MYFL Sharks Tackle Football General Information
The Sharks have a traditional tackle football program that begins in August of each year and runs no later than the middle of November. Our football league is a Heads Up Football® League and member of the Fairfax County Youth Football League which is one of the largest and most respected football leagues in the Unites States.
Our league strives to teach the skills that children need to play football safely and they will also need to play football safely as they advance through youth league and high school.
Heads Up Football®
Heads Up Football® is a comprehensive program developed by USA Football to advance player safety in the game of football., Heads Up Football is designed to change the culture around America’s favorite sport and enhance player safety at the youth and high school level. This comprehensive solution promotes coaching education, concussion recognition and response, heat preparedness and hydration, sudden cardiac arrest, proper equipment fitting and Heads Up Blocking and Tackling.
Tackle Football Eligibility - Age and Weight Requirements
Playing Age Requirement
Sharks tackle football is open to boys and girls that are between the ages of 7 and 16. The playing age requirement for participants that are between the ages of 7 and 14 will be their age on October 1st of the current season year. For participants that are ages 15 and 16, their eligibility will be determined by their age on December 31st of the current season year.
Weight Guidelines – Playing Age and Weight Matrix.
The Manassas Youth Football League (MYFL) and the Fairfax County Youth Football League (FCYFL) use an age and weight matrix to place kids in weight divisions. All participants will be placed in a weight division using their playing age and weight when they pick up their equipment.
The MYFL and FCYFL Weight Matrix
Instructions on reading Matrix –
- Find your child’s age listed on across the top.
- Follow the arrow under the age.
- Find the corresponding weight group on the far-right column.
- The weight listed on the Matrix is the MAXIMUM weight for a selected age at the division
- Weights are only listed when an age is eligible for a specific age group.
- There are no weight restrictions for 7 year olds at Anklebiter, 11 year olds at 115 pound division, 12 year olds at 130 pound division, and 13 & 14 year olds at 155 pound division
For Example - a 10 year old is only eligible to play in the 80, 90, and 100 pound weight divisions. The maximum weight at 80 pounds is 85 pounds, 100 pounds in the 90 pound division, and 120 pounds in the 100 pound division
Weight Loss Policy
The MYFL does not encourage or endorse a child losing weigh to play in a particular division. A decision to lose weight will be that of the parents and no league official or coach. If a player is within 5 pounds of the maximum weight for any of the divisions he or she qualifies for, the participant will be placed in that division. If a child is between 5 and 8 pounds over the weight limit, the parent can make a decision to have the child lose the weight. If a child is over 8 pounds, they will automatically moved to the division where the matrix placed them.
The only exceptions to this rule is if the participant is the youngest age at 80, 90, and 100 pounds and cannot move to the next division and 16 year olds at 155. These players will be permitted to try to lose weight to play, if the weight loss is feasible and safe range.
ARE THERE DIFFERENT SKILL LEVEL TEAMS IN EACH DIVISION?
With all divisions except, Anklebiter, 130 pound, and 155 pound, there are three competitive levels. National, Central, and American. However, these levels are also determined on how many teams an individual team placed in a single weight division.
If MYFL has ONE team in a division, that team will be a Central team
If MYFL has TWO teams in a division, one team will be a Central team and one team will be a National level team
If MYFL has THREE teams in a division, one team will be a Central team, one team will be National team, and one team will be an American team
The 130 and 155 Teams will be American level teams
Skill Level Definitions
American Division – This division is for the oldest and/or the most experienced kids in the weight division.
National Division – This division is for the youngest and least experienced players in the weight division.
Central Division – This division is a mix of athletic experience.
Will my child be evaluated for team placement?
Yes, in all weight groups, with more than one team, the first week of practice will be an evaluation period. During this evaluation, participants will be rated by their ability and ranked for a division team draft.
DOES THE MYFL HAVE A PARTICIPATION RULE?
All divisions, except for American level teams, have a player participation rule. Due to that rule, all Anklebiter, Central, and National level teams will have no more than 22 players. Each player must have a starting position in those divisions. We do try to keep team sizes around 16-18 players if possible.
WHERE DOES THE MYFL PRACTICE?
The tackle season begins summer practices at the beginning of August and teams are permitted to practice every weekday evening until school begins in Prince William County. Once school begins, coaches are only permitted to practice 3 times per week.
All practices will be held at Mayhew Park and Stonewall Jackson Middle School. Once school begins, all teams will move back to Mayhew Park for the remainder of the season.
WHAT DO I NEED TO PURCHASE FOR TACKLE FOOTBALL?
MYFL will provide the following:
- Helmet and all protective gear
- One colored mouth guard
- Game jersey, pants, and socks.
Players are responsible for:
- Additional colored mouth guards
- Practice Jersey
- Practice Pants
- Athletic cleats at do not have metal cleats.
- DMV Childs ID
VIRGINIA DMV CHILD ID CARD REQUIREMENT
As part of final team placement, each child is required to participate in one of the official FCYFL weigh ins that take place on Saturdays during the first three weeks of the practice season at Falls Church High School. Each child will need a current DMV ID to prove identity, age, and residency. No other form of identification will be accepted.
DMV Children's ID Process
For more information - Please Visit: DMVNow.com
It is a requirement of Fairfax County Youth Football League that each player MUST have a valid CHILD ID CARD issued by Virginia when they get weighed in.A Military ID or passport is NOT acceptable for identification purposes. The ID may take two weeks to arrive since the Virginia DMV no longer issues the ID's on site and instead, delivers them, by mail, to your primary resident. Please obtain your ID as soon as you can or you will not be allowed to participate in the mandatory weigh in process that is a requirement to play with the MYFL and FCYFL
IF YOU ALREADY HAVE A CHILD'S ID CARD, you need to check the expiration date to be sure that it doesn't expire before October 1st
DMV & CHILD ID CARD Information
9800 Godwin Drive
Manassas, VA 20110
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Child ID Cards
- Issued to a child under age 15.
- Requires one identity document for the child such as a birth certificate or passport.
- Parent must certify the child's identity and residency using the Identification Card Application for Minors
- Expires on the child's 16th birthday.
- If the child's name appears on the parent's legal presence document, that document governs the expiration date of the child's legal presence.
- You will receive your new ID card in the mail. Customers will receive newly designed secure cards by mail. Customers renewing Virginia ID cards can keep your ID card to carry with a receipt, until you receive your new ID card in the mail.DMV has converted to a new secure process for issuing driver's licenses and ID cards and has discontinued issuing them over the counter. The new secure process is similar to the U. S. passport process and reduces the risks of fraud. Make sure DMV has your current, correct address on record. If you have moved, notify DMV right away. Your license will be mailed to the address in DMV records. The U.S. Postal Service will not forward driver's licenses.
WHERE DOES THE MYFL PLAY GAMES?
The MYFL participates with teams from Prince William, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Arlington Counties and therefore games will be played at fields in all those counties. MYFL Tackle Football home fields are Gainesville Middle School, which is a turf field and Mayhew Fields.
Games are normally played on Saturdays, but can also be played on Friday evenings and Sundays.
All Games are officiated by professional officiating organizations.
WHAT IS THE MYFL'S REFUND POLICY?
ALL REFUND REQUEST MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE MYFL COMMISSIONER FOR APPROVAL BASED ON THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES:
A FULL refund in tackle football will only be issued up until the day that a participant receives his or her equipment. Once equipment is issued, a partial refund, equal to 40 percent of the current registration fee, will be only be issued. Furthermore, no refund will be issued until any issued the equipment is returned.
NO refund will be issued after the date of the first official weigh in
Special Refund Conditions
If a participant signs up AFTER the first weigh in, they will only be eligible for a partial refund until the NEXT schedule official weigh in after they register.
If a participant is too heavy for their assigned weight group and cannot play in the next group, due to FCYFL age rules, this participant will be given the opportunity to lose weight in and will be refunded in full until the second official weigh in. At this time, the parent will be given the opportunity to withdraw. If the parent chooses to continue, they will not be issued any refund. No refund will be issued until after the equipment is returned.
If a participant has a season ending injury before our first official FCYFL game, they will be issued a full refund. No refund will be issued until equipment is returned.
DOES MYFL NEED TACKLE FOOTBALL COACHES?
We are always in search of quality individuals to coach Football. If you are interested, please contact Commissioner@MYFLSharks.org
If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact:
Brian Edwards - Commissioner
Javier Cota - Vice Commissioner