American Youth Football 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,

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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 FOOTBALL: All Registration Documents must be handed in at equipment handout or prior to the first practice (whichever date is earlier).




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.



    • Flag: ages 5 & 6
    • Non-Competitive 7U
    • Non-Competitive 8U
    • Non-Competitive 9U
    • Competitive 10U
    • Competitive 11U
    • Competitive 12U
    • Competitive 14U


    • Practice will most likely begin the last week of July. (Your coach will contact you prior to the start of the season with your exact start date. Please check TeamSnap to see your roster.)
    • In accordance with American Youth football National rules, all players must participate in 10 hours of conditioning prior to practicing with full equipment, and must complete an additional 10 hours of practice with equipment prior to participating in a scrimmage or game.
    • Practice Fields will be designated in the TeamSnap schedule for your team.


Attendance Policy

    • Attendance is mandatory.  Participants must attend all practices, games and other activities.
    • Parents are required to contact the Head Coach in advance if their child will miss a game or practice. Excused absences include, but are not limited to illness, injury, serious illness or death in family, or a conflict with religious holidays or education. Players who attend practice, but are unable to participate in the majority of the drills will be considered absent.
    • Players missing practice, including excused absences, will be subject to limited playing time at the discretion of the Head Coach, in conjunction with the minimum play rule established by American Youth Football.


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.


All AYF courses include $2 million in liability insurance coverage.



    • 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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