How are teams selected?
WYF is inclusive rather than exclusive. Teams are formed via an "Equidraft" system. Equidraft is an evaluation and selection process where the objective is to create teams that have an equal distribution of player talent. During the first two days of practice, all players are evaluated on several different football related skills. Each player is assigned a rating and made part of a single talent pool for each grade level. After the second practice coaches distribute players among teams so that each team has comparably rated players. Each coach actively participates in both the evaluation process and selection process. The Equidraft system allows for each coach to select their own child for the team they will be coaching for the upcoming season. These selections are factored into the Equidraft selection process prior to the assignment of players to rosters.
How are Coaches selected?
All WYF coaches are volunteers. WYF provides coaches with clinics, manuals and plays to prepare them for the season. We expect our coaches to abide by the league rules and regulations and to conduct themselves at all times as a role model. All coaches must pass a criminal background check and must attend a mandatory rules meeting. We are looking for coaches who want to work with kids, teach the players the game of football while providing a fun, quality experience ahead of winning.
How often do teams practice?
The frequency of practices will vary by team. Teams will practice on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.
How often are games played?
Games are played on Saturdays.
When does the season end?
The regular season should conclude before the MEA break. In addition, WYF is working on minimizing conflicts with basketball and hockey tryouts.
Why do we have “Black Stripers”?
This is a safety issue. Statistics show that more injuries occur when smaller players attempt to tackle larger players. Players above the maximum weight for each level cannot advance the ball except in certain situations.
Is football a dangerous sport for young people to play?
Although WYF has taken numerous measures to make our program as safe as possible, football is a rough and tumble sport. Even with modern protective equipment, bumps and bruises will occur. Serious injuries are rare. However, the risk of injury must be placed in perspective with other youth activities.
How effective is protective equipment in preventing injuries?
According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, “protective equipment is one of the most important factors in minimizing the risk of injury in football. Play it safe and wear the equipment required by most youth football leagues.” For a list of the equipment that is required by the WYF visit our Equipment page.