In an effort to ensure we continue to serve our community and the largest group of children the Board of Commissioners approved a small modification to the FCYFL Age and Weight Matrix to adjust the upper weight classes (130lbs and 155lbs) to be more inclusive of the majority of middle school age children so that they may participate and prepare for High School ball.
In addition to the weight matrix, the FCYFL divides most of the Weight Classes into 3 development levels or Divisions. We believe that the combination of the weight matrix with the 3 skill levels will provide the vast majority of kids with the opportunity to be successful at their own pace. There are 2 exceptions to the 3 skill levels: 1) at Anklebiters (AB) all children are considered to be Developmental, and 2) at the 155lb weight class where participation levels prevent splitting into multiple teams and the majority of the kids are on the last stage before moving on to High School football.
This Age and Weight Matrix is OFFICIAL. Until such time as the Official Rules are updated, the below matrix will continue to serve as the OFFICIAL matrix. The minimum weight requirement for participating is 40lbs for Anklebiters and 56lbs for other weight classes. Players must weigh at or greater than the minimum by the official weigh-in (Typically mid-to-late August).
FCYFL Age Matrix
(If you have any questions regarding this age matrix, please contact your local club's commissioner.)
Birthday Age Cutoff Dates: Ages 7-11 and 14 - Age on October 1; Ages 15-16 - 15 year olds that turn 16 on or before December 31st must play 155lbs. No player that turns 17 on or before December 31st is eligible to play.
Alteration of the Maximum Weight for ball carriers at the upper weight classes.
The maximum weight for 12-year olds to carry the ball at 130 is now 160 lbs. The maximum weight for 13-year olds to carry the ball at 155 is now 185 lbs.
Change in the rules governing player alignment on kickoffs.
On kickoffs all players except the kicker must align within one yard of the kick-off line (when there is no penalty, the 39 yard line)
* Maximum weight for a player to carry the ball in Anklebiters is 70lbs. Anklebiter players over the 70lb limit and all other unlimited players at other weight classes are not eligible to play in a position that normally handles the ball unless they are at or below the listed maximum ball carrier weight (the weight limit listed next to "Unlimited/" on the chart above). Positions excluded for unlimited players exceeding the maximum ballcarrier limit include all offensive backfield positions, all eligible receivers and tight end positions, and any position not on the first line of a special teams formation. Exceptions include the offensive positions of center, punter, and placekicker.
** 15 year olds that turn 16 on or before December 31st must play 155lbs.
*** 16 year olds that turn 17 on or before December 31st are not eligible to play.
900+ YOUTH LEAGUES COMMIT TO SAFER FOOTBALL THROUGH HEADS UP
by CraigJeter posted 05/31/2013
MORE THAN 900 YOUTH LEAGUES
COMMIT TO SAFER FOOTBALL
THROUGH USA FOOTBALL’S
HEADS UP FOOTBALL PROGRAM
Nationwide program launched with $1.5 million grant from the NFL Foundation
More than 900 youth football leagues across the United States representing more than 200,000 players and 30,000 coaches nationwide have committed to the health and safety of their young players by adopting Heads Up Football, a new USA Football pilot program for the 2013 season dedicated to making the game better and safer.
The Heads Up Football program promotes a positive youth football experience and advances player safety by providing coaching education and teaching resources that benefit players, parents and coaches. Heads Up Football aims to take the head out of the game. USA Football is the official youth football development partner of the NFL and its 32 teams.
To read more, visit the "Heads-Up Football" tab under "Football".