GAME AND SCHEDULE NOTES FOR 2014 PLAYOFF WEEK 2
COMPETITION: Even though we have reached Semi-finals, 17 of the 23 associations still have teams alive and are still competing for a Nor Cal championship including 13 of the 16 Nor Cal super Conference associations. Eleven games this weekend were won by one touchdown or less.
With one exception (a team from Sac is playing a host who is also a higher seed) if your team is from Sacramento OR you are playing a team from Sac, you will be playing in Sacramento.
If you are a team on the strip of highway 101 between San Francisco and San Jose OR playing a team on the strip between SF and San Jose, you will be playing in San Jose.
If your team is from east of Oakland AND playing a team east of Oakland or the host (BAS), you will be playing in Oakland.
Times were scheduled to ensure teams from the same association do not conflict and parents and/or fans had travel time to get between sites. We also put teams from the same association in back-to-back games whenever possible.
All three sites have 6 games.
GAME NOTES FOR 2014 PLAYOFF WEEK 1
COMPETITION: I want to remind everyone if there is an issue which cannot be resolved before the game, the game should be played (illegal player is the exception) and we will sort out the issue later (file a protest or whatever action needs to be taken). The kids come to play. We do not want them disappointed.
SPORTSMANSHIP: Congratulations to the Elk Grove Dukes and Tri-Counties Sharks who have been voted by the Nor Cal Presidents as winners of the Association Sportsmanship Award for 2014! Both associations will have their $250 association fees covered by Nor Cal next year. Note from EG below:
The Elk Grove Dukes would like to thank all the organizations that voted us for Association Sportsmanship Award Winners along with the Tri-Counties Sharks.
Our focus was to improve the communication with our partners and make our field feel like a second home to our guests. We all put a lot of time and effort to make our associations successful and attract the best talent in our area. We appreciate advice and assistance we’ve received and will continue working towards making the NORCAL AYF the premier youth football league in California.
Good Luck to all in the Playoffs!!!
GAME NOTES FOR 2014 WEEK 8
SPORTSMANSHIP – We went the whole season without one coach getting ejected. Congratulations and good luck in the playoffs.
COMPETITION – Seeding attached not including coin toss tie breakers.
GAME NOTES FOR 2014 WEEK 7
SPORTSMANSHIP: No coaches were ejected last weekend. We have gone the whole season so far – through 7 games and the Jamboree – without any coach’s being ejected. ANY EJECTIONS THIS WEEKEND WILL RESULT IN THE PLAYER AND/OR COACH NOT BEING ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FIRST WEEKND OF PLAYOFFS.
COMPETITION: Three more undefeated teams fell last weekend to teams with at least one loss. There is only one undefeated NCSC D1 team left on every level except Pee Wee where there are still 4 undefeated teams. Two of them (PAK and OGS) face off this weekend.
PLAYOFF INFO – See below. If you have a team with 2 wins that is interested in participating in playoffs you must let me know by Thursday 5pm. See below.
RESULTS/PLAYOFF SCHEDULE – I need everyone who plays on Saturday to send in your scores Saturday night. If you are playing on Sunday PLEASE MAKE SURE TO GET YOUR SCORES IN ON TIME THIS SUNDAY. It would help on Sunday if you could text the game scores to me as the games end. I need time to put together the playoff match-ups and locations in time for our meeting Monday night so I need the scores as soon as I can get them or the meeting will be to get scores rather than review playoff game locations and match-ups.
IF YOU HAVE A TEAM WITH 2 WINS (or with one win who expects to win this weekend) WHO WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE IN PLAYOFFS – You MUST let me know by email (in writing) no later than 5 pm this Thursday October 16. Teams with 2 wins are permitted to participate in playoffs per Nor Cal rules as long as we have enough room at the fields for the games. Since we do have limited space at the fields teams will be assigned a playoff slot on a first-come, first served basis.
MORE PLAYOFF INFO:
HOW THE TM BOWL WORKS: We are NOT having a 25 yard tournament this year. Instead we are playing full TM games.
HOST TEAMS PLAY AT HOME WHENEVER POSSIBLE – I make every attempt to have your teams play at home if you are hosting, however if 2 teams are playing against one another and both associations are hosting, the higher seed or if tied the team that won their regular season game or tie-breaker will be at home and the other team will be on the road. So for example (This is an example only – it cannot happen as listed) if both SR and VBE have identical records and are hosting and their JP and JM are scheduled to play in the playoffs, the JM game would be at SR if SR won the regular season game and the JP game would be at VBE if the VBE JP’s beat SR during the regular season. If a host has a request (i.e. “I need my Cadets as the last game of the day because they help with clean up”) let me know by Thursday of this week and will try to incorporate your requests into the playoff schedule but no guarantees can be made on fulfilling the request.
NOTE ON D1 and D2 PLAYOFFS:
GAME NOTES FOR 2014 WEEK 6
SPORTSMANSHIP: Some unsolicited comments from others about the sportsmanship in Nor Cal over the last couple of weeks. Below is just a few of the positive comments I’ve been receiving:
FROM TC: “Great experience, loved playing at Palo Alto”.
FROM EG on their games with SSV: “Good day of games, great time at the field. Got some surprise visits from other organizations and Presidents. The camaraderie is building in (…our) area, we are beginning to make it about the kids again”.
FROM THE HEAD REF at the RS – Sac 49’ers GAMES: “The games between the Richmond Steelers and Sac 49’ers demonstrated the best sportsmanship I’ve seen all year. It was a pleasure to work those games”.
Two more teams fell from the undefeated ranks, including a 4 loss team taking down a 5-0 Pee Wee team, bringing the total number of undefeated teams down to 14 including all D1 and D2 teams with 2 weeks to go in the regular season.
GAME NOTES FOR 2014 WEEK 5
SPORTSMANSHIP: Another week with no coach ejections. This week there has not even been any player ejections that I have been notified of yet.
If a team has 11 or 12 players and must forfeit, A SCRIMMAGE MUST BE PLAYED. Kids up to 10 pounds overweight can participate in the scrimmage. Any player 10 pounds or more overweight cannot participate in the scrimmage and should not be allowed to practice. Once a team goes under 11 players the scrimmage is stopped.
As previously stated, everything we do – every meeting, every decision, every effort – is to provide a safe, friendly environment for the kids to play the game. The kids want to play – scrimmage or real game – and nobody should take that opportunity away from them even if all it amounts to is a scrimmage.
COMPETITION: Nine previously undefeated 4-0 teams lost last weekend. Five lost to other undefeated teams but 4 others also got knocked off by teams with at least one loss. While on one hand there is only one undefeated D1 team left on the Midget, JM and JP levels, there are still 5 undefeated D1 Pee Wee teams, 4 undefeated D1 Cadets and three undefeated D2 teams remaining.
This week 2 JM teams that won their battle of the undefeated teams last week, BAS and VBE, will play on Saturday with the winner being the only undefeated JM left in Nor Cal D1 or D2.
GAME NOTES FOR 2014 WEEK 4
COMPETITION: Battles of undefeated teams coming this weekend:
MIDGETS: Sac 49’ers (4-0) @ Richmond Steelers (4-0)
GAME NOTES FOR 2014 WEEK 3
No reports of any coach’s ejections again last week and for three weeks running. No reports last week of any player ejections either.
SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD – Don’t forget at the end of the year we take a vote of the presidents to determine which 2 associations win the Nor Cal Sportsmanship Award for 2014. Winners will have their Nor Cal associations dues covered for 2015.
PAST WINNERS INCLUDE:
GAME NOTES FOR 2014 WEEK 2
No reports of any coach’s ejections again this week and for the second week in a row the refs reported good sportsmanship.
At 10 of the 12 locations where three or more competitive games were held, visitors and home teams each won at least one game. On the JM level 3 games were within 3 points and among the 7 JM games last weekend, no games won by more than 3 touchdowns.
GAME NOTES FOR 2014 WEEK 1
No reports of any ejections. Multiple reports of excellent games and what great hosts and visitors experienced last weekend. Refs reported good sportsmanship across the board. PLEASE KEEP IT UP!
At 8 of the 12 locations where three or more competitive games were held there were no sweeps.
GAME NOTES FOR 2013 FINAL PLAYOFF WEEK
CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND SPORTSMANSHIP NOTES:
CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND COMPETITION NOTES:
GAME NOTES FOR 2013 PLAYOFF WEEK 3
GAME NOTES FOR 2013 PLAYOFF WEEK 2
WEIGH-INS/ARRIVE ON TIME – Teams must be ready to go at the start of the scheduled game time or their game is subject to forfeit. You are to be at your host field no later than 1 hour before the scheduled start of your game time for weigh-ins. We have 7 GAMES PER FIELD THIS WEEKEND AND CANNOT FALL BEHIND. We don’t want the 7 pm game starting at 830 pm and ending after 1030 pm so get to your FIELD ONE HOUR BEFORE and start the game ON TIME. If a team is not yet finished weigh-ins or is not done warming up at the start of their scheduled game time that team will forfeit their game. The teams can scrimmage but the game is forfeited.
NO 8th Grade All-Star team for Nor Cal – due to not being able to get financial commitment from 18 – 22 players.
GAME NOTES FOR 2013 WEEK 7:
In response to some questions on DIVISION 1 playoffs, below are the rules straight out of the Nor Cal rulebook. We will have one playoff with 8 teams (combination of NSCS and Alliance teams moving up to D1). There will be two semi-final brackets – one for teams going to AYF Nationals in Florida (D1N) and one for teams NOT going to the AYF National Championships (D1L). The two semi-final winners, including the D1N Regional championship winner who qualifies to go to Nationals by winning the D1N semi-final bracket on Nov 9/10 and the D1L semi-final bracket winner, will meet in the Nor Cal Championships on Nov 16 in Oakland.
For 2013 the top 8 NCSC teams by regular season record qualify for the D1 playoffs. Unless all teams on a level agree to participate in the national championships or all 8 teams decide not to participate, the teams will be broken down into two brackets including the top 4 teams who want to go to nationals (D1N) and the top 4 teams that are not going to AYF nationals (D1L) for any reason (such as less than 16 players or cannot afford to travel etc…). D2 teams who wish to move up to D1 playoffs must notify the Nor Cal president in writing no later than Sunday of week 6….Teams forced to play in D1N do not have to go to nationals while teams forced into D1L or D2 did not qualify for D1 nationals.
GAME NOTES FOR 2013 WEEK 6:
HOW THE TM BOWL WORKS: We are NOT having a 25 yard tournament this year. Instead we are playing full TM games.
1) To reduce travel teams are placed at the closest TM Bowl host location possible unless teams volunteered to move to help even out the number of teams at each location. Teams were broken down into two 16 team brackets. Locations are as follows:
2) Bracket “A” AT Vacaville Bulldogs (6) – SOL, VBE, VJB, VBO, VJ, VJ2. AT Sac Matadors (10) – EG, GC, GC2, SSV, LL, RW, SCF, SL, SM, WE
3) Bracket “B” AT OAKLAND (8) – OGS, OGW, OGC, OKD, PAK, RS, RS2, BAS. AT FAIRFIELD (8) – SFB, SFO, VR, FF, SFF, RE, SR, NSH.
4) First round match ups for each location will be drawn out of a hat at the playoff meeting on Oct 21.
5) Week 2 (Nov 2/3) and Week 3 (Nov 9/10) will be the Bracket Quarter-finals and Semi-finals.
6) The two remaining teams in each bracket will meet in the Bracket Championship games at Oakland (Nov 16) or Vacaville (Nov 17)
7) If both coaches and presidents of the two Bracket winners want to play for the Nor Cal championships, they will play on Nov 24 at one of the two all-star game locations.
HOST TEAMS PLAY AT HOME WHENEVER POSSIBLE – I make every attempt to have your teams play at home if you are hosting however if 2 teams are playing against one another and both associations are hosting, the higher seed or if tied the team that won their regular season game or tie-breaker will be at home and the other team will be on the road. So for example (This is an example only – it did not happen as listed) if both SR and VBE have identical records and are hosting and their JP and JM are scheduled to play in the playoffs, the JM game would be at SR if SR won the regular season game and the JP game would be at VBE if the VBE JP’s beat SR during the regular season. If a host has a request (i.e. “I need my Cadets as the last game of the day because they help with clean up”) let me know and will try to incorporate your requests into the playoff schedule but no guarantees can be made on fulfilling the request.
NOTE ON D1 and D2 PLAYOFFS:
1) Super Conference associations – All Teams in the NCSC are Division 1. The top 8 make the D1 playoffs. NCSC teams that qualify for the playoffs with 3 wins but are not one of the top 8 teams will be moved down to D2. Movement by a team to D2 is not by choice but by record.
2) Alliance associations – All non-Super Conference members are considered D2 unless they put in for D1.
3) An association cannot send both a D1 and a D2 team to nationals in the same year. So if you qualify both a D1 and D2 team, the D1 team must go and the D2 team cannot go to nationals.
GAME NOTES FOR 2013 WEEK 5:
SPORTSMANSHIP: Coaches are doing a great job in this area. Through 5 weeks Nor Cal has not had one coach ejected from a game and we have had no suspensions of any coaches for any reason! Players are also doing extremely well in the area of Sportsmanship too as we have not had a player ejected and suspended the following game since week 1. We have not had any players ejected and suspended on the TM – JM level all season (only a few Midgets the first week but that also stopped starting with week 2).
COMPETITION: There were sweeps of all games by a visitor or home team on only 2 of the 12 fields this weekend. In addition we had 15 games decided by one touchdown or less last weekend compared to 12 games won by 30 points or more.
GAME NOTES FOR 2013 WEEK 3:
SPORTSMANSHIP – Over all we had a very good third week. For the second week in a row there were no reported ejections of any players.
COMPETITION BALANCE: 9 of the 14 associations with at least one undefeated team also have at least one winless team. Over the first 3 weeks, on 27 fields where there are at least 4 competitive games (Cadet – Midget), we have had only 3 sweeps by a home or visiting team.
BATTLE OF THE UNDEFEATED TEAMS THIS WEEK: We have 12 undefeated teams from 8 associations facing off against each other this weekend including:
Midget: Elk Grove Dukes – Oakland Dynamites. Historically two of the top Midget programs in Nor Cal. Oakland has EG this week and undefeated NSH in week 6.
Cadet and Pee Wee: Richmond Steelers – Vacaville Bengals. Two of the top programs in Nor Cal face off with undefeated teams on 2 levels.
Cadet and Pee Wee: Bay Area Spartans – Lathrop Lions. Last two undefeated Cadet and PW teams in the Alliance face off this weekend.
Jr Pee Wee: Sac 49’ers – North Sac Hurricanes. Undefeated NSCS teams vs undefeated Alliance member.
GAME NOTES FOR 2013 WEEK 2:
SPORTSMANSHIP – Congratulations!! We did not receive any complaints about poor sportsmanship last weekend. Sometimes small complaints come in during the weekend but major issues we hear about right away and this weekend there were no major reports of poor sportsmanship by coaches, players or fans.
COMPETITION IS BALANCED – Of the 13 NSCS association (out of 15) that have at least one team with a 2-0 record, 11 of them also have at least one team with an 0-2 record. In the Alliance 7 of the 11 associations have a least one team with a 2-0 record and of those 6 associations have at least one team with a record of 0-2.
GAME NOTES FOR 2013 WEEK 1:
SPORTSMANSHIP – Overall a great first weekend to start the season. Refs reported great sportsmanship at our games last weekend. We had only one major incident with the Midgets and it was more fans acting up than players or coaches.
COMPETITION – There were no sweeps at any of the 12 fields last weekend. Every association in Nor Cal won at least one game and lost at least one game. 14 games finished within one touchdown compared to 12 games with team winning by 30 points or more.
NEW INFO: Each team MUST HAVE THEIR HEAD COACH OR AN APPROVED ALTERNATE ATTEND ONE OF THE CLINICS IN ORDER TO HAVE A TEAM CERTIFIED. Signing in and out will be a requirement. It doesn’t matter which clinic a coach goes to.
COACH’S CLINICS JULY 19, 20, 26 – Listed below are the dates, times and locations of the Nor Cal coach’s certification clinic. Every team must send their head coach. Difference in times below are due to different start times, guest speakers, lunch and break schedules but for the most part it is a 5 hour clinic. Coaches must sign-in and sign-out at the appropriate times in order to get credit for attending the event.
JULY 19 Coaches Certification Clinic in VALLEJO (Ranon coordinating)
Location: Vallejo Boys and Girls Club
1 Positive Place
Time: Football coaches 9 am – 2 pm. Cheer coaches 12 to 3:30 pm
July 20 Coaches Certification Clinic in SAN JOSE (Kathy)
Location: Oak Grove Hall
107 East Alma Street
San Jose CA
Start Time: Football coaches 10 am – 2 pm. Cheer coaches 11:50 to 3 pm.
JULY 26 Coaches Certification for Sacramento (Kim)
San Juan High School
7551 Greenback Ln,
Citrus Heights, CA 95610
Check in at 8am
Certification begins: 10am
JULY 28 – Deadline for Background affidavits and Insurance Certificate (proof of Ins) to be emailed to Nor Cal (Denise Wallace) before can start your first practice. These documents should be emailed to Kim as soon as you get them. Do not wait to the last day to fill out the affidavit. You can fill it out and send it in even if all coaches backgrounds are not completed as the affidavit is your guarantee that all backgrounds will be done BEFORE a coach is let on the field and/or allowed to deal with kids on behalf of your association. REQUIREMENT: Any association that takes the field and practices without sending in their Background affidavits and their Insurance Certificate is in violation of National AYF rules (Section 7, Section 9C and Section 16 paragraph 2) and will be suspended from Nor Cal.
JULY 28 – Practice starts
AUG 9/10 – BOOK CERTIFICATION STARTS. It is Mandatory that you bring your books to the Aug 9/10 Certification. Details will come from your Certification Leader (Kathy, Ranon, Mike or Kim). Practice starts July 28 and kids cannot practice unless they have a physical, parent signature etc.. and the association has sent in proof of Insurance and their Background Affidavit.
NORCAL Youth Football & Cheer is now a member of USA Football’s Heads Up Football program for 2014. Created by USA Football, Heads Up Football has earned the endorsements of leaders in medicine and sport, including the Pac-12, the NFL and the NFHS. Heads Up Football will provide NORCAL Youth Football & Cheer with resources to establish important standards and address player safety for the betterment of athletes in our game. In addition to receiving the latest information on equipment fitting, concussion awareness, coach education and heat and hydration, participating programs will also receive instruction on USA Football’s Heads Up Tackling model. Developed with leaders across football and medicine, Heads Up Tackling is a step-by-step teaching technique created to reinforce proper tackling mechanics for stronger fundamentals and safer play.
Important information on the schedule:
Below I have listed any teams with extra TM’s or Cadets, less than a full family TM – JM and who does not have Midgets:
EXTRA TEAMS OVER A FULL FAMILY:
NOT A FULL FAMILY TM TO JM:
NO MIDGET: PAK, VBE, SOL
We would like to welcome all players, coaches and board members to NorCal Youth Football. The conference was established with the goal of building a highly competitive youth football organization in the Bay Area. The mission of the NorCal Conference is to provide a safe learning environment where children can participate in an activity which teaches values and skills that become part of the child’s experience and impacts their lives in a positive way. Under the umbrella of the national program, American Youth Football, our local conference will strive to teach the importance of self‐respect and dedication while building character and self‐confidence.
Whether you realize it or not, your actions set an example for the children you coach. As an adult volunteer we ask you act with integrity at all times and strive to do the right thing for the right reason. Thanks and have a great season!
NorCal Board of Directors