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Updated Friday July 20, 2018 by Watertown-Belmont Youth Football.

Watertown Belmont Youth Football & Cheer (WBYFC) is a member of the Commonwealth Youth Football Conference, which plays under the national organization of American Youth Football (AYF). WBYFC promotes teamwork, athletic skills, and fun for 1st through 8th grade boys and girls in Belmont and Watertown.

 

Principles of American Youth Football (AYF)

• Everyone gets to play — equal opportunity for all to play football and cheer

• No weight limits

• Teams structured by grades

• No moving players up or down based an age/weight

• Play and compete with your peers

• Stick together with your friends

• Learn and improve the fundamental skills of football or cheerleading

 

Teams

1st/2nd grade — Flag

3rd/4th grade — Crusaders

5th/6th grade — Spartans

7th/8th grade — Gladiators

 

The teams play an 8-game schedule. Flag teams are non-competitive, instructional divisions with coaches on the field teaching the game. All other teams compete for a spot in playoffs and a chance to play in the Superbowl against the Northeast Youth Football Conference. Cheerleading teams include athletes from 1st through 8th grade and compete at conference championships and various competitions in Massachusetts in addition to cheering at the football games.

 

Equipment

The league outfits each football player with practice and game uniforms, helmet, and pads (shoulder and knee pads, rib pads upon request). Players are responsible to purchase their own cleats, girdle/cup, mouthguards, and socks.

Cheerleaders are issued skirts and shells. Bows, shoes, and other uniform elements are purchased by the participant. 

 

Safety

Athlete safety is our top priority. We do everything we can to ensure player safety, including:

• Instruction emphasizing fundamentals and techniques to reduce injury

• Helmets reconditioned each year and replaced every five years

• Careful helmet fitting

• Free baseline testing conducted by Excel Orthopaedic Specialists of Woburn

• All football and cheer coaches receive training in their respective sport and are certified in concussion protocol

• Certified EMT/Trainer at each game to treat and assess any injuries experienced on game day

 

Schedule

Football practices typically begin the second week of August and run from Monday – Thursday 6 to 8 pm at Moxley Field until the beginning of school.  At which time, each team will be given a specific practice and game schedule with field location. 

Cheerleading practice follows the same schedule/location in August. After Labor Day, the schedule varies based on available facilities within the Watertown area. Each team will be given a specific practice and game schedule with field location. 

*All games are held on Sunday's

Game times:

9:00 am Flag

10:30 am Crusader

12:00 pm Spartan

1:30 pm Gladiator 

Home games are played at Victory Field, Orchard St., Watertown.