Welcome to the 2017 Holmdel Hornet football season. You are receiving this e-mail because your child is playing football and will be receiving his equipment in the very near future for the upcoming season. As a reminder, the following items will be required and collected on the day your son receives his equipment. For those parents whose child is participating in flag football, although the main piece of equipment provided is a flag you will still be required to furnish the information outlined below for the AYF Book Certification. An e-mail will be forthcoming from your designated coaches outlining the date and time of equipment pickup.
Participants will not be allowed to take part in any American Youth Football and Cheer activities until these forms have been submitted in their entirety.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This is an American Youth Football and Cheer Rule and there are NO EXCEPTIONS!!
American Youth Football is a national organization with stringent guidelines for registration. The American Youth Football and Cheer national organization, along with the Jersey Shore Conference, requires proof of each participant’s age, weight, academics, and medical clearance. Providing this information for each participant prior to the start of the season is mandatory. Participants will not be eligible to play or begin practice until the required documents are received.
There are absolutely no exceptions to this policy.
At equipment pick-up day, you are required to present the following: (Please note : You will not receive any equipment without the information below)
Registration Confirmation – Please bring your registration confirmation.
Original Birth Certificate and One Copy – We need to see the original birth certificate but will immediately return the document to you. We will keep the copy for our records.
Proof of Medical Insurance – Please know the name and policy number of your insurance carrier, along with the participant’s primary physician. Please provide a copy of the front and back of the medical insurance card. If the participant is not covered by medical insurance please provide a signed letter stating so.
3 Copies of Year End Report Card: American Youth Football and Cheer requires each participant to demonstrate satisfactory academic achievement as evidenced by their report card. Only Year End Report Cards are acceptable. Three Copies are required – One for the participant’s registration record, one to submit to the Jersey Shore Conference and one for American Youth Football and Cheer. (NOTE: Copies of Report Cards are not required for the Flag Football Program)
American Youth Football and Cheer mandates that each participant submit a completed American Youth Football and Cheer the following forms. These forms must be completed and signed by a parent or legal guardian, The medical clearance form MUST be completed by a licensed state examiner (M.D., D.O., R.N., etc) and be dated after January 1 of the current year. No other forms or notes will be accepted. Medical Clearance Form must be complete in its entirety and must be SIGNED or STAMPED by your physician.
Medical Clearance Form(click to open and print) - Please print, fill out and bring to equipment handout.-- ALL PARTICIPANTS
Not that we wish the summer over before it has started, but . . . We are looking forward to our 2017 Football and Cheer season!!!
To make sure we are prepared and ready to go, please remember to register your child ASAP at www.holmdelfootballasociation.com. Doing so helps us to know how many teams we will have so we can start communicating practice schedules and other items as soon as possible.
We are also holding another Holmdel Cheer Kick-Off night -
-Get your daughter sized for booty shorts and sized for / order competition sneakers. This year we will only be asking you to purchase new sneakers for competition. Non-competitive teams (flag and Mighty-mite) and game day sneakers for competitive teams can be purchased on your own. Just please make sure they are all white and clean.
-Come and meet the coaches and team moms and have your questions answered.
Practice for the season will generally start the week of July 31stat Cross Farms, but exact days and times may vary depending upon each team’s needs. Also note that if your daughter has signed up for a competitive team (D10, D12 or D14) our choreography camp is scheduled for Aug 14th at Premier Cheer and Gymnastics in Marlboro.
Earlier this year at the 2017 January JSAYF General Membership Meeting, member towns from throughout the Jersey Shore Conference overwhelmingly voted to move from Age-Weight to Age-Only to determine what teams players may join. This moves our football teams to model most other youth sports (e.g., baseball, soccer, basketball, lacrosse) where participants will mostly play against kids their own age. The 2017 divisions vs. 2016 divisions are illustrated below:
as of 7/31
as of 7/31
7 & Under
Mitey Mite 7
7 & Under
9 & Under
9 & Under
10 & Under
9 & Under
11 & Under
Junior Pee Wee
10 & Under
12 & Under
11 & Under
12 & Under
14* & Under
8th Grade Unlimited
14 & Under
*cannot be a freshman in high school
Why did they make this move?
Would allow more opportunities for kids to participate as they are no longer limited by weight creating larger pools of kids and the ability to field more teams.
Eliminates the need to “cut-weight” to make a team.
Eliminates moving younger but heavier kids up to play against older kids as well as eliminates older, faster and more mature kids from playing down against younger kids.
Levels the playing field; most successful teams were those that were composed mainly with older & lighter players. Larger towns with bigger populations had a larger pool of older/lighters putting smaller towns at a disadvantage.
Aligns Jersey Shore nationally with most other AYF leagues that have or are in the process of moving to Age Only.
How does this impact Holmdel?
Since teams are now age-based, which team you sign your child up for will be based on his/her age as of 7/31 only. Please note that the registration numbers may dictate that Holmdel may not be able to offer all teams at all levels. As in the past, players can always play up (but never play down). Therefore, you may choose to allow your child to play up if we do not offer a certain team. Or you may apply for a waiver to join a team that is not offered by Holmdel in an approved town as allowed by Jersey Shore.
Since this rule was adopted by Jersey Shore, all surrounding towns that are part of NJAYF will be offering the same teams. As such, we do not anticipate any drastic changes to our game schedules.
Weigh-in prior to games will no longer be required.
It is extremely important to the Board that we address any concerns that you may have regarding this change. As such, we will be holding an information session prior to registrations to answer any and all questions regarding this change or to discuss any other questions that you may have regarding the 2017 season. We look forward to seeing you soon and more importantly to another successful football & cheer season.