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Medford Youth Athletic Association (Medford, New Jersey)

Medford Flag Football




Rule Book under revision for Spring



REFEREE SPRING INTEREST FORM- ONLY FOR RETURNING FALL REFEREES!!



 

 Medford, NEW JERSEY

FALL FLAG FOOTBALL 2023

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR FALL REGISTSRATION!!


Flag Football is open to boys and girls from Pre-Kindergarten through High School 

The league is played at Freedom Park [86 Union St Medford NJ 08055] on Saturdays. Based on the number of participants, grade divisions are established each season. The grade divisions play at the same time each week.  It is probable that we will have separate grade divisions for all of the grades Pre-K through 8th Grade. IF YOU WANT YOUR CHILD TO PLAY "UP" ONE GRADE DIVISION, THAT IT OK, JUST REGISTER THE PLAYER IN THE NEXT OLDEST GRADE


FALL 2023 will start Saturday 9/23 times for each division to come soon... 

The cost is $185. [Which INCLUDES the $10 MYAA Facilities Improvement Fee; in prior seasons that fee was a separate fee added on at checkout]

 

 Most players sign up and are then assigned to teams that are created, but teams can come into the league.     

If a coach puts together a team of at least 10 players [and all of those 10 players register and want to play for that coach], no additional players will be added to the team without the coach's consent. A coach can submit a roster with less than 10 players but in that situation, players could possibly be added to the list of players submitted up to a total roster of 12 players.

HOW TO PUT A TEAM IN:
At the close of registration the coach e-mails the commissioner [[email protected]] a list of players on the team AND THAT LIST MUST MATCH UP TO THE PLAYER'S REQUEST MADE IN THE REGISTRATION. i.e. just because a coach wants a player, does not place that player on the team, the player must also request that coach.               


Efforts are made to keep the divisions appropriately competitive while teaching the players and keeping it fun. The youngest age group, which is typically Pre-K / Kindergarten, is focused more on learning the basics of the game. Typically, the first 40 minutes players meet with their teammates and coaches and learn; the second 40 minutes the team "plays" against another team.  The emphasis is on everyone getting involved, learning, and having fun. As the season progresses the practice time gets a bit shorter and the play / game time longer.

 

The age divisions then get more competitive as the players get older. Coaches for these older divisions can practice once per week but cannot make practices mandatory. Teams in the older age divisions play full games with a regular season and playoffs until there are Champions.

In the past, efforts were made to make teams evenly competitive, but the reality was that no system created totally equal teams; so the emphasis has shifted to letting players who want to play together be on the same team, when it is feasible to do so. At times there are too many players that want to be on the same team, and therefore all requests to play together cannot be honored. Teams are permitted to come into the league as a team; to do this, someone must volunteer to coach the team, the players should all register and request their coach. The coach should e-mail the commissioner and provide a list of the players.

The majority of players register individually, and often request a particular friend, group of friends, players from the same town or same school. Efforts are made to grant requests for friends to play together, but no guarantees.

 

At the end of the regular season,  teams in each grade division are broken down into sub-divisions of 4 to 6 teams for play-offs based on their regular season results. Each subdivision has its own play-off and Championship. At times, at the discretion of the Grade Division Commissioner and Flag Football Commissioner, there may be a top two or bottom two teams playing each other for a Championship. Each season, each grade division is analyzed to see what seems to work best to create competitive playoff a matchups.

Within each grade division, efforts are made to create competitive match-up each week. [this is to make up for the fact that there is no longer an attempt to create even teams] Each week the match-ups are determined by the results of the prior games. For example in week 2 of the regular season, teams that are 1-0 play each other, and teams that are 0-1 play each other. [As long as the math works out evenly, sometimes teams tie, or there is an odd number of 1-0 and 0-1 teams] In week 3 teams that are 2-0, 1-1 and 0-2 are usually matched up against each other etc.

There is nothing wrong with coaches trying to win, but coaches must use all players in a meaningful way. It is far more import to the kids to play and have fun each week and be involved in the game than it is just to win. Parents and coaches get too caught up at times with just whether the team won or lost; for the kids it is more about the experience each week.

So far, the league has been able to provide very competitive match-ups for the very competitive teams, and appropriate match-ups for the weakest teams, and all teams in between. 

Everyone in the program receives an e-mail on the Thursday (sometimes Friday) prior to Saturday game day with your field assignment and the identity of your opponent. Your grade division will play at the same time each week so you at least know that your child's team plays on Saturday at a particular time each week, what gets provided to you each week is your field assignment, along with an aerial view of the park with the field locations.

 

The coaches are parent volunteers, so when signing up, please advise if you are interested in coaching a team.

 

The program is sanctioned by NFL Flag Football  so we use the official NFL names and logos on the jerseys for the teams. [Coaches will be asked to submit the top 7 NFL team names they would want to be, and any teams, they definitely do not want to be.] Each player gets a double-sided jersey with a light and dark side for "home and away;" and a belt with flags. Cleats (non-metal) are recommended for traction, but not required. Mouth guards are strongly recommended and can be purchased at sporting-goods stores and Walmart etc.

We may be looking for "Grade Commissioners" (Although I expect that most will return)
A Grade Commissioner will:
1) Form the teams for their Grade; 2) Input the teams into the system; 3) Provide the shirt sizes needed for the teams in their grade [the shirt size information is collected during registration] 4) Record the results each week as submitted to you by the coaches 5) Create the "match-ups" by Thursday AT 12:00 noon each week and provide them to the Commission who will create the field assignments and master e-mail which provides everyone in the program with the field assignments (as has been done in the past) ALL OF THIS WILL BE TAUGHT TO YOU; if interested please e-mail John Billen at [email protected]


It may be obvious, but we cannot guarantee anyone that they will not contract the Covid-19 virus or any other virus while participating as a player or observing as a spectator. The registration process will involve executing a waiver in which you acknowledge that contracting the Covid-19 virus is a possibility and you waive your right to hold MYAA, its Board Members, Commissioners and Coaches liable if you or your child contract the virus. If you do not feel comfortable having your child around other children it is best to skip the season.

 

 

 
 
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