skip navigation

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 K 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 through 3rd graders play flag football
  • 4th - 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 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.  EMTs are present at all games and practices.

Fernbrook FieldsĀ 


1) What are the Details of the facility?

  • Four full 100 yard fields with Coolfill turf (no more scorching hot playing surfaces);
  • Ability to paint temporary lines for the 80-yard fields used by our younger players – true sidelines;
  • Lighting – fully lit facility for expanded programing;
  • MGYFA Exclusive Rights During the Season – MGYFA has exclusive rights to the field from August 1- October 31 on  Monday through Thursday nights starting at 5:00pm.  We also have the first right to reservations on the weekends. Maple Grove LaCrosse and MN Eclipse Soccer have the same agreement from April 1 – July 31;
  • Expanded Facilities – Restrooms/Concessions, Picnic Shelter, Warm Up Area, Playground/Park.

2) Benefits to MGYFA

  • Field Quality – Weather is no longer a limiting factor for games and practices;
  • Lighted Fields -- Lit fields allow us to better manage practice times and expand program offerings as a result;
  • Parking and traffic – Staggering practice times allows MGYFA to better manage traffic flow.  We no longer have 450 players being dropped off/picked up at the same time.
  • Overall facilities – the new park, playground, concessions and shelter at the fields will create a much more inviting environment for families that choose to spend practice at the facility.
  • Expanded programing –  Fernbrook Fields have increased MGYFA's ability to offer new programming.   Our first new program, run in 2019, was Kindergarten Flag Football.


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 to see if there time to get your child into the program.


1) What equipment is supplied by MGYFA?
    MGYFA supplies all helmets to all 4th - 8th grade. All helmets are certified and fitted to each player. Helmets are not required for flag football players (K-2), and 7 on 7 players (3rd Grade) are required to purchase a soft shell helmet).  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 4th - 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 equipment can be purchased through our Online Store when available, or through MGYFA partners All Star Sports in New Hope or Dave's Sport Shop in Maple Grove. In addition, most sporting goods stores will carry the required equipment.


*Following Team Formation Slight Modification of the Practice Schedule Maybe Required to Achieve Social Distancing Requirements.  

1) Where are practices held?
Practices are held at the New Fernbrook Fields adjacent to the Maple Grove Sr High Stadium.
2) What date do practices start?
For Tackle Grades 4 - 8, Equipment Checkout and Player Evaluations will be held the week of August 7th. The first team practices will begin on August 14th.

For non-Contact Grades 1-3, practice will start August 29.

4) What time do practices start?
Practices will be staggered based on grades to allow for less traffic in the parking lot for pick up and drop offs. Once teams are formed we will have a final schedule for practices, however plan on younger ages starting between 5:30-6:00 and older ages starting between 7:00 and 7:15

5) How many practices per week should I expect?
Please see the detailed practice schedule below for the number of practices per grade.  We typically hold one extra practice per week before the school year starts.  Weekday games will also be held in place of a few practices through out the year.  

Team Formation

1) How are teams formed?
    1st - 3rd grade teams are formed based on schools, and mixing teams with two or three different school groups. No "friend requests" are allowed.    

   4th - 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.    

3) What happens if my 4th - 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 2023 season starts August 7th with Evaluations for 4-8, and practice starting August 14th and games starting the week of August 28th.

2) How many games are played?

  • 1st - 2nd graders play 6 games on Saturdays from 9/10 through 10/15
  • 3rd Grade will play at least 6 games, scheduled each Saturday from 9/9 through10/14 including Jamborees that can have multiple games
  • 4th thru 8th graders play 8 games

Note: Weather and outside factors have an impact on scheduling.  Although LMAA and MGYFA make every effort to provide a full schedule, it is possible that fewer games may be played.

3) Who do we play?
    4th - 8th grade 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, Hopkins, St. Louis Park & Edina.

  1 -2 Flag is a house league and plays other teams within the organization. 

  3rd Grade Flag will play against other 3rd Grade Flag teams within MGYFA, but crossover games against other LMAA organizations is possible.

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-team, and from year-to-year, and is assigned by the LMAA.  See the practice schedule for details. 
5) Is there a playoff?
    LMAA views itself as a teaching league.  Accordingly, no standings are kept and no playoffs or championship games are held.  That said, a 7th and 8th grade jamboree have been held on the final Saturday in an attempt to celebrate the end of the season, with LMAA attempting to create competitive matchups for all teams.


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?
    Many criteria are used to select coaches.  Coaching experience, football knowledge, the ability to connect to players and many other factors are considered.  MGYFA places significant emphasis upon a coach's ability to conduct themself professionally and to positive promote LMAA, MGYFA and, most importantly, the community of Maple Grove.

Coaches are reviewed by players' families at the end of each season.  Feedback is factored into the decision--although not the sole criteria--about whether a coach is invited back the following season.



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 for Tackle Aged players, regardless of the number of players playing within the organization. 
  • Can I buy out:  Yes, you can buy out of DIBS for $50 dollars.
  • What if I don't buy out:  If you do not buy out, we will collect a $50 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 as well as several others.  We have well over 500 hours of volunteer opportunities available each season.
  • Do Coaches also have a DIBS requirement:  All Badged assistants awill be credited with fulfilling their DIBS.