Football Registration Now Open!
Youth Football Families,
Its that time again! As winter starts to slowly fade away into spring, our preparations for another incredible year of youth tackle football in Somers begin! I am pleased to announce that registration is now open for our 2022 season for tackle football for ages 8-13. (flag for first and second grade will open shortly). Apologies for the length of this note –but I ask that you please read it completely. The registration link is available if you click on "Registration" in the bar at the top of this page.
Some important points:
-Registration fee this year is $495 per player. You can pay all at once or pay $195 at registration and the remainder over 3 monthly installments. The fee will go up to $525 on June 1 and registration will close on June 26
-Broad strokes on timing and key dates (subject to change):
CRITICAL DATES and approximate time commitments:
-Registration closes June 26 (Fees increase June 1)
-Equipment handout will be on or about June 29-30. We will set a signup as we get into June.
-Practices begin on or around August 15. From August 15 until school starts you should expect one practice per day during the week usually in the afternoons or evenings. Coaches of individual teams will be in touch with more specifics.
-Games start the weekend after Labor Day and take place on Sundays (exception is 2 8U league tournaments will take place on Saturdays). Please expect a game every Sunday until November 13.
-Expect 3, 2 hour practices during the week in late afternoon or evening once school starts as well as a walk through Saturday morning.
CRITICAL administrative requirements before starting practice (these are generally collected in early August and always prior to starting practice:
-Completing the “Official AYF Player Form Pack that you will receive during registration (inclusive of health insurance information)
-Physical with signed clearance to play from your physician (the document is included when you print the Official AYF Player Pack – this is NOT the resume participation medical clearance form)
-Final report card
YOU WILL NEED TO BUY:
-shorts / t shirts etc used during non padded practices
-We will provide all other equipment (game/practice jerseys, helmet, shoulder pads, football pants)
-We will offer several youth football clinics in June with our coaches as we work together to start shaking off the rust! Every effort will be made to avoid dates that conflict with other sports – however dates for these are still to be determined.
-DeMatteo Football Camp: Consider registering your child for one or both of the Dematteo Football Camps run by our own high school football staff. These are also great for getting back into football motions and learning new skills and sharpening old ones. Its also a great chance to spend some time working with our high school coaches! Session 1 is July 11-July 14 (no equipment needed) and Session 2 is July 18-July 21 with equipment needed (provided by the camp if necessary). A link to the registration form is HERE or you can email BandTcamp@yahoo.com for more information.
OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT: you will have the opportunity to buy a pre-owned Speedflex helmet for $150 at equipment fitting. We may also have another opportunity to purchase a new helmet from Riddell although timing is TBD.
Other new items:
-We are pleased to welcome Michael O’Donovan to coach our incoming 8U team!
-Pat Forde is taking over from Brian Kelly as assistant commissioner of youth football. I look forward to working closely with Pat as we continue to strengthen our program. Pat ran our very successful flag program last year and will also continue running flag this year! With that said we will greatly miss Brian's endless valuable contributions to this program over his 9 years of intense involvement. Please join me in thanking Pat for stepping into this position where we are grateful for his assistance.
A note on our fees: You may notice that the fee has increased vs last year by about 10%. This is driven by inflation of our costs (like everything else these days) as well as several equipment and safety additions we are making this year. We have made every effort to keep costs as low as possible while running the a best-in-class youth football program. Please do not hesitate to contact me directly if you are facing a hardship and would prefer to discuss special arrangements - our conversation will be confidential.
Welcome! Somers Youth Football is part of Somers Youth Sports Organization. We offer both Flag Football for grades 1-2 and Tackle Football for grades 3-8.
We are proud to be part of Somers' long and rich football tradition, boasting a long history of outstanding and safe football along with a strong community.