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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 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?

  • K, 1st, & 2nd graders play flag football
  • 3rd plays 7on7 touch 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 K - 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.  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 every year Monday-Thursday starting at 5:00pm.  We also have the first right to reservations on the weekends. Maple Grove LaCrosse and MapleBrook 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, play ground, 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 info@mgyfa.com to see if there time to get your child into the program.


Football Camps

1) What are the camps?
    There are two camps held each season at the Maple Grove High School practice fields.  Coach Lombardi and his coaching staff, along with varsity team members, host and teach the camps. 
    
    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 t-shirt, 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 2019 camps (2020 Camp Fees TBD):
        3rd - 6th: $35
        7th - 8th: $35
        
5) Where are the football camps held?
    Maple Grove High School.

 


Equipment

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.


Practices

1) Where are practices held?
    Practices are held at the New Fernbrook Fields adjacent to the Maple Grove Sr High Stadium.
    
2) When do practices start?
    2019 practices will be staggered based on grades.  This is thanks to the new lights.  We hope this helps reduce traffic congestion at drop off and pickup. 

3) 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.  

 

Grade Practice Day/Time Practice Dates Games
K Monday 5:30 - 6:30 Sept 9th through October 14th Mondays last  4 weeks 
1st

Tuesday 5:30 - 6:30 (all season)

 

Thursdays 5:30 - 6:30

(first two weeks) 

August 20th - October 10th

 

August 22nd & 29th

 

Saturday Games 

 

September 7th - October 12th 

2nd

Tuesday 5:30-6:30 (all season)

 

Thursdays 5:30 - 6:30

(first two weeks)

August 20th - October 10th 

 

August 22nd & 29th
 

Saturday Games 

 

September 7th - October 12th 

3rd 

Tuesday & Thursday 5:30 - 6:30

August 13th - October 10th 

 Tuesday, Thursday, Saturdays 

September 7th - October 12th 

4th  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 5:30 - 6:45  August 12th - October 10th 

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturdays 

September 7th - October 12th 

5th-6th 

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 6:45 - 8:30

 

Wednesday 6:45 - 8:30 (before school starts)

August 12th - October 10th 

 

August 16th - September 4th 

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturdays 

September 7th - October 12th 

7th-8th 

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 7:00 - 8:45

 

Wednesday 7:00-8:45  (before school starts) 

August 12th - October 10th

 

August 16th - September 4th 

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturdays 

September 7th - October 12th 


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.    
    

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 2019 season starts August 12th with games starting the week following Labor Day.

2) How many games are played?

  • K - 4 games
  • 1st &  2nd graders play 6 games
  • 3rd thru 6th graders play 9 games
  • 7th 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?
    3rd - 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, Orono, Hopkins, St. Louis Park & Edina.

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

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.  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 of the past two seasons in an attempt to celebrate the end of the season, with LMAA attempting to create competitive matchups for all teams.


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?
    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

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.