances.

Are there other ways that I can participate other than coaching?

Absolutely. All Head Coaches for their respective teams will be looking for parent volunteers for: Team Mom and Team Photographer 

All teams are responsible for getting 3 parent volunteers to work as the chain crew for their team’s home games. 

Helping line fields before home game and during home game Saturdays. Concessions stand volunteer / Merchandise tent volunteer 

For any other questions, please contact our Executive Board:  As listed on the website.

 How can I be a sponsor?
 If you know of any business or individual that would like to contribute to the Blaze organization, you may contact our Treasurer or visit our sponsorship page details.
Why are volunteers important? The Blaze are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. No person involved with this organization is paid any monies for the efforts they put into the group. As a volunteer organization, the success or failure is measured in the expertise and passion of our parents and friends. Volunteering in your child's youth sport program will be one of the most rewarding times of your life.
What is TNYFL? TNYFL, or the Tennessee Youth Football League, is the governing body for which all it's member communities belong. As a proud member and one of it's largest communities, we share in the goal to bring high-quality, affordable and competitive youth football to our community. TNYFL can be accessed at
How do I find directions to
other TNYFL locations?
Directions to other TNYFL field locations can be accessed on our directions page or

Contact Us

Brentwood Blaze

1500 Volunteer Parkway 
Brentwood, Tennessee 37027

Email Us: [email protected]
Phone : 615-613-2474
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