With the potential for scattered thunderstorms this time of year, please keep in mind that we will end practice when Thunder/lightning are in the area. A message will be sent if that occurs but we would need you all to return to HJMS as quickly as possible to pick up you child.
Always keep an eye on the website for weather related messages.
My name is Mike Bruno, VP of Football for Simsbury Youth Football. I’d like to take a moment to welcome those who have joined our program for the first time, and welcome back those families who have been a part of our program in the past.
Monday, August 3rd is quickly approaching. I wanted to touch base regarding a few items prior to the first practice:
Equipment pick up is this Saturday 8/1. The schedule for pick up is posted on our site, please refer to it to find your team's pickup time.
For the month of August, until school starts, practices will be held M, Tu, W, Th nights at Henry James Middle School from 5:30 to 8:00 (Mighty Mites will practice from 5:30-7:30). Once school starts we will be holding practices at Weatogue Field, and the schedule is up to each team's Head Coach. Mighty Mites will only practice two nights a week once school starts.
Please try to arrive at practice by 5:15 if possible. The first week can be crazy with paperwork, equipment, etc., and our goal is to begin practice at 5:30.
Please have your child do some activity daily (running, stretching ) this week in preparation for next week.
Bring a jug of water for practice. Also, please have your child drink plenty of water both before and after practice.
Be sure your child eats something prior to practice. A large meal at 5 pm is not ideal, but a substantial snack will get them through the evening. Think protein, carbohydrate combos.
The first 5 days of practice are non-contact. Shorts and t-shirts are appropriate for the first 5 days of practice. If you will not be at practice the first week, the player will still be required to complete 5 days of non-contact upon their return. The players will follow the following schedule for adding equipment:
Days 1 and 2: helmets only
Days 3, 4 and 5: helmets and shoulder pads
Day 6 forward: full equipment
I look forward to seeing everyone on Monday. Please be sure to check the website and email in case of cancelations due to weather. Don’t forget your completed paperwork! Do not hesitate to contact myself or any other Board Member with any questions.
Practices for the 2015 Season will begin on August 3rd.
Each child must come to the first practice with the CTYFL Parental and Doctor Consent Form (Please click on the link to download the form). This form requires a Dr's signature, so please plan accordingly. Children will not be allowed to practice until this form is received. A table will be setup the first night of practice.
All new players must provide a copy of a birth certificate
Any child participating on the “A” squad must also provide a copy of a 2014-2015 report card showing the grade completed (to prove they will not be entering HS in the fall of 2015)
All coaches, players and parents will also be required to sign a Code of Conduct - this will be provided this week via email.
Age Groups – Boys and Girls entering Kindergarten or 1st Grade during the 2015-2016 School Year.
Goal – To provide a ‘safety first’ environment allowing the players to have fun while instilling children with life-long values of teamwork, dedication, and superior work ethic, both in the classroom and on the playing field. To begin to develop the football skills necessary to progress into higher levels of football.
Location – TBD (Weatogue Field –or- Henry James Middle School)
Practice/Game Schedule – ½-hour practice followed by ½-hour game
Wednesday (09/09/15) 5:45PM – 7:00PM
Wednesday (09/16/15) 5:45PM – 7:00PM
Wednesday (09/23/15) 5:45PM – 7:00PM
Wednesday (09/30/15) 5:45PM – 7:00PM
Wednesday (10/07/15) 5:45PM – 7:00PM
Wednesday (10/14/15) 5:45PM – 7:00PM
Equipment – Each player will receive a tee shirt and all drill equipment will be supplied by the league. The player must come with water and spikes.
Volunteers Needed – Interested parents may serve as coaches. Background checks will be required.
Cost - $95.00 per player
2015 Registration (scroll to bottom of page)
Questions – Please contact Steve Butler, Director of Program Development
Simsbury Youth Football and Cheer Joins CTYFL Conference!!!!
Dear Simsbury Youth Football and Cheer Families,
Each year the parent and community volunteers that that make up our program’s Board of Directors evaluate numerous aspects of our program in order to provide the best possible football and cheer experience for our children. These volunteers evaluate safety programs and procedures, practice and game field locations, coaching applicants and training, and equipment and uniforms, to name just a few. One of the most important evaluations completed annually is a review of the Conference in which our teams compete.
In order to continue to provide the best possible football and cheer experience for our program participants and our families, the Board has decided to move the program to a conference with an age based approach to team divisions. This is similar to the approach taken by Little League baseball and other youth sports, where athletes of the same age compete together, regardless of grade. For the upcoming 2015 (and future) football seasons, the Trojans will be playing in the Connecticut Youth Football League (CTYFL).
The links below will provide you with the official press release regarding the move as well as CTYFL's Bylaws for you to review.
As always, we would like to hear any questions or feedback that you might have. Please feel free to leave us a message on our website under the feedback tab, or contact any of the board members.
- The Volunteers that make up your Simsbury Youth Football and Cheer Board of Directors