Buckeye Youth Football Association: Welcome

Upcoming 2015 Games
Date Event Time Location
Sat 9/5 2015 Bucks Helmet Ad Size Wellington Dukes Black Flag vs. Keystone Wildcats White Flag 9:00 AM Keystone - Lagrange Community Park
Sat 9/5 2015 Bucks Helmet Ad Size Sheffield Cardinals Red Flag vs. Wellington Dukes Maroon Flag 9:00 AM Wellington Community Park
Sat 9/5 2015 Bucks Helmet Ad Size Keystone Wildcats Black Flag vs. Bucks Brown Flag 9:00 AM Buckeye Back Fields
Sat 9/5 2015 Bucks Helmet Ad Size Bucks White Flag vs. Keystone Wildcats Purple Flag 10:00 AM Keystone - Lagrange Community Park
Sat 9/5 2015 Bucks Helmet Ad Size Sheffield Cardinals Black Flag vs. Wellington Dukes White Flag 10:00 AM Wellington Community Park
Sat 9/5 2015 Bucks Helmet Ad Size Oberlin Red Hawks Flag vs. Bucks Orange Flag 10:00 AM Buckeye Back Fields
Sat 9/5 Football Bucks Orange Varsity vs. Midview Middies Blue Varsity 2:30 PM Wellington - Dukes Stadium
Sat 9/5 Football Bucks Brown Varsity vs. Lorain Pioneers Blue Varsity 2:30 PM Sheffield - Brookside High School
Sat 9/5 Cheerleading Avon Lake Shoremen White JV vs. Bucks Brown JV 5:30 PM Avon Lake High School
Upcoming Events
Date Event Time Location
Tue 9/1 Football Strongsville @ Buckeye 7th Grade 4:30 PM Buckeye Stadium
Tue 9/1 Spiral Fairview @ Buckeye 8th Grade 6:00 PM Buckeye Stadium
Thu 9/3 Snot Rocket Buck Rocky River @ Buckeye Freshmen 6:00 PM Buckeye Stadium
Fri 9/4 Bucks Helmet Buckeye Varsity Bucks @ Rocky River 7:00 PM Rocky River High School
Tue 9/8 Football Buckeye 7th Grade @ Clearview 4:30 PM Clearview
Tue 9/8 Spiral Buckeye 8th Grade @ Clearview 6:00 PM Clearview High School
Thu 9/10 Snot Rocket Buck Cloverleaf @ Buckeye Freshmen 6:00 PM Buckeye Stadium
Fri 9/11 Bucks Helmet Buckeye Varsity Bucks @ Cloverleaf 7:00 PM Cloverleaf High School
Tue 9/15 Football Buckeye 7th Grade @ Columbia 4:30 PM Columbia
Tue 9/15 Spiral Buckeye 8th Grade @ Columbia 6:00 PM Columbia
Thu 9/17 Snot Rocket Buck Buckeye Freshmen @ Walsh 5:00 PM Walsh Jesuit High School
Fri 9/18 Bucks Helmet Fairview @ Buckeye Varsity Bucks 7:00 PM Buckeye Stadium
Sat 9/19 Alert Night at the Races 6:00 PM St. Martin's Church
Mon 9/21 Camera Clip Art BYFA Nation Picture 6:00 PM Buckeye Stadium
Tue 9/22 Football Wellington @ Buckeye 7th Grade 4:30 PM Buckeye Stadium
Tue 9/22 Spiral Wellington @ Buckeye 8th Grade 6:00 PM Buckeye Stadium
Thu 9/24 Snot Rocket Buck Buckeye Freshmen @ Keystone 5:00 PM Keystone Middle School
Fri 9/25 Bucks Helmet Buckeye Varsity Bucks @ Clearview 7:00 PM Clearview High School
Tue 9/29 Football Buckeye 7th Grade @ Black River 4:30 PM Black River High School
Tue 9/29 Spiral Buckeye 8th Grade @Black River 6:00 PM Black River High School
Thu 10/1 star Homecoming Parade 6:00 PM Buckeye Stadium
Fri 10/2 Bucks Helmet Wellington @ Buckeye Varsity Bucks 7:00 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.

2015 NATR Horse Flyer Web
Wednesday, September 2
6th Annual Night at the Races

On Saturday night, September 19th the Buckeye Youth Football Association will hold their 6th Annual "Night at the Races" Fundraiser. It will be our 7th Fundraiser overall, our first one was a "Reverse Raffle" in Lagrange back in 2008. 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 were used on August 29th when BYFA hosted the LEYFL Jamboree Scrimmages that Saturday!.

We raised over $10,000 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 are available at practices, you can see your Team Moms and Coaches or contact 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. The Flyer and form for sponsoring and so on is available by click on the link below.

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

Handout: 6th Annual "Night at the Races"

Wednesday, September 2
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. A Flyer with all the particulars on it can be downloade below.

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.

Handout: Gun & Cross Bow Raffle Flyer

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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