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The next meeting will be March 27th at 7pm, Phelps American Legion.

2019 NYS Elite Athletic Football Clinic
3rd Annual Football Skills Camp
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March 1st (current 8th-11th grade) and March 8th (current 3rd-7th grade). 6:00-8:00pm at TSE in Gates, NY.

Finger Lakes Youth Presidents, Coaches and Officials Interpretation Meeting
The date for the Fingerlakes Youth Presidents, Coaches and Officials interpretation meeting (mandatory) will be held at the Phelps American Legion on Thursday, August 10th at 7pm.
Recent Question/Discussion - Coaches on the field during a contest I would like to see penalty administration/enforcements consistant to High School rules.
1st Offence - Warning
2nd Offence - 5yd penalty
3rd Offence - 15yd penalty (1st unsportsmanlike)
4th Offence - 15yd penalty (2nd unsportsmanlike - coach disqualification)
If an official runs into a coach that is on the field of play or any sideline penalty is deemed to be flagrant, the referee will immediately enforce an unsportsmanlike foul and "possible" disqualification. A second unsportsmanlike foul is always a disqualification.
Sideline restricted area. Coaches, trainers, statisticians, players, are not to be in the restricted area at the snap. However, at this level this rule is a gray area for officials depending on existing sideline decorum. I would like to discuss this at our meeting then be sure that our officials are also clear on our conversation.
Football PodCasts
  • Oklahoma 5-2 Defense Playbook from 1985 | FBCP S04 Episode 13

    Thu, 21 Mar 2019 09:30:00 +0000Go back in time with the Oklahoma 5-2 Defense Playbook from the 1985 National Championship Season.

    We?ve been looking at a lot of 3-4 Defense lately. I?m hearing more and more of it. So it makes sense to go back in time and look toward the origins of the 3-4 Defense.

    That means we get to break down a playbook! I found the perfect one with an aggressive defensive scheme from the 1985 Oklahoma Sooners. This 5-2 Defense has a great look at multiple fronts from the 3-4 Defense (or 5-2 Defense) and a coverage package that will fit right in for today?s game.

    There?s some adjustments to be made. But it?s great to see how the defense fits perfectly with the Umbrella Principle and mirrors so much of what we do in the 3-4 Defense System.

  • 3-4 Defense Blitz Package (Basics) | FBCP S04 Episode 12

    Fri, 15 Mar 2019 14:51:00 +0000

    This is the basic blitz package for the 3-4 Defense as we teach it in the 3-4 Defense System that?s a part of JDFB Insider.

    First we?ll talk about the blitz package in the 3-4 Defense System and how the front, stunt, blitz and coverage all have to work together. This is going to be different depending on if you?re a 2-gap or 1-gap odd front.

    Then we?ll look at those base blitzes, and why you might want to use them. And most coaches in the 3-4 Defense System want to use them on every down.

    Finally we?ll talk about blitz technique considerations. Disguising blitzes with no show, show it and bluff looks. Blitzing on run downs vs pass downs, and training the eyes of your linebackers to read out of blitzes when necessary. There?s no reason to blitz a gap if they?re not running there.

  • Teaching Tackling With No Contact | FBCP S04 Episode 11

    Fri, 08 Mar 2019 11:00:00 +0000You don?t need to have pads on when you?re teaching tackling to your football team. Find out how to get it done!

    Teaching tackling to your football team and seeing better results on game day will done more for your football team?s winning percentage than anything else you can do. After all, this game is still all about blocking and tackling.

    There?s an entire off-season for your team to improve their tackling. And with rule changes being put in place limiting live contact, you may be teaching tackling with no pads on all season long!

    In this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast, I?ll share tons of drills you can use to teach tackling to your football players without any contact. And without screaming WRAP UP!

    Show Links

    Flat Orange Cones for tackling drills on Amazon: [affiliate] Four Cone Drill video clip - go to
  • 1985 Houston Gamblers Run & Shoot Playbook | FBCP S04 Episode 10

    Thu, 28 Feb 2019 10:30:00 +0000The Run and Shoot Offense set records in the USFL in 1984. Let?s see what we can learn from what they learned in 1985!

    A few weeks ago I started looking at the Run and Shoot Offense. With the assistance of Jason Hahnstadt?s Demistifying the Run and Shoot Offense video series, I came up with a base understanding of the offense. But I wanted to go deeper.

    Do I think the Run and Shoot Offense is the right direction for a High School Football team to go? Only if you have a background and a guaranteed Quarterback pipeline. Do I think there are elements we can take from the offense? Absolutely.

    So I dug around through a few Run and Shoot Offense playbooks. Settled on the 1985 Houston Gamblers playbook with? wait what? Kevin Gilbride? No idea. That?s who?s on the front page. John Jenkins was the Offensive Coordinator after Mouse Davis had moved on to the new Denver Gold.

    Yes, this is the first time we?ve ever talked about the USFL in the history of The Football Coaching Podcast. Coincidence, with the AAF coming around this year? Yes. Completely.

    Anyway, here?s the links to the playbook and some other useful links for Run and Shoot Offense enthusiasts?

    Show Links The 1985 Houston Gamblers playbook, and several other playbooks mentioned in this podcast can be found here (thanks to Get the Demistifying the Run and Shoot video series at 25% Off, FBCP listener special My earlier podcast as I stumble through learning the Run and Shoot is Season 4, Episode 5 of The Football Coaching Podcast I mentioned our passing concepts in The Pistol Power Offense several times, but you can get a taste of the offense with a free video series on the Power series at
  • Dealing with Losing | FBCP S04 Episode 09

    Thu, 21 Feb 2019 10:30:00 +0000No matter how good you are, every coach is going to lose some games. But there is a silver lining to every cloud!

    Every coach wants to win. And there are times when your job will depend on it. But every loss can?t be a soul crushing defeat that sends you into the doldrums for a week.

    In this episode, we?re going to break down losing into 3 categories of losses. Then we?ll look at how you can best deal with each type of loss. You?ll find out how to get the most out of each loss, so that your team moves forward instead of bogging down and falling behind.

  • Roll Cover 3 Coverage | FBCP S04 Episode 08

    Thu, 07 Feb 2019 10:30:00 +0000Give the same look to the Quarterback every snap using Roll Cover 3 coverage. Here?s how to do it.

    The simplest way to disguise your coverage is to give the same look on every snap. One way to accomplish that is to align your safeties and corners across the field in a straight line - then adjust before (or after) the snap.

    On this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast, I?ll go in detail on installing a Roll Cover 3 system into your defense. This is based off of our 4-3 Defense System packages, but can be incorporated to any defensive package with a few adjustments.

    Show Links

    My free video series on the 4-3 Defense System at A great resource for putting together your defensive philosophy is Fritz Shurmur?s Coaching Team Defense at (using that link gives me a little kickback - after all, I got to write the foreword in it!)
  • Passing Game Drill Progression | S04 Episode 07

    Thu, 31 Jan 2019 10:30:00 +0000Get the most out of your passing game drill progression by having a plan. Here?s how to have success in the air, faster.

    Want to get the most out of your passing game? You?ve got to have a plan for your passing drills. There?s a lot more to it than just working the QB?s throwing motion, too.

    A lot more, in fact. And a lot more than playing 7 on 7. In this episode, I?ll outline how to plan your passing game drill progression to work your most important route concepts to perfection.

    Show Links

    10 Keys to Coaching Quarterbacks from S04E06 of the podcast: Wide Receiver Drills for Better Route Running from S02E08 on the podcast: YouTube video on coaching better route running from your receivers: YouTube video on the relationship between Quarterback footwork and Receiver footwork in route timing:

  • 10 Keys to Coaching Quarterbacks | FBCP S04 Episode 06

    Thu, 17 Jan 2019 10:30:00 +0000Coaching Quarterbacks doesn?t have to be complicated. This is The Non-Guru Guide to Coaching QBs!

    This episode of The Football Coaching Podcast looks at how to coach quarterbacks when you?re not a Quarterback Guru. It turns out you don?t need a PhD to get the job done.

    First, you?ll find out the 3 critical skills your signal caller needs to have when you?re deciding who should play the position. Then we?ll break down 10 Keys to Coaching Quarterbacks. You can download the 10 Keys in PDF format in the download box at the beginning of this page.

    Show Links

    My article on the Characteristics of a Great Quarterback from several years ago Coaching Quarterbacks to Read Coverages from Season 2 of The Football Coaching Podcast Get the foundations of the Pistol Power Offense System with my 3 video series on Coaching the Power, Counter and Power Pass.

  • The Run and Shoot Offense | S04 Episode 05

    Thu, 10 Jan 2019 14:47:44 +0000We?re breaking down the Run and Shoot Offense. Here?s what I?ve learned in a very, very short period of time.

    It may be football?s greatest mystery. The most complex offensive play design out there. For myself, it?s the single offensive system I knew absolutely nothing about.

    Time to change that! This episode of The Football Coaching Podcast is a look at the Run and Shoot Offense. I?ll look at a few base passing plays and see what we can learn from this offensive system.

    The Run and Shoot Offense is fascinating. I don?t know of any other system that has achieved such high levels of success without spreading like wildfire through the High School and College coaching ranks. Maybe we?ll be able to figure out why!

    Show Links

    Jason Hahnstadt?s new video series on Demystifying the Run and Shoot Offense is the play to start! Click here to get 25% OFF the video series Lots of videos from Mouse Davis that were uploaded by Ron Mckie on YouTube, plus that June Jones short explanation of a Run and Shoot concept: Run and Shoot Playlist
  • Football Coach Mailbag | S04 Episode 04

    Mon, 07 Jan 2019 10:30:00 +0000We?re diving into the backlog of the Football Coach Mailbag. Time to play catch-up!

    Today?s episode of The Football Coaching Podcast is getting us caught up on your questions from the football coach mailbag. We?re hitting all kinds of topics you?ve been asking about in this special episode!

    In This Episode?

    Should Defensive Ends be in a 2 point or 3 point stance? How to improve player academics during the off-season Scout Team Wrist Bands from Advantages of 4-2-5 Defense over the 33 Stack (and visa versa) What to do when you?re good on defense, but bad on offense

    Show Links

    Scout Team System from

    Foundations of the 4-2-5 Defense System video series at

    Coach Fore?s The Shield Punt manual:
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Team Eligibility
A player must meet the requirements of a division (Flag, C, B, A) to be eligible to play in that division.  The participant must meet the age and grade requirements for the division in which they wish to play. The official FLYFCL, Inc. Division eligibility is charted below.

Flag:           5, 6 & 7 year olds in Kindergarten, in 1st & 2nd grades
C Team: 8-10 year olds  in 3rd & 4th grades
B-Team: 10-12 year olds in 5th & 6th grades
A-Team: 12-14 year olds  in 7th & 8th grades

A player is eligible to play up one level with Parent and Club approval.
No player is eligible to play down a level.
No player is eligible who is in high school.


*League Age is defined as the players age on December 1 of the current year. Example: If a player turns 14 after December 1 of the current year, they are considered league age 13. This applies to all divisions.

**Requires parental, team and league approval

Important coaching information:

  • Each class within a team shall have no more than one (1) Head Coach, four (4) Assistant Coaches, and at each team’s discretion there shall be no more than three (3) helpers on the sidelines during any scheduled game, at no time is this figure to exceed eight (8) Coaches/Helpers on the sidelines.


  • All individuals accepting an organization’s invitation to serve as Head or Assistant Coach must obtain certification through USA Football.


  • Only the Head Coach may request an interpretation of an Official’s ruling during games.


  • During the first 10 hours of mandatory conditioning, head coaches have the option of having their players wear helmets and/or shoulder pads.