What's New with Youth Football in Jackson Township Ohio...
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Equipment Handout – 7/21 – 10am to 2pm (Shed)
       7th graders – 10-11
       6th graders – 11-12
       5th grader – 12-1
       3rd & 4th graders 1-2
Equipment Make-up Day – 7/28 – 10-11am
Combine – 7/29-7/31 (Fife)
       5:30-6pm – Registration
       6-8pm – Combine
       Rain Make-up day is 8/1
First Week of Practice
       A League – 8/6-8/9
       B League – 8/7-8/9
Friday, June 15, 2018
JYFA Important Update  
We are pleased to announce that the JYFA Board of Directors has made the decision to partner with Lake and North Canton and form our own youth tackle football league for the upcoming season and foreseeable future.  The formation of the NSYFL (Northern Stark Youth Football League) will allow us to continue to enjoy the dynamics of a multi-community league with youth organizations that are aligned with our fundamental purpose to create a meaningful and enjoyable experience for our children.   We believe the transition to the NSYFL will improve player safety, increase playing time and allow our coaches to place greater emphasis on player development.  While change is never easy, the JYFA board will continue to take steps necessary to improve the overall experience for your children.  The following will be the leagues format for 2018.

2018 Tackle B League (4th and 5th graders)
As many of you know, we decided to move our Tackle B program in-house last year.  Our goal was to make this age group more of a developmental league with smaller teams and provide and even playing field.  While we accomplished most of our objectives, being in-house caused division within the program and did not allow the coaches to collaborate together.   By joining Lake and North Canton we feel we can still focus on development, yet provide an avenue for competition outside our community.  Although we will at times play each other, our ultimate goal will be to work together to have success against the other communities.
Under this format, our Tackle B league will likely have 4-5 teams with 17-20 players per team.  With Lake and North Canton we are planning on having a total of 12 teams with 2 divisions.  The season will consist of the following:
Regular Season: 6 weeks, with each team playing one game per week.
Playoffs: 2 weeks of playoffs, culminating with a league Championship


2018 Tackle A League (6th and 7th graders)
In the NSYFL with Lake and North Canton we will continue the JV and Varsity format.   We feel that this provides our Tackle A league players a more seamless transition to the next level (8th grade football).  With the Junior Varsity and Varsity format, whereas less developed players play in the JV games and more developed players play at the Varsity level.  With this, the majority of 6th graders play against other community 6th graders at the JV level and the majority of 7th graders play against other community 7th graders at the Varsity level.  (Note:  There are always exceptions, but this is the norm).   
Under this format, our Tackle A league will likely have 2 teams with 30-35 players per team.  With Lake and North Canton we are planning on having a total of 6 teams.  The season will consist of the following:
Regular Season: 6 weeks, with each team playing a JV and Varsity game.
Playoffs: 2 weeks of playoffs, culminating with a league Championship (JV and Varsity)

Flag A (2nd and 3rd Graders) / Flag B (K and 1st Graders)
Both Flag A and B will remain in-house.  Flab B will be the same as last year, an instructional fun league.  This year we are going to keep score and standings in Flag A.  This change was brought up several times in the year end surveys we sent out.  We will have an evaluation period and coaches will draft their teams.  We are really excited to have the High School Varsity Players officiate the games.  The season will consist of the following;
Regular Season: 5 weeks
Playoffs:  2 weeks of playoffs, culminating with a league Championship


The registration window for Flag, Cheer and Tackle Football is now open.  
Glen Maurer, JYFA President
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

2018 Jackson Football Golf Outing, Saturday, July 14

Come out and support the Jackson High School Polar Bear Football team at the annual golf outing! The 2018 Jackson Football Golf outing is scheduled for Saturday, July 14 the Tam O'Shanter Golf course. Shotgun start kicks off at 9am. Included are 18 holes & golf cart, driving range & balls, snacks at turn, lunch following the event, drinks, 50/50 raffle, and great prizes. Register by June 30 and get the early bird special at $90/golfer or $360/team. After June 30, registration goes to $100/golfer or $400/team. Also check out the "Super Ticket" add-on shown on the registration form for other great opportunities!

Friday, April 27, 2018
Signups for the 2018 youth football and cheerleading season have begun!

Payment must be made online using a credit card, e-check, or a PayPal account at the time of registration.

Registration Deadlines:
  • Cheerleading - Tuesday, July 10, 2018
  • Tackle Football - Saturday, July 7, 2018
  • Flag Football - Thursday, August 2, 2018

Be sure to sign-up before June 3rd to get early registration pricing discounts!

The following leagues and prices will be available for 2018:
  • Flag Football B League (K & 1st Grades) - $65.00 ($50.00 before 6/3/2018)
  • Flag Football A League (2nd & 3rd Grades) - $65.00 ($50.00 before 6/3/2018)
  • Tackle Football B League (4th & 5th Grades) - $175.00 ($150.00 before 6/3/2018)
  • Tackle Football A League (6th & 7th Grades) - $175.00 ($150.00 before 6/3/2018)
  • Cheerleading A (5th - 7th Grades) - $75.00 ($60.00 before 6/3/2018)
  • Cheerleading B (3rd & 4th Grades) -  $75.00 ($60.00 before 6/3/2018)
  • Cheerleading C (K - 2nd Grades) -  $75.00 ($60.00 before 6/3/2018)
    * Additional uniform fees will be incurred for cheerleading *

These leagues reflect the grade your son/daughter will be entering in the Fall of 2018.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
The Jackson Youth Football Association is seeking tackle, flag, and cheer coaches for the 2018 season. 

The deadline to submit a coaching application for Tackle football is May 15th.
The deadline to submit a coaching application for Flag football is June 15th.
The deadline to submit a coaching application for Cheer is June 15th.

It is our objective to create a meaningful and rewarding experience for our players and cheerleaders.  Applications for coaching positions will be reviewed by the Board and qualified candidates for head coaching positions may be required to participate in an interview in late May-early June before final assignments are made.

Flag and cheerleading coaches are needed and we request you fill out the application so we learn of your interest in helping.  

For 2018, the JYFA board is committed to providing our coaches improved resources and tools prior to and throughout the season.  For tackle football coaches, we are asking for qualified coaching candidates who can demonstrate the following credentials and/or qualities: 

Qualities of Good Coaches
  • Excellent role model,
  • Strong communication skills
  • Caring and empathetic,
  • Fair, ethical and unselfish,
  • Positive and energetic,
  • Organized, reliable and committed,
  • Commitment to player safety,
  • Embraces the spirit of youth sports
Other Requirements/Commitment
  • Prior playing and/or coaching experience (mandatory for head coaching candidates only),
  • Follow the rules established by the league,
  • In accordance with Ohio law, each coach must obtain and submit the player concussion certification as provided through an on-line program offered by the National Federation of State High School Associations and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention every 3 years.  The on-line tutorial, which is mandatory for all coaches, will take less than one-hour of your time,
  • Provide authorization to the league to complete a background check,
  • Attend mandatory coaches meetings/clinics, as established by the league commissioner and/or JYFA board of directors,
  • Attend player evaluations and draft.
If you feel you are qualified, enjoy working with children and love the game of football, please complete an on-line application by clicking on the following link no later than May 15, 2018 (for tackle coaches) and June 15, 2018 for flag and cheer.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your league's commissioner.
Tackle Commissioners:

Flag Commissioner:  

Cheerleading Director:

We thank you in advance for your willingness to make a difference in the lives of our children!

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