Season Details

Updated Monday June 4, 2018 by NSYFCA.

Program Overview:

We know as new parents to the program that you will probably feel overwhelmed from all of the information outlined below.   We want you to have as much information as possible so that you understand the commitment involved.   

Practice:

Practices start this year on Monday, July 30th. Practices run from 5:45-8:00pm Monday-Thursday behind Melican Middle School in Northborough, each week until school starts. Once school starts, practices are held Tuesday and Thursday nights (same time and place), until the season ends, usually by the end of October. Saturday morning walk-throughs may also be called periodically.

In order to protect the safety of our players American Youth Football (AYF) mandates that practice begin no later than the first week in August. This allows us to ensure that the players get the proper amount of training before going into their first game. There is a considerable amount to teach the boys including stance, positions, plays, blocking, proper tackling technique, proper running technique, defensive schemes, etc… Many of the teams we compete with actually start earlier in July.

In addition, American Youth Football mandates that we have 10 hours of practice without pads prior to the start of padded practice. This 10 hours is completed that first week. This means we typically only have 3 weeks to focus on blocking, tackling and scrimmaging before we meet our first opponent.

We HIGHLY recommend you not miss the first week of practice. Your child will not be able to practice in pads until they complete 10 hours of non-padded instruction. If it is imperative that you miss a week, we would prefer you miss one of the padded weeks. Keep in mind that if this is your child's first year playing, it will put them behind the other boys on the team. We will do whatever we can to ensure that they are up to speed but we will not play them unless we feel they are ready to play.

Games:

Games will be held once a week typically on a Saturday or Sunday.  All home games are played at Algonquin High School in Northborough.  Away games locations are determined based on the team we are playing.

 

Equipment:

What is issued?

Unlike nearly every other sport and even football leagues from several other towns, NSYFCA still supplies, at great cost, the bulk of the protective equipment for our athletes. 

As a football player you will be loaned the following:

  • Football Helmet with Chin Strap and Guardian (practice helmet protector)
  • Shoulder Pads and Knee Pads
  • Practice Jersey, Pants, and Belt
  • Game Jersey and Pants

 Hip, Tail, and Thigh pads are available if you purchase a girdle that does not have them build in

***  All items will need to be returned at the end of the season.  If items are lost or damaged, the parent or guardian will be responsible for repaying the league.   Approximate cost for all items is $465.

 

As a football player you will need to purchase the following personal items:

  • Mouth piece
  • Cleats (no metal spikes)
  •  Protective Cup & Athletic Supporter (if needed)
  • Girdle (with hip, tail and thigh pads built in)
  • Maroon Socks

Optional Equipment (these items are not necessary to play)

  • Pink socks (we support Breast Cancer Awareness month and most players wear pink socks)
  • Gloves
  • Arm Guards
  • Hand Warmer
  • Padded under shirt 

 

Tentative 2018 Dates:

  • Equipment Handout & Paperwork Turn In:   June 19th   5pm-8pm at Algonquin High
  • First Practice:  July 30th
  • Family Pizza Party:  August 2nd
  • Roster Picture Night:  August 7th
  • Game Jersey Handout:  August 8th
  • League Jamboree:   Saturday, August 18th  (Millbury/Sutton will host it at Grafton High School)
  • First Regular Season Game:   August 25th or 26th 
  • End of Season:   usually the end of October unless team makes it to playoffs
  • End of the Year Banquet:  December

 

Paperwork:

Our league is part of the Central Mass Youth Football and Cheer Conference (CMYFCC) which is affiliated with American Youth Football (AYF) League.   AYF is the world's largest youth football and cheer league.    Being part of this conference/league requires us to follow certain policies and procedures for insurance purposes.   The following paperwork will need to be submitted to play:

  • Birth Certificates:  1st time participants are required to submit a Birth Certificate with a raised seal to show proof of age.     
  • Player Packet:   AYF forms that are needed to play
  • Physical/Medical:   All participants should be medically cleared by a doctor to play any sport.
  • Report Card:   Academics should be the # 1 priority to our players.  Students that are not meeting academic benchmarks cannot participate in our program.
  • NSYFCA Forms (General Info for Players & Parent Code of Conduct):  Our league has expectations of our players and families and we wanted to be clear on how our league operates.