- BCYF- promoting physical development, teamwork, pride, sportsmanship through exciting competition
- Congrats to the Lee Senior team on a great run in the play-offs
- Banquet Saturday, December 8th at St. Mary's School in Lee. 1:00 PM
- The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.
- Besides pride, loyalty, discipline, heart, and mind, confidence is the key to all the locks.
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Lee, Massachusetts Youth Football
2012 Lee Youth Football Banquet
December 8, 2012 – 01:00 PM
The 2012 Lee Youth Football Banquet will be held on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 1:00 PM at St. Mary's Schools on Orchard Street in Lee. All teams have been informed as to what they should bring. Wear your favorite black n' orange gear. We will have pizza, salad, drinks and dessert. Awards will be given in each division. Looking forward to seeing everyone on the 8th. If you have not handed in your equipment please bring it to the banquet. Jersey's also need to be turned in.
Boy's just wanna have fun !!!!!
Senior's win thriller over Adams to advance to Division Final
The Lee senior team traveled to hostile Renfrew Field on Sunday to take on Adams in the senior division semi-final. The sidelines were packed with a sea of orange and black as Lee looked to gain a little revenge for an early season loss. After a surprise opening onside kick by Lee was covered by Adams, the boys in red quickly moved the ball on a short field to the Lee seven yard line. With Lee facing a tough task to stop Adams 1st and goal in the opening minutes, the tone for the day was set as Lee stuffed Adams four times at the goal line to take over 1st and ten from their own three yard line. Lee moved the ball down the field on some smash mouth running by Cam Abderhalden and Nick Castillo deep into Adams territory before the drive was stalled by penalties. The teams exchanged drives up and down the field all afternoon putting up zero's on the scoreboard for three quarters. The Lee defense continually gave Adams fits all afternoon pushing them to three and outs throughout the day. In the wanning minutes of the fourth quarter Lee put together a long drive, chewing up minutes on the clock and pushing the ball deep into Adams territory. With one minute to go the boys from South County moved the ball to the Adams four yard line. Facing a crucial third down from the three, Lee came to the line of scrimmage with the clock ticking down to fourteen seconds. Lee quarterback Casey Blair took the snap from Tyler Buratto and handed off to the Lee workhouse, Cam Abderhalden, who followed some big blocks up front from David Riopell, Noah Johnson and Hunter Andrus, Abderhalden kept his legs moving and rolled into the end zone for a 6-0 Lee lead. The Cats would then punch in the two point conversion for a big 8-0 lead with only three seconds on the clock. After Adams took a knee on the ensuing kickoff, the boys from the North were left with a one play Hail Mary to force overtime. The pass was intercepted by Lee and the celebration started. Lee now moves on to the Senior Division final on Sunday vs. the Pittsfield Saints at Ponterill. Lee is looking to again avenge an early season heart break loss to the Saints, losing on a last second Hail Mary play. Game time is 1:30 PM.
Lee Juniors roll over the snow and Cheshire to advance to final
October 29, 2011
The Lee junior team faced some tough opponents in the Junior division semi-final on Saturday afternoon at Consolati Field. After the freak October snowstorm coming in to the Berkshire's moved the game up to a morning start, Lee faced not only a tough opponent in Cheshire but a howling Nor Easter from Mother Nature. The Cougars looked to move into the final this coming Sunday and got on the board quickly. Lee saw touchdown runs from Sebastian Dowd-Smith and Lukas Loehr to stake Lee to an early lead. Peter Romeo followed up both touchdowns with a dominate ground game on both two point conversions. Cheshire would answer in the snow to keep the game close. However, in the fourth quarter, Lee was facing a tough third and ten from their own twenty yard line when Hunter Roosa took the snap from Chris Schilling and handed off to Loehr who eluded some Cheshire tacklers and scampered down the sideline on an eighty yard touchdown run to put the game away. Lee saw some great defense all afternoon from Tyler Andrews, Perry Alward, Shane Clolutier, Peter Romeo, Dominic Bartini, Colby Curtin, Roosa and Loehr. Lee returned to the field the following Saturday, traveling to Copake, NY to take on the Taconic Hills Storm in an exciting exhibition game under the lights on the turf field at Taconic Hills High School. Lee came out on top 12-6 on a bone chilling night. The Cougars now advance to the Junior Division final on Sunday against the Pittsfield Saints at Ponterill. Game time is 12 noon. Go Lee !!!!!
Roosa on the Run vs. Cheshire
Seniors lose heartbreaker to Saints
Game 2 for this years senior team was a nail biter. After a tough battle throughout the day, the Pittsfield Saints scored on a 60+ yard touchdown pass with just under a minute to play. That, plus the 2 point conversion, proved enough for a tough loss for Lee, 14-6. On a positive note, the running game and the air attack were good throughout the day, just not consistently throughout a series of downs. Again, the defense stepped up and played solid throughout the day (other than that 1 long bomb). Great game guys!
ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY
September 22, 2011
To all Berkshire County Youth Football Coaches, players and parents;
Unfortunately, we have had several complaints about bad sportsmanship at BCYF games. I have spoken privately with the Delegates for the teams who have had problems.
The matter has been brought to a head by the Berkshire County Football Officials Association who have adopted a new ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY. I attended their meeting last night. They have become increasingly concerned that the lack of control by come Coaches and some fans have created an atmosphere where they feel that they may be at risk of physical harm as they leave a game. We have all seen the YouTube videos of the crazy fan blindsiding an official after a game. The BCFOA and the BYFA simply are not going to let things get that far out of hand in our league.
The BCFOA considered refusing to officiate games this weekend to send a clear message of their seriousness over this issue. After a long discussion, everyone agreed that that would punish the players more than the coaches.
To give everyone fair notice and one last chance to understand the seriousness of this issue, the BCFOA adopted the following ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY:
This letter outlines the new no tolerance policy for all B.C.Y.F. games. They are as follows:
1. The head coach is responsible for the actions for all his assistant coaches. If he or any of his coaching staff display bad sportsmanship, gets confrontational or questions the integrity of any official then the following steps shall be made:
· First offense - throw a flag (15 yd penalty). Call time out. Explain to the head coach, that the next time he or his coaching staff repeats any of the above actions, he shall be ejected from the grounds and he shall serve a one game suspension.
· Second offense - throw a flag (15 yd penalty). Instruct the head coach that he shall leave the location. If he refuses, the game shall be forfeited immediately.
· The Referee or the program representative, if present at the game, shall notify the B.C.Y.F coordinator of the altercation.
2. If the head coach receives two suspensions in one year, the BCFOA will no longer officiate any games until that head coach is removed from coaching.
3. If the head coach serves his one game suspension, the game will be officiated as planned and the head coach will be able to return for the next scheduled game.
4. Any parent or fan becomes abusive, confrontational or questions the integrity of any official, then the following steps shall be made:
· The head coach, who is responsible for sideline control, will be advised by the officials that he must advise the person that he or she must leave the grounds immediately.
· If the person refuses to leave the grounds, the game will be forfeited.
These policies take effect immediately and are to be strictly enforced by the BCFOA
Here is a link to the policy so you can print it and hand it out:
http://files.LeagueAthletics.com/Images/Club/3665/Attachments/0921 no tolerance policy.pdf
I have strongly urged each delegate to have a private meeting with their entire Coaching staffs. I also urge each Head Coach to have a parent meeting before Sunday's games (and maybe a reminder meeting before every game) to underscore just how seriously we are taking this issue.
Do not expect to be warned by the Officials again. We will not be splitting hairs about whether yelling about a bad call was "questioning the integrity of an official or not". Your instructions to your Coaches and fans should be to simply keep quiet regarding the officiating. If a head coach needs to question or understand a call… call a time out and calmly have a conference with the officials and the opposing coach in necessary. I would ask that the Officials consider such conferences "Officials Timeouts" and not charge a team. So long the discussion is calm and respectful, no flag will need to be thrown.
Please call me if you have any questions about this policy or how we intend to enforce it.
Bill Martin, Commissioner
BERKSHIRE YOUTH FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION
75 South Church Street; Suite 550
Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01201
Work Tel. No: (413) 443-6455, Extension 20
Home Tel. No: (413) 698-2174
Facsimile No: (413) 445-5883
Cell No: (413) 441-3317
Email Address: WEM115@aol.com
BLAST FROM THE PAST
Can you identify some of these past Lee Youth Football stars. We see a few Lee High Football coaches, dad's and even some Lee Youth Football coaches. Send us an email with the players you can identify by name and number. Have fun and no cheating !!!!!!
WELCOME to WILDCAT COUNTRY
OH WHEN THE SAINTS COME MARCHING IN !!!
October 10, 2010
The Lee Juniors took it on the chin Sunday at Ponterril falling to the strong Pittsfield Blue Saints. Lee could never get on track and had difficulty moving the ball on the ground throughout the day. Meanwhile, The Saints put on a ground attack, New Orleans style, racking up three touchdowns before halftime to put the game away. Lee did manage two touchdowns behind the strong running of Luke Bartini and Michael Hurley. The juniors return to action back at Ponterill on Sunday as they face the Pittsfield Gold team in a 1:00 PM showdown.
LEE YOUTH FOOTBALL FOUNDER'S DAY FUN
The Law Offices of "The Killer B's: Bart-Buratto & Bryce
"Lee's Future Selectboard"
"Mike & Mike in the Morning"
MESSAGE FROM THE GENERAL MANAGER
September 20, 2010
The Lee Founder's Day Parade is Sat, Sept 25th. Pee Wees, Juniors and Seniors will be marching together. We are #99 in the line up and have to be on Columbia St. between 10-10:30am. The parade begins at 11am. The boys wear their game jerseys and will be holding a banner and throwing candy. Please let your coaches know who will be marching so we have a definite count. We also have a home game the next day so if anyone is interested in making posters to hold up advertising the game, let us know!
We've only received 1/2 of the candy bar money in as of this date. Please return your candy bar money in by tomorrow's game. If anyone wants another box of candy, the original money has to be turned in first. Make sure the child's name is written on the outside of the envelope and there should be $52 in there!
Loehr follows the Big Boys
2011 LEE YOUTH FOOTBALL PRACTICE/GAME CANCELATION PROCEDURE
August 9, 2010
All game and practice schedule changes and cancelations will be done via text messages. Please take the form that was sent home with all players and go to our web site and sign up for text alerts. If you are having trouble please call Billy Loehr at 413-441-6784 and he will walk you through the steps.
2011 Coach-Parent Partnership- Please read !!
As a parent, you have a very important responsibility this season. Your job revolves around supporting your child and making sure they draw from the sports experience the lessons that will help him or her to become a successful, contributing adult. And while this is not easy given the seductive nature of the "winning at all costs and my kid is the best" model, it can make all the difference in your child's life.
Look for the silver lining in everything that happens on the field or in practice. Players develop at different rates and a parent applying negative "win at all cost" pressure will hinder your child. We encourage you to learn the game and support the program and those that are dedicating their time, energy and knowledge for your child. Have Fun!
Please remember that this is all about the kids' experience.
Research is clear that when parents and teachers work together a child tends to do better in school. There is no reason to think that it is any different in youth sports. The following are some guidelines for how parents can contribute to a Coach/Parent Partnership that can help the athlete have the best possible experience.
Recognize the Commitment the Coach Has Made: For whatever reason, you have chosen not to help coach the team. The coach has made a commitment that involves many, many hours of preparation beyond the hours spent at practices and games. Recognize their commitment and the fact that they are not doing it because of the pay! Try to remember this whenever something goes awry during the season.
Make Early, Positive Contact with the Coach: As soon as you know who your childŒs coach is going to be, contact him to introduce yourself and let him know you want to help your child have the best experience possible this season. To the extent that you can do so, ask if there is any way you can help. By getting to know the coach early and establishing a positive relationship, it will be much easier to talk with him later if a problem arises.
Fill the CoachŒs Emotional Tank: When the coach is doing something you like, let him know about it. Coaching is a difficult job and most coaches only hear from parents when they want to complain about something. This will help fill the coachŒs emotional tank and contribute to his doing a better job. It also makes it easier to raise problems later when you have shown support for the good things he is doing. And just about every coach does a lot of things well. Take the time to look for them.
Don't Put the Player in the Middle: Imagine a situation around the dinner table, in which a child's parents complain in front of her about how poorly her math teacher is teaching fractions. How would this impact this studentŒs motivation to work hard to learn fractions? How would it affect her love of mathematics? While this may seem far fetched, when we move away from school to youth sports, it is all too common for parents to share their disapproval of a coach with their children. This puts a young athlete in a bind. Divided loyalties do not make it easy for a child to do her best. Conversely, when parents support a coach, it is that much easier for the child to put a wholehearted effort into learning to play well. If you think your child"s coach is not handling a situation well, do not tell that to the player. Rather, seek a meeting with the coach in which you can talk with him about it.
Don't Give Instructions During a Game or Practice: You are not one of the coaches, so do not give your child instructions about how to play. It can be very confusing for a child to hear someone other than the coach giving instructions during a game.
Fill Your Child"s Emotional Tank: Perhaps the most important thing you can do is to be there for your child. Competitive sports are stressful to players and the last thing they need is a critic at home. Be a cheerleader for your child. Focus on the positive things he is doing and leave the correcting of mistakes to the coach. Let him know you support him without reservation regardless of how well he plays.
Fill the Emotional Tanks of the Entire Team: Cheer for all of the players on the team. Tell each of them when you see them doing something well.
Encourage Other Parents to Honor the Game: DonŒt show disrespect for the other team or the officials. But more than that, encourage other parents to also Honor the Game. If a parent of a player on your team begins to berate the official, gently say to them, "Hey, thatŒs not Honoring the Game. ThatŒs not the way we do things here."
Note: This information and guidelines are adapted from Positive Coaching: Building Character and Self-Esteem Through Sports by Jim Thompson, the founder and leader of the Positive Coaching Alliance. (source - http://www.positivecoach.org/subcontent.aspx?SecID=208)
Guidelines for Honoring the Game
Honoring the Game involves respect for the Rules, Opponents, Officials, Teammates and one's Self. You don't bend the rules to win. You understand that a worthy opponent is a gift that forces you to play to your highest potential. You show respect for officials even when you disagree. You refuse to do anything that embarrasses your team. You live up to your own standards even if others don't. Here are ways that parents can create a positive youth sports culture so that children will have fun and learn positive character traits to last a lifetime.
Before the Game:
Make a commitment to Honor the Game in action and language no matter what others may do.
Tell your child before each game that you are proud of him or her regardless of how well he or she plays.
During the Game:
Fill your child's "Emotional Tank" through praise and positive recognition so they can play their very best.
Don't give instructions to your child during the game. Let the coach correct player mistakes.
Cheer good plays by both teams (this is advanced behavior!)
Mention good calls by the official to other parents.
If an official makes a "bad" call against your team? Honor the GamehBE SILENT!
If another parent on your team yells at an official? Gently remind him or her to Honor the Game.
Don't do anything in the heat of the moment that you will regret after the game. Ask yourself, "Will this embarrass my child or the team?"
Remember to have fun! Enjoy the game.
After the Game:
Thank the officials for doing a difficult job for little or no pay.
Thank the coaches for their commitment and effort.
Don't give advice. Instead ask your child what he or she thought about the game and then LISTEN. Listening fills Emotional Tanks.
Tell your child again that you are proud of him or her, whether the team won or lost.
Note: This information and guidelines are adapted from Positive Coaching: Building Character and Self-Esteem Through Sports by Jim Thompson, the founder and leader of the Positive Coaching Alliance. (source http://www.positivecoach.org/subcontent.aspx?SecID=153)
Juniors arrive in Daytona Beach
The Lee-Lenox Cougars Junior football team arrived in sunny, warm, Daytona Beach, Florida on Tuesday for the 2009 National Junior Football Championships. The team will report to the weigh in and registration on Wed. evening at the Oceanfront Convention Center at Daytona Beach before opening play on Thanksgiving morning against the Hereford Bulls of Ohio. After their opening game the team will celebrate Thanksgiving, Daytona style, on beautiful Daytona Beach. Stay tuned for more updates from sunny Florida.
Cougars Claw Pittsfield
October 4, 2009
Lee got back to their winning ways on a beautiful sunday afternoon for football at John Consolati field. Bailey Patella scored all three touchdowns for Lee. After a spectular run by Mike Hurley of about 50 yards put the ball at five yard line Patella took it around end for the Cougars first points of the game. After Pittsfield Blues first score, stellar defensive play by the whole team led by Tyler Buratto who came back from ankle injury to plug up the middle, along with Cam Abderhalden, Luke Bartini, Casey Blair, Ryan Ruef and the rest of the Lee defense they proceeded to shut down Pittsfield Blue for the rest of the game. Patella scored on another long run from about 50 yards out in the second quarter to put Lee up 12-6. The second half was back and forth with both teams playing well, but it was Patela again who cemented the win with another long run around end for about 65 yard near the end of the 4th quarter. Lee plays Plays Pittsfield Gold this week and hopes to put another W on the board.
PeeWee Power Rocks Big Red
October 4, 2009
The Lee PeeWee's turned on the jets on a beautiful and sunny afternoon at John Consolati Field in Lee, the boys in orange saw two touchdown days from Hunter Roosa, Sebastian Dowd and Lukas Loehr. The trio got great blocking all afternoon from Colin Finnegan, Dominic Bartini, Chris Schilling, Eric Mickle and Connor LaRock along with big T-Bone. Lee had no problem moving the ball on offense and saw the defense step up and shut down Cheshire throughout the day. Roosa had touchdown runs of 65 yards and 45 yards while Dowd also had two big runs of over fifty yards. Lee certainly rebounded after an off weekend last week while struggling to move the ball against a stubborn South Berkshire defense. The little Cats move on to face Pittsfield next week in another exciting battle at John Consolati Field.
Lee PeeWee's Shine in Dalton
September 20, 2009
The Lee PeeWee football team put in another impressive performance on Sunday in Dalton as they racked up 26 points against a Dalton squad that outnumbered them almost 2 to 1. Lee was led by Lukas Loehr's three touchdown runs of forty, sixty-five, and ten yards. The boys in orange also got a fifty yard touchdown run from Sebastian Dowd-Smith. It was a beautiful Sunday morning in Dalton as the Lee boys saw stellar performances from Hunter Roosa, Colin Finnegan, Dominic Bartini, Chris Schilling, Connor LaRock and Eric Mickle. Roosa also contributed with some nice runs, his longest a fifty-five yard run that set up Loehr's ten yard touchdown. Lee returns to action on Sunday as they visit their South County rival the Southern Berkshire Chargers.
How you respond to the challenge in the second half will determine what you become after the game, whether you are a winner or a loser.
The country is full of good coaches. What it takes to win is a bunch of interested players.
-Don Coryell, ex-San Diego Chargers Coach
It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.
-Archie Griffen, two-time Heisman winner ( 5ft 9)
There's no substitute for guts.
-Paul Bear Bryant
Besides pride, loyalty, discipline, heart, and mind, confidence is the key to all the locks.
The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.
The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that
whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.
Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.