Volume 5, Issue 4

Time for Spring 2023 Season!

In this issue of the Rhody Huddle, we provide important details about the second week of the Spring 2023 Open Division and the upcoming Summer 2023 Women's+ Division Registration!

Week 2

After a rainout in Week 1, we're excited to get back on the fields!

Date: Saturday, April 8th

Location: Our fields for all our season games are located at North Country Club Field in Warwick (210 Monroe St., Warwick, RI 02888). Join us after games are concluded at Grid Iron Ale House & Grille (1599 Post Rd, Warwick, RI 02888) for food, drinks, and league social.

Reminders: Please bring plenty of water, dress accordingly for weather, and remember that everyone will need to wear pocketless shorts and non-metal spike cleats to participate. You will not be allowed to play with pocketed shorts/pants or metal cleats.

Please be sure to arrive 15-30 minutes before your game (unless your captains ask you to arrive even earlier) to ensure you have time to stretch and warm up.

Take a few minutes to review our Code of Conduct.

Week 2: Games Schedule

The Board is still working through the best way to handle the results of last week's games so, for now, the standings will remain at 0-0-0 for all teams.

Th most up to date schedule is available on our website and the SportsEngine app (iOS or Google).

Check out all our teams including full rosters and current standings on our website.

Player Development Clinics

Join us each week after the last set of games to brush up on some skills, or learn some new ones at our player development clinics, hosted by Director of Recruitment and Player Development, Sean Davis.

Women's+ Summer 2023 Registration

Registration for our 2023 Women's+ Summer Season will open on Friday, April 7th @ 7pm. As a reminder, we're using SportsEngine as our new registration platform. We anticipate spots will fill up quickly, so please be sure to review the pre-registration suggestions on our website to expedite your registration process. Once we reach capacity, the new system will automatically switch all additional registrations to "waitlist" status.

Registration will cost $75 per player. Your registration fee covers field rentals, referees, jerseys, and events.

We continue to offer confidential financial support, including extended payment deadlines or discounted/free registration. We're here to support our LGBTQIA+ football family and never want the cost of registration to be a barrier towards participation. Please contact our Commissioner, Chris Almonte, in advance of registration, if you're interested in applying for financial assistance.

Click Here for Registration

Red's Rules of the Week

Offense Basics:

  • The ball must be on the ground for a snap. 
  • Only one running play (including a QB scramble across the line of scrimmage) per possession. 
  • QB is across the line of scrimmage (and therefore cannot make a legal forward pass) if either of his/her/their feet are across the line. If his/her/their entire body is across the line but feet are behind the line, the forward pass is legal. It only takes one foot across the line to be illegal. 
  • Multiple players are allowed in motion before any play, but everyone must be set for one full second before the snap or before one single receiver goes into motion. Only one can be in motion at the time of the snap, and that player's direction can’t be toward the line of scrimmage. 
  • There is no penalty for intentional grounding by the QB. 
  • No flag-guarding is allowed. 
  • No lowering your head when running with the ball. 
  • No diving when running with the ball. 
  • No charging into an opponent.  
  • Fumbles that touch the ground become dead, but may be recovered while in flight.  
  • The ball is dead where it first touches the ground if backwards; 
  • The ball is dead where the runner lost possession if forward. 
  • A “bad snap” that touches the ground returns to the previous spot and the down counts. 
  • Extra points
  • One extra point is scored by converting a play from the 5-yard line. 
  • Two extra points are scored if you convert from the 10-yard line. 
  • Running is always allowed on extra points. 

Health & Safety Weekly Update

After a damp first week, the weather for Week 2 is looking much better! For now, we're looking at temps in the 30's to 50's (typical New England spring with wide-ranging temps) and (hopefully) lots of sun! 

A few health and safety updates for this coming week:

1) First aid kits: We have new first aid kits that will be located at each field under the field signs - they will have ice packs, finger splints, and Band-Aids, as well as boxes of Narcan. There will be an inventory sign-out sheet - please list any items that you remove from these first aid kits so we can be sure to re-stock them before each game!

2) Introducing: Health and Safety Committee (HSC) and Rapid Response Team (RRT)! ***New committee alert!*** The HSC will be composed of folks who are interested in health and safety topics affecting our league and community, including concussions, NARCAN, vaccines, STI testing, and more!

If you would like more information on the committee or would like to join, please email Theresa (Theresa@pvdgffl.org)! → Next HSC meeting will be Wednesday, April 19th at 5pm

Starting this week, you'll also notice players on various teams wearing a blaze orange reflective arm band. These folks are part of our Rapid Response Team (RRT) - these are individuals who've been identified to respond to a potential cardiac arrest event. In the event of an on-field emergency, please look for anyone with these arm bands.

3) Free Narcan/drug testing kits: Each of our three field signs will now have a QR code, which you can scan to request Narcan and/or drug testing kits (kits to test drugs for the presence of fentanyl). After completing the form, you'll be connected with a member of the HSC to pick up - and learn how to use - your items. 

Weekly Health Highlight: Skin Cancer and Sun Protection in New England 

With spring in full swing and summer right around the corner, it's important to think about your skin health. Continued sun exposure, even when cloudy, or cold, can add to your cancer risk. 

Check out these quotes from Massachusetts dermatologist Dr. Rachel A. Ivker, who was interviewed on sun exposure in New England. Read the full article here.

  • “Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. According to one statistic, more people have had skin cancer in the last three decades than any other type of cancer. New England has had some of the highest rates in the past. This seems a bit surprising since we are not a sunshine state.”
  • “There is no such thing as a healthy tan. In fact, tanning is our body's response to injury from cancer-causing ultraviolet light. Tanning is never good for someone's health and it should be avoided year-round.”

Important sunscreen notes:

  • “Sunscreens have been shown to reduce the incidence of melanoma by over 50 percent.
  • “Sunscreen should be applied a minimum of every two hours.”
  • “The American Board of Dermatology recommends people use a broad spectrum - meaning it protects against UVA and UVB light - sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher that should be applied 15- to 30-minutes before going outside.”
  • Outdoor athletes may have an increased risk of skin cancer since practice often occurs at peak sun exposure times. Furthermore, when people are exercising, they tend to sweat and sunscreen may be wiped away.”
  • Don’t forget to cover the tops of your ears!

Check out these links below to purchase sunscreen:

Take care and stay safe out there!

Check out our Health & Safety section of our website for more helpful information.

Upcoming Events & Important Dates

Mark your calendars, it's time to get ready for our 2023 spring season!

Additional events, including league socials and fundraisers, are being planned...more to come! Our events page is always up-to-date with the latest details.

2023 Board of Directors

Chris Almonte — Commissioner

Rolfe Hubley — Assistant Commissioner, Open Division

Red McSwiggan — Assistant Commissioner, Women’s+ Division

Greg Polzer — Treasurer

Josh Klemp — Secretary

Chloe Nelson — Director of Events

Chelsea Beaudoin — Director of Travel Teams

Michael Lucerto — Director of Captains

Marc Perkel — Director of Marketing and Communications

Sean Corcoran — Co-Director of Football Operations

John Mancone — Co-Director of Football Operations

Sean Davis — Director of Recruitment and Player Development

Anthony DeRose — Director of Fundraising and Sponsorships

Jay Potter — Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Patrick Simmonds — Director of Volunteerism

Red McSwiggan — Director of Rules and Referees

Theresa Waterbury — Director of Health and Safety

2023 League Sponsors

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