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Monday, September 17, 2018
Jackson Youth Cheer,

We will practice in the Middle school’s Gold gym. Flag will practice from 6:00-7pm and Tackle cheer will practice from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. 
See you tonight.

Thank you,

Monday, September 17, 2018
Youth Night Details

Friday evening, September 21st is Youth Night at the high school's varsity football game vs. Lake.

All JYFA flag/tackle players and cheerleaders get free admission to the game if they enter the stadium with their team as described below, or by wearing their uniforms.

Parents who wish to have their child walk out on the turf with their team (Flag B, Flag A, Flag Cheer, Cheer & Tackle B, Cheer & Tackle A) need to have their child in their jersey/uniform and inside the middle school NO LATER THAN 6:00 PM on Friday, September 21st, 2018.

Drop your child off at the main west entrance (Sauder side) of the Middle School.  Teams will be lined up in the hallway to the left once you enter the school.  Working backwards from the far end of the hallway will be Flag Cheer C, Flag B, Flag A, Tackle/Cheer B, and Tackle/Cheer A.  Please find your child's team name taped to the wall so each team can be grouped together before they head out of the school to be introduced.

The youth teams will be announced at 6:30 and enter onto the field through the inflatable polar bear head at the west (Sauder) end of the stadium.  Following the introductions, parents can pick up their child from the team's coach behind the scoreboard on the east (bus garage/tennis courts) end of the stadium.  Please view the map below for more details on where to drop-off and pickup your child.  We will organize the teams inside the school and proceed out the back of the school, down under the bleachers and out through the bear head where each team will be announced as they parade down the field towards the scoreboard end-zone.

Individual players will not be announced (only the team names will be announced) but each team will have their team photo printed in the game program for Friday night.
The high school game starts at 7:00.
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
We're using SignUp.com to organize the concession stand this year. 

Please sign up for JYFA 2018! 

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps: 
  1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/go/htvmuVa
  2. Sign up! Choose your spots 
  3. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on SignUp.com) - SignUp.com will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!
Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.
Thank you,
Lori Johnson

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

Glen Maurer, JYFA President

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