Buckeye Youth Football Association: Welcome

BYFA Nation 2014
BYFA Nation 2014
Respect All!.....Fear None!!.....Buckeye Pride!!!

This site is the home of the Buckeye Bucks who represent the Buckeye Youth Football Association, Inc.(BYFA). Since 1996 we have steadily been building a base of players, cheerleaders, coaches, parents and fans known as "BYFA Nation". Our players and cheerleaders are drawn from the Buckeye Local School District which is located in Medina County, Ohio. We begin the 20th Season by joining a new league. We were accepted into the Lake Erie Youth Football League in January of 2015 and will begin play there this fall. Our two teams will now be known as Bucks Brown and the Bucks Orange respectively. We will begin conditioning the last week of July at Buckeye High School as we start this new chapter in Buckeye Youth Football.

BYFA started with one team, the Jaguars, who began play in 1996. The Jets were added in 2000, and the Buccaneers joined us in the 2001 season. The 2008 Season saw the creation of the Pee Wee Division for 7 and 8 year olds, and the downsizing of the JV Division to contain only 9 and 10 year olds and the Varsity becoming a 11, 12 and 13 year old division. The Buccanneers were dissolved at the end of that season in order to strengthen the rosters in all divisions.

Since the 1999 Season Buckeye Varsity teams have made 12 appearances in the Championship Game, 7 by the Jaguars and 5 by the Jets. The Jags claimed Championships in 1999, 2000 & 2009, and the Jets were Champs in 2003, 2010 & 2012. The Buckeye JV teams have made 5 appearances in the Championship game, 1 by the Jaguars and 4 by the Jets. The Jags JV claimed the Championship in 2009, while the Jets JV claimed a Championship last year as they wrapped up their 15th Season.

We have been committed to building a successful program that helps the Buckeye Bucks high school program continue their winning tradition. The Bucks have made 6 State Playoff appearances in the last 11 years. Over the first 19 years there were over 600 different players, over 250 cheerleaders and more than 100 coaches involved with Buckeye Youth Football. Those figures don't represent all the parents who have put in their hours volunteering and bringing their kids to and from practice and games which we are greateful for. We feel the program has gotten better every year, even with bumps along the way and growing pains in certain seasons. We grew from 38 kids our first season in 1996, to 208 in the 2014 season.

Our website has a page for each of the football and cheer squads. As the winter goes on the name changes will be reflected as we replace the names and graphics but preserve the history of the former teams. Feel free to click on any of the menu items above and explore the team sites, rosters, pictures, schedules, history, etc. Updates are done to the pages as we have new information, click on the "Like' Button at upper left of the menu and you can subscribe to this page and click on the "Facebook" tab in the menu to check out our FB page too! Thanks for dropping by! Let's GO BUCKS!!

Mission Statement

The Buckeye Youth Football Association, Inc. is committed to providing a quality program for the children of the Buckeye School District in which they can learn the fundamentals of football and cheerleading, along with sportsmanship and having fun, in an effort to further the development of the overall Buckeye Football program. We are a non-profit 501c3 organization as designated by the IRS and the State of Ohio.

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Wednesday, July 8
Heads Up Football

Buckeye Youth Football Association renewed their partnership with USA Football and the NFL in their 'Heads Up' Program for the 2015 Season. The Heads Up program is four pronged in its delivery of these major items Education & Certification, Concussion Awareness, Equipment Fitting and Heads Up Tackling. Parents will get information and a clinic on these items just as our coaches and players will get. Coach Roy Salazar is the Player Safety Coach for our organization for the 2015 Season. He will be conducting clinics for our coaches and parents during practice times in the first couple weeks of August. We will pass that information along when he sets the schedule. Coach Salazar attended a training seminar lead by USA Master Trainers such as St. Ignatius Head Football Coach Chuch Kyle at the Browns Training Facility in Berea in June. In the mean time you can go on the USA Football site and get familiar with the 'Heads Up' program by clicking on the link.

We require that all of our Football & Cheer Coaches have Concussion Awarness training as is now mandated by the State of Ohio. This certification is good for 3 years and we must provide proof of certification to Lake Erie Youth Football League prior to the season. All of our Football Coaches must become members of USA Football and complete the basic training course for Flag or Tackle Football and continue to renew that membership and update the Flag or Tackle certificate as required by USA Football each year they coach for BYFA. New in the 2015 Season USA Football will be giving organizations a $500.00 Cash Grant to any organization that has 100% of their coaches as members and certified. All Coaches must be background checked a practice we have been doing since the 2010 season through the National Center of Safety Initiatives who are another partner of USA Football. This year we also made background checks mandatory for our Team Moms. We also are making sure that the coaches receive instruction on how to properly fit helmets and shoulder pads. You can click on the link for a video of helmet fitting, shoulder pad fitting and how helmets are reconditioned at Riddell here.


Bucks Helmets Facing
BYFA On Twitter & Facebook

Buckeye Youth Football has a twitter account in addition to this website and their Facebook page. You can follow us on twitter @BYFAinc or find us at www.twitter.com/BYFAinc. The tweets are posted to the Facebook page when they are tweeted. Our FB page is www.facebook.com/buckeyeyouthfootball. That page is also up dated with selected posts from our website that appear there when they are posted here. You can visit the page by clicking on "Facebook" in the menu above. Stay in touch with all the information pertaining to BYFA by following us at home or on your mobile device! Go Bucks!!

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