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In these uncertain times it is understandable to be concerned about the spread of COVID-19. The health, safety and well-being of our FLYFCL league members is our top priority. We will cancel the March FLYFCL Presidents Meeting that was scheduled for next week. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you informed as to the status of the April meeting. As it stands now, the April FLYFCL Presidents meeting is still scheduled. We will still accept rule changes up until next Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Please email them to Rob Meehan. We will distribute them so clubs may review them. We will vote on them all during the April meeting.

I encourage you as Presidents to do what is best for your clubs. First, I suggest you move your meetings to virtual. Zoom is offering a free subscription during this time. If you do meet in person, please keep the appropriate social distancing, wash your hands, and sanitize the hard surfaces before and after the meeting. I have included a link to resources regarding COVID-19. I do hope that you find them useful,

If you have any questions at all please feel free to contact us. We will continue to support you all to the best of our ability.

Sports Related Concussion Information

Public Health Law - Section 2595. Football programs; information on concussions.

Effective, 12/2/2019 tackle football programs in New York State are required to provide an informational packet about concussions and sub-concussive blows, and the injuries that might occur as a result of receiving such blows, to the parents or guardians of all children participating in tackle football programs.

Tackle football programs include any practice, game or other activity which involves engaging in tackle football and which is organized by a school, adult, or public or private league or other entity whose purpose is to allow children to participate in contact football.

The informational packet of resources provided below can be downloaded free of charge for distribution. Programs can select those resources that are most appropriate. Suggestions for distribution may include posting these resources to program websites, sharing via email or providing in print.

4th Annual Football Skills Camp
Football Skills Camp
"For EVERY Offensive and Defensive Position"
NYS Elite Athletics will be offering a one Day Camp for current 3rd-11th graders at
TSE in Gates, NY.
There will be two different camp sessions:
Session 1: current 8th-11th grade - March 7th(6:00-8:00 pm)
Arrive 30 minutes early for registration
Session 2: current 3rd-7th grade - March 14th (6:00-8:00 pm)
Arrive 30 minutes early for registration

Registration online:
Camp Fee: $60 ($70 after March 1st)
SAVE $10 by registering early.
Contact: David Marean -585-298-0897
What to Bring
Athletic Footwear/Sneakers and
Athletic Clothing,
QB's provide your own football

Camp Highlights
Off/Def -Indy Period
Off/Def -1on1 Period
Off/Def-7on7 Period

2020 Coaching Staff:
Rob Kramer - ST John Fisher College QB Coach and Offensive Coordinator
Christian Ozolins - Buffalo State Head Coach, RB Coach and Offensive Coordinator
Chad Martinovich - University of Rochester Head Coach, QB Coach and Offensive Coordinator
Aaron Backhaus - Hobart College LB Coach and Defensive Coordinator
Jarrod Clowes-Utica College OL Coach and Strength and Conditioning Coach
Maurice Jackson - Former SU Standout WR, NFL Player and Founder of The MJ Speed School
Pat McMullen-Alfred University Assistant Coach, WR Coach
Dan Busold-Utica College Assistant Coach, TE Coach
Seth Willams-St John Fisher College Assistant Coach, OL Coach
Tim Mascari-University of Rochester Assistant Coach, DL Coach
Steve Lian-Brighton High School Head Football Coach, QB Coach
John Russ-HFL High School Head Football Coach, DB Coach
Sean Banks- Webster Schroeder High School Coach, Defensive Coordinator
*As well as some Current and Past College Football players*
(Coaches subject to change with out notice)
2020 NYS Elite Football Coaches Clinic

When: Saturday, March 21 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Where: Brighton High School

Who: All Coaches (Youth, High School and College)

Fee: $60 ($70 after March 14th)
(By having more coaches from your same program attend)
*To receive multiple coaches from the same program DISCOUNT, you must email me all the coaches names, their email, their level and the school before March 14th*
3-4 - coaches from the same program - $55 a Coach ($65 after March 14th)
5 - Coaches from the same program - $50 a Coach ($60 after March 14th)
6 - or more coaches from the same program - $45 a Coach ($55 after March 14th)

Time Session 1 Session 2 Session 3
9:00 - 9:40 Ty Harper -CSP HS
Head Coach
(Class D - 2018 and 2019
State Champions)
"Screen Package"
Will FiacchiAlbany University
Assistant Coach
"Wide Receiver Play"
Garrett McLaughlin-
Bates College
Special Teams Coordinator
"The Fourth Down
9:50 - 10:30 Jeff Welch-Canandaigua
Head Coach
"Program buy In -Youth
Through Varsity"
Paul Shaffner
Colgate University
Defensive Coordinator
"Front Scheme/
Aaron Backhaus -
Hobart College
Defensive Coordinator
"Linebacker Play
10:40 - 11:20 "Keynote Speaker"
Marc Vittcore -
Fairport HS
Head Coach
"Founder of Prospect
"Keynote Speaker"
Marc Vittcore -
Fairport HS
Head Coach
"Founder of Prospect
"Keynote Speaker"
Marc Vittcore -
Fairport HS
Head Coach
"Founder of Prospect
11:30 - 12:20 Lunch Lunch Lunch
12:30 - 1:10 Mike Ford-
Susquehanna Valley HS
Head Coach
(Class C - 2018 and 2019
State Champions)
"Creating a Successful
College Offensive Coach
Ryan RiemedioMercyhurst University
Assistant Head Coach
"Defensive Line Play"
1:20 - 2:00 Bob Bates - McQuaid HS
Head Coach
(Class AA State Finalist)
"New Formation System
to get your athletes the
best spots"
College Offensive/
Special Teams Coach
Rick Flanders -
Union College
Defensive Coordinator
"Cover 4 and how to
change the picture"

Register online at:

David Marean -585-298-0897

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
  • 4-3 Defense Install Schedule | FBCP S06 Episode 21

    Thu, 19 Mar 2020 09:30:00 +0000Get the full plan for your 4-3 Defense Install Schedule. It only takes 5 practices to get this done.

    During Season 6 of The Football Coaching Podcast, we?ve been going through the pieces of the 4-3 Defense System. Now it?s time to actually install your 4-3 Defense with your players.

    Learn how you can get the entire defense installed in just one week of practice. No two-a-days and you don?t need to be a 2-platoon team to get it done. This is the Coach Simple, Play Fast, Win approach to the Miami 4-3 Defense

    Show Links Coaching Quarters Coverage in the 4-3 Defense System: Foundations of the 4-3 Defense System: The 90 Minute Practice Plan:
  • Coaching Safeties in 4-3 Defense Quarters Coverage| FBCP S06 Episode 20

    Fri, 13 Mar 2020 09:30:00 +0000How can you get the most out of your 4-3 Defense Safeties in Quarters Coverage? Here?s the levers you need to pull.

    During Season 6 of The Football Coaching Podcast, we?ve been looking at the Miami 4-3 Defense System. No position is going to define the success of that defense for you more than your 4-3 Defense Safeties.

    Today?s episode walks you through the A.S.K.A. for Quarters Coverage Safeties. The Alignment, Stance, Key Reads and Assignment for the position. Learn how you can use these 4 levers to have constant improvement at the Safety position (and all over the field) all season long.

    Show Links Listen to the podcast on the Simplified Quarters Coverage package Get access to the 4-3 Defense System when your team joins JDFB Insider
  • Coaching the Onside Kick with Kevin Kelley | FBCP S06 Episode 19

    Thu, 05 Mar 2020 10:30:00 +0000Get extra possessions for your football team using the Onside Kick this season. Here?s how to do it.

    Kevin Kelley is a 8 time Arkansas State Championship Pulaski Academy. He?s known for doing this a little different. Like onside kicking every single time.

    A while back, I adopted the same philosophy. It really is a difference maker for your team when you commit to it!

    Check out this podcast to hear Coach Kelley and myself talk about the onside kick. The logic behind it, how to study the analytics, and why you?re going to want to use the onside kick every time for your team.

    Show Links Learn how to execute Coach Kelley?s best onside kicks: Coach Kevin Kelley`s Onside Kicks from CoachTube. Find Kevin Kelley on Twitter @coachkelley1
  • Tips for Getting Your Players Recruited | FBCP S06 Episode 18

    Thu, 27 Feb 2020 10:30:00 +0000How do you lead your players through the recruiting process? How can you protect them from a harsh business?

    You?ve got athletes that want to play at the next level. And they?re capable of doing it. But how do you point them the right direction?

    It?s a thin line between helping your players get exposure, and wasting your athlete?s time and money by attending a bunch of one-day ?camps? (fundraisers?).

    This episode of The Football Coaching Podcast is more like a JDFB Quick Clinic. I?m answering a listener question on recruiting? because we all need to work on it.

  • Coaching the Little Things with Chris Fore | FBCP S06 Episode 17

    Thu, 20 Feb 2020 15:51:16 +0000Coaches love talking about the X?s and O?s. But it?s these ?Little Things? that make the big difference for Championship Programs.

    You spend your entire off-season working on blitz packages and trick plays. You might call some of them once or twice the entire season. But you miss the big picture.

    Chris Fore from The Coaches Locker Podcast joins me on today?s episode to talk about the ?little things? that really matter in coaching. We?ll talk about recruiting your building, player academics, and everything else your program needs to win.

  • Double Wing Offense with Jerry Vallotton | FBCP S06 Episode 16

    Thu, 13 Feb 2020 10:30:00 +0000The Double Wing Offense is one of the most feared and brutal offensive attacks in football. Learn it or lose to it!

    Years ago, I wanted to learn the Double Wing Offense and turned to the Internet for resources. After all, you can?t just visit your local college to learn this stuff.

    I found an amazing resource to learn from. That was Coach Jerry Vallotton?s ?The Toss? book, available at Easily the best resource I found then, and still great.

    This episode of The Football Coaching Podcast is your chance to learn the Double Wing Offense from Coach Val! Check it out as we talk about the philosophy behind the offense, the base play series, and the details of coaching The Toss, Coach Val?s Super Power play.

    Show Links Check out all the resources from Coach Val at Find Coach Val on Instagram at @doublewingfootball The Smash Mouth Alumni Facebook Group started by Coach Vallotton
  • Play Action Passing | FBCP S06 Episode 15

    Thu, 06 Feb 2020 10:30:00 +0000How can you simplify the Play Action Pass for your offense and still be effective? All you need to know is in this episode.

    The Play Action Pass is a critical part of any offensive playbook. You?ve got base runs, counters, and play action. That creates a simple series based offensive package.

    You can go overboard in preparing your Play Action Pass game, though. The key is to get the maximum amount of benefit with the minimal amount of teaching.

    Check out this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast to find out how we?ve simplified the Play Action Pass for the Pistol Power Offense System.

  • 6 Special Teams Schemes You Should Be Using | FBCP S06 Episode 14

    Thu, 30 Jan 2020 10:30:00 +0000What are the Special Teams schemes your football team needs to be running? Here?s my favorites.

    Every football coach knows how important Special Teams are to winning football games. If it?s one-third of the game, why don?t coaches spend a whole lot more time on it?

    There?s good reason. If you?re going to be a Coach Simple, Play Fast, Win type of coach - it needs to carry over to your Special Teams philosophy.

    Check out this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast to find out the special teams schemes that have worked best for my teams. And how you can add them to your own football team.

    Show Links The Shield Punt book by Coach Fore (I?m an idiot - the actual URL is Lew Johnston?s Put the ?Special? in Special Teams video from Championship Productions. Gaining Possession Using the Onside Kick by Kevin Kelley from Championship Productions.

  • 10 Keys to 7 on 7 Football Success | FBCP S06 Episode 13

    Thu, 23 Jan 2020 10:30:00 +0000How do you get the most out of 7 on 7 football this off-season? Don?t waste your team?s time - follow these tips.

    I?m not the biggest fan of 7 on 7, and that?s no secret. It?s not because it?s an offensive drill or because there?s anything wrong with the concept, either. It?s more about how 7 on 7 has evolved in the football landscape over the years.

    But the truth is, 7 on 7 football can be really valuable for your team. It?s a chance to learn the route concepts, learn the coverage concepts, and get better as a football program. You just need to do it the right way.

    Check out these 10 tips for getting the most from 7 on 7 football this off-season. And remember, it doesn?t matter if you?re winning with no pads on in June.

  • 4-3 Defense Linebacker Reads | FBCP S06 Episode 12

    Thu, 16 Jan 2020 10:30:00 +0000Your 4-3 Defense Linebacker Reads are critical to your run stopping defense. Here?s how to get the job done.

    The Miami 4-3 Defense has proved itself time and again to adapt to every change that offenses have thrown at it in the last 30+ years. At the core is a sound, aggressive defense that can play fast.

    This episode of The Football Coaching Podcast looks at the Linebacker Reads for the 4-3 Defense System. We?ll talk about the options you have, the thought process I?ve been through over the last decade in testing different options, and how to coach the most effective Linebacker Reads I?ve learned for the 4-3 Defense.

Heads Up Football- Highlight reel
Posted Apr 7, 2012

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.