USA Football
Welcome to the 2021 Football and Cheer Season

Our next Presidents meeting is Wednesday, July 28th at 7 pm in the downstairs room of the Phelps American Legion.

2021 NYS Elite Youth Football Clinics

NYS Elite will be holding 2 youth clinics in our area this year!

Rochester Area Clinic - July 21st & 22nd - More info and registration can be found HERE

Finger Lakes Area Clinic - July 28th & 29th - More info and registraiton can be found HERE

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.

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
  • Two Platoon Football

    Wed, 28 Jul 2021 16:00:00 +0000

    Two platoon football has been a divisive concept in high school football over the last decade or more. Do you specialize players on one side of the ball, or keep the best players on the field at all times?

    There?s a lot to the issue. And while there is not as much argument about two platoon football anymore, there is still a lot to consider.

    My feelings on two platoon football are not a secret, either. But I see the advantages. And disadvantages. That?s what this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast is all about.

  • Best Football Defense

    Fri, 23 Jul 2021 16:00:00 +0000

    What is the best football defense for my team to run? I hear that question a lot. But there?s no easy answer.

    In Season 9 of The Football Coaching Podcast we?re answering the most common questions I?ve heard over the last decade. And this question about the best football defense is one of the most popular.

    Check out this episode for a look into some of the biggest myths and misunderstandings about defensive football. After listening, you?ll be ready to push ahead coaching your defense with confidence.

  • Cure Boring Practice With Fun Football Drills

    Fri, 16 Jul 2021 10:30:00 +0000

    Coaches are always trying to find ways to spice up practice, like running fun football drills. Little things that make practice more like a game.

    Wait a minute. We have to come up with cute ways to make football practice seem like a game?

    There?s a problem here.

    This episode of The Football Coaching Podcast looks at how to cure boring football practices. Fun football drills to spice things up, why that is insane, and how to make your players enjoy practice time so they come back for more.

    It?s all in this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast!

  • Football Scout Team Fixes

    Thu, 08 Jul 2021 16:00:00 +0000

    The failures of your football scout team are the bane of every coach?s existence. You?re trying to prepare your starters to play a top opponent. That scout team is ruining everything, though.

    Football scout teams don?t have to equal misery. But you have to put them in a position to succeed. We have a plan for that, and I?m going to share it with you in this episode.

  • Special Teams Practice Planning

    Wed, 30 Jun 2021 16:00:00 +0000

    Winning in all three phases might be a cliche, but you will lose games if you have sloppy special teams practice. Planning your special teams practices is critical if you don?t want to shoot yourself in the foot on game day.

    How do we plan special teams practice when we only have a 90 minute practice plan? It seems like there is too much to get done. But that?s not true.

    This episode of The Football Coaching Podcast dives into planning your special teams practices - and your special teams playbooks - with a Coach Simple approach.

  • How Many Plays In Your Offensive Playbook?

    Thu, 24 Jun 2021 16:00:00 +0000

    You don?t want too many plays in your offensive playbook. But you need enough plays to beat the defense. So how many plays do you need to have ready?

    How many plays you need in the playbook is the 15th episode in our 20 Questions series for Season 9 of The Football Coaching Podcast. It is one of the 20 most-asked questions I have seen from our podcast listeners and JDFB Coaching Systems clients.

    Every offensive playbook is different. And every coach is different. But this episode will give you a solid guide for how many plays to have in your offensive playbook.

  • Linebacker Reads and Keys

    Fri, 18 Jun 2021 09:30:00 +0000

    Linebacker reads and keys are the single most searched for keyword on Joe Daniel Football. It seems every coach is looking for the perfect reads for your linebackers.

    I have coached just about every type of linebacker reads imaginable. Keying guards, keying backfield. I have cross-keyed the backs, keyed the 2-man surface? you name it, I have tried to coach it.

    Skip all the hassle. Get the complete guide to Linebacker Reads in this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast.

  • Get Your Head Coach To Listen!

    Thu, 10 Jun 2021 16:00:00 +0000

    I hear from coaches all the time who have their own ideas on how a football team should be run. They just cannot get the head coach to listen!

    This is a touchy subject. After all, the head coach is the man in charge. This is his time to shine. Not only that, he probably has more experience than other coaches on staff (though not always).

    This episode dives into how to get your head coach to open up to your suggestions? and when to keep your mouth shut.

  • The 5 Day Playbook Install Plan

    Fri, 04 Jun 2021 09:30:00 +0000

    The Coach Simple plan uses the 5-Day playbook install to get your system taught quickly.

    All of the systems inside JDFB Coaching Systems use a version of this principle. The 5-day playbook install plan gets your base playbook installed in just one week of practice.

    The plan is to have enough installed so that you could play a game or scrimmage. You might not have everything, but you have enough.

  • Football Coaching Staff Organization

    Thu, 27 May 2021 16:00:00 +0000

    With the season approaching, you need to figure out how you want to organize your football coaching staff. Who is going to coach which positions? Where is each coaching going to be most valuable to your athletes?

    Putting the right coaches in the right places is just as important as putting the right players in the right positions. This episode of The Football Coaching Podcast dives into getting the most out of your football coaching staff this season.

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.