What is the Buffalo Snow Bowl?

A 6 vs. 6 Flag Football Tournament benefitting Special Olympics New York.

Where is the event held?

The Buffalo Snow Bowl is played at Bills Stadium, the home of the AFC East Divisional Champions, Buffalo Bills.

What are the divisions?

The 5 divisions in the Buffalo Snow Bowl are: Pro, Amateur, Co-ed, First Responders and Youth Leagues.
 
Middle School Youth League- this division is reserved for participants that are in 5th-7th grade. Participants must fall in the birthdates of 11/30/2007-11/30/2010. Two coaches will be allowed to be on each team. They will not count towards the 12 participant maximum. Teams in this division will be using a pee wee football. Coaches will be asked to volunteer to officiate three games that their teams are NOT playing in.
 
High School Youth League- this division is reserved for participants that are in 8th-12th grade. Participants must fall in the birthdates of 12/1/2007-12/1/2003. Two coaches will be allowed to be on each team. They will not count towards the 12 participant maximum. Teams in this division will be using a college football. Coaches will be asked to volunteer to officiate three games that their teams are NOT playing in.
 
Pro League - will consist of teams that have played together before. This will be the most competitive league there is. If a team is too competitive in another division, they will be placed in the Pro League prior to the schedule is sent out. Participants must be 18 or older. CLICK HERE to be redirected to the registration site for this league.
 
Co-Ed League - teams are required to have at least 2 females participating during play. Participants must be 18 or older. CLICK HERE to be redirected to the registration site for this league.
 
Amateur League - this division is the fun division. Teams are not looking to be competitive. Generally these teams have not played together before. Please note, if a team is too competitive or should be participating in the Pro League, you will be removed from this division and placed in the Pro League. We will notify the team if you are moved to the Pro League prior to the tournament, especially for those teams that have participated in this tournament before. Participants must be 18 or older. CLICK HERE to be redirected to the registration site for this league.
 
First Responders League-this division is open to anyone associated with First Responders. This includes but is not limited to Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters, EMTs and Military. Participants must be 18 or older. CLICK HERE to be redirected to the registration site for this league.
 
PLEASE BE CONSCIENCE OF WHICH LEAGUE YOU REGISTER FOR.

Who can participate in the Buffalo Snow Bowl?

Each division has age requirements. Please check the league you wish to participate in. Everyone must sign a waiver and give an emergency contact in order to play. Participants under the age of 18 MUST HAVE PARENTAL CONCENT. 

What happens if a coach cannot volunteer to officiate?

We ask that each team either has a coach or parent volunteer to officiate the preliminary rounds.  This is extremely important for the success of this event. Once a team makes it to the finals, officials will officiate the event.

What is the minimum amount to fundraise for each team?

All teams in the Youth Division are required to raise a minimum of $1,000 to participate in the Buffalo Snow Bowl whether they have 6 participants or 12 participants. Each team in the Youth Division is allowed to have two coaches on the team. The coaches are NOT allowed to play but we do ask that each coach volunteers to officiate three games. The $20 registration fee for the coaches DOES count towards your team total. The more funds raised, the more incentives a team can win. The top fundraising team in EACH division will win a suite to use for the tournament. All funds raised will benefit athletes of Special Olympics New York.

Will concession stands be open?

Yes!

Is the $20 registration fee an actual fee or does it go towards our team total?

It will go towards your team total!

If I have a company that is going to sponsor me, do I need to pay the $20 registration fee?

No, if you have a company that is sponsoring you, please notify Erica Raepple immediately (eraepple@nyso.org or 716-909-6444). You will be given a code to register your team and guarantee you a spot in the tournament.

I don't have a team, can I just register under any team?

No, you must have your own team. We do not provide teams for you.

What should I wear?

Make sure you dress weather appropriate. We do not provide jerseys for the teams. We suggest that everyone on your team wears the same color shirt or create your own jerseys! We DO provide the belts for the games. Metal cleats ARE PROHIBITED.

Can I bring my own ball to play with?

No, footballs will be provided for each game.Middle School Leagues will use pee wee footballs. High School League will use college footballs.

Are spectators free?

YES! Make sure you encourage your friends and family to come out and support you! Parking is also free.

How many games are played at once?

Bills Stadium is divided up into 4 different fields with 4 games playing simultaneously.

If I don't raise the $1,200 are the funds refunded?

No, all the funds raised will go to support Special Olympics and our programs.