USA Football
Mandatory CHEER COACHES Clinic

MANDATORY CHEER COACHES clinic will be Saturday, July 21st from 9 am - 12 pm in the HFL B gym (same place as last year).

Joanne Small and Laura VanLaeken will be our speakers.

2018 NYS Elite Athletic Football Clinic
Exciting 2018 Events with NYS Elite Athletics:

7on7 Passing League - (May 20th, 27th, June 3rd and 10th)

2nd Annual NYS Elite 7on7 Sunday Passing League

SAVE $50 by registering TODAY

Coach's and/or Parents organize your own team and sign up TODAY to SAVE $50 (after May 1st price goes up $50).

(print out the attached flyer and mail in your registration TODAY)

First 6 Teams in each division are in, so make sure to register before it fills up!

Also if you do not have a team we are offering individual players to sign up for $50

(just fill out the team name on the registration as "Individual" and we will assign you to a team)

"The 1st Annual NYS Elite Athletics 7on7 season was a great experience for the players, coaches, and parents.

Everyone commented on how well it was conducted and the fun the boys had playing. It was an invaluable offseason event for the

youth players and coaches to be able to organize and play 7on7. We plan to be back next year.

Thanks for all the hard work by your group to do this for our children."

-Steve D'Anna, HFL Youth Coach and Parent‚Äč

Click to watch last years

7on7 Sunday League Video

Football Team Camp - (July 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th)
Youth Football Camp - (July 23rd, 24th and 25th)
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
  • S03E06 Coaching Cover 3 Coverage in the 4-2-5 Defense

    Thu, 19 Jul 2018 09:30:47 +0000What?s the simplest, most effective coverage you can teach? Let?s take a look at coaching Cover 3 Coverage in the 4-2-5 Defense.

    Coaches love to over-complicate things. In a lot of situations, the less complicated answer would be the better one. That?s often the case with coverage packages.

    Aside from trying to run every coverage, many coaches are running a coverage that is much more complicated than necessary. If you?re in a league, conference or level where the teams you need to beat are run heavy offenses, Cover 3 coverage might be perfect for you.

    I?m going to break down how to teach Cover 3 coverage for the 4-2-5 Defense, but the teachings are very similar no matter what defensive front you choose.

    Show Links

    Coaching Cover 3 Coverage in the 4-2-5 Defense on YouTube:

    The Up Front Offensive Line System by Dave Christensen:

    Check out all of the coaches on The Football Coaching Podcast Network

  • S03E05 Coaching Offensive Line with Dave Christensen

    Thu, 12 Jul 2018 09:30:00 +0000What are the critical keys to great Offensive Line Play? Arizona State Offensive Line Coach Dave Christensen has your answers.

    Dave Christensen has been coaching football for 36 years. Mostly working with the Offensive Line. And I had a great time talking OL play with him on this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast.

    Listen to this episode to hear Coach Christensen talk about what it takes to have a great Offensive Line, the most important drills for your Linemen, and what a typical practice plan looks like for his D1 Offensive Line practices.

    Coach Christensen has also created an awesome course called the Up Front Offensive Line System. CoachTube has set up an exclusive deal for Football Coaching Podcast listeners to save 50% Off the Up Front Offensive Line System for a limited time only! Click to get instant access to this incredible coaching system.

  • S03E04 Power Series in the One Back Offense

    Fri, 06 Jul 2018 04:00:00 +0000Every offensive playbook needs a foundation. The Power Series is that foundation for the Pistol Power Offense System.

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    It?s nice to do a podcast where you don?t need any notes. You?ve talked about something so many times that it just flows.

    That?s the Power Series for me. It?s the foundation of our offense, and has been for a number of years.

    In this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast, I?ll go in depth on the details for executing the Power, Counter, Power Pass and Counter Pass in the Pistol Power Offense System.

  • S03E03 The 1992 Washington Huskies 4-4 Defense Playbook

    Thu, 28 Jun 2018 09:30:00 +0000Tired of watching a great defensive series fall apart on a poor job defending a screen pass? Here?s how to get your 33 Stack Defense ready to stop the Screen Pass.

    Download the Huskies ?92 Defense Playbook Here

    The 1992 Washington Huskies 4-4 Defense Playbook is the subject a deep dive look on this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast. And it?s an interesting look.

    We?ll investigate the similarities and differences between the Huskies 4-4 Defense and the more modern 4-2-5 Defenses today. Is there really a difference in the core structure? Listen to The Football Coaching Podcast to find out!

  • S03E02 4-2-5 Defense Foundations

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 09:30:00 +0000Does your Defense need to tighten up? The 4-2-5 Defense can be a simple a system to let your players play fast.

    You need a defense that can easily adapt to any offensive attack. If you?re changing everything from week to week, you?ll be in trouble when your players get confused.

    The 4-2-5 Defense System has been built around the Joe Daniel Football motto of Coach Simple, Play Fast, Win. In this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast, we look at the philosophy and principles that build the foundations of the 4-2-5 Defense.

  • S03E01 Planning Your Football Year

    Thu, 14 Jun 2018 09:30:00 +0000There?s a lot to be done this season! This is a guide to planning your football year.

    Running a top notch program doesn?t just happen. It requires a lot of planning to have a great football year.

    In this week?s Football Coaching Podcast, I?ll walk you through planning the entire year. Fundraising, parents, building the culture, and planning scheme install is all discussed here. Everything you need to think about to have a great season!

  • S03E00 Football Video Games

    Fri, 08 Jun 2018 09:30:00 +0000What are your favorite football video games of all time? Here?s a look at the games we used to play.

    There is no great football coaching insight in today?s episode of The Football Coaching Podcast. I?ll be back with more of that, next episode.

    Today is just about doing something fun. A little different. A walk down memory lane with the football video games I grew up with.

  • S03E00 Football Video Games

    Thu, 07 Jun 2018 15:16:27 +0000What are your favorite football video games of all time? Here?s a look at the games we used to play.

    There is no great football coaching insight in today?s episode of The Football Coaching Podcast. I?ll be back with more of that, next episode.

    Today is just about doing something fun. A little different. A walk down memory lane with the football video games I grew up with.

  • S02E22 Defending RPOs with the 4-3 Defense Quarters Coverage

    Thu, 31 May 2018 09:30:00 +0000What?s the Secret to Defending RPOs with the 4-3 Defense? It?s not really a secret.

    Season 2 of The Football Coaching Podcast wraps up with defending RPOs with the 4-3 Defense and Quarters Coverage. We?re using the defense as drawn up in The 4-3 Defense System that is part of JDFB Insiders.

    Quarters Coverage offers some special flexibility that you might not have in other coverages and with other packages. The true nature of the 7 man front and 2 high safeties might be your best answer for defending RPOs.

    Listen to this week?s episode and find out why The 4-3 Defense is my favorite defense for defending RPOs! (...on paper)

    Show Links Learn the foundations of the 4-3 defense with my free 3-video series A lot of the RPOs we run are detailed in the episode on Coaching RPOs in Your Current Playbook

  • S02E21 Running RPOs In Your Current Offensive Playbook

    Thu, 24 May 2018 09:30:00 +0000You don?t have to create an entire RPO Playbook. It?s easy to incorporate RPO?s into the offensive system you?re running right now.

    Run-Pass Options (RPOs) are the hot topic for offensive football coaches across the country over the last few seasons. The schemes have made their way down from the College level down to the High School ranks in a hurry.

    Many coaches have been abandoning what they?ve always done in favor of more modern, ?exciting? offensive schemes. The purpose of this episode is to show that you do not need to do that. You can use your existing offensive playbook and add RPOs into the mix, without sacrificing all you?ve done in the past.

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.