7th& 8th Grade Division
The 7th & 8th Grade Division is the oldest division of the NSYFL. When the league first began back in the 1960s, the 7th & 8th Grade division was the only division in the league. Today, more than 40 years later, the 7th & 8th Division is still a training ground for some the best athletes in the Kansas City Area. Older and more mature players add the need for better coaching and philosophies on this level. Quarterbacks can often throw the ball close to 40-yards and linebackers hit like players on the high school level. Successful players on this level usually go on to accomplish great things in high school.
Here are some important facts about the 7th & 8th Grade Division:
1) Age Restrictions:
No player can be fifteen (15) years old before July 1 of the current year. All players in the 7th & 8th grade division must be enrolled in school as an 8th grader or below.
2) Weight Restrictions:
There is no upper weight-limit for 7th & 8th Graders. All non-ball carriers only have to weigh-in once.
Those players weighing less than 145lbs are permitted to run the ball in this division. They will be given a stripe to wear down the center of their helmet. Ball carriers will have a center stripe; non-ball carriers will not have a center stripe on their helmet.
A) Second Weigh-in:
All eligible ball carriers who weighed 136 pounds or more at the time of the first league weigh-in must appear for the second weigh-in or permanently lose eligibility. Any ball carrier weighing less than 136lbs does not have to appear at the second weigh-in.
B) Third Weigh-in:
Only those teams participating in the second round of upper division play-offs are required to attend third weigh-in. Players who were required to attend second weigh-in must appear for the third weigh-in.
3) The 7th & 8th Grade play with a Wilson TDY leather ball.
4) Maximum number of players for a team in the 7th & 8th Grade Division is 32.
This forces many teams to hold a "Try-Out" as some teams will get more than 32 players sign-up.
The league does not guarantee every player a team roster position. All players and parents are encouraged to "Try-Out" for the team they wish to play on first and if they don't make that team, please make sure that you call a league rep or ask the coach of the team you are leaving for other field locations because there are other teams in the league that are potentially short on players. Many players have not made the first team they tried out for and went on to be starters on other teams. The league sets a player limit for each team so that all the teams in the division are competitive.