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CYFA Football Parent Guide

CYFA FOOTBALL PARENT GUIDE

CYFA’s goal is to provide a safe, educational and fun football experience for all players.  The primary way we achieve this goal is by partnering with the USA Football Heads Up Program.  This program is a nationwide initiative to make football better and safer developed by the NFL, College, High School and Youth football programs across the country.   All CYFA coaches are required to be Heads Up Football Certified and we partner with the Positive Coaching Alliance to further enhance our coaches ability to provide the best football experience for your child.  Click on the following links for more information on USA Football Heads Up Program (http://usafootball.com/headsup)  or the Positive Coaching Alliance http://www.positivecoach.org/


2018 CYFA Tackle Football - Important Dates

It's time to get your calendars out to check off the below key dates for CYFA football. Below are dates to keep in mind.  We will continue to update you with more details as we get closer to the season

  • May 1: Registration Opens
  • June 21: On-site weigh-in and jersey fitting event at CMS
  • July 11: On-site weigh-in and jersey fitting event at CMS
  • July 11: Registration closes
  • July 30: Coaching meeting
  • July 30-August 2: Cougar Football Camp grades 2-6
  • Week of August 6 (2 days): Grade wide practices grades 2-6
  • Week of August 13: Team practices begin
  • September 8: Opening game day for grades 2-6
  • October 17: End of games for all grade levels

TACKLE FOOTBALL PROGRAM OVERVIEW

CLICK HERE to review our CYFA Tackle Football Program


2-6 NMYFL Tackle Football Grade Rule Book


Weight carrying limits as of 2017

If at or above the below weights for your grade you cannot carry the football:

  • 2nd = 85
  • 3rd = 95
  • 4th = 105
  • 5th = 125
  • 6th = 135
  • 7th = 130  (different league)

TACKLE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Tackle Football Camps begin July 30. Reference the Camps page by CLICKING HERE. Your coaches will set the practice schedule and will let you know after our team formation meeting on Monday, July 30.  Given that we play other associations we do not set the game schedule and field locations, but rather partner with the following:

 

Many of the questions you will have regarding game times and location are answered in the FAQ section (http://www.centennialyouthfootball.com/page/show/770289-frequently-asked-questions).  You can also look at the website links per grade level to get an idea of what the game schedule and locations were last year.  There is no guarantee it will be the same, but should give you an idea of what to expect.   

Tackle Football Equipment: Each Child Must Provide Their Own Equipment

Required Tackle Football Equipment:

White helmet w/chin strap, Mouth guard, Shoulder pads, Black pants, Cup w/ supporter, Cleats, Practice jersey, Game socks - color TBD by Head Coach.  Please make sure to properly fit the equipment prior to the first practice by following the guidelines listed in Player Safety and Health on the Parent Education section of our website, or by clicking on the below PDF for a quick overview.


WHERE TO PURCHASE FOOTBALL EQUIPMENT

NEW: Dave's Sport Shop in Stillwater has assembled some great deals on football equipment specifically for CYFA players. Click the below file for more details.

USED: make sure check out our CYFA Used Gear Exchange Page by CLICKING HERE.


CYFA Weather Policy

Heat Awareness Information

Coaches, Parents and Players should know that we follow the State High School League heat awareness policy. Please follow the above link for detailed information.


Nutrition Videos and Articles:


Heads Up Football and Player Safety


We encourage all parents review these valuable resources on player safety

USA Football - Heads Up Football

The New Standard in Football

CDC - Heads Up to Parents

As a busy parent, keeping your child healthy and safe is always a top priority. This site will help you recognize, respond to, and minimize the risk of concussion or other serious brain injury.


More About CYFA

CLICK HERE to review our CYFA Policies and Procedures Guide

CLICK HERE to review our CYFA By-Laws


Follow Your CYFA Team Schedule Using a Subscribed Calendar

The below instructions help set you up so your game and practice calendar stays current...options include Outlook, Apple, and Android.

Follow your CYFA team using an Outlook subscribed calendar

Add an Internet Calendar Subscription to Outlook 2007 or Newer. An Internet Calendar Subscription is a calendar that you download and view in Outlook. However, unlike a Calendar Snapshot, Internet Calendar Subscriptions are updated automatically. As game or practice information for your team changes, your subscribed calendar will reflect the updates.


These calendars can be found on Web sites where people host calendars. On such a Web site, you can click a link to download and subscribe to the calendar, or someone can send you a link to the Internet Calendar Subscription in an e-mail message. This link is an Internet Web address that begins with webcal://, instead of http://, and ends with a file name that has the .ics file extension.

  1. Navigate to your Centennial team page.
  2. Click the link that reads "iCal" for the Internet Calendar Subscription on the bottom right side of the team calendar. (See Figure 1 below.)
  3. Copy and paste the webcal: address into Internet Explorer and press enter. (Figure 2 below.) You might be prompted to acknowledge that you are opening a hyperlink. You should click Yes only if you know and trust the validity of the linked calendar. 
  4. At the prompt, Add this Internet Calendar to Outlook and subscribe to updates, click Yes. (Figure 3 below.)

The Internet Calendar opens in side-by-side view in the Outlook Calendar and is added to the Navigation Pane in Calendar view under Other Calendars. The calendar will check periodically for any updates made by the calendar publisher.

 NOTES 

  • You can identify an Internet Calendar Subscription in the Navigation Pane by the Internet Calendar Subscription icon icon.
  • To remove an Internet Calendar Subscription from side-by-side view, clear the check mark for the calendar in the Navigation Pane.
  • To overlay multiple calendars, use the arrow buttons on the calendar tabs.
  • You can drag items from the Internet Calendar Subscription to other calendars in side-by-side view.
  • To remove the Internet Calendar Subscription from the Navigation Pane, right-click the calendar name, and then click Delete calendar name.
  • Internet Calendar Subscriptions can be added, changed, or removed from the Account Settings dialog box. On the Tools menu, click Account Settings, and then click the Internet Calendars tab.

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Follow your CYFA team using an Apple subscribed calendar

Add an Internet Calendar Subscription to iphone/ipad/ipod. An Internet Calendar Subscription is a calendar that you download and view in your iOS device. However, unlike a Calendar Snapshot, Internet Calendar Subscriptions are updated automatically. As game or practice information for your team changes, your subscribed calendar will reflect the updates.

The iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch support the ability to add and subscribe to remote calendars that will show up in the Calendar application alongside any other existing calendars you might already have (such as Google Calendar).

To add your team calendar to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch:
  1. On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, navigate to your Centennial team page, then click the iCal link on the bottom right of the team calendar (Figure 1). A page with a WebCal address will appear (Figure 2). 
  2. Copy and paste the WebCal address into the Safari browser. Alternatively, you can go to the page on a normal web browser and you can send an email to yourself with the WebCal URL, then you can click on it from your iPhone/iPad/iPod email program.
  3. After clicking on the WebCal URL, you will be prompted to Subscribe to the calendar. Click Subscribe and follow further instructions on your screen to add your team calendar to your Calendar application (Figure 3).
  4. Note that it may take up to an hour or so for the events to show in the calendar (CYLA is providing the data immediately but it takes a while to sync onto the iPhone/iPad).
You can also subscribe to an iCalendar URL manually if the WebCal method above is not working:
  1. Obtain the iCalendar URL for your team's schedule. You may wish to do this from your iPhone/iPad, or email this URL to an e-mail account on your iPhone/iPad. This will make it easier to follow the steps below.
  2. Copy the iCalendar URL to your clipboard on iPhone/iPad.
  3. On your iPhone/iPad, go to Settings
  4. Tap Mail, Contacts, Calendars
  5. Tap Add Account
  6. Tap Other
  7. Tap Add Subscribed Calendar
  8. Paste the iCalendar URL that you copied above into the Server text box
  9. Enter a description for the calendar in the Description text box (for example, "Centennial U13 Black"). The description is optional -- by default it is the same as the iCalendar URL.
  10. Tap Next
  11. Tap Save
The next time you go to your calendar, you should see your team's events from the calendar you added. If the events do not show up right away, try again in a few minutes (it may take time to download the events).  Please note that events on subscribed calendars are not editable by the end user.

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Follow your CYFA team using an Android subscribed calendar

Add an Internet Calendar Subscription to your Gmail Account on your Android Device. An Internet Calendar Subscription is a calendar that you download and view in your Android device. However, unlike a Calendar Snapshot, Internet Calendar Subscriptions are updated automatically. As game or practice information for your team changes, your subscribed calendar will reflect the updates.

Google calendar supports the ability to add and subscribe to remote calendars that will show up in the Calendar application alongside any other existing calendars you might already have.

To add your team calendar to your Gmail calendar on your Android device:
  1. On your device, navigate to your Centennial team page, then click the iCal link on the bottom right of the team calendar (Figure 1). A page with a WebCal address will appear (Figure 2). 
  2. In the Calendar app, click the down-arrow next to Other calendars.
  3. Select Add by URL from the menu.
  4. Enter the WebCal address of the subscribed Calendar in iCalendar format, or if you have the iCalendar address of a calendar from a different application (for example, Apple's iCal), you can use this as well.
  5. Click Add calendar. The calendar will appear in the Other calendars section of the calendar list to the left.
  6. Once you add the calendar, go to calendars, Menu. For Calendars to display, check CYLA. For Calendars to synch, check CYLA. Sometimes one or both may already be checked, but sometimes neither are checked.
The next time you go to your calendar, you should see your team's events from the calendar you added. If the events do not show up right away, try again in a few minutes (it may take time to download the events).  Please note that events on subscribed calendars are not editable by the end user.

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