The time has come. GYFA will be having sign-ups this Saturday the 18th from 10-12 at the Greenfield Elks club. (enter church st side. 2nd floor) Please click on the news tab for information and updates
Program Philosophy/ Mission Statement
The mission of the Greenfield Youth Football Association (GYFA) is to provide an organized football program that fosters the players’ appreciation of the game in a competitive team environment. Players develop mental and physical abilities through a commitment to daily structured practices. The GYFA philosophy stresses physical fitness, fair play and sportsmanship.
The Elks, participate in the Suburban Amateur Football League (SAFL) that includes more than 24 towns in the area. The SAFL, which has been in existence for approximately 30 years, actively regulates the rules and tenor of play.
The Greenfield Youth Football program is self-funded through program fees and fund raising events. Player fees cover the cost of equipment, league affiliation, and game day officials. Registration Fee hardship waivers may be discussed.
First player per family $100
Each additional player per family $90
Refunds will be issued according to the following policy:
Request prior to the first practice 75%
After practice begins, but prior to team weigh-in 50%
After weigh-in No refund
Levels of Play
The league is divided into PeeWee, Junior and Senior Divisions based on age and grade. Each Division has certain rule variations intended to promote safety and competition.
The number of teams fielded will vary based on the number of players enrolled at each division. The chart below will help illustrate the basic differences among the levels of play.
7th & 8th
5th & 6th
3rd & 4th
10 min. quarters
8 min. quarters
12 min. quarters
Game schedules will be available for teams during August. Games generally will be held on weekends, though some may be held mid-week during the evening depending on availability.
The primary objectives of this program is to underscore the responsibility of being a member of a team. Attendance at practice is critical for the safety and well-being of each player and affects the morale of the team. Football is a highly organized, building block sport, which requires thought, timing and coordination among 11 participants during each play. Missing practice may mean missing important fundamentals. It is our experience that players that miss too many practices, regardless of their skill levels are more easily confused in a game situation. This confusion sometimes distracts from the enjoyment of the game and perhaps jeopardizes the player’s safety. At no time will a coach play an individual who he/she thinks is not appropriately prepared to participate.
Coaches take a great deal of time to organize practices. Each minute of practice is planned so that every player has a maximum amount of participation. A coach must know how many players will attend to plan the best drills, exercises, instruction and scrimmage. It is inconsiderate to the coaches to neglect to tell them in advance about the limitations in a player’s practice schedule.
When a player knows that he is going to be absent, he/she has the responsibility to notify their coach in advance. Players with one (1) unexcused absence can expect reduced playing time.
Each player wears over $200 worth of team equipment every time they take the field. Each player must provide a colored mouthpiece (not clear or beige), a cup for male players, and appropriate footwear.
Proper care of your equipment is important for both safety and to assure that your equipment is ready every time you play. It is your responsibility to periodically inspect all of your equipment before you put it on and tell your coach if it is not in perfect working order. Please inspect your helmet for missing or loose pieces and screws, and your shoulder pads for loose straps and clips.
Players must wear a shirt over their shoulder pads. This is an integral part of their protection and keeps shoulder pads in place. Jerseys do not need to be fancy; an appropriately sized T-shirt will suffice. Game jerseys will be distributed before the first game, and must be returned clean at equipment return night. Players not returning game jerseys or other equipment may be assessed a replacement fee.
Game Uniforms including pants are NOT to be worn to practice unless you are specified to do so by a coach.
All practices will be held at Beacon Field located on Beacon Street in Greenfield, MA. Practices are held from 5:30pm to approximately 7:30pm at the discretion of the Head Coaches. Practices may be held on Saturdays when required.
All home games will be played at Veteran’s Field at Greenfield High School in Greenfield, MA. Games are generally scheduled for Sundays, starting at 12:00pm. Pee Wee games are held first, followed by the Juniors and then Seniors. There will be (1) night game scheduled under the lights at home.
Players should assume practice would be held regardless of the weather conditions unless a coach contacts them or posts a notice on a predetermined web site. It is the parents and players responsibility to ensure that players are dressed appropriately for weather conditions.
How to address your concerns
There may be occasions when parent and/or player have a concern about some aspect of their football experience. This is normal in a sport with so many facets of play and therefore, it is imperative to have open lines of communications between coaches, parents and players. Here are some suggestions as to how we can effectively work together:
1) We will have a Parent's Meeting prior to the season’s first game. The date of our Parent's Meeting is listed on the schedule received during registration. Please arrange your schedule to attend this important meeting! This meeting provides for an open discussion on program philosophy etc. and we welcome your input.
2) Please remember that coaches are unpaid volunteers. They are on the field with the sole desire to help teach your child the game of football. We insist that coaches become National Youth Sports Coaches Association (NYSCA) certified to teach youth sports. Most coaches will devote an average of 15 hrs. per week for 12 weeks to help your kids. Some will spend 25 hrs, seven days a week each week on the football program. They deserve your respect and can always use some encouragement! Volunteering is the most sincere form of encouragement.
3) If you want to speak to a coach, please consider the following:
4) A parents association exists to facilitate communication with parents and coaches, and organize volunteers. If you have tried speaking with a coach, or are uncomfortable doing so please contact the parent’s association leader.
5) Coaches need to know what is happening with every player. Events in a young player’s life will often manifest themselves on the field. Problems at home or school can affect play and sometimes your child’s ability to effectively interact with his teammates and coaches. Often times we as coaches can help. Through the years we have worked with parents to assist in making sure that, proper emphasis is placed on academics and that their child is fully aware that scholarly pursuits come before athletics. As an example, many times we have the ability to get their attention by leveraging playing time.
6) Coaches care about your children! This is an education based athletic program. It is not a motivational, win at all costs program. Our emphasis is on fun and personal development. We sincerely believe that youth football is a tremendous outlet for building self-esteem and learning valuable life skills. The precepts learned in this program can assist your child in being successful in whatever endeavors they choose.
Code of Ethics
Parents will be required to read, sign, return, and abide by a parental code of ethics.
Best Wishes to All for an Enjoyable 2011 Football Season!