FAQ

FAQ

FSYFL Spring 8 on 8 tackle football tournament that takes place annually from Feb through May each year.  The FSYFL provides two tournaments Division 1 (Competitive) and Division 2 (Developmental). 6 games over a 6 week regular season along with a 4 week post season playoff format.  Either individual coaches and/or youth football organizations can enter their a single or multiple set of teams into the tournament. Any number of teams can be entered in any number of the divisions.  The FSYFL accepts youth football teams from all across the State of Florida from all types of leagues and associations regardless of affiliation. The FSYFL is NOT a league but a tournament that accepts team participation from any type of team.  Teams can enter the tournament under their own league names and/or different names.  The FSYFL is an independently operated organization that is unaffiliated with any other leagues or programs.  The FSYFL has been in operation since 2008 and has over 220 teams from across the State of Florida.

The FSYFL runs a Cheerleading Program concurrent to the football tournament.  This cheer program is a little different from the standard fall programs.

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Yes we do. Click Here for this document. This document describes the entire responsibility of coaches for running and managing a team, as well as all the requirements for all paperwork and certifications, including all the forms necessary.

The FSYFL provides 2 types of tournaments that operate concurrently.

Division 1 (Competitive)

The Division 1 tournament has a 6 game regular season over 6 weeks, followed by a 4 week playoff schedule through to a State Championship. Every team that enters the FSYFL tournament makes it to the 1st round of the playoffs.  This is done deliberately as the FSYFL has 100's of teams and cannot guarantee teams strength of schedules. The D1 playoffs is a knock out tournament, with teams playing in their own conferences initially (East and West) until a Conference Champion is crowned (East Coast Champion & West Coast Champion).  The State Championship is between the East Coast Conference Champion and the West coast Conference Champion.  The playoff format is typical.  i.e. Regular season determines seeds, and the top seed plays the bottom seed, second top plays second bottom etc.

Division 2 (Developmental)

The Division 1 tournament has a 6 game regular season over 6 weeks, followed by a 4 week playoff schedule through to a State Championship. Every team that enters the FSYFL tournament makes it to the 1st round of the playoffs.  This is done deliberately as the FSYFL has 100's of teams and cannot guarantee teams strength of schedules. The D1 playoffs is a knock out tournament, with teams playing in their own conferences initially (East and West) until a Conference Champion is crowned (East Coast Champion & West Coast Champion).  The State Championship is between the East Coast Conference Champion and the West coast Conference Champion.  The playoff format is typical.  i.e. Regular season determines seeds, and the top seed plays the bottom seed, second top plays second bottom etc.  The D2 playoffs teams that may have faired poorly over the regular season are provided the option to enter the FSYFL D3 Post Season Bowl tournament to end their season competing with more like quality teams.  Please note:  There is no D2 tournament for Tiny Mite or Varsity.

For a document on the differences between the Division 1 and Division 2 tournaments CLICK HERE

The FSYFL does not provide equipment, in most cases teams borrow or lease their fall program's equipment.

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If you need a comprehensive list of coaches and organizations that have participated please email sandy@youthspringfootball.com we have many references of coaches and organizations willing to provide you with their feedback.

All Games are played on Saturdays and the tournament is typically from Mid February through end April. The season dates are detailed on a slide on the front page of the FSYFL website.

The FSYFL fee for participation in the tournament is $140 (without FSYFL jersey) or $155 (FSYFL provided jerseys) per player.  At times organizations that participate as a whole in the FSYFL may charge additional fees for their specific players participation to cover items such as; local admin, fund raising, travel and equipment rental costs specific to their league/organizational requirements. The FSYFL requires a minimum of $800 of the total team fees to be paid by January 1st in order to be placed onto the FSYFL Schedule, another 25% by Jan 31st, and then the remainder of players fees must be paid by the 1st game of the season.

PLEASE NOTE: Teams are entitled to use their own game jerseys.  The lower fee will be applicable in this situation.

Each team is advised to have a maximum of twenty two to twenty four players on their roster, there are no rules governing a roster size.

 

There is absolutely no cost to a coach or organization for entering a team/s.  The only costs that are applicable are the FSYFL registration fees of $140/$155 per player registered from your team/organization. The FSYFL provides a "Coaches What to Do" packet of information that explains the entire coaches responsibility for entering a team. The FSYFL provides and pays for the following items, out of the fees paid: Liability Insurance, Game Jerseys, Participation trophies and Winners Trophies, Game Fields, Referees, Game Schedules, Field Set up and Operations, Weigh Ins, Play-off Schedules.

Division allocation is determined by the "league age" of a child.  A child's "league age" is determined by whatever the child's age was on July 31st, of the year previous to the year that the tournament is being played in. (Example if the tournament is being played in 2017 then the age is determined by July 31st, 2016.  Yes that is 2016 Therefore players play under the same ages as they did in their just previously ended fall season.)

IMPORTANT NOTE: The FSYFL certifies a players weight at the beginning of the season and then does not do any further weigh ins. 

Divisional Weights and Ages:

Tiny-Mite            5 & 6yrs unlimited, 7yrs <80 lbs 

Mitey-Mite          7 & 8yrs unlimited, 9yrs <95 lbs 

Pee Wee               9 & 10yrs unlimited, 11yrs <105 lbs 

Super Midget      10 & 11yrs unlimited, 12yrs <120 lbs

Midget                 11 & 12 yrs unlimited, 13yrs <150 lbs

JR Varsity            12 & 13 yrs unlimited, 14yrs <200 lbs

Varsity                 13,14 & 15yrs All Unlimited weight

Note  - Players may play in their designated divisions as well as up ONE division from their age group only.  i.e. a 10 year old may play on Peewee, Supers and Midgets but NOT on JV.

All fields in the tournament are leased and controlled by the FSYFL. Some fields may be the "home" fields of some of the teams that are participating in the tournament however during the season all fields are controlled by the FSYFL and all weigh-in and certification personnel are employed and monitored by the FSYFL in an entirely unbiased manner.  Each region will have a central field  (MAIN FIELD) where most of the games for that conference area will be played.  In addition the FSYFL has local fields (REGIONAL FIELDS) where some local games are played.  (For example Ft Myers has a MAIN FIELD, however Venice might have a Regional field).  In addition the FSYFL places some PILOT fields in areas where a team may be remotely positioned, and in this case one or two games will be played at those facilities. The FSYFL in general tries to limit the amount of travel required by teams and in most cases in each season the game fields will be positioned as best as possible in each regional area that is participating.  Game fields change from year to year based on teams participating.

The current guideline of the fields for the upcoming season is HERE.  (This matrix is constantly updated until the season starts)

Please note: The FSYFL reserves the right to change field formats and locations based on the amount of teams that sign up in a given area.

All games are played on Saturdays typically starting with the younger divisions and ending with the older divisions. As a general guideline games start around 9am and are played through to 8pm with the younger division starting early.  For a field Matrix of the various fields that the FSYFL operates throughout Florida Click Here

The FSYFL is a tournament and therefore manages the entire process from team registration through to the championship. Unlike leagues the FSYFL provides for all requirements to conduct the tournament. The FSYFL fees of $140 (without FSYFL jersey) or $155 (FSYFL provided jerseys) per player provides and pays for the following for the coaches and organizations: The tournament operations and management, player liability and 2nd Tier accident insurance, game jerseys, player participation medals and winners trophies, game fields and locations, referees, game schedules, field set up, striping and operations, weigh in and certification processes and a state playoff and championship. In short the FSYFL provides for all operational aspects and the coach gets to bring his team.

The FSYFL provides a participation medal for every player. Team District/Regional/Conference/State Championship teams and the runner ups will receive a team trophies.

Coaches/Organizations are required to register their players independently using the FSYFL registration forms, and then submit rosters and payments to the FSYFL by stipulated dates. Each team's players, roster and team hard card folders will be certified at or before the first game.

The regular season is made up of 6 games for each team  These games are all played on a Saturday over a period of 6 weeks. Teams could have bye weeks, double headers etc. During the regular season you will play teams from your local region as well as teams from outside your region. All teams are required to travel outside of their region for ONE week of the season, and during that week you will play a double header. This is done deliberately to allow teams to have a fun trip away and play teams from outside their normal area. With multiple teams across Florida travelling for their one week, this allows for travel teams to be in all the regional markets each week and the local teams will get to play an additional game against a "foreign" team at home.  The FSYFL tournament is a State wide program. A typical regular season set of games for teams would look like as follows (order not applicable):

THIS IS AN EXAMPLE AND MAY NOT BE EXACTLY YOUR REGULAR SEASON FORMAT

Week

# Games

Description
Week 1

1

Game against one of your local regional teams
Week 2

1

Game against one of your local regional teams
Week 3

1

Game against one of your local regional teams
Week 4

2

Double Header Travel Game vs 2 outside region teams
Week 5

1

Game against a travel team that comes into your region to play you
Week 6

1

Bye week

Due to there being so many teams in the FSYFL all teams cannot play every team in their division. The FYSFL provides for every team in D1 and D2 to go to the first round of the playoffs. The playoff format is a standard "top seed plays last seed" format, in a knock out process until the last team is standing. For the playoffs...teams play in their district first, followed by their regions, conference and then state.

For a document on the differences between the Division 1 and Division 2 tournaments CLICK HERE

The FSYFL does NOT have a system whereby Regional Directors oversee, control or manage regions.  The tournament is based upon coaches entering their individual teams into the tournament, managing the rules and paperwork requirements themselves and competing under fair and equitable rules.  Some organizations may manage their teams as a whole and then have one individual representing the organization dealing with FSYFL management.  However this is NOT required.

To request any information on the tournament please CLICK HERE

The FSYFL has been in operation since 2008.  We anticipate a minimum of 220 teams participating in the league for this upcoming season.  Therefore typically there are teams in most areas of the conferences, but this is NOT a guarantee.  If your child is interested in joining a team in your area you can email the FSYFL here and when a team registers from your area the FSYFL will forward your child's information to that coach.  The FSYFL will also inform you of that team contact.  Due to the number of teams now participating in the tournament the likelihood of a team being in or close to your market is very strong.  The FSYFL has well over 10 regions in full operation from top to bottom and across the State of Florida.

Some organizations have a ruling that does not allow their teams to practice in the off season, or that teams may not use patches (POP Warner) or teams may not participate in programs outside of their leagues.  While the FSYFL does not deliberately go out of their way to encourage teams to break their fall program association rules, most organizations simply either change the team name under which they participate in the spring tournament and/or have a lease agreement by which the spring program players pay a lease fee to rent their organizations equipment.  Many teams even operate an entirely different sub-division of their league organization that runs their spring programs.  Thereby having a fall and spring football program.  The FSYFL does not stipulate what a given team or set of teams calls themselves.  Some programs name each of their spring teams with a different name.  The FSYFL is generic to fall programs.  Multiple different fall associations and leagues participate in the FSYFL tournament.

Yes.  Your organization can charge your players that are participating on your teams whatever fees you like in order to participate.  The fees you pay the FSYFL is $140 per player (without a jersey) and $155 (with FSYFL supplied jersey).  Many organizations charge their players more adding a fee for the lease of their equipment to their spring program players and/or some additional fees to cover for admin/travel, fundraising expenses etc.  The FSYFL specified fee is payable to the FSYFL organization based on their payment guidelines.  Organizations entering multiple teams may collect the fees internally and then pay the FSYFL as a whole or have parents /coaches handle their players/teams individually.

This determination is typically made each year when all the teams are registered. However a guideline as to the breakdown is as follows:

Districts: NE, NEC, SEC, SE, NW, NWC, SW, SWC

Regions: NE, SE, NW, SW

Conferences: EAST, WEST

(The FSYFL reserves the right to change this prior to the season start)

 

The FSYFL has a recreational (Division 2) and Competitive (Division 1) tournament.  Teams can choose to enter either one. While this program is an 8 on 8 tackle football, the games in both tournaments are full contact football.  There are some rule differences from regular 11 on 11 football, but in general the games are the same as regular season football competitions.  To review the rules Click Here

For a document on the differences between the Division 1 and Division 2 tournaments CLICK HERE

One of the fun features of the FSYFL is the fact that you will play teams that are outside of your typical Fall program areas. You will also play teams from different leagues. Each team participating in the FSYFL is required to travel to another region for ONE of their regular season weeks to play a double header (called a "Foreign" Game) against outside region teams.  Because all teams travel at least one week, on your travel week you will likely play teams from anywhere in Florida as they will also be travelling on that day to the same field locations.  (Example - a Ft Myers team would travel to the Tampa field location and MAY play teams from Tampa, Jacksonville, Daytona etc.)  The remainder of your games are played in your region. The first two weeks of Playoff games are typically played in your own region until such time as the regional and conference championships, where the home field advantage principle applies.

The FSYFL provides some Early Bird programs that are very worthwhile and can be used for both fundraising and scholarship opportunities for the clubs.  For full details on FSYFL Early Payment Programs CLICK HERE

 

The FSYFL does NOT have Team Folders, we run a very sophisticated software program called Team Console that handles all certification processes on line.

Individual teams may require some of their own additional forms for registration, however the following items are required by the FSYFL and need for entry into the Team Console program.  For a more detailed explanation of the FSYFL Certification Process Click Here.

- An Original Birth Certificate AND Student ID (or other ID) must be shown to certify the player. (These originals are then returned to the players following FSYFL player certification.)
- Registration Fee of $140(no jersey)/$155 (FSYFL provided jersey) per player
- A player photograph that is upload to the player page on the team console
- FSYFL Medical Waiver Form- This is retained by the FSYFL Certification team at the players certification date (This document can be signed online by going to the Documents Library)
- FSYFL Liability Release Form- This is retained by the FSYFL Certification team at the players certification date (This document can be signed online by going to the Documents Library)
- The FSYFL provides an FSYFL Registration Form to assist coaches.  (This form is not an FSYFL requirement)

Generally the way in which clubs that are restricted by "no pre-season practicing" overcome this issue is by entering the FSYFL tournament under a different club name.  The season for the tournament ends by May 1st, and typically youth fall programs only start spring training by July, and High School practices only beginning by May 1st.  Many teams that already participate in the tournament are affiliated with other programs during the fall, and in many cases these teams play under a different name.  Many organizations will allow coaches running teams in the FSYFL to lease their equipment from their fall program for a fee, and thereby generate a fund raising opportunity for the fall programs.

Some organizations that are restricted from violations to their fall program charters and/or by-laws will simply run two different programs through their same organizations, one for the fall and one for the spring.

If you have any questions on this process please call Sandy Beckett on 813-728-6747 or sandy@youthspringfootball.com.

There are no practice limitations for the FSYFL tournament.  While coaches of teams may practice as much (or as little) as they like in advance, the FSYFL insurance policy will only cover teams from the first formal practice of the season which is JANUARY 15th each season.  Practices prior to this date are not covered under the liability/accident insurance for the FSYFL League.

The FSYFL provides a game jersey with only the FSYFL logo printed on the jersey.  Coaches and Teams are responsible for the printing of their own jersey numbers. Players MUST have a number on their jerseys to participate.  (Player names can be placed on jerseys, however this is NOT mandatory.)  Players must remain in their same jersey number from the week 3 scheduled games to the end of the season.  Teams are required to provide the remainder of the players football equipment requirements through their own clubs or by other means.  Many teams arrange a lease type program where the spring football players lease their equipment for a small fee from the fall program, or clubs in some cases charge a small additional fee on top of the FSYFL fees to pay for equipment usage.

Each team is advised to have a maximum of twenty two to twenty four players on their roster, however there are no rules governing a roster size.

There are no minimum play rules or minimum play guidelines.

Practice times and locations are determined by the coaches of each team.  There are NO limitations to the number of practices allowed.  However typically squads will practice 1 - 2 times per week from 6.30pm - 8.30pm, and begin practice approximately 4 - 6 weeks prior to the start of the season.

To see full documentation on FSYFL Certification process Click Here

While the FSYFL does have a slightly different approach to certifications and weigh ins from other leagues, we are extremely strict on our weight and age implementations.  Original birth certificates and player/parents ID's are a requirement of the FSYFL.  The weight of a player is certified at the first game of the season, from there on out players are NOT weighed in again for the season.  However the teams will be checked in every week to ensure only certified players are playing in the games. For full weigh in and certification process rules Click Here.

The rules for 8 on 8 are essentially the same as regular football, in terms of the basic game and penalties etc.  For a full set of rules please Click here.  For a simplified set of rules of FSYFL differences Click Here. However the following basic differences apply:

    • The game is played with 8 on 8 players on the field.

    • There are two 22 minute halves with a continuous clock.

    • Only 3 referees in the game during the regular season and 1st 2 rounds of the playoffs (depending on divisions).

    • There are no field goals, punting or kick offs.

    • The field size is 80 yards by 40 yards.

    • Each team is allowed two, thirty second timeouts per gameAny unused timeouts can carry over to the second half. 

    • There is a mandatory two minute warning at the end of each half, with all privileges of a time out for both teams.

    • There are slight differences in the offensive and defensive minimum and maximum lineman rules


The FSYFL allows each of the coaches/organizations to determine their own team names.  However we discourage the use of NFL team names without regional or geographic additions (i.e. "Patriots" would not be acceptable but "Tampa Patriots" is fine). The FSYFL will assign a code to each team for the purposes of game schedules.  In cases where individual leagues do not allow teams to play in the Spring program with the same name as their Fall program league names, teams are advised to change their names accordingly.

Many teams operate their fall and spring programs as seperate entities, in order to avoid the challenge of breaking "pre-season" practice by-laws.  Currently the FSYFL has teams from just about every organization and league in Florida.

  • There will be no player additions to a team's roster after the start of the FSYFL third week of games of the regular season. 

  • No additional teams can be added up to and including midnight three weeks prior to the first game of the season.  This is to assist in the scheduling process.

  • The final schedule will be provided to all coaches two weeks prior to the first regular season game.

The FSYFL receives emails through our web site, from individual players wanting to participate.  These players can be allocated to teams (who have openings) in their geographic area.  If you have a team and have some openings you can call Sandy Beckett on 813 728 6747 and we will allocate some players to your team.  It is our experience that if you have a core set of players you will find additional players wanting to join your team fairly quickly as you practice.  Also with the advent of social network programs kids get the word out fairly quickly.

Yes all games in all conferences are officiated by FSYFL certified referees that are registered to the FSYFL managed referee association.  These referees are provided, paid for and scheduled by the FSYFL.  Teams in all locations play under the same rules as each other to ensure a non biased state championship driven competition.  Coaches and organizations who participate in the FSYFL tournament play in a "worry free" environment.  Teams do not have to worry about the organization of referees, fields, trophies, jerseys, management of games etc.  The FSYFL handles all this for the teams.

Yes.  Organizations/Coaches can enter as many or as few teams as they wish.  Many organizations enter the FSYFL tournament with a team from each of their Summer program weight and age divisions, and due to the limited size of teams on 8 on 8, some enter more than one team in each division.  Remember there are 2 concurrent tournaments.  A Competitive and Developmental.  Some organizations enter teams in each one.  In the event that an organization has too many players the FSYFL recommends that organizations split the teams into a competitive and developmental team. Organizations that have "split their talent" between two teams have typically not fared well in the competitive program.   If you enter multiple teams from ONE division these two teams will not play each other during the regular season, unless you wish them to do so and all a given organizations teams will ALWAYS play at the same facilities.  Some coaches that participate are not associated with any organization and simply enter the tournament as independent coaches.  For help on this please call Sandy Beckett on 813-728-6747 or sandy@youthspringfootball.com.

If you are concerned about violating your organizations charter by using their same name, you can simply change the name that your organization participates under and therefore not violate any of your organizational by-laws.

The FSYFL provides all teams that participate in the tournament an Accident and Liability Insurance coverage. 

The FSYFL Liability coverage is a basic protection for the FSYFL and organizations and team participating against a lawsuit for negligence of a variety of types.  This liability essentially covers players, fans, coaches, organizations and board members associated with the liability coverage. The FSYFL will provide a field coverage insurance liability waiver certificate (often called an "Additional Insured Certificate") for practice facilities used during the season by FSYFL participating organizations.  Please email the FSYFL here if this certificate is needed for your group to practice at a given facility.

The FSYFL Accident coverage provides for accident insurance for limited injuries sustained by players and coaches in the normal course of any game within the tournament purview.  This is a standard youth football 2nd Tier accident coverage program.  Therefore the players/coaches personal insurance will be the primary and the FSYFL accident coverage will pick up any medical costs unpaid by the personal insurance coverage, following the necessary deductible criteria.  If a player does not have their own family medical insurance coverage then the players MUST take on all accident liability themselves, the FSYFL will not be able to cover that player under their accident policy.  The FSYFL Accident policy requires a family health insurance plan to be the primary coverage. Please note the FSYFL provides a 2nd tier accident program and should not be relied on as a source of health coverage. For any further clarifications please email the FSYFL. 

Players are required to sign an FSYFL LIABILITY RELEASE FORM as well as a FSYFL MEDICAL RELEASE FORM form to participate.  The Liability Release is a form required by the FSYFL insurance companies that ensures parents and participants are aware of the dangers associated with football, and in turn protecting the FSYFL from unreasonable law suits.  The Medical Release is a document that parents sign to release the FSYFL and their representatives to take an injured player to a medical facility in the rare event of a football related accident, and as the pre-requisite to ensuring a primary coverage health policy is in place.

Please Note:  Football is a dangerous sport and the FSYFL protects itself under a liability release form that disallows themselves from any lawsuit activity.  Parents participating in the tournament MUST understand that the FSYFL will provide a variety of safety measures and guidelines to protect their participants in whatever way they can, but the inherent activity of contact football is aggressive and dangerous in format and should be undertaken with this view in mind.



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