USA Football
USA Football

INTRODUCTION

What is the Montville Youth Football League?

The Montville Youth Football League, herein known as the MYFL, is a non-profit organization devoted to offering the sports of football and cheer to the youth of our community as well as the surrounding towns of BOZRAH, SALEM and COLCHESTER.

Are coaches screened and trained?

Yes. Background checks are run on all coaches and they MUST be Heads Up Tackle Football certified. Many of our coaches also attend other training and clinics throughout the year.  All of our coaches are volunteers and they care about your athlete, their safety, and the community. Most of our coaches are parents as well and we are always looking for new coaches and better ways to train our staff. 

REGISTRATION

How do I register?

We will offer in-person registration dates throughout the year but it is preferred if you can register online using our Registration Tab.

TEAMS

How are different teams grouped?

Our football teams are based on their "League Age" while our cheer teams are based on grade.  "League Age" is the age of your child prior to June 1st of the current year. 

(Example:  If your child is 10 years old on June 1st, their "League Age" for that fall season is 10 years old.  Your child would then be assigned to our Junior football team.)

The teams are broken down as follows:

FOOTBALL

Flag - "League Age": 5, 6, and 7 years old 

Micro - "League Age": 8, and 9 years old

7 year olds (May elect to play this level) * 

Junior - "League Age": 10 and 11 years old 

Senior - "League Age": 12, 13, and 14 years old. (Can not be in highschool) 

CHEER

Munchkins - Ages 4-5

Mini - Ages 6-7

Micro - Ages 8-9

Junior - Ages 10-11

Senior - Ages 12-14

The grade that your child is entering in the fall will determine your placement in the appropriate group.

How are coaches selected?

Those that are interested in coaching apply through our Coach Registration page and they will also complete a background check.  Once these steps are completed, their application is brought before the Board of Directors for approval.  If approved, they will then be assigned, first by team of interest, then by team in need if their preference is not available.

PRACTICE

When do practices start?

Practices generally begin the last week of July.  Specific dates and times will be provided by team coaches. 

How long are practices?

Practices are generally around 2 hours long for our Micro, Junior, and Senior teams.  Our Mini teams practice for 1.5 hours and our Munchkin/Flag teams practice for 1 hour.  Your coach will provide the specifics as the season nears. It is very important to plan to be at practice about 15 minutes early so your child does not get marked absent when practice begins.

How many practices per week?

Typically from the beginning of the season to the week before school, all teams will practice Monday - Friday, with the exception of Munchkin and Flag, who begin the 2nd week of August.  Once school starts, our Micro, Junior, and Senior teams will practice 4 days per week and our Mini and Munchkin/Flag teams will likely practice 3 days per week.  Exact days and times will be provided by team coaches. 

What if I can't make a practice?

Contact your athletes Head Coach.  Please let them know as much ahead of time as possible that you won't be at a practice or game. This will allow them to adjust their roster as needed.

Does practice get cancelled due to weather?

No. As long as the players and field conditions are safe, we practice in all weather conditions. 

What do I bring to practice?

For football, bring your equipment (already dressed) with a practice jersey and cleats.  For cheer, wear athletic clothing and sneakers.  Be sure to bring water! Water is very important, especially on hot days. We recommend at least 1/2 gallon.

How should I prepare for practice?

Drink plenty of water to properly hydrate. A good rule of thumb for anticipated physical exertion is to drink 2 oz of water per pound of body weight.  Example:  If your child weighs 75 lbs, they should be drinking 150 oz of water throughout the day.  Do not force all of this water into a short time span. 

We do not reccomend eating a large meal within 2 hours before practice. This can cause your child to be ill during practice. 

Make sure you have all of your equipment and practice attire!  If you forget any part of your gear (including sneakers for cheer), your child will not be allowed to practice. Do not forget your mouthguard!

GAMES

How many games are there?

Typically, our conference teams will play 10 games and our Munchkin/Flag teams play 8.

When are the games played?

Our Conference teams will typically play on Saturday evenings or Sunday during the day. 

How long are the games?

Generally Flag games run about 1 hr and Conference games run about 2 hours. When adding in team prep and concluding activities, the entire process at the field can take 3 hours.

What time should I arrive for the game?

Work with your coach on what time you should be at the game. Generally, expect to be there an hour before the scheduled kick-off time. 

How much will I get to play in the games?

The Montville Youth Football League does not have a minimum play rule. We do our best to get all athletes as much playing time as practical but this is contingent upon factors such as attending and participating in practices. Our coaches cannot, in good conscience, put a child on the field if they are not prepared. An athletes safety and willingness to enter the game come into play as well and coaches discretion will apply. 

What position will I play?

Probably several. Some players will play "both ways", both on offense and defense and some players will play several positions during the season. Your coaches are trained to find the best fits and will observe and work with you to find the best locations for you. We want you to be successful!

OTHER

What if all of the above didn't answer my question?

Please contact us!