|Make Registration and Administration EASY in 2012|
|Facebook Grant Winners
Thank you everyone who participated in the Facebook Contest. Our first place winner will receive a Grant and our 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive prizes.
Our winners are:
1st place- Kalihi Youth Sports Club-American Youth Football.
2nd place- First State Preparatory AYF
3rd place- Phoenix Youth Football (AYF)
Go to Facebook to be our next lucky winners.
AYF & AYC 2012 Calendar Is HERE
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2012 Hall of Fame Nominees
The AYF Hall of Fame inducts those who have worked with Youth for 25 years or more.
Nominate your hero now email us.
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One Month 'til season! It's Time!
**RENEW Your MEMBERSHIP now for the 2012 season
AYF is proud to welcome to the 2011 AAA TEAM:
Matthew Adams, Stefan Camplin, Jeffrey Kindorf, Reid Barron, Pierce Barron, Colby Kainz, Ryan Kainz, Matthew Neri, Jillian Faragi, Preston Shadrix, Zachary Kolek, Justin Hoekwater and Jordan Hoekwater ~ to the AYF Academic All American Team!
Each of these scholar athletes are fine examples of AYF's four pillars of Achievement: academics, respect, discipline, and performance. These young athletes will be awarded a monetary scholarship on behalf of AYF for their fine accomplishments in academics and sports!
Presenting The Brand New and Improved ...
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Drew Brees has joined Swink.TV!
Throughout the season, Drew Brees will be selecting the best AYF "Swinks" from across the country.
The best Swinks (your highlights) will come in all shapes and sizes - throws, catches, runs, tackles, blocks and even bloopers. Do you have what it takes to make his AYF top 10? The only way to know is to register for Swink.tv in 2012!
Swink.tv is a one-of-a-kind online service that makes it easy for every player on every team to capture their video highlights and share personalized memories across all of their social media channels. Register now and your team can take advantage of exclusive AYF discounts for the 2012 season.
To learn more contact Swink at email@example.com.
|City Vs. City NUC/AYF All Star Team Tryouts
National Underclassmen Combines (NUC), the nations leading training and recruitment program, will be creating a number of NUC City All Star Teams to compete in the NUC/AYF City vs City National Championships which will take place at the AYF National Championships.
Tryouts are open to both AYF players and non-members.
CLICK TO REGISTER FOR ALL STAR CITY VS CITY TRYOUTS
NUC ALL STAR TEAMS and TRYOUT DATES:
ATTENTION ALL AYF and AYC COACHES!
Are You Ready for Camp?
Become a Certified Coach, Get Listed in the National Coaches Database and Receive an additional $2,000,000 Liability Coverage!
Re-certification Courses coming in July
Coaches who took the introductory courses "Coaching Youth Football: The AYF Way" and "Coaching Youth Cheerleading: The AYC Way" for certification last year will have the opportunity to further their professional development, and continue their $2 million liability insurance coverage by taking a soon-to-be-released recertification course for the sport they coach. Offered through the American Youth Football and Cheer Coaching Education Program, and developed and delivered by the American Sport Education Program (ASEP), the exclusive coaching education provider to AYF&C, the football and cheerleading recertification courses will each include important information on concussion management and sexual abuse and molestation, while also covering sport-specific points of emphasis identified by AYF and AYC for the 2012 season. The recertification courses will be shorter and require less time than the introductory courses and will be offered at $15.95.
The AYF Way and Coaching Youth Cheerleading: The AYC Way, are available through the website: http://www.AYFCoaching.com. The course price is $24.95, and volume discounts are available. Administrators interested in purchasing courses in quantity (a minimum of 25 is required to receive discounts) should contact Jennifer Mulcahey at JenniferM@hkusa.com or 800-747-5698, ext. 2304.
|Riddell is the Official Protective Sponsor of AYF and they have a team of representatives who are there to serve YOU!
Make sure you stay protected this season. Not sure who your Riddell sales representative is? Check out our map below for contact information for your area's regional manager.
Sex offenders don't give up. Protect your youth with powerful background checks.
Did you know that every 43 hours, a registered sex offender attempts to obtain a position at a nonprofit organization? This stunning statistic comes from a five-year audit of 5.4 million nonprofit background screens performed by LexisNexis. That same audit revealed more than 479,000 individuals with at least one criminal conviction who attempted to gain employment or volunteer with a nonprofit organization. The long list of offenses included:
- More than 1,021 Registered Sex Offenders
- 10,438 Sex-related offenses
- 91,607 Drug Related Offenses
- 1,178 Murder Offenses
- 603 Kidnapping offenses
AYF/AYC members will receive many benefits from working with Lexis Nexus. To start your account today, contact Erin Swedlow, Nonprofit National Account Manager, LexisNexis Screening Solutions, 310-374-3507, firstname.lastname@example.org.
AYF's New Concussion Management Programs
New Tools available at MYAYF.com
AYF and Axon Sports are working together to keep our athletes SAFE! Check out MYAYF.COM under Risk Management to learn more about concussion management.
Cheer Coaches - Contact TeamLeader today about your uniforms!
AYC is proud to partner with TeamLeader as the Official Uniform Company of American Youth Cheer. TeamLeader was founded in 1999 and remains #1 with the largest selection of Uniform Packages in the cheer industry. TeamLeader is a leading supplier to youth leagues, schools and colleges across the nation. Exceptional Quality, Service & Delivery is what makes TeamLeader a great partner for AYC. TeamLeader is committed to partnering with AYC by featuring exclusive AYC Uniform Packages to all AYC cheer teams providing the BEST VALUE for members. AYC and TeamLeader will be announcing exciting contests and programs throughout the year. TeamLeader will be partnering with AYC in their Giving Back Program providing uniforms to selected teams in need.
AYC coaches receive a FREE JACKET when their team orders from TeamLeader.
For more information about TeamLeader, visit www.teamleader.com. You can view the entire catalog at www.teamleader.com/ayc.
Call today 1- 877- 365- 7555 and be sure to mention you are with AYC when you call.
What Makes Someone a Great Youth Sports Coach?
Anyone who has ever been involved in a youth sports organization can tell you about the good, the okay and the terrible coaches they've had over the years. Hopefully the terrible coaches were far and few in between, but chances are the truly great coaches were just as hard to come by. Since most youth sports organizations rely on volunteers to serve as coaches, finding a mom or dad that has all the skills, know-how, passion and natural ability to coach a team is a lot like finding a needle in a haystack. But when you do find a great youth sports coach, they most likely have these skills...
AYF heads back to Orlando for the 2012 National Championships!
Same competition locations, new excitement, and beautiful resort! We are adding some new elements to our National Championship traditions. As always we look forward to sharing them with you.
The 2012 Host Hotel is Orlando's finest Resort - Rosen Shingle Creek Resort
Be sure to check it out. Details will follow as they become available.
Here is a brief rundown of the week's schedule:
December 1: Football Check In at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort
December 2-7: AYF Championship Games at Austin Tindall Park
December 6: Cheer Check In at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort
December 8: AYC National Championships at Silver Spurs Arena
'Bucs Giving Back to SE AYF Programs
On Monday, June 11, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers continued their efforts to support those in need by donating a total of $11,000 to two youth football programs that were recently the victims of property theft. The Carrollwood Cardinals received a visit from the Buccaneers, including TE Dallas Clark, DT Gerald McCoy, LB Dekoda Watson and Bucs cheerleaders, who led the group in drills and presented the Cardinals with a check for $7,500.
Within the past two weeks, these youth football programs were vandalized and lost a total of more than $10,000 in football helmets, shoulder pads, and other equipment. The teams are part of the Tampa Bay Youth Football League (TBYFL) and the Unity Youth Football League. The TBYFL, which has offered an organized football and cheerleading program for Bay area children since 1968, aims to teach the fundamentals of good citizenship, character development, strong study habits, and healthy living to local youth in a positive, structured environment. The Carrollwood Cardinals are a new team within the Unity Youth Football League, which aims at providing children from lower-income families with fun, safe opportunities to enjoy football and cheerleading, while developing good sportsmanship and physical fitness.
To learn more about the Buccaneers' efforts to give back, visit www.buccaneers.com
, run by Coach Greg Roeszler in Sacramento, is making a difference in the family, by what they do on the field. The company, teaching reading, life skills and football to children who could not otherwise afford it, is beginning to make waves in Northern California and soon the country.
When "Coach Roz" asked NJAYF's Lou Montanaro if he would be interested in donating some of his equipment to his organization, Lou was more than ready. "It's a great thing they are doing in Sacramento and I wanted to help out," he said.
From California to New Jersey, the AYF leagues, coaches and athletes are one big family, and with leaders in the community like Greg Roeszler and Lou Montanaro leading the way, the AYF GIVING BACK initiative will remain strong.
- Bradenton, Florida's AYF Coach Jay Murphy made an impact Donation to Lakewood Ranch Youth Football when he donated Hadar Athletic Blocking Sleds to his program. Thanks for Giving Back Coach!
- AYC recently donated over 175 uniforms to our Southwest Region! If you have any uniform or equipment donations please email AYF Services.
Joe's President's Corner
Hey - It's June already - set your iPhone app to GPS for SUCCESS!
I had a college professor who often said, "you have to know where you are, where you're going, and how you're going to get there!" In those days an iPhone with a GPS app did not exist so we took it to mean how to approach everyday life. Let's try that in today's world. Working with youth sports in the year 2012 offers new challenges. Due to recent media coverage parents are more concerned than ever about their children's safety. THAT'S WHERE WE ALL ARE TODAY.
Not only must we plan ahead like always; now we also must do a better job informing everyone of that plan. From the start of Sign-ups to the end of season Awards Dinner, it is important to communicate we are about the safety of the youth we serve. As a leader, YOU need to alert people of WHERE we are going and how we are going to get there.
Here is your "old school" GPS:
Board of Directors Meeting - Review the AYF Philosophy of Giving Back to your Community - Yearly Calendar - Committee Responsibilities -
Tournament Intentions - Association Contact List - Emergency Procedures.
Establish a Budget - see samples at MyAYF.com
Liability - Directors and Officers Insurance - Add Crime Insurance against theft or fraud -Equipment Insurance just to be safe.
Player Sign Ups - Post announcements of sign ups at Malls and other popular places in town. Busy intersections should have announcements posted. Every year AYF National gets complaints of vandals tearing down their Sign Up Announcements, so post the announcements high up where children cannot reach them. Surely adults would not do this?
AYF Registration - Please be accurate in the number of teams you sign up. The difference in teams signed up for membership and those teams listed on your schedule should match up.
Coaches Background Checks - AYF recommends that Coaches are assigned renewable one-year contracts. Your Coaches evaluations at seasons end will serve as a reminder for assignment in the following year.
AYF/AYC Coaches Online Training Course Completion - AYF/AYC requires all head coaches in football and cheerleading who intend to participate in AYF Regional and National Competition to complete the AYF/AYC on line coaches course, or if completed the course last year they must take the AYF/AYC online refresher course. There is a two million dollar liability coverage that comes with the completion of each course. AYF/AYC strongly recommends that ALL Coaches take the course or refresher course and receive the additional coverages.
Giving Back to Community Projects - Your members can make a difference.
Zero Tolerance for Hate and Bullying - Nothing is more important than protecting all the Children in your program. Be very clear that you do not permit anyone to hate or bully your Members, Players, and Coaches. Don't allow the better athletes to get a pass on their behavior.
AYF Web Site - Assign an administrator to contribute regularly about your participants, coaches and administrators. We are always looking for great stories to tell.
Social Media - Have a public space for making friends and connections by encouraging members to participate. Like AYF on Facebook to sign up for AYF/AYC contests and grants.
24-hour Communication - You can count on the National Office to help when needed within 24 hours.
Recruiting New Associations - Your neighbors may wish to join AYF Nation. Spread the word of our "giving back" and "kids first" goals.
I hope my version of a GPS is helpful. I have to go now, as I have a video conference call waiting from Jack Bauer.