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Frequently Asked Questions

MGYFA Overview

1) What is MGYFA?
    The Maple Grove Youth Football Association (MGYFA) is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to offering young people in 1st through 8th grades an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of football, the value of teamwork and to have fun doing it. The program has been designed, with parents' help, to contribute to the development of the young person's:

    Sense of Achievement
    Leadership Skills
    Positive Self-Image
    Social Skills
    Sense of Teamwork
    Appreciation For What The Body Can Do

2) Is it tackle or flag football?
    1st & 2nd graders play flag football
    3rd - 8th graders play tackle football

3) Who is on the board?
    All of the board members are parents of current or former MGYFA players.  MGYFA is closely associated with the Maple Grove High School football program and is represented by Coach Lombardi.    Visit the Board of Directors page for a complete list of current board members.
    
4) Who can play for MGYFA?
    Any youth in Maple Grove (boy or girl) and the surrounding area in 1st - 8th grades during the football season is welcome to play.  
    
5) Who should I contact if I have questions?
    Send an email to info@mgyfa.com or visit the 'Board of Directors' page to see more potential contacts.
    
6) What about safety?
    At MGYFA, we take the safety of our players very seriously.  All coaches must have a background check and perform concussion training before they can coach a team.  At all games and practices, there is an EMT present.


Football Registration

1) How do I register my child?
  Use this website to register and pay to enroll in the program.
    
2) When is registration open?
    Registration typically opens in April and closes just prior to the start of the season to allow for team formation.
    
4) What if I miss the registration deadline?
    Please contact us at info@mgyfa.com to see if there time to get your child into the program.


Football Camps

1) What are the camps?
    There are 2 camps held each season at the Maple Grove High School practice fields.  Coach Lombardi and his coaching staff along with this year's varsity Players will be hosting and running camp. 
    
    3rd - 6th grade Football Camp: The camp is open to all players entering 3rd thru 6th grade this coming school year.  Players are required to wear t-shirt, athletic shorts and football shoes during the camp.
    
    7th - 8th grade Football Camp: The camp is open to all players entering 7th and 8th grade this coming school year.  Players are required to wear helmets, shoulder pads, athletic shorts and football shoes during the camp.
           
2) How do I register my child for camp?
 Simply complete  the registration form on this website and pay the associated fees to register.
    
3) When is the camp registration open?
    Typically, the registration is open from April until mid July, before the camps begin.  There will be a link on the home page as long as the registration is open.
    
4) What does camp registration cost?
    Registration fees for the 2018 camps:
        3rd - 6th: $35
        7th - 8th: $35
        
5) Where are the football camps held?
    At the Maple Grove High School practice field.

 


Equipment

1) What equipment is supplied by MGYFA?
    We supply helmets to all 3rd - 8th grade players that need one (Flag football players don't need helmets).  If you already have a helmet, consider donating it to MGYFA when the season is complete.
    
2) What equipment do I need to own?
    For 3rd - 8th grade, the following items are required (for more information, go to the Equipment Page):
     - Mouth Guard
     - Shoulder Pads
     - Black pants with required pads
     - Shoes with molded, one piece cleats
     - Protective cup
     - Practice jerseys

3) Where can I purchase the equipment I need?
    All Star Sports shop is closely involved with the MGYFA program and is present at the equipment check-outs scheduled for late July and early August.  In addition, most sporting goods stores will carry the equipment needed.


Practices

1) Where are practices held?
    Practices are held at the Maple Grove High School practice fields located on the North side of the High School.  All players practice at the same time and location (6-8pm typically).
    
2) When do practices start?
    2018 practices begin on Monday,  August 13th 

3) How many practices per week should I expect?
    Typically, there are 4 practices during the week (M-TH) prior to school starting.  After school starts, there are 2-3 practices and a game each week.  Practice nights are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.


Team Formation

1) How are teams formed?
    2nd - 4th grade teams are formed based as much as possible on the child's school boundaries.    

   5th - 8th grade teams are formed using an equidraft process (as mandated by the Lake Minnetonka Athletic Association) which aims to create evenly matched teams.  Participation in the LMAA strictly prohibits the creation of an A, B, and C team.  All  member associations  MUST follow guidelines set by the LMAA when constructing teams.
    
2) When does the equidraft process happen?
    Typically, the week prior to the first week of practice.  For 2018, the player evaluations are on Monday, August 6 and Tuesday, August 7.  
    

3) What happens if my 5th - 8th grader misses the equidraft evaluation?
    We encourage all players to be present, but all players who miss evaluations are given a rating by the coaches based on their knowledge of your player's football skills. If no one present is familiar with your player, he will be placed in the pool with a nominal rating. In either case, he is assigned to a team in the same manner as any other player.


4) When will I be notified about the coaches and team for my child?
    You will be notified within days of teams being formed.  This is typically just prior to the start of practices.


Football Season

1) When does the football season start and end?
    The 2018 season starts the week following Labor Day.

2) How many games are there?
   1st &  2nd graders play 6 games.
    3rd thru 8th graders play 8 games.    

3) Who do we play?
    Maple Grove teams do not play other Maple Grove teams.  MGYFA is a member of the Lake Minnetonka Athletic Association (LMAA), along with  Wayzata, Minnetonka, Orono, Hopkins, St. Louis Park & Edina.

4) What days are games played?
    Most games take place on Saturday, but you should expect to play on weeknights as well (Monday, Tuesday or Thursday).  The schedule varies from team-to-year, and from year-to-year, and is assigned by the LMAA.
    
5) Is there a playoff?
    The LMAA does not have a playoff system.  No formal standings are kept.  For 2018, LMAA is beta testing a year-end 7th & 8th grade Jamboree, which will match teams based upon their relative competitiveness.  It is intended to serve as a season-end celebration.


Coaches

1) Can I be a coach?
    Yes, you can register to be a coach.  All coaches are required to undergo a background check, complete concussion training, Trust Coaches training, and complete an application.  See the coaching page for more information.
    
2) How are coaches selected?
    Coaches are selected based upon their ability to teach the game of football and fundamentals to youth players.  Also key to coach selection is their ability to professionally promote a positive image of the LMAA, MGYFA and most importantly the community of Maple Grove.

 


DIBS

DIBS are a way for each parent to chip in and help the organization where needed.  It takes many hours and hands to accomplish everything we do and the board members, directors and coaches can not do it alone.  There are no paid positions with the organization, everything is accomplished though volunteer hours.

  • What is required:   2 hours per family regardless of the number of players playing within the organization.   Parents of 1st and 2nd graders are exempt from this requirement.
  • Can I buy out:  Yes, you can buy out of DIBS for $100 dollars.
  • What if I don't buy out:  If you do not buy out, we will collect a $100 check at the time of equipment check-out.  This check will be destroyed once your 2-hour commitment is fulfilled.  If your 2 hours are not fulfilled by December 1, your check will be cashed.
  • What sort of opportunities are available:  Multiple opportunities are available each year.  These include equipment check-out and check-in, player evaluations, weigh-in, team photos, HS football game concessions as well as several others.  We have well over 500 hours of volunteer opportunities available each season.
  • Do Coaches also have a DIBS requirement:  Each head coach and ONE assistant coach are waived from their obligation to participate in DIBS.  In order to provide more opportunities for coaches to fulfill their DIBs doing something they enjoy, coaches have the first right of refusal to help with tryouts and will be credited their full DIBs if they choose to help with this event.