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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 by CLICKING HERE.  

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 Spring of the 2017 (Any League) and had a physical for the Spring, the physical form used for that season can be used for our following Fall 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 Spring can use that form for the Fall of 2017.  

·       Physical forms can be found on the site by CLICKING HERE.  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 can be found by CLICKING HERE.  

Coaches Code of Conduct Forms

·       Each Coach  must fill out a Coaches Code of Contact form, which can be found by CLICKING HERE.  

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.

 Age Requirements Fall Season 2017:

 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.
  • Kids may not turn 15 prior to Aug 1st, 2017 without and specific waiver from the GYFL. 
  • If a waiver is given to any child on any team, each team will have an age waiver option.
    • Reclassified kids are allowed, as long as they meet the age and grade requirement.

 Junior Varsity League:

  • Kids can be in the 6 or 7th Grade, but NOT be in the 8th grade (rising 9th grader) without written exception by the GYFL Competition Committee.
  • Legitimate and verified reclassifying 8th graders may request and be granted a special waiver by the GYFL, based on extenuating circumstances.  
  • GYFL Competition Committee reserves the right to "play down" 8th graders who are young enough (meets the JV Age requirements), and who are undersized, and/or underdeveloped as a football player (similar to HS coaches playing undersized/underdeveloped 11th graders on JV).
    • Any 8th Grader allowed to “play down must NOT be a player who could make a significant impact at the Varsity Level, and must NOT be dominant in the JV level to the point where he creates a competitive advantage.”  These decisions will be made on a case by case basis and up to the GYFL Competition Committed to make the final call.
  • Any request for a special waiver to play down must be made in writing prior to the season opener.
  • So if ANY of you have any 8th graders that you want to play down, you MUST Submit it in writing asap.
  • Kids may not turn 14 prior to Aug 1st, 2017, under any circumstance.
  • 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 or 6th Grade, but NOT be in the 7th grade without written exception by the President of the GYFL.
  • Legitimate and verified reclassifying 7th graders must have a special waiver by the GYFL.  
  • GYFL Competition Committee reserves the right to "play down" 7th graders who are young enough (meets the JV Age requirements), and who are undersized, and/or underdeveloped as a football player (similar to HS coaches playing undersized/underdeveloped 11th graders on JV).
    • Any 7th Grader allowed to “play down must NOT be a player who could make a significant impact at the Junior Varsity Level, and must NOT be dominant in the Frosh level to the point where he creates a competitive advantage.”  These decisions will be made on a case by case basis and up to the GYFL Competition Committed to make the final call.
  • Any request for a special waiver to play down must be made in writing prior to the season opener.
  • So if ANY of you have any 7th graders that you want to play down, you MUST Submit it in writing asap.
  • Kids may not turn 13 prior to Aug 1st, 2017, under any circumstance.
  • If a waiver is given to any child on any team, each team will have an age waiver option.

 Grade Verification

 

 

  • For Spring GYFL Seasons, We need a copy of one of the athlete's latest report cards from the 2016 school year, with the most recent one being the preference.  Athletes must be in the 5th - 8th Grade to play.
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