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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 grades 2nd through 8th 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?
    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 players in the MGYFA program.  The program is also 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 the current board members.
4) Who can play for MGYFA?
    Any youth (boy or girl) who will be in the 2nd - 8th grades during the football season are welcome to play.  The MGYFA program is for youth in the Maple Grove and surrounding areas.
5) Who should I contact if I have questions?
    If you can't find answers to your questions in this FAQ, you can send an email to 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?
    There is registration link that is placed on home page of the site each spring.  You simply need to fill out the registration form and pay the associated fees to register.
2) When is registration open?
    Typically, the registration is open from April until July.  There will be a link on the home page as long as the registration is open.  The registration ends before the season starts so the teams can be formed.
4) What if I miss the registration deadline?
    Please contact us at 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) When are the camps?
    For 2017, the camps will be:
        3rd - 6th: Monday July 24th through Wednesday July 26th
        7th - 8th: Monday July 17th through Thursday July 20th
3) How do I register my child for camp?
    There is registration link that is placed on home page of the site each spring.  You simply need to fill out the registration form and pay the associated fees to register.
4) 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.
5) What does camp registration cost?
    Registration fees for the 2017 camps:
        3rd - 6th: $25
        7th - 8th: $25
6) Where are the football camps held?
    At the Maple Grove High School practice field



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.


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?
    Practices start around August 14th 

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 which aims to create evenly matched teams.
2) When does the equidraft process happen?
    The equidraft process for 2017 will occur PRIOR to the first week of practice (AUG-7th & 8th).  Evaluations of players is performed to ensure competitive balance.  Teams are not formed to have a Frist team, Second team, etc.

3) What happens if my 5th - 8th grader misses the equidraft evaluation?
    We encourage all players to be present, but all players that miss evaluations are given a rating by the coaches on hand 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?
    Notifications will go out before the first practice sessions in early August

Football Season

1) When does the football season start and end?
    The first games in 2017 will start after Labor Day, the week of September 4th will be the start of the games. .  Our season is over by MEA weekend.

2) How many games are there?
    2nd graders play a total of 6 games
    3rd thru 8th graders play a total of 8 games.    

3) Who do we play?
    We do NOT play ourselves, meaning a MG team will NOT play another MG team.  Our association is part of the Lake Minnetonka Athletic Association (LMAA).  One of the advantages of being part of the association is that we play teams from other associtions - Wayzata, Minnetonka, Orono, Hopkins, St. Louis Park, WestTonka & Armstrong-Cooper

4) What days are the games on?
    The games are usually played on Saturdays and a few weekday nights.    Typically, there are 4-5 games on Saturdays and 3-4 games during the week (Monday, Tuesday or Thursday evening).
5) Is there a playoff?
    MGYFA is part of the Lake Minnetonka Athletic Association which does not have a playoff


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 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.  2nd grade parents are exempt for their 2nd grader.
  • Can I buy out:  Yes, you can but out of DIBS for $100 dollars for the season.
  • 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.  Coaching takes is a huge time commitment and we want to recognize those coaches.  We would like to honor all of our coaches, but that would eliminate too many hours and we would not be able to fulfill the remaining volunteer hours we need fulfilled.