Our goal is to introduce our young players to the exciting game of football. The program serves to instruct children in grades 2 through 8 on all aspects of the game, with a focus on teaching good sportsmanship and teamwork. Our program is designed to introduce children to the basics of football and to create an exciting environment that allows children to learn, be successful, but most of all, play at a level that is safe for them.
We teach children at a young age on how to play safely by taking their head out of the game of football. We believe by teaching them proper tackling techniques at a young age, these become instinctual as the player develops and enters High School. In addition to teaching proper tackling techniques we also:
- Require all Coaches to take the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Heads Up, Concussion Awareness Training. This training ensures our coaches:
- Understand a concussion and the potential consequences of this injury
- Recognize concussion signs and how to respond
- Learn about the steps for returning to activity after a concussion, including a Doctor’s or Certified Health Care Professional permission to return to play.
- Focus on prevention and preparedness to help keep players safe season to season
- Require all Parents of Players to take the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Heads Up, Parent/Athlete Concussion Awareness Training.
- We also have all our helmets reconditioned and recertified by Riddell every other year to ensure all our helmets are the safest they can possibly be.
Over the last ten years, the HYAA Youth Football program has been extremely successful. To continue to provide a quality, successful program focusing on the fundamentals and sportsmanship that is HYAA Football, we will again be combining the third and fourth graders into one Mite team, fifth and sixth graders into one Peewee team and seventh and eighth graders into one Midget team.
There are many benefits to this structure. The larger teams will allow kids to come off the field to rest and hydrate between plays so they are less prone to injuries. Players at all levels will still see plenty of game time with an eight game varsity schedule and a seven game JV schedule. This will allow the coaches not to have to overextend the kids by having them play two full games every weekend. We will also have more coaches to a team which will mean a lower coach to player ratio, and enable more player’s individual instruction time.
This structure will maximize the opportunity for each of our players to develop their skills, experience game situations and to do so in an environment that is safe, comfortable, and the most conducive to learning.
Old Colony Youth Football Team Age and Weight Groupings:
The football program consists of three different Divisons: Midget, Pee Wee, and Mite. The Divisions are organized around both age and weight requirements (see requirement levels).
Age - No Midget player shall attain the age of fifteen (15) prior to November 15th of the current year.
Weight - At the official, scheduled weigh-in, the maximum weight will not exceed 170 pounds.
Age - No Pee Wee player shall attain the age of twelve (12) prior to July 1st .
Weight - At the official, scheduled weigh-in, the maximum weight will not exceed 135 pounds.
Age - No Mite player shall attain the age of ten (10) prior to July 1st,
Weight - At the official, scheduled weigh-in, the maximum weight will not exceed 110 pounds.
At the Official OCYFL Weigh In held early in September, players will be given a 10 pound allowance over the weight limit in their Division. Each week the weight limit goes up a pound. So for example, the Midget weight is 165 pounds. If a player that weighs 170 pounds, he or she can be rostered, but unless they loose weight, they will not be allowed to play until week 5.
2022 Coaches, Commissioners and Board Members:
Midget Level – Head Coach Mike Rufo -firstname.lastname@example.org
Peewee Level – Head Coach Brendan O'Keefe email@example.com
Mite Level – Head Coach Peter Drummey-pdrummey@pjspillane
Mighty Mite Level – TBD
Ben Johnson - firstname.lastname@example.org
Phil Linn - email@example.com
Registration is open through June 23rd at the rate of $250.00. Beginning June 24th a $35 late fee will be added to all registrations.
Payment must be made at sign up or it will be deleted.
HYAA provides: Certified helmets, shoulder pads and Hanover Game Shirts. Equipment will be distributed from the Football Shed at Sylvester field in late July/early August. A refundable, $100 deposit is required at time of equipment pickup.
Additional Equipment required but not supplied by HYAA includes: Colored mouthpieces (clear mouthpieces are not allowed - Referees need to be able to see the mouthpiece through the facemask.) Game pants with pads sewn in, Practice Jerseys, Practice Pants with pads sewn in and Cleats. Players are required to have PLASTIC MOLDED cleats, no screw in cleats are allowed for safey reasons.
2022 HYAA Football Camp:
Kickoff to the 2021 Season will start August 18th with an optional 3 day joint HYAA and Hanover High School Football Camp at the High School. The Camp will be run by the Hanover High School Coaches and players and the HYAA Youth Football Coaches.
Camp will be held August 18th-20th. Registration will be required on this site for all camp participants.
Practice will begin thge week after camp.
2022 Football Game Schedule
The 2021 Schedule is published in early August and you can view/download at the Old Colony Youth Football League website at leagueathletics.com/?org=ocyfl.com