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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
  • Getting Back to Practice | FBCP S07 Episode 07

    Thu, 28 May 2020 09:47:27 +0000Do you have a plan for when your team gets to start practicing again? Here?s the Do?s and Don?ts.

    In some areas, coaches are getting to start working with their players again. In other areas, that time is still a long way off. But you need to have a plan.

    I?ll share the 7 things you cannot do if you want to have success in the 2020 season when teams start getting back to work. Plus the plan for teams getting back to work in June, July, August and beyond.

  • Pulling Levers for Constant Improvement | FBCP S07 Episode 06

    Fri, 22 May 2020 11:27:03 +0000The concept of using Levers to get constant improvement on the field has fascinated me. Here?s how to make it work for you.

    Nothing has changed the way I look at coaching football in the last twelve months like the concept of pulling levers. It takes everything I?ve learned about coaching and puts it into a systematic approach to constant improvement.

    I love the levers concept because it builds on the ASKA principle we?ve been using with our defensive position groups for several years. Now you can use that ASKA principle to create levers you can pull - like buttons to press - to get incremental improvement all season long.

  • Wide Receiver Drills | FBCP S07 Episode 05

    Thu, 14 May 2020 09:30:00 +0000Forget about fancy ball drills. This is what Wide Receivers really need to work on in your football practice.

    No position group wastes more time working on things that don?t matter for their offensive attack than receivers. In this episode, we?re going to focus on what a Coach Simple, Play Fast, Win approach to Wide Receiver drills really looks like.

    Cut the fancy ball drills. You just don?t have time for that with the 90 Minute Practice Plan. It?s all about blocking, and running precision routes with perfect timing for the receivers in this offense.

  • Winning Culture with Randy Jackson | FBCP S07 Episode 04

    Thu, 07 May 2020 09:30:00 +0000Randy Jackson is the guru on creating a winning culture for your football. He?s going to answer the questions that need answers.

    When I had my first chance to be a head coach, I knew I needed to establish a certain attitude in our players. Call it culture. But we needed a strategy to do it.

    Randy Jackson is the author of Culture Defeats Strategy, but as you find out in this podcast, there?s a strategy to building culture.

    Find out the keys to building that team identity, plus a ton of incredible nuggets you don?t expect. We had our JDFB Insider clients on hand to ask some questions that you?ll love to hear the answers to.

  • Coaching the ASKA Principle | FBCP S07 Episode 03

    Thu, 30 Apr 2020 09:30:00 +0000ASKA is a pre-snap checklist for your players. But it?s much more than that for your coaching staff.

    Alignment. Stance. Key Read. Assignment. I stole the ASKA principle from TCU several years ago. But it?s grown into so much more than it started.

    ASKA is a pre-snap checklist for your players. But it?s the Coach Simple, Play Fast, Win measuring stick for coaches. If your ASKA is too complicated, your players are playing slow.

    In this episode, find out what ASKA is all about, get examples of ASKA, and find out how it has become of the backbone principles of JDFB Coaching Systems (including the offense!).

  • Offensive Line Footwork | FBCP S07 Episode 02

    Thu, 23 Apr 2020 09:30:00 +0000If you have the right Offensive Line Footwork, your guys should never miss a block. Here?s how to make it happen.

    Coaching Offensive Line has always been my true passion in football. It?s the most exciting position to work with for me. And I love working on the perfect footwork to make a block.

    The right footwork turns an average offensive lineman into a great player. It can turn a bad player into an average offensive lineman. It?s amazing how focusing on just the first two steps of your offensive line footwork can change the entire fortune of a football team?s offense.

  • The Guide to Football Drills | FBCP S07 Episode 01

    Thu, 16 Apr 2020 09:30:00 +0000Football Drills are what every coach seems to be looking for. But what really matters is running the RIGHT drills.

    Looking for the best football drills for every position? You won?t find that in this episode. This episode is the guide to choosing which drills to run, and creating the drills you need to run.

    It?s about being efficient. Effective. Getting results. Actually doing something with your coaching besides wasting your player?s time running around a hula hoop or fighting over a pad.

    This episode is all about football drills that actually make your football team better at playing football. This is not rocket science.

    Show Links Learn all about the 90-Minute Practice Plan with Practice Planning to Keep Your Players Fresh from Season 3 of The Football Coaching Podcast Check out Group Football Drills for Low Numbers from Season 5 for developing your group drills. Also from Season 5, an episode on 12 Keys to Getting the Most From Individual Football Drills.
  • 4-2-5 Defense System | FBCP S07 Episode 00

    Thu, 09 Apr 2020 09:30:00 +0000The 4-2-5 Defense System requires a lot of planning. Here?s how to plan your defensive System.

    The 4-2-5 Defense System has been completely updated for 2020. Here?s the blueprint you need to follow to get your System ready for the 2020 Season.

    You don?t have to use the 4-2-5 Defense System to make this blueprint work for you. But you must make sure you?ve covered all these bases if you?re going to be ready to win in 2020.

  • 4-3 Defense vs. 4-2-5 Defense | FBCP S06 Episode 22

    Thu, 02 Apr 2020 09:30:00 +0000Time for the definitive answer of 4-3 Defense or 4-2-5 Defense? which one is better? It?s the Battle of the 40 Fronts.

    What?s the right defense for your team? There?s no single defense that is BETTER than any other front - that?s not what we?re here to figure out.

    It?s about whether the Miami 4-3 Defense that we teach in the 4-3 Defense System, or the 4-2-5 Defense System is the right one for your football team.

    I?ll break down 15 key points for each defense, score it up, and come to a completely meaningless conclusion. It?s up to you to decide which one is right for your team.

  • 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:
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.