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2017 Athlete Certification

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Eligibility requirements:

 

Parental Forms/Needs:

 

Liability Waiver Forms

·       Every player must have a parent sign a Liability Waiver form.  You can NOT play without a waiver form.  The waiver form releases GYFL from ANY liability due to injuries related to GYFL participation.

·       Waiver Forms will be on the website www.TheGYFL.com for download within this tab under the All Star Leagues Tab and GYFL Forms.  ·    


Medical Physical Forms

·       It is recommended that very player have a Medical Physical Form completed by a doctor for the Spring and Fall 2017 Seasons.  There is no need to have 2 physicals within a 365 calendar day period.  For example, If your child played football in the Fall of the 2016 (Any League) and had a physical for the Fall, the physical form used for that season can be used for our following Spring season as well. The form must be dated within 365 days of the first day of the season, so any child who had a physical for this past Fall can use that form for the Spring of 2017.  

·       Physical forms will be updated on the site for download under the GYFL Forms drop down.  They must be filled out with insurance information, etc.  If there is a prior doctors authorization within the time frame, attach it to the form.

·       Parental Conduct Forms

·       Each parent must fill out a parental code form, which will be located on the site at the Forms drop down.  

Coaches Code of Conduct Forms

·       Each Coach  must fill out a Coaches Code of Contact form, which will be located on the site at the Forms drop down.  

Age Verification

·       We must certify age, and grade in order to play. 

·       MD State issued ID Cards are acceptable as long as they are current.  

·       NO other forms of ID will be needed if the MD State ID is presented.  We repeat, if an athlete has a MD State ID, NO OTHER FORM of identification will be necessary.

NOTE:  If a Maryland State ID is NOT present, any combination of the information below will satisfy.

·       Athletes will need a photo ID.  We must have the official birthday. 

·         We will accept a school ID with birthday. 

·         We will accept a birth certificate in addition to the school ID if it does not include birthday.  

·         We will accept ID badges from Fall Youth organizations if they have photo, name and birthday.  Any official ID cards will be      accepted. All official forms of government ID are acceptable as long as they have a photo and birth date (Passports, etc.)

Note: If no official ID photo is available, we will take a current Head Shot, combined with a birth certificate to validate identity and age.

 
Eligibility Requirements Spring Season 2017:

NOTE:  GYFL is designed to place the student athlete in the League that is most suited for his ability and size.  Not necessarily his age and certainly NOT his grade.  There are 13 year old 8th graders and 15 year old 8th graders with late birthdays.  Our goal is to find the right fit for each athlete to help them develop, while attempting to make the league as FAIR as possible.  We have been lax in that in the past, but will be sticklers for that as we move forward.  The Eligibility requirements below are designed to find that perfect fit.  Please pay close attention to the nuances.

 

Varsity League:

·       Kids can be in the 6th, 7th, or 8th Grade, but can NOT be in the 9th grade (Already in High School) under Any circumstances.  College Coaches come to our games and it is a violation for them to scout HS kids.

·       Kids may not turn 15 prior to Aug 1st, 2016 under any circumstances.  1-Time Reclassified student athletes are allowed, as long as they meet the age and grade requirement.

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Junior Varsity League:

·       Kids can be in the 5th, 6th, or 7th Grade, but NOT be in the 8th grade without written exception by the President of the GYFL.

         Kids may not turn 14 prior to Aug 1st, 2016, without a specific waiver from the GYFL.

·       Legitimate and verified reclassifying 8th graders may request and be granted a special waiver by the GYFL, based on extenuating circumstances.  

·       GYFL Executive Committee reserves the right to "play down" 8th graders who are young, undersized, and/or underdeveloped as a football player (similar to HS coaches playing undersized/underdeveloped 11th graders on JV).  There will be a special Play Down process created that each team will need to adhere to.  

For Example, the age cutoff for JV is 14 prior to August 1st, to account for legitimate reclassified kids. However, there are some 8th graders will will NOT be 14 before August 1st.  We have seen 12 year old kids turning 13 in the 8th grade.  Kids in that category would qualify for the youth exception.  They will be evaluated by GYFL Staff and if it was determined that they would not be able to compete at the Varsity level and would NOT be dominant at the JV Level, a waiver may be authorized.

 If a waiver is given to any child on any team, each team will have an age waiver option.

 

Frosh League:

·       Kids can be in the 5th and 6th grade, but NOT be in the 7th grade without written exception by the President of the GYFL.

         Kids may not turn 13 prior to Aug 1st, 2016, without a specific waiver from the GYFL.

·       Legitimate and verified reclassifying 7th graders may request and be granted a special waiver by the GYFL, based with extenuating circumstances.  

·      GYFL Executive Committee reserves the right to "play down" 7th graders who are young, undersized, and/or underdeveloped as a football player (similar to HS coaches playing undersized/underdeveloped 11th graders on JV).  There will be a special Play Down process created that each team will need to adhere to.  

For Example, the age cutoff for Frosh is 13 prior to August 1st, to account for legitimate reclassified kids. However, there are some 7th graders will will NOT be 13 before August 1st.  We have seen 11 year old kids turning 12 in the 7th grade.  Kids in that category would qualify for the youth exception.  They will be evaluated by GYFL Staff and if it was determined that they would not be able to compete at the Junior Varsity level and would NOT be dominant at the Frosh Level, a waiver may be authorized.

 If a waiver is given to any child on any team, each team will have an age waiver option.


Grade Verification

For Fall 2017 GYFL Season, We need a copy of one of the athlete's latest report cards from the 2017 school year, with the most recent one being the preference.  Athletes must be in the 5th - 8th Grade to play.

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