USA Football
Cancellation of 2020 FLYFCL season

Keeping with our mission to provide a safe, fun, educational environment, it is with great sadness that we, the Finger Lakes Youth Football and Cheer Executive Board announce the cancelation of the 2020 FLYFCL season.

This decision was not made lightly as we took into the consideration the advice from our local health officials, NYSDOH, CDC, USA Football, NYSPHSAA and data from local clubs prior to voting.

It's hard to imagine a fall without football and cheer. We will all miss the sounds from the stands, the smells from the concession stand; but more importantly, we will miss the smiles from the kids as they participate in a sport they love.

Requests for registration fee refunds will be handled separately by each club. Please refer to your club for their process and timeline for refunds.

Even though there will not be a FLYFCL season, some individual clubs may choose to host camps or other activities to keep the children connected with their respective sport. We hope that your child stays active during this time and we look forward to seeing everyone back for the 2021season. Until then, stay safe - stay healthy!

Thank you,

FLYFCL Executive Board

 
4th Annual Football Skills Camp - UPDATED DATE
*** UPDATED DATE ****
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 (880 Elmgrove Road, Rochester NY 14624.
Current 3rd-7th grade - July 26 (6:00-8:00 pm)
Arrive 30 minutes early for registration

Registration online:
https://www.campnetwork.com/Register/
Register.php?camp_id=397037
Camp Fee: $70
If you registered in March for the original camp date, you are all set. You just need to arrive at 5:30 to check in.
Contact: David Marean -585-298-0897
Email: NYSEliteathletics@gmail.com
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)
 
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:
https://www.campnetwork.com/Register/
Register.php?camp_id=397037
Camp Fee: $60 ($70 after March 1st)
SAVE $10 by registering early.
Contact: David Marean -585-298-0897
Email: NYSEliteathletics@gmail.com
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
Mentality"
9:50 - 10:30 Jeff Welch-Canandaigua
HS
Head Coach
"Program buy In -Youth
Through Varsity"
Paul Shaffner
Colgate University
Defensive Coordinator
"Front Scheme/
Philosophy"
Aaron Backhaus -
Hobart College
Defensive Coordinator
"Linebacker Play
10:40 - 11:20 "Keynote Speaker"
Marc Vittcore -
Fairport HS
Head Coach
"Founder of Prospect
NYS"
"Keynote Speaker"
Marc Vittcore -
Fairport HS
Head Coach
"Founder of Prospect
NYS"
"Keynote Speaker"
Marc Vittcore -
Fairport HS
Head Coach
"Founder of Prospect
NYS"
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
Culture"
College Offensive Coach
TBA
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
TBA
Rick Flanders -
Union College
Defensive Coordinator
"Cover 4 and how to
change the picture"

Register online at:
https://nyseliteathletics.com/football-showcase

Contact
David Marean -585-298-0897
NYSEliteAthletics@gmail.com

 
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
  • 5 Steps to Evaluate Football Plays

    Thu, 24 Sep 2020 09:30:00 +0000

    The season kicks off and that call you?ve been working on for 6 months just is not working. Run plays, passing concepts, blitzes, stunts or coverages. Whatever it is? it?s not working.

    This is the 5 step process to evaluate that football play call before you just kick it to the curb. You?re always smarter in February than you are in September and October (or whenever your season happens this year!), so let?s figure out what the problem is!

  • Expanding Your Playbook With Option Football

    Thu, 17 Sep 2020 09:30:00 +0000

    There?s an old saying among option football coaches. OK, really it?s among all football coaches? mostly old football coaches.

    If you can?t block ?em, read ?em.

    Pretty simple. When you don?t have anybody that can take that guy 1 on 1, you always have another option.

    Just make him wrong, no matter what he does.

    That?s the premise behind option football. Make one guy wrong, no matter what he does.

    For coaches running a trueoption football system, this is a way of life. Let nothing get in the way of reading the guy that?s causing problems.

    Then there?s the rest of us. We run an offense that is not based solely on reading defenders. Are we left out of the option offense goodness?

    Nope.

    In this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast, I?ll show you how to expand your offensive playbook using option football principles. Without confusing your players and causing a total disaster in the backfield.

  • New Playbook Isn't Working? Try This.

    Thu, 10 Sep 2020 09:30:00 +0000

    Any time you decide to install a new playbook for your football team, you could run into trouble. It takes time to teach the skills your players need. It takes time for the coaches to understand how to teach those skills, too.

    The knee jerk reaction when your team isn?t firing on all cylinders in the first few weeks of the season is to panic. Go back to what you were doing before. But that?s not the answer.

    This week?s Football Coaching Podcast looks at how to make in-season adjustments when your brand new plan of attack isn?t working like you expected. This is how to get your team back on track with the changes you need to make to reach a whole new level of success.

  • Football Drills for Coaching Defense

    Thu, 03 Sep 2020 09:30:00 +0000

    Football drills are a big favorite among coaches. It's our thing. Standing there holding a whistle, watching your guys run around hoops and over bags. That's what coaching football is all about.

    Except that most defensive drills are a waste of time for high school football players. They end up never translating the drills to the field. Today you'll find out the football drills that really matter at every defensive position to get your players ready to win on game day.

  • 5 Tips for Defending RPOs

    Wed, 02 Sep 2020 09:30:00 +0000

    When they hit the football coaching scene a few years ago, defensive coordinators were scratching their heads defending RPOs. But while it's a great tool for offenses to attack, run pass options are not as mystical as they may seem.

    If you've got a good RPO team on your schedule this season, you don't need to panic and change your whole defense. Follow the 5 tips for defending RPO's in this podcast to shut 'em down.

  • 2-Read Coverage with Fred Hubert | FBCP S07E20

    Thu, 27 Aug 2020 09:30:00 +0000

    Using a creative evolution in the coverage package leading to a modified 2-Read Coverage in his 4-2-5 Defense, Hollis-Brookline High School Defensive Coordinator Fred Hubert helped lead his team to a New Hampshire State Championship in 2019. Find out the keys to the team's success and how this take the 2-Read Quarters Coverage package can work for your defense.

  • Offensive Game Plan for Week 1 | Football Coaching Podcast S07E19

    Thu, 20 Aug 2020 09:30:00 +0000

    Week 1 of your season sets the tone, so you need to have your best offensive game plan ready to go. With the 2020/2021 season that doesn?t mean having incredible strategies, either. It means getting the most from your offensive playbook.

    The game plan that wins this year is the one that?s tailored to your players. What they can handle. It?s about keeping it simple so they can play with confidence from the start. No matter what that defensive coordinator throws at you.

    Study Game Film

    Unlike most seasons, you probably won?t get any scrimmage film this year. You?re going to get a couple weeks of practice, then jump right into that first game of the season.

    You need to know all you can about the defense you?re facing before you can develop your offensive game plan. So study last season?s film. Anything you can get your hands on.

    ?Can I break this defense with formations? Can I break this defense with plays? Where is it not sound? What is it not ready for??

    Identify who they are. Not what you saw last year, but what that defense would look like if they had just a couple weeks to prepare. Because that?s what they?ve got.

    Looking at what their JV team usually runs is a good start. Figure out the base defense. You aren?t looking for tendencies here.

    Now it?s about figuring out if you canbreak their umbrella. Create seams in the defense. Take advantage.

    What?s Working in your Offensive Playbook?

    Now you need to look at your own team. What you?ve seen in the past, and what you?ve seen in practice so far (if you?ve had that).

    The best plays are theplays that work in practice. They are the plays that your players have the most confidence in running. So make sure in your offensive game plan you expect to call more of those!

    ?What do you feel like you can call on a 1st & 10 in almost any situation and guarantee that you?ll get 4 yards?Youneed to have that play in mind.?

    You need a couple of calls in that game plan that you feel incredibly confident about. One is a play you can always get 4+ yards on 1st & 10. The other is a way to give your Quarterback some confidence throwing the ball with a simple pass.

    Pull Simple Levers in Your Offensive Game Plan

    Even in the best of times, game plans don?t win many football games. Its the sad fact of coaching. You do a lot more damage over-coaching with fancy plays that win on a napkin that you?d do under-coaching and letting your players play.

    Formations are cheap. Plays are expensive. Don?t over-do it, but as much as possible use base blocking schemes with special formations, shifts and motions to put the defense in a bind.

    ?Script the first 10 plays, because you have an idea of things you want to see? but go off script in a heartbeat.?

    You do want toscript your first 10 plays,but you don?t want to be completely controlled by the script. If the first play call carves them up, keep calling it!

    Finally, you need a plan for making adjustments throughout the game. The ASKA principle comes into play here, and pulling levers. Make sure youcheck out the ASKA podcast. It applies to offensive adjustments as much as it does to defense.

    Do You Have the Right Offensive Playbook?

    You?ve got the details on putting together that call sheet for Week 1 of the season. If you?ve got the right offensive system in place and your coaches are ready to teach the players, you?re in good shape.

    Need help getting that offensive system just right? That?s where JDFB Coaching Systems comes in for your team. Clients get access to The Pistol Power Offense System plus all of my other coaching systems, web clinic archives, private message board and more.

    Right now you can get instant access to the entire JDFB Coaching Systems resource library for 7 days for just $1:Click here to get started

    Related Episodes How to Game Plan Your Offense? Football Coaching Podcast Episode 172. Coaching ASKA Principle? Football Coaching Podcast S07E03. Levers Principle? Football Coaching Podcast S07E06. Learn all aboutHorizontal and Vertical Seams? Football Coaching Podcast S07E10. Study the Umbrella Principleso that you know how to break it. Scripting Your First 10 Offensive Plays State of Football 2020and returning to play this year from The Football Coaching Podcast S07E15. 5 Day Install Planto prepare your playbook install plan for a short off-season ? Football Coaching Podcast S05E02.
  • Coaching Linebackers with ASKA | FBCP S07E18

    Thu, 13 Aug 2020 09:30:00 +0000

    There?s a good reason so many defensive coordinators are also coaching linebackers on their staff. The position is critical for High School and Youth Football defenses to stop the run. Many coaches put their best defender at an Inside Linebacker position.

    If you?re fortunate enough to have a natural, instinctive linebacker to play the position then your job is easy. Just stay out of his way and don?t slow him down. For the rest of your guys, you need to coach.

    Earlier this season on The Football Coaching Podcast, I shared theASKA Principlethat has become one of the core principles for ourdefensive coaching systems. On this week?s episode of the Football Coaching Podcast, we?re going in-depth on coaching linebackers using the ASKA Principle.

    What is ASKA?

    ASKA stands for Alignment, Stance, Key Reads and Assignment. It started as a pre-snap checklist (stolen from the TCU coaching staff) for our defensive players. It evolved to a checklist for the coaches, and then to the foundation of how each defensive position gets coached.

    Each of those elements of ASKA gives you a lever to pull. By systematically seeking out weaknesses, and then pulling levers for solutions, you have constant improvement on your defense. Check outthis podcast on Coaching the Levers Principleto learn more.

    ASKA for Coaching Linebackers

    When you?re coaching linebackers using ASKA, there?s a lot of levers you can pull. Check out these examples of levers to pull with your inside linebacker group:

    Alignment:Move your linebackers away from the line of scrimmage so they can flow to the football. Moving them closer makes them one-gap defenders, so you might as well put their hand in the dirt. Stance:Years ago, I made a simple adjustment in the way we coached linebacker stance to stop making false steps. I go in detail on that in this episode. Key Reads:Simplify your key reads if they?re not working. There?s usually too many if-then situations you?re giving your athletes if they?re not reading their keys. You can always start simple and build later. I detail both guard reads and linebacker reads in the episode. Assignment:You?ve got the most flexibility here. Changing the assignment can mean everything from a blitz call or coverage call, changing the front, or tons of other minor adjustments. Your most critical piece here is clearly defining the run fits using theUmbrella Principle.

    Listen to this week?s episode of The Football Coaching Podcast using the player below, or subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts!

  • Coaching Football 101 | FBCP S07E17

    Thu, 06 Aug 2020 09:36:34 +0000

    Welcome to Coaching Football 101, class is now in session. Today's episode barely scratches the surface of all that a new football coach needs to know, but we only have an hour.

    A football coaching friend likes to say that every man in America thinks he can do two things: grill and coach football (in 2020 you can add doctor to that list). But every experienced football coach knows at least half of that is not remotely true.

    What You'll Learn in Coaching Football 101

    This podcast isn't the place to get into the details of coaching football. The little things like how to design a good play, decide which play to call, or figure out what drills to run during your practice. That's what a lot of new coaches are looking for. But in Football Coaching 101, we need to start at the beginning.

    Instead, today's lesson is going to focus on 10 things every football coach should know. Young or old. Youth, High School, College or NFL. First year coaches and 30 year veterans.

    10 Things Every Football Coach Should Know

    Here's the list of 10 things every football coach needs to know that we'll kick off Football Coaching 101 with. You coach long enough, you'll learn all of these things through trial and error. Most of these I've learned through a lot of pain and suffering.

    I want you, new coach, to skip all that. I want you to start out in the fast lane. It's a better way to live. I'll go into each point in depth in the episode, which you can listen to at the bottom of this post.

    It's all about relationships. That'll get beat into your head any time you ask a coach the most important thing to know. You do not need to learn any plays to get your first job. Drills are for solving problems. Don't waste time on worthless drills. There is no RIGHT way. But there is OUR way. Confidence is critical. Being 'mean' or 'violent' is not. If you're new to coaching football, accept that you know very little. And that's OK. Drop all the excuses. You're a coach. Keep your composure. Terminology in football coaching is not universal. Execution of plays, not the play itself, wins football games.

    This is a great list to get started. But as I said earlier, it's just scratching the surface. There's a another great post on the most common mistakes youth coaches make here, but it applies to all coaches in my experience.

    And then there's all the fun stuff you're really looking to learn. The X's and O's of coaching football. There's a great place to start learning more of that too, with JDFB Coaching Systems.

  • Spread Formations in the Pistol Power Offense with Tim Snow | FBCP S07E16

    Thu, 30 Jul 2020 09:36:33 +0000

    Coach Tim Snow wasn't thinking about spread formations when he first started studying the Pistol Power Offense System in 2015. That first version of the system looked a lot more like the traditional One Back Offense that I first learned from Coach Bill Mountjoy years ago.

    But the great thing about the System is that it evolves. And as Coach Snow and the Winnisquam High School offense evolved in New Hampshire, so did their offensive playbook. The version of the playbook that won back to back New Hampshire State Championships in 2018 and 2019 uses a lot more wide open spread formations. But it keeps the same core principles and schemes.

    Scroll down to listen to this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast and my interview with Coach Snow on the use of spread formations in the Pistol Power Offense System.

    Versatility of the System

    Coach Snow credits the versatility of the Pistol Power Offense System with helping his offense evolve to fit the players. Each season, the Winnisquam staff takes a look at what his athletes can do. Then they build the playbook around that, while keeping the core teachings.

    After using a bruising rushing attack for 3 seasons, the talent the small New England school changed. It was time for a wide open attack. Starting in 2018, Coach Snow incorporated spread formations, the read option, and an expanded passing attack. That took Winnisquam to their first State Championship.

    The following season, the offense continued to evolve. RPOs were added to open up the playbook for an athletic Quarterback who's understanding of how to read a defense continued to improve. Winnisquam rode that development all the way to a second State Championship in 2019.

    They'll look to defend the Championship and three-peat (do I owe someone money for that?) in 2020.

    Play Calling with Spread Formations

    It's not just about the playbook. Coaches have to know how to choose what to use from the playbook. It's not just about spread formations. It's knowing what your athletes can handle, and what they can do best.

    Season to season, you're selecting the plays and formations that define your identity. You need to adapt to the style that fits your athletes best. You also need to game plan each week for how you're going to attack the opponent.

    Then you're looking at how to call the plays during the game. Play selection throughout the game determines the outcome much more than the game planning you do on the weekends. The Winnisquam offense has that down, scoring three times as many points in the second half as they did in the first half during 2019.

    Listen to this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast to find out the simple process Coach Snow uses to determine play selection. Tim shares exactly what he looks for to determine how his team will attack their opponents during the game.

    This is a great look at how the Pistol Power Offense is a lot more than just running the ball, or even lining up in pistol! Check it out using the player below, or search for The Football Coaching Podcast wherever you listen to podcasts!

 
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.