STRASBURG   MIDGET LEAGUE FOOTBALL


THE TRADITION STARTS HERE

**reminders and info**



The Shenandoah Valley Youth football League formed an investigative committee to review the misconduct that took place at the October 15, 2016 home game involving the senior team
coaches and parents. During this investigation it was discovered that the Senior Wild Hawks
team had been conducting, on a weekly basis, 3 “contact” practices and 1 “walk thru” practice
during the 2016 season. This was acknowledged by some of the coaches/officials involved.
This is a violation of Article III, Section K (Schedule, Time, Cancellation, and Practice). We
believe this was a blatant violation that not only exposed the players to more contact and a higher
risk of injury, but also provided extra practice time that was not available to other teams within
the Senior Division. There are very strong safety reasons for this rule and while nobody was
injured as far as we know, a fortunate result doesn’t excuse a blatant violation.
The S.V.Y.F.L By-Laws clearly state that only 2 contact practices and 1 non-contact practice are
allowed once games have started. This is well known to all coaches and league officials. While
this was misconduct on the part of the coaches, the players may have benefitted by having
additional practices, although we’re just glad nobody was hurt. Any team they would oppose in
the playoffs would be at a disadvantage, having had less practices so to this extent, the Senior
Wild Hawks have had an unfair advantage. Accordingly, the Board has decided the Wild Hawks
senior team will not be eligible for the 2016 playoffs. We do regret that some kids will play
less games because of this violation and the subsequent penalty, but breaking the rules must have
consequences, if the rules are to mean anything, most especially a rule designed as a safety
measure. It is hoped the coaches involved will use this as an opportunity to teach their players
at a young age that sportsmanship includes following the rules, whether players, coaches, or
league officials.
The S.V.Y.F.L also decided that the entire F.R.Y.F.L will be placed on probation for 2 years as a
result of the above described incident and the misconduct of several coaches and Board members
during the October 15, 2106 incident. During this probationary period ending December 31,
2018 F.R.Y.F.L will retain all voting rights. However, if F.R.Y.F.L violates the bylaws during 
the probationary period they will be subject to disciplinary actions up to and including removal
from the Shenandoah Valley Youth Football League.
Sincerely,
S.V.Y.F.L. Board of Directors. 


The cost is $60 per player and will need to be paid by cash or check. If you are new to our league, you will need to bring a copy of your child's birth certificate and every parent or guardian will need to bring their drivers license.

Age groups -
Micro Grades K & 1st (or 5 years old before 12/31/16)

Freshman Grades 2nd & 3rd

Junior Grades 4th & 5th

Senior Grades 6th & 7th (NO player can turn 14 before 12/31/16 or be in the 8th grade)

Every player will need a physical before they step foot on the field. This can be turned in at registration, to the head table at practice, or to your team mom that will be on the sidelines taking attendance.

 Each child will receive a helmet, shoulder pads, practice and game pants to use during season.
The first week of practice will be the week of July 25th.

If you would like to coach we will have interest forms available. If selected, the head coach will contact you and you must be available to attend a coaching/concussion clinic at the Strasburg Presbyterian Church on 7/22/16 at 7pm or 7/23/16 at 1pm.

There is a $20 coaching fee thru National Alliance for Youth Sports that is due the day of the clinic (payable to SMFL).

For more information you can send us a message or you can contact me by email - jsknda@yahoo.com.

 You can also check in using our hotline - phone #540-331-7100 (please don't leave messages, this is for informational purposes only and is not checked on a regular basis)

FOR THE CHILDREN'S SAFETY.  please keep all children off of the basketball court while cheerleaders are having their practice, out of the parking lot and away from the edge of the main road


AS YOU MAY ALREADY KNOW WE WILL BE HOSTING OUR HOME GAMES ON THE MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL FIELD.  WE WOULD ASK THAT YOU HELP IN THE EFFORT IN MAINTAINING THE INTEGRITY OF THE FOOTBALL FIELD BY HELPING TO KEEP CHILDREN OFF THE  FIELD, BLEACHERS AND GOAL POST.  tHANK YOU IN ADVANCE.



WE WILL BE SELLING T-SHIRTS THROUGH THE R.A.A.  ANYONE WANTING A SHIRT NEEDS TO CONTACT PAULA JUDY TO ORDER.


HELMET RAFFLE WILL BE BEGINNING.  PLEASE SEE A BOARD MEMBER FOR TICKETS.




DIRECTIONS TO THE EQUIPMENT SHED:

PASS THE HIGH SCHOOL
GO OVER THE BRIDGE
TAKE A LEFT INTO THE NEXT GRAVEL DRIVEWAY
( YOU CAN SEE THE SHED TO THE LEFT WHEN CROSSING THE BRIDGE)



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