Frequently Asked Questions of the LYFA football program:
Q. Who do I contact with questions about how to register my child?
A. Contact the league registrar.
Q. What does it cost to play football in LYFA?
A. Registration Fees for 2018 are $200 and the cost of a jersey is $70. A minimum of $50.00 is due at the time of registration.
Q. What is included in the fee?
A. The above fee covers practice and playing field expenses, referee costs, footballs, and team equipment.
Q. What is not included in the fee?
A. Game and practice pants, socks, practice jersey, helmet, shoulder pads and a mouth piece. The cost of a game jersey is an additional $70
Q. Do we have to participate in a fundraiser?
A. Each player in the league will be asked to sell candy bars to raise money for the LYFA and keep the cost of registration as low as possible. This fundraiser will raise $30.00 per player and LYFA will use this money for its operational costs. YOU MAY CHOOSE TO OPT OUT OF THE FUNDRAISER by paying an additional $30.00 at registration. You most likely will be asked to do some sort of fundraising for your team. All money raised in the TEAM fundraiser, if your team chooses to do so, will be used for the teams choosing.
Q. What are the age requirements?
A. If you withdraw your player after the first practice of the season and they have been officially rostered on a team you will not receive a refund. You will only receive a refund if you withdraw my player prior to the start of practices.
Q. When does registration begin?
A. Registration will begin in March .
Q. How often are practices?
A. For 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade teams practices are held up to three times per week (Monday-Friday). 7th and 8th grade teams may practice up to four times per week (Monday-Friday). Practices are typically two hours per night. Practices for each team are at either Morse park (20th and Carr), or Lakewood park (1st and Kipling). Additional practice facilities may be added as needed.
Q. When do practices start?
A. Practices will begin the week of July 29th.
Q. What are weigh-ins? Are they mandatory?
A. Weigh-ins take place every year. If a player is heavier than a certain weight on the day of weigh-ins (based on grade level) he will be patched. Patched players must start each play on the line of scrimmage for safety reasons, but may still have an opportunity to catch the football and score touchdowns. Weigh-ins are mandatory and will take place in August. Specific date/time for 2017 will be announced at a later date. Patch weights are shown below:
Patch Weight (per grade level) shall be as follows:
2nd grade, 75 lbs.
3rd grade, 85 lbs.
4th grade, 95 lbs.
5th grade, 105 lbs.
6th grade, 120 lbs.
7th grade, 135 lbs.
8th grade Seniors have no backfield weight limitations.
Q. How many, when and where are the Games?
A. There are 8 games in the season. There is usually only one game per week which usually takes place on Saturday. (Note: Some teams might be required to play on a week night evening or on a Sunday). Away games are as far as Highlands ranch to the south and Brighton to the north. Home games for grades 2-6 are at Morse Park and grades 7 and 8 are at Lakewood Parkl but other fields may be used as necessary.
Q. When will the game schedule be released?
A. Game schedules will be provided to your coach on the day they are given to us by JMFA. Please be patient as scheduling does not occur until mid to late August.
Q. When is the first weekend of games?
A. The first weekend of regular season games will be Saturday,August 25th.
Q. How long does the season last?
A. The regular season is 12 weeks long with games the last 8 weeks. The post season will begin the first week of November.
Q. When does the LYFA Board meet?
A. The LYFA Board meets on the second Tuesday of each month at Wrigleys Sports Bar & Grill. The LYFA Board is comprised of 16 members (5 Executive Council and 16 Team Representatives). Minutes from the board meetings are available upon request. If you would like a copy of the Board meeting minutes, please e-mail the LYFA Board Secretary.
Q. Will my child get hurt?
A. You are encouraged to do some research on this topic yourself. We have done a small amount ourselves and here are some studies we found:
Experts believe that as many as one million kids play age-group football in the United States. (There is no national body that oversees age-group football.) Some 170,000 kids play Pop Warner, which is similar in organization to Little League baseball. Pop Warner, which is for kids ages 7 to 16, has very strict safety rules against which all youth football programs should be measured.
"Safety is always a concern in our program," says Ralph Dumican, who is in his eleventh year of coaching Pop Warner teams in North Attleboro, Mass. "Our coaches attend several clinics each year, and they're well versed in coaching, conditioning, and safety. Frankly, many more of our kids get hurt riding bikes, climbing trees, or in-line skating than they do playing football."
Pop Warner has never had a player fatality in its 67-year history. And studies show that most youth football programs are relatively safe. In a recent study, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission examined athletic injuries on a sport-by-sport basis. It found that organized football among 5-to-15-year-olds had 12 per- cent fewer injuries per capita than organized soccer for the same age group. Football also had 50 percent fewer injuries than bike riding and 74 percent fewer than skateboarding.
Good Equipment Is the Key
"Kids do get hurt playing football," says McEwen. "But if you put a kid in the right equipment, teach him the proper techniques, and play him against kids who are the same age and weight, it's a pretty safe sport."
Fortunately, football equipment for kids has never been better. The same companies who manufacture equipment for college and pro teams make equipment for kids. Beyond the standard helmet, pads (shoulder, knee, thigh, hips, tailbone), and rubber cleats, Pop Warner requires that players wear vests to protect their ribs and long Lycra girdles over all the padding to keep the pads from slipping.
"We use helmets that carry the NOCSAE [National Operating Committee for Standards for Athletic Equipment] seal of approval," says Dumican. "We send the helmets out every year to be reconditioned, pressure tested, sanitized, and recertified."
"In the end, what coaches have to remember about age-group football," says McEwen, "is that it's all about providing recreation for kids in a safe environment. The score doesn't matter."
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Dr. Stuart and his colleagues studied 915 players aged 9 to 13 years, who participated on 42 football teams in the fall of 1997. Injury incidence, prevalence and severity were calculated for each grade level and player position. Additional analyses examined the number of injuries according to body weight.
A game injury was defined as any football-related ailment that occurred on the field during a game that kept a player out of competition for the reminder of the game, required the attention of a physician, and included all concussion, lacerations, as well as dental, eye and nerve injuries. The researchers found a total of 55 injuries occurred in games during the season — a prevalence of six percent. Incidence of injury expressed as injury per 1,000 player-plays was lowest in the fourth grade (.09 percent), increased for the fifth, sixth and seventh grades (.16 percent, .16 percent, .15 percent respectively) and was highest in the eighth grade (.33 percent).
Most of the injuries were mild and the most common type was a contusion, which occurred in 33 players. Four injuries (fractures involving the ankle growth plate) were such that they prevented players from participating for the rest of the season. No player required hospitalization or surgery.
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