Few sports can teach the life skills that football can. Teamwork, dedication and a superior work ethic are all essential fundamentals needed to play the great sport of football. We hope that all players have some fun and at the same time build a great ethical base that they can use for the rest of their lives.
The CTYFL football program is a collaborative effort by all the member towns. Rules and regulations are discussed and voted on so we can come up with the best program to fit the needs of our players here in CT.
The first allowed day of practice is Aug 1st, and each town has their own practice schedule so you will want to make sure you know when the season starts in your town. Games begin in September and are held on Sundays with B's at 9:00, A at 11:00, C at 1:00, Mighty Mites at 3:00. The season goes for 8 weeks and then there are playoffs and championships for all teams at the A,B, and C levels. All games are held in the same way a High School game would be with refs, chain crew, cheerleaders, and of course lots of fans. Also the same as High Schools, we do not have National competitions that would force our regular season to be shortened and also force parents to come up with the money needed to fund a teams travel expenses across the US to play different teams. The CTYFL has plenty of teams right here in CT, and would need an 18 week season to play every team once.
2012 Schedule - The 2012 schedule is designed to give the most competitive games for all Towns as well as give every Town a good cross section of CTYFL teams to play. Broken down into 3 Conferences, each team will play approx 5 Conf games that are a cross section of all levels of competitiveness in the CTYFL. The remaining 3 games we have tried to match up like opponents to give the best games we can for all levels, as well as the first round of playoffs which will match like records.
Championships and Bowl Tournaments - At the end of the regular season we have post season play for all A,B,C teams which keeps the season alive until the end. Top 8 teams make the CTYFL Playoff bracket, and the remainder of teams make tournament groups made of 4 teams and based on that seasons points ranking and they form our 4 team Bowl brackets (there are 2 or 3 Bowl tournaments depending on the number of teams in the division). Our Bowl games go for 2 rounds, and our CTYFL championships are 3 rounds.
About the ages and weight - The CTYFL has found that age and maturity are the dominant factors as to how well a child competes in the game of football. Our weight limits support most athletes in their given age or grade level, allowing more children to participate in sports. A child progresses through the teams, staying 2 years on the same team along with his/her fellow school classmates. There are really no older but lighter players taking key positions away from those of the proper age. The CTYFL has aligned the make up of the teams to closely coincide with the school grade levels, and at the same time keep the age span on a team as tight as possible. Below is the ages and weight limits of the teams.
Minimum age is 7 as of Dec 31st of the playing year
Players that are below the minimum weight for each level have the choice of playing down on the level below their age group, and players that are over the weight for their teams may play up.
Mighty Mites: 7 & 8 year olds
Players must be at least seven (7) years of age prior to Dec 31st of the playing year and cannot turn nine (9) years of age on or before December 31st of the playing year.
The maximum weight shall be one hundred and ten (110) pounds at game time. 9 yr olds under 60lbs may play on MM team.
C Squad: 9 & 10 year olds
Players cannot turn eleven (11) years of age on or before December 31st of the playing year.
The maximum weight shall be one hundred and thirty (130) pounds at game time. 11 yr olds under 80lbs may play on C team
B Squad: 11 & 12 year olds
Players cannot turn thirteen (13) years of age on or before December 31st of the playing year.
The maximum weight shall be one hundred and fifty-five (155) pounds at game time. 13 yr olds under 100lbs may play on B team.
A Squad: 13 & 14 year olds
Players cannot turn fifteen (15) years of age on or before December 31st of the playing year. Players cannot be enrolled in high School.
The maximum weight shall be one hundred and eighty (185) pounds at game time.