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Team Formation

How Teams are Formed

Learning to function as part of an effective team is a key learning goal of MGYFA. The method for assigning teams varies among grades.

2nd Grade Flag Football

2nd Grade team rosters will ideally contain 12 to 18 players. Players are assigned to teams by elementary school and/or neighborhood and by registration date whenever possible. Priorities are first to ensure that players play on teams with their classmates. If there is more than one team per grade for a school, the teams will be grouped by registration input time and date. If there are not enough kids from a school to make up a full team they'll be grouped with other players in the same grade from a different school or schools.

2nd grade teams will play 6 or 7 man flag football and will play in a house league against other MGYFA 2nd grade teams.  It's truely an educational league.

3rd and 4th Grade

3rd and 4th Grade team rosters will contain 16 to 20 players. Players are assigned to teams by elementary school and/or neighborhood and by registration date whenever possible. Priorities are first to ensure that players play on teams with their classmates. If there is more than one team per grade for a school, the teams will be grouped by registration input time and date. If there are not enough kids from a school to make up a full team they'll be grouped with other players in the same grade from a different school or schools.

3rd and 4th grade teams play 9 man football and will play against other teams from the LMAA. Maple Grove teams will not play against each other.

5th, 6th, 7th & 8th Grade

5th, 6th, 7th & 8th Grade team rosters may contain up to 18 players for 6th grade and 22 players for 7th and 8th grades. Teams are formed via an "Equidraft" system. Equidraft is a evaluation and selection process where the objective is to create teams that have an equal distribution of player talent on each team.  5th and 6th grade teams play 9 man football while 7th and 8th grade teams play 11 man football. All teams will play against other teams from the LMAA. Maple Grove teams will not play against each other.  

The Equidraft

The Equidraft system at the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade level includes players from all public and private schools. Evaluations are held BEFORE practice beings.  Players are evaluated on several different skills; 40 yard dash, cone course, passing skills, running skills, receiving skills, blocking and tackling, willingness to be coached, and attitude. Each player is assigned a rating and made part of a single talent pool for each grade. After the evaluations the coaches distribute players among teams so that each team has comparably rated players.

Head coaches do NOT actively participate in the evaluation process, however, they do play a role in the selection process. In order to further ensure an even distribution of player talent, once the teams rosters are determined, the teams are numbered and those numbers placed in a hat. Coaches then "draw" their respective teams from the hat. Once a team is "drawn" by a coach, that team is the coach's team for the year.

The Equidraft system allows for one head coach and one assistant coach per team to select their children for the team they will be coaching for the upcoming season. These selections are factored into the Equidraft selection process prior to the assignment of players to rosters.