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The MGYFA Football Development Model Grades K-8

MGYFA Offers a variety of football program aligned to the USA Football Development Model.  Our program starts as early as Kindergarten with Non-Contact and Progresses through two levels of Contact Football.

MGYFA is a development league that ensures 50% playing time for all athletes and the ability to play a variety of positions.  All coaches are certified to current standards for youth coaches and tackle coaches receive USA Footballs Heads Up Coaches training. 

Non-Contact (Flag and 7v7)

K - $ Free - Registration Opens in the Fall 

Free Development Program with held one night per week focusing on the fundamental skills and game play in football.  Concludes the second half with live flag scrimmages. 

1st & 2nd Grade: Flag $99

The MGYFA flag house program engages players in team competition including 1-2 night per week of practice and games on Saturdays at Fernbrook Fields. Play structure, defensive philosophy and advancing skills are applied at this level.   Teams are formed by elementary school. 

Season runs from Sept 13th - October 16th with one practice per week and games on Saturdays

3rd Grade: 7v7 $125

Continuing to further develop our athletes 7v7 mirrors the game played by High-school thru professional levels when looking to develop skills without the contact.  The speed of the game and crisp execution of football skills is introduced as well as the requirement of softshell helmets.  Teams are formed by elementary school.

Season runs from Sept 13th - October 16th with two practices per week and games on Saturdays

Contact (Rookie and Senior Tackle)

Contact introducing players to full contact tackle football while progressing certain elements of the game at they get older.   Teams are formed through an equidraft process that aims to build teams of equal strength.  All games are played against other organizations within the Lake Minnetonka Athletic Association LMAA

Season runs August 8th - October 16th

Helmet checkout August 8th 

Player Evals August 10th and 11th

First Practice August 16th

Weigh-in August 23rd

First Games August 30th  

4th - 6th Grade: Rookie Tackle $249

In rookie tackle players begin to learn the fundamental of blocking and tackling.  Play is 9 man football and played on a smaller 80 yard field while limiting defensive rushing.  This allows players to focus on executing their assignments and offensive plays to develop.  Teams play 50% of their games at home and 50% against non-MGYFA opponents in the LMAA.

7th-8th Grade: Senior Tackle $299

Our most advanced tackle offering is 11 man football giving players the closest view of full high-school tackle football.  The main difference is the in-ability of the defense to blitz the quarterback. 

Refund Policy

It is our hope at MGYFA that every player that registers for the season ultimately decides to play the entire season.  We do understand that outside circumstances can impact those plans.  In those situations our refund policy is below.  All refunds are for MGYFA fee's only, Sport Engine Registration Fees listed at checkout are non-refundable.   


MGYFA Standard Refund Policy 

Before team formation 100% 

Before first practice 75%

Before the first game 50%


COVID Refund Policy 

In the event that the league is unable to play the season a 100% refund will be issued (less SE fees) .  In the event that a player or team misses games due to a positive test or contract tracing resulting in a loss of games refunds will be issued on a pro-rated basis of the costs not incurred by MGYFA.  



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VCA Wellness Center is a Proud Sponsor of MGYFA