Buckeye Youth Football Association: Welcome

Upcoming Events
Date Event Time Location
Mon 8/3 Football Varsity & JV Cheer Practice Begins 6:30 PM Buckeye Back Fields
Mon 8/3 Football Varsity & JV Practice (NON CONTACT) 6:30 PM Buckeye Back Fields
Tue 8/4 Pig Clip Art Medina County Fair All Day Medina County Fair Grounds
Tue 8/4 Football Flag Football Practice Begins 6:30 PM Buckeye Back Fields
Tue 8/4 Football Flag Cheer Practice Begins 6:30 PM Buckeye Back Fields
Tue 8/4 Football Varsity & JV Practice (NON CONTACT) 6:30 PM Buckeye Back Fields
Wed 8/5 Pig Clip Art Medina County Fair All Day Medina County Fair Grounds
Wed 8/5 Football Varsity & JV Practice (NON CONTACT) 6:30 PM Buckeye Back Fields
Thu 8/6 Pig Clip Art Medina County Fair All Day Medina County Fair Grounds
Thu 8/6 Football Varsity & JV Practice (NON CONTACT) 6:30 PM Buckeye Back Fields
Thu 8/6 Spiral Parent's Meeting 8:00 PM Buckeye Back Fields
Fri 8/7 Pig Clip Art Medina County Fair All Day Medina County Fair Grounds
Sat 8/8 Pig Clip Art Medina County Fair All Day Medina County Fair Grounds
Sat 8/8 star Bucks Football Community Morning 10:00 AM Buckeye Stadium
Sat 8/8 star Bucks WingNite Fundraiser 6:00 PM Johnny Malloy's
Sun 8/9 Pig Clip Art Medina County Fair All Day Medina County Fair Grounds
Sat 8/15 Camera Clip Art BYFA Picture Day 9:30 AM Buckeye Stadium
Wed 8/19 star Elementary Open House 6:30 PM Buckeye Elementary
Thu 8/20 star First Day of School (Gr. 1-6) All Day Buckeye Elementary School
Fri 8/21 star Valley City Street Fair All Day Valley City Fire & Rescue
Sat 8/22 star Valley City Street Fair All Day Valley City Fire & Rescue
Sun 8/23 star Valley City Street Fair All Day Valley City Fire & Rescue
Mon 8/24 star First Day of School (Pre - K) All Day Buckeye Elementary School
Fri 8/28 Bucks Helmet Revere Minutemen @ Buckeye Bucks 7:00 PM Buckeye Stadium
Sat 8/29 star LEYFL Jamboree 8:00 AM Buckeye Back Fields
Tue 9/1 Bucks Helmet Fairview Warriors @ Buckeye Bucks 6:00 PM Buckeye Stadium
BYFA Nation 2014
BYFA Nation 2014
Wednesday, July 8
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.

Tuesday, August 4
2015 Spirit Wear

Spirit Wear orders will be taken through the end of practice on Tuesday, August 11th. You should have gotten an email with the Spirit Wear Order Forms attached. If you did not you can click below to download the forms. Please fill them out and return to your squad's Team Mom by the end of practice next Tuesday.

Handout: 2015 Spirit Wear Order Forms

2015 WingNite FundRaiser
Saturday, August 1
Buckeye Bucks Community Day Practice & WingNite Fundraiser

Next weekend we have a couple of things comming up that were started when Coach Mark Pinzone took over the High School Bucks. First on Saturday, August 8th the entire Buckeye Community is invited to the Bucks Practice at the High School Stadium. They get a chance to be on the field with the players and coaches and observe the practice and ask questions. It has been very well received the last couple years and our players and parents enjoy it. We probably have about 75 to 80 percent of our former players at that level now and they like to see the young players out at this event. They also appreciate the support at Youth Night which will be on October 16th this year when the Bucks will host the Firelands Falcons.

The second event that day is a FundRaiser for the Bucks up at Johnny Malloys in Medina. It is from 6:00 to 9:00 PM with food, drinks, prizes and music. All the money raised goes to the High School Bucks' Team. Please plan to attend both of these events if you can! Let's Go Bucks!!

2015 BYFA Raffle Pic NEW
Saturday, August 1
BYFA Annual Raffle

The BYFA Annual Raffle will be different from the fundraising raffles we have had in the past. In previous years we have raffled off either MTD Commercial Lawnmowers or Commercial Snowblowers. This year we have worked with Fin, Fish & Fur Outfitters in Ashland, Ohio to be able to raffle off both a hunting rifle and a crossbow. The rifle is a Marlin 1895 ABL GOVT 45/70 and the Crossbow a Barrett Raptor FX Crossbow. We will draw the winning tickets at the "Night at the Races" on September 19th. The first ticket drawn will be for the Rifle the second ticket drawn will be for the Crossbow. Winners need not be present. Both winners will receive a coupon/gift certificate from the store for their prize. In lieu of those prizes they shall be given the prize value in store credit. These tickets will be available at practice beginning August 3rd. See your coaches or Team Moms.

2015 NATR Picture
Saturday, August 1
8th Annual Night at the Races

On Saturday night, September 19th the Buckeye Youth Football Association will hold their 8th Annual "Night at the Races" Fundraiser. It will be our 9th Fundraiser overall, our first one was a "Reverse Raffle" in Lagrange back in 2007. The money raised goes to the construction of our new fields. As most of you know we have 3 fields already planted on the area south of the Elementary School. Two of those fields will be used on August 29th when BYFA hosts the LEYFL Jamboree Scrimmages on the Saturday prior to the season opening.

We raised over $10,500 dollars at last year's event with the support of the parents of BYFA Nation and the generosity of the sponsors and donors of the event. This year we hope to make it another success with your help!

Tickets will be available at practice beginning the week of August 3rd. You can see your Team Moms and Coaches or contact Eric Keller at 440.476.0335 or Dave Rea at 330.352.9132. Tickets are $35.00 a piece or $60.00 per couple which includes dinner, drinks, 11 Horse Races and Door Prizes. You can also help by sponsoring a horse, sponsoring a race, donating something for our silent auction or buying an ad in the "Night at the Race"s program. New this year we have a two tiered Race Sponsorship and Program Ad purchase. The second tier gets you one year advertising on our webpage in addition to the Race Sponsorhip or the Program Ad.

Please mark your calendar and plan to attend on September 19th at St. Martin's Church!

Heads Up Logo
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.


BYFA Joins The Lake Erie Youth Football League

When the 2014 Season ended the Directors of Buckeye Youth Football discussed looking for a different league to join due to the fact that our Varsity age group had been losing players due to the fact that the kids in our 12 and 13 year old age groups were moving to junior high with the success of that program in conjunction with the new head coach at the high school Mark Pinzone. We looked at 3 leagues close to us and saw that the Lake Erie Youth Football League seemed to be the best fit with their oldest age group being 10 and 11 year olds and not containing any junior high kids.

After some preliminary discussions with their league president, the Board decided that we would attend their January meeting and see if they would entertain us joining. As it turned out they made us the offer and after putting out information on the league and having a parent meeting the Directors voted to accept the offer and become members. We ended our 19 year association with Blue Devils Youth Football and will begin play in LEYFL this fall. We feel that after we have some growing pains this season and possibly in 2016 it will be the best thing for our kids.

There are now 16 teams in the league, which was formed in 2009, and of those teams 9 of them are members of the Patriot Athletic Conference with Buckeye at the high school level. That should give us a chance to develop some rivalries at this level that the kids will carry to junior high and high school.

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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