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“Football linemen are motivated by a more complicated, self- determining series of factors than the simple fear of humiliation in the public gaze, which is the emotion that galvanizes the backs and receivers” --Merlin Olsen

Gresham Youth Football Association

A tackle football league for 3rd. - 8th. graders living in or near Gresham, Oregon. Member, Tualatin Valley Youth Football League.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Gresham Youth Football Association (GYFA)?
            GYFA is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the development of tackle football skills for our Gresham area student athletes.   We have chosen the Tualatin Valley Youth Football League to focus on competing with our local Mt. Hood Conference youth football associations from Barlow, Centennial, David Douglas, Sandy, Reynolds, Estacada and Colton. We welcome students entering the 3rd through 8th grade in fall of 2014 who reside in the Gresham High School boundary area.  We want to establish ourselves as a program to enhance our middle school and high school programs.  Our home field is the artificial turf field at Gresham High School for Saturday games.  Our staff will be working with the GHS Varsity Head Football Coach (Todd Negal) to acquaint the young athletes through practice, football camps and coaching clinics with an emphasis on common terminology, West Coast offense and defensive formations throughout their athletic years in the Gresham School District.

What is the Tualatin Valley Youth Football League (TVYFL)?
            TVYFL is the organization that coordinates the play between 33 individual youth football associations in the Portland tri-county area.  They provide the rules, the schedules and the officials for the approximately 230 teams and 5,000 players.  For more information, see the TVYFL website: www.tvyfl.org

What is the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)?
            The NFHS is the authoritative body for the rules used by the TVYFL.  For more information, see the NFHS website.

What is the time commitment for players and parents?
            Compared to most other youth sports, a lot!  There are up to ten hours of practice per week (6pm-8pm)before Labor Day weekend starting August 1st of this season, dropping to six hours per week after Labor Day usually from 5:30-7:30pm.  Game days are on Saturdays from 10am-6pm for 8 weeks, than 1-2 weeks of playoffs if you qualify.

Who can participate?
            Any child entering grades 3rd through 8th in Fall of 2014 who lives in, or attends East/West/North Gresham, Hollydale, Highland and Hogan Cedars grade schools, are private or home schooled, in the GHS boundaries, as defined by the Gresham-Barlow School District attendance area.

What if I'm outside of Gresham High School boundaries?
            If you live in any area that is not served by a TVYFL association, you would be more then welcome in GYFA!  Please go to the TVYFL website to find if a TVYFL association is in your high school area.  Boundary and transfer waivers can be applied for via association and division presidents.

Can girls play?
            Yes! We have had multiple girls play over the years including long time return player Ali Pearson on our varsity team!

I have a medical condition or disability.  Can I still play?
            Probably, if your doctor is willing to sign your medical release and you are willing to work hard and play your best, you can generally have a positive football experience.

Do I have to start playing in the 3rd grade?
            No.  We have successful first time players at every grade level.

Grade Level Rules of Play

TUALATIN VALLEY YOUTH FOOTBALL LEAGUE 2008
DIFFERENCES IN GRADE LEVEL RULES OF PLAY
Please refer to the bylaw listed for a full definition of the rule.

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Bylaw 6.2.3 - No player shall be over 11 years of age before August 1.
Bylaw 6.3.1 - Ball Carrier Positions may not weigh over 100 lbs.
Bylaw 6.6 - May have one coach on the field during play for the entire season. There shall be no rushing on any punt, field goal, or kicked extra point play.
Bylaw 6.10.2- Kicking extra points and field goals does not count as a mandatory play.
Bylaw 6.14 - Football size will be the junior size football.
Bylaw 6.15 - Quarters will be 10 minutes in length.

Policy adopted 2004: No more than 6 defenders are allowed on the line of scrimmage, with other defensemen at least 1 yard off line at snap, unless your opponent is inside your 10 yard line (goal line defense is allowed inside 10 yard line with no limit to number of defenders on line of scrimmage).

Policy adopted 2005: On any play designated a punt, neither the defense nor the offense can move to a new formation until after the ball is kicked.

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Bylaw 6.2.3 - No player shall be over 13 years of age before August 1.
Bylaw 6.3.1 - Ball Carrier Positions may not weigh over 120 lbs.
Bylaw 6.7 - May have one coach on the field during play for the first 3 games. There shall be no rushing on any punt. Field goals and kicked extra points may be rushed.
Bylaw 6.14 - Football size will be the junior size football.
Bylaw 6.15 - Quarters will be 10 minutes in length.

Policy adopted 2005: On any play designated a punt, neither the defense nor the offense can move to a new formation until after the ball is kicked.

JV

Bylaw 6.2.3 - No player shall be over 14 years of age before August 1.
Bylaw 6.3.1 - Ball Carrier Positions may not weigh over 140 lbs.
Bylaw 6.14 - Football size will be the intermediate size football.
Bylaw 6.15 - Quarters will be 10 minutes in length.

VARSITY

Bylaw 6.2.3 - No player shall be over 15 years of age before August 1.
Bylaw 6.3.1 - Ball Carrier Positions may not weigh over 170 lbs.
Bylaw 6.14 - Football size will be the intermediate size football.
Bylaw 6.15 - Quarters will be 10 minutes in length.

KANSAS PLAN RULE AT ALL LEVELS
Bylaw 6.25 - When a regulation game ends in a tie, a 10-yard version of the Kansas Plan is played. Each team gets one possession. If after the Kansas Plan the game remains a tie, it stays a tie. Playoff and Championship games will follow the N.F.H.S. High School rules. Please read bylaws for direction on what to do if officials do not conduct a Kansas Plan in the event of a tie.

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