USA Football
MEETING (1/29/2020)


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.

2019 NYS Elite Athletic Football Clinic

When: July 22 - 24 from 6 - 8 pm

Where: Lyons High School TURF Field

Who: C, B, and A aged Players

Camp Fee: $70 ($80 after July 8th)
($10 for EVERY Camper will be DONATED back to their youth program)

3rd Annual NYS Elite Athletics Finger Lakes Youth Football Camp is designed to not only teach every participant each position in a safe and fun environment, but also an opportunity for them to work closely with their future high school coaches and their youth coaches. Each participant will receive a T-Shirt if
registered before July 8th.

The camp will be run by top rated high school and youth coaches from some of the following
Clyde Savannah, Dundee ER/Gananda, Geneva, HFL, Jordan-Elbridge Lyons, Marcus Whitman, Midlakes, Newark, Pal Mac, Penn Yan, Red Jacket, Seneca Falls, Skaneateles, Waterloo and Wayne

Register online at:

David Marean -585-298-0897

Participants will be wearing youth issued helmets, this camp will NOT supply helmets. Mouth guards and cleats are Recommended also. No lower body gear is needed. This will be a NON-contact camp, with the emphasis on providing each participant with football fundamentals.

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 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.

  • 10 Tips for Better Football Strength Training| FBCP S06 Episode 11

    Thu, 09 Jan 2020 10:30:00 +0000Champions are Built in the Weight Room, so check out these tips for better football strength training!

    It?s great to come back from the winter holidays and see your guys again. Ready to get after in the weight room and start building for the next season.

    But don?t waste their time. Check out these 10 football strength training tips to get more out of your weight room this off-season!

  • 8 Reasons to Change Your Defensive Playbook | FBCP S06 Episode 10

    Thu, 02 Jan 2020 10:30:00 +0000Your football team?s defensive playbook just didn?t get the job done last season. Is it time for a change?

    I?ve been spending a lot of time focusing on the reasons you should NOT change your defensive playbook. Way too many coaches jumping from shiny object to shiny object.

    But there are reasons why you SHOULD make a change. Remember, only a Sith deal in absolutes.

    This episode of The Football Coaching Podcast shares the 8 reasons why you might want to change that defensive playbook for the 2020 season? and hopefully for the last time!

    Sign up for your Free MaxOne Demo

  • Playbook Breakdown: 1970s Arkansas Wishbone Offense | FBCP S06 Episode 09

    Thu, 26 Dec 2019 10:30:00 +0000The Wishbone Offense might not be as popular as it once was. But we can still learn a lot from a 1970s Arkansas Playbook.

    Download the Arkansas Wishbone Offense Playbook

    The Miami 4-3 Defense was originally developed to shut down the Wishbone Offense that Barry Switzer was running at Oklahoma in the 1980s. But we?re going to go a little further back.

    Today?s playbook breakdown is on the 1970s Arkansas Wishbone Offense. It?s a really well laid out playbook from the Lou Holtz era (that?s the claim anyway). Plenty to learn from any football coach, whether you run the Option or not!

    Show Links Download the Arkansas Wishbone Offense Playbook Sign up for your Free MaxOne Demo
  • Simplified Quarters Coverage for the 4-3 Defense | FBCP S06 Episode 08

    Thu, 19 Dec 2019 10:30:00 +0000Quarters Coverage is the perfect fit for your 4-3 Defense. But you can?t let Pattern Matching slow your defense down.

    Quarters Coverage can mean a lot of things to a lot of different coaches. Cover 4? 2-Read? Palms? Hey who knows? but here?s how we do Quarters Coverage as of now, in 2019.

    A lot has changed over the last 12 years since I started running Quarters Coverage. It?s a pattern match coverage that requires you to have some pretty good Safeties. But if you?ve got the horses, and the time to teach it? this is a great way to coach a winning football defense!

    Check out the episode for an in-depth look at updating Quarters Coverage for the 2020 Season.

    Show Links Get the 4-3 Defense Video Series here: Learn the Umbrella Principle, the most important concept I?ve learned for defense Fritz Shurmur?s Coaching Team Defense at, for which I wrote the foreword. My interview with Shap Boyd, author of Quarters Coverage Made Simple from several years back is at The original Quarters Coverage Made Simple that I learned the 4-3 Defense Quarters Coverage system from is at Sign up for your Free MaxOne Demo
  • Top 5 Ways to Level Up Your Off-Season with Ron McKie | FBCP S06 Episode 07

    Thu, 12 Dec 2019 10:30:00 +0000Let?s get outside the box for leveling up your football team?s off-season in a new way. Coach McKie joins us on this episode!

    Coach McKie from The Talking Football podcast and the Football Coaching Podcast Network joins the show as we run down our Top 5 Ways to Level Up Your Football Program. This is a little more ?out of the box? thinking on ways to make your team better this off-season.

    You?re going to get some tricks that we?ve used throughout our coaching careers, plus some ideas we?ve taken from other walks of life to apply to coaching. This is a good one!

    Show Links Check out Coach McKie?s YouTube channel at The best strength training program I?ve ever used is available at For your speed program, Dale Baskett is at
  • Football Off-Season Planning | FBCP S06 Episode 06

    Fri, 06 Dec 2019 12:21:44 +0000Time to plan your 2020 Football Off-Season. And there?s a whole lot to plan for if you want to be successful.

    OK, Mister #nooffseason, here it is. All the things? well, most of the things? you?ve got to get done during the off-season. There?s plenty of work.

    This episode breaks down your football off-season into coaching development, player development, speed and strength development and on-field development. This is going to be a critical time for your 2020 Football Season.

  • Coaching Defensive Line in the 4-3 Defense | FBCP S06 Episode 05

    Thu, 28 Nov 2019 10:30:00 +0000Get the breakdown on coaching defensive line in the 4-3 Defense. Alignment, Stance, Key Reads and Assignment.

    The Miami 4-3 Defense is a great system for defenses that have the right athletes. One of the features is the simplicity and aggressiveness in the Defensive Line play.

    We?ll break down the ASKA for coaching defensive line play in this great defensive front. Alignment, Stance, Key Reads and Assignments for your base 4-3 Defensive Line.

  • Choose the Offensive Playbook For Your Football Team | FBCP S06 Episode 04

    Thu, 21 Nov 2019 10:30:00 +0000Is there a perfect Offensive Playbook for your Football Team? Probably, but it might not be for the reasons you think.

    Following up on last week?s show on choosing the perfect defense, this week we?re working on finding the right offensive playbook for your football team. It?s a little different.

    I?ll walk you through eight different offensive playbooks that might fit your team. It?s not an exhaustive list by any means, but a good enough look for you to get a good idea on how to figure out which one is right for you.

    At the end of the day, none of these offensive systems are better or worse. Every single one of them can and has won championships. But there?s one that?s right for you as a coach. Find it, and then STICK TO IT!

  • Choose the Best Football Defense for Your Team | FBCP S06 Episode 03

    Thu, 14 Nov 2019 10:30:00 +0000What?s the best football defense for your team to run? There is no ?right? defense, but there?s a right one for you.

    Wasn?t planning to do this show, but it?s a good time for it. If your defense wasn?t ?lights out? last season, or if you?re just moving into coaching or rising to a coordinator position, you?re probably looking for that ?right? football defense.

    I can end your search for the Holy Grail of defense right now. It doesn?t exist. But there is definitely a right defense for you to latch onto and become the expert at. This episode is going to help you choose the best football defense for you and your football team. Then help you stick to it.

    Show Links

    Check out the Umbrella Principle for the 4-2-5 Defense at

    Download the Defensive Installation Manual above or at

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.