American Youth Cheerleading participation Registration Documents

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, 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 our Parent Meeting, you will be required to present the following:

Original Birth Certificate and One Copy - For NEW PARTICIPANTS, we need to see the original birth certificate but will immediately return the document to you.  We will keep the copy for our records. **This is NOT required for past JYFC participants. Please contact your Team Manager or Head Coach if you are unsure if your child's birth certificate is already certified and on file.**

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/Cheer Programs)


American Youth Football and Cheer mandates that each participant submit a completed American Youth Football and Cheer the following registration documents. These registration documents must be completed and signed by a parent or legal guardian,


The medical clearance registration documents 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 registration documents or notes will be accepted.

Medical Clearance Registration Documents must be complete in its entirety and must be SIGNED or STAMPED by your physician.

    • Official Participation Tracking and ID Card & Proof of Age
    • Image Release - MINOR
    • Waiver and Release of Liability - MINOR
    • Emergency Medical Treatment, Consent and Information Registration Documents
    • Medical Clearance Registration Documents

For CHEER: All Registration Documents must be handed in prior to the first practice.



Participants will not be allowed to take part in any American Youth Football and Cheer activities until these registration documents have been submitted in their entirety. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is an American Youth Football and Cheer Rule and there are NO EXCEPTIONS!!

Team Assignment Policy

    • Each player will be assigned to a team based on his age in accordance with American Youth Football rules. A participant's placement on a team will be done after registration.  A team's roster will remain preliminary and not become finalized until the Jackson Youth Football Association Board of Directors reviews it.
    • In the event of multiple teams at the same level, participants will be assigned to teams by a committee made up of no more than 5 members of the Board of Directors.


American Youth Football Eligibility Rules:

    • A child's age on July 31st determines their age for the seasons eligibility.

American Youth Cheer (AYC)

The American Youth Football (AYF) League created a sister league uniquely for its' Cheerleaders. This league is called American Youth Cheer (AYC). Any cheerleading, dance or step team who cheers for, or is affiliated with, an American Youth Football Team is automatically welcomed into this organization.

AYC also encourages Youth Cheerleading squads that are not affiliated with AYF football teams or rec football programs to join AYC independently. All Cheerleading & Dance squads are required to be registered as members of AYF/AYC as a non-affiliated cheer squad.

American Youth Cheer Eligibility Rules:

    • A child's age on July 31st determines their age for the seasons eligibility.



  • Flag: ages 5, 6
  • Mighty Mite: age 7


  • Division 8: 7, 8
  • Division 10: ages 9, 10
  • Division 12: ages 11, 12
  • Division 14: ages 13, 14

Game-Day ONLY:

  • Non-competitive open to ages 5-14


AYC and Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA)

UCA provides exclusive offers for AYC members on Cheer camps, Coaches clinics, certification courses and educational resources. UCA also presents the AYC National Championships.



In addition:

UCA Representatives provide a support system for AYC members at all levels: Local and Regional Support for all AYC members is at your fingertips. If you need assistance in planning an event, educating coaches/participants/parents, need rule clarifications, AYC competition/qualifying guidelines...UCA will help!

Please email  or you can locate your UCA State Director (find your state director here)

About UCA: UCA's goal is to inspire leadership on and off the field. All of UCA's material and programs are centrally focused on the traditional role of cheerleading. UCA believes the primary purpose of a cheerleader is to support athletic programs and lead the crowd before and during games. Cheerleaders play an instrumental role in raising, leading and maintaining school spirit in and around their communities. In short, they are leaders in building general morale at their school! See for more.

Volunteer Participation

    • Each household is required to volunteer time for Football/Cheer duties in support of each team.  These requirements will be assigned by the Team Manager.


ALL coaches must complete the following requirements in order to receive credentials.



    • An automated process will begin once registered for coaching(Yardstik).
    • All coaches need to have a background check completed before the start of the season.



In the best interest of our young athletes, AYF strongly encourages all of our coaches to complete the coaching education program. Certification is required of all HFA football and cheer coaches. After you take the course, please print out your certificate and give it to your Team Manager prior to the start of the season.


    • New cheer coaches in 2024 take the introductory online course, Coaching Youth Cheerleading: The AYC Way 2E for initial certification. Here is the link: Coaching Youth Cheerleading-2nd Edition: The AYC Way - Human Kinetics
    • Returning cheer coaches in 2024 take the online course AYF/AYC Recertification Course: Sportsmanship and Safety to extend certification. Here is the link: AYF/AYC Recertification Course-10th Edition: Sportsmanship and Safety - Human Kinetics
    • New and returning cheer coaches in 2024 (head and assistant) must take the YCADA 101 online course. This course is designed for AYC coaches and must be taken every other year. If you did not receive a link for the recertification/speed course, you will need to take the full version. Previous coaches please check your emails! If you qualify for the abbreviated course, you will need to use the link from the email sent from YCADA. Here is the link to the website:
      • All AYF courses include $2 million in liability insurance coverage.
    • New and returning cheer coaches in 2024 (head and assistant coaches) are required to compete the National Federation of State High School Associations - Implicit Bias and Sportsmanship Courses: Here are the links:

      Implicit Bias Course            Sportsmanship Course




    • All Head Coaches are asked to be CPR trained, but at least one coach MUST be certified. Prior to the start of the season, Jackson Youth Football Association will arrange to have a CPR class for new coaches or coaches whose certifications have expired (must re-certify and take the course every 2 years).
    • If you are an assistant coach, please consider taking this course. We encourage all coaches to be CPR certified.
    • Please make a copy of your CPR card and give it to your Team Manager.




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