Buckeye Youth Football Association: Welcome
Welcome to the home page of the Buckeye Youth Football Association
The BYFA is a proud member of the Lake Erie Youth Football League since 2015. Complete Tackle Football schedules, scores and standings can be found at www.LEFYL.com
Flag Football teams compete in the Lorain/Medina Flag Football League which is made of participating communities within the LEYFL area. Complete Flag schedules, scores and standings can be found at the official league website
Welcome to the 2018 Buckeye Youth Football Season!
There are several important dates and requirements that need to be met.
Physical Required by Monday, July 30th - Every tackle football player needs to have a completed medical physical prior to starting practice on Monday, July 30th. Your child will not be able to start practice without a current physical form on file. No exceptions. I have attached the form to this email and it can also be found on http://ohsaa.org/Portals/0/Sports-Medicine/PPE_2018-19.pdf . (If you can’t get into your primary care physician, there are several options for sports physicals at walk-in clinics around Medina/Brunswick. Google: “Sports Physicals in Medina, Ohio” and you will find multiple choices.)
Equipment Hand-out (7/15 & 7/22) - Must Attend There are two dates for equipment handout. You need to attend one of the dates. Dates are Sunday, July 15th or Sunday, July 22nd from 6:00PM-7:30PM at the Liverpool Community Center(6801 School St. Valley City, OH 44280). Please bring a bag or laundry basket to collect your equipment. If you played tackle last year please bring your girdle with you so we can fit your pants.
Girdle - Every tackle football player needs a Football Girdle for the season. You can purchase one at any sporting goods store or online (Amazon). If you have one that fits from a previous year, feel free to use it. Practice The first day of practice is Monday, July 30th from 6:30pm-8:00pm. Please have your child wear shorts,cleats, t-shirt, and helmet with formed mouthpiece.
Practice - Practices will be on the youth fields behind Buckeye Primary School. Practice will be Monday through Thursday 6:30pm-8:00pm July 30th through August 31st. Starting September 4th practice will be Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 6:00pm-7:30pm, through the end of the season.
Games - Games will be Saturdays ranging in starting times from 12:00pm-8:00pm. We will receive a schedule sometime in August from Lake Erie Youth Football League. There will be no Jamboree this season, but we will have a “scrimmage day” on 8/18 that we intend to host and/or participate in. Our first tackle games will be Saturday 8/25 and the Championship games are scheduled for 10/20. More info to come as the season gets closer.
Please call, text, or email with any questions. We are looking forward to another great season.
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.
Buckeye Youth Football Association renewed their partnership with USA Football and the NFL in their 'Heads Up' Program begining with 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. 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. Beginning with 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. Background checks are also 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.
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!!