Safety: As in the past, we will continue to emphasize concussion protocol that is consistent with best practices in youth sports. Recall, in 2015 we introduced King-Devick to provide a consistent and proven program for baselining and return to play protocol. We continued that effort in 2018 and we will continue to evolve our program to include the latest technology in 2019. We are committed to making the investments necessary to ensure we are best-in-class on concussion safety, including maintaining late-model helmet technology and maintaining rigorous standards on helmet reconditioning.
In 2016-2018 we invested in several tools for coaches to not only teach proper techniques, but also limit contact in practice. This included two blocking sleds and tackling rings similar to those used in high school and college programs. We will continue to investigate tools and techniques and educate coaches on proper use of these programs to include safety at practice, as well as in games.
Additionally, we had an on-site trainer from Beacon Orthopedic at every home game during the 2018 season. We will continue that practice and will look to further leverage that resource in the 2019.
In 2017 we expanded the capacity of our Safety Director Board position and filled the position with a health care professional. The Safety Director role will further enhance our safety programs, including expanded coaches training, additional on-site safety equipment, and improved coordination of our USA Football Heads Up program management.
2019 League Play: We will participate in the GCYFL(Greater Cincinnati Youth Football League) in 2019. We are excited to be part of this league again in 2019 as we’ve helped form the rules and by-laws. Additionally, please reach out to your coach and/or an MYF board member with questions.
The Long Green Line: We will continue to partner with our High School Program to strengthen the bond between the Big and Little Comets in Mason. We will again participate in MYF Night where all players and cheerleaders will be able to participate in an on-field activity before the game. We will also participate in our weekly Team of the Week where players are recognized in the locker room by Coach Castner in front of the varsity. Finally, we will continue to partner with the High School program in a mentorship program where varsity players are assigned to each MYF team and will be engaged with them in practice and games when time permits.
Registration: For 2019, we have made some updates to our fee structure. These changes will allow us to continue to provide high quality equipment, additional training for all of our coaches, and support our volunteer efforts where additional efforts are needed.
Base Fee: The base fee for the season will be $175. Last year we included a discount towards the purchase of integrated pants and we are rolling that discount into the base fee. We will continue to offer integrated pants or girdles at great rates and will make that offer available during registration. We will still provide knee pads should you choose to purchase an integrated girdle that does not include knee pads.
Refundable Volunteer Fee ($40): Similar to 2018, we will need assistance this year running weekly concessions and other activities throughout the season. The $40 fee will be collected during registration, but opportunities will be provided throughout the year to earn a refund by volunteering. Different from last year, we will reimburse the volunteer fee on the spot the day of. Additional opportunities will exist for teams to earn funds for their team through volunteering.
Early Registration Discount ($25): All paid registrations through Monday 2/4/19 will receive a $25 discount.
Additional Discounts: As in the past, families with multiple children in MYF will receive discounts. Additionally, we are expanding our Kindergartner discount program and further reducing first-year fees – see website for more details.
2019 Fee Example:
- $175 (base fee) + $40 (volunteer fee) = $215
- $215 - $25 (early bird discount) = $190
- $190 - $40 (volunteer fee refund) = $150 (fees paid if all discounts available are used)
Be on the lookout for a general MYF meeting to discuss all things youth football related in 2019 and beyond.
Please also feel free to reach out at any time to any board member.