Basic Information about the league
Here are a few distinctive features of the league:
The league's history spans over 50 years.
All coaches are required to attend an annual coaching clinic. Over half of the league's 67 head coaches have more than 10 years of experience with some having over 25 years of coaching experience.
The NSYFL is Grade based not Weight qualified, although there are extreme upper weight limits in each grade grouping. This prevents reasonably larger, younger kids from being forced to play against boys several years older than them like Pop Warner. Most teams field both "A" and "B" squads within each grade group. This allows newer and younger boys to gain considerable playing time in conditions more compatible with their ability.
Most teams have their own home field complex and operate Field Committees, Concession/Novelty Stands and Press Boxes with music/announcers. This adds a real "High School" type atmosphere which allows teams to take pride in defending their "Home Field" during the games. This is truly a unique feature to the NSYFL and differs greatly from "Pop-Warner" and other suburban leagues that host all the games in one location. There are many parent volunteer activities including, organizing club social events and generating positive public relations and sponsorships which are then needed to support a teams "HOME FIELD".
The officials for each game are provided by the NSYFL and are sanctioned by the Missouri High School Athletic Association. Most officials also do college and high school officiating as well.
Sign-up and Practice Dates
Sign-ups for each season are held the first Saturday & Sunday prior to the first Monday in August. It is important that you sign-up for a team during the designated sign-up period and prior to the start of practice; to fill out the paperwork and legal agreements for a player's participation in the league and on a team.
Complete NSYFL Sign-Up Information
Each organization holds sign-ups at their respective "Home Fields". Currently there are 4 divisions: Flag, 3rd & 4th Grade, 5th & 6th Grade, 7th & 8th Grade
Practice starts on the first Monday in August for all the teams in the league.
Who is eligible to play in the NSYFL? Do you have to live in the Northland to play? Does it matter what school I attend?
The league is eligible to all players no matter where they live or what school they attend. The league is not school or region affiliated. All games are primarily played in the Northland area; however the league is open to players from all over the Kansas City Area. In recent years, players have come from as far away as Olathe, Raytown, Downtown Kansas City, and St. Joe to participate in the league.
The NSYFL is comprised of 4 divisions: Flag (1st & 2nd Grade), 3rd & 4th Grade (can include 2nd Graders), 5th & 6th Grade, and 7th & 8th Grades. Each division has age, grade, and weight restrictions which determine what division a player is allowed to participate in. To determine the grade division you would fit into, please click on one of the divisions.
When do I have to pay? How much is the cost?
Unlike other leagues in the Kansas City area, the NSYFL requires no money until your child has been given a contract to participate in the league and has been made part of a team. Each team pays a set fee to play in the league and is responsible for providing equipment for each player. The team must cover this cost themselves; therefore fees and fundraising requirements may be different with each organization.
Each team will have approximately 8 "A" (Varsity) Games and 6 or 7 "B" (Junior Varsity) games. "A" games are typically held on Saturday and the "B" games on one of the following Monday thru Thursday Nights. All players dress for and may participate in the "A" games. The "B" game is held for the players who did not get much playing time in the "A" game. This insures plenty of playing time for all players. All teams’ practices and games are typically located in the Northland in either Clay, Platte or Leavenworth Counties. Each team does have their own "HOME FIELD".