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Happy Holidays to all Nor Cal Associations!!!
PLANNING MEETING March 5 – Please mark the date…Our annual planning meeting will be held on Saturday March 5 from 8 am to 5 pm at the Crowne Plaza in Walnut Creek (same place as last year but one day only this year). If you have any items you would like to discuss please send me an email and let me know the subject as we are currently working on the agenda. There will also be a short phone meeting in January.
NATIONAL RESULTS – One thing you should know and be proud of is how hard all the teams played and they fought until the end. Results are as follows:
4th place JM: Palo Alto – lost two games by one touchdown each. In the first game they came back from a 24-6 half-time deficit to take the lead 30-24 only to lose in the last few minutes 37-30.
4th place PW: Solano – won their first game only to lose the next two games by 1 point each including the 3rd place game where they came back to score with seconds to play…only to watch the extra point bounce off the upright and lost 7-6
4th place CADET: Oakland – won their first game and played hard in their two loses to finish 4th.
Vallejo JP did not place but played hard in both their ball games all the way to the end.
3rd place PW – San Francisco 49’ers lost their first game only to bounce back with two dominating wins to take 3rd.
3rd place CADET – San Pablo dominated in their first game and in the game for 3rd place losing the game in-between while taking 3rd.
OBSERVATIONS: While Nor Cal did not win any national championships, our Nor Cal D1 champions who participated (Solano and Palo Alto) were not that far from the rest of the national field. The biggest difference seemed to be experience in two areas! (1) Some of those teams have had the experience of going to the national championships 2-3 times. (2) In addition other teams seemed to have experience with tough games and in particular running 2 minute drills. All 4 of the losses by Palo Alto and Solano came down to the last minute of the game. The Nor Cal kids played tough the whole time and if they had a break here or there, or even if a close referee call had gone their way, games may have played out differently. Overall, and I believe I speak for all the Nor Cal officials who saw the games, we were quite proud of the way ALL of our teams played and fought until the end.
The other thing noticed was the great support for Nor Cal teams by other Nor Cal teams. Vallejo came out in-mass to watch Solano and Palo Alto for their 3rd place games while Solano and Palo Alto came out on Friday to support the Division 2 teams. Other Nor Cal teams supported each other all week long, getting to games when they could on their off- days.
In addition we threw the first annual Nor Cal national pool party for the kids organized by Ranon (Thanks from all involved). Unfortunately I was on a plane and could not attend but from all accounts the evening was a great success and we have reports that everyone got home safely.
Have a great Holiday and we will see you next year!
The All -Star games will be held in Vallejo. The all-star team make-up including head coach is listed at the end of this document.
Practice cannot start until the Championship games are over. Players can expect to hear from coaches no later than Tuesday November 24. If a player has not heard from the head coach by that date, the player should contact their league president (who should contact Denise and/or the president of the person who is head coach of the All-Star team) to make contact for the player.
Nor Cal has published the number of all-star players at 4 per team. All-stars are selected from your team in the order filled out on the form. There may be alternate all-stars so you can list more than 4 all-stars if you have them. All-stars MUST be at the game to receive their All-Star Medal.
There is only one mandatory practice and that is on Saturday before the game. The mandatory practice can be up to 3 hours as long as one hour is chalk talk and does not involve physical activity.
The head coach is responsible to find a practice field and will set the time and location of the practice. Head coaches are expected to practice at their association’s local high school and are responsible to arrange for a practice facility. Coaches can set up one optional practice during the week for 2 hours.
NOTE: Players must bring their own equipment including the appropriate dark or white jersey and must bring their individual PLAYER CARD (no birth certificate needed). DO NOT GIVE THE PLAYER CARD TO ANYONE. THE PLAYER SHOULD SHOW IT TO PROVE IDENTITY AND GIVE THE CARD BACK TO HIS ASSOCATION ALONG WITH THE EQUIPMENT FOR THE FOLLOWING YEAR CERTIFICATION.
THE ALL-STAR PROCEDURE IS LISTED BELOW:
4.0 – NORCAL PROCEDURES REGARDING ALL-STARS
NOTE: This procedure does not apply to the Conference Midget or 8th grade all-star team that competes at Nationals.. Every team represented by a player at the Nor Cal all-star games must have a coach from that association on the coaches roster.
There must be a mandatory practice on Saturday the day before the game
Please advise players they must bring their own association equipment including game jersey to the practice and the game.
If kids decline to play or do not show up at the mandatory Saturday practice, the Head coaches are responsibility to fill the squad and should add players from his own team and from assistant coaches teams to fill openings, YOU MUST HAVE PROOF THE PLAYER WAS CONTACTED AND DELINED TO PLAY (HAVE THEM SEND YOU AN EMAIL IF NEEDED)
COACHES MUST CONTACT PLAYERS BY TUESDAY NIGHT. Roster can be obtained from Denise the Nor Cal Secretary. Coaches should make sure you call your players from a cell phone so we can easily resolve any dispute where a player says he was not contacted by the head coach.
PLEASE DIRECT ALL ROSTER AND COACH CONTACT QUESTIONS TO Denise who will be sending your rosters to your president if you are selected as Head Coach.
TEAM MAKE-UP ARE AS FOLLOWS – HEAD COACHES ARE HIGHLIGHTED IN YELLOW:
VISITOR: SSV SH, GC, SR (4 PLAYERS EACH) + 4 selected by the head coach = 20
HOME: TC, SP, SFB, VR (4 PLAYERS EACH) + 4 selected by the head coach = 20
VISITOR: SSV, SR, VJB, SH, VBE (4 EACH) = 20
HOME: BAS, TC, SP, SFB (4 EACH) + 4 selected by the head coach = 20
VISITOR: SH, SSV, SR, GC (4 EACH) + 4 selected by the head coach= 20
HOME: PAK, TC, OKD, SP, SFB, FF (4 EACH) = 24
VISITOR: SH, SSV, SR, GC, VR, VJB (4 EACH) = 24
HOME: PAK, SP, FF, SFB, BAS (4 EACH) = 20
VISITOR: SH, SSV, SR, GC (4 EACH) + 4 selected by the head coach= 20
HOME: VJB, VB2, VR, VJ, VJ2 (4 EACH) = 20
VISITOR: SFB, PAK, PAK2, TC (4 EACH) + 4 selected by the head coach = 20
HOME: VBE, FF, SP, SP2 (4 EACH) + 4 SELECTED BY THE HEAD COACH= 20
2015 CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES
HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!!
10 DIFFERENT ASSOCATIONS WON CHAMPIONSHIPS YESTERDAY (OUT OF 12 POSSIBLE CHAMPIONS) – That means more than 50% of our 19 associations won at least one championship on either D1 or D2. This is what we mean when we talk about Nor Cal being a balanced league with strong competition. Congratulations to all of the teams that won and to all the rest of our teams that participated in an outstanding 2015 season.
TRAVEL MONEY – We have 230 kids and coaches traveling to Nationals for the 2015 national championships. Teams will be getting $46 per player. Specific team amounts with instructions on distribution will be emailed out later today. The breakdown of income and expenses for travel money is listed below:
TEAMS GOING TO NATIONALS – The following is the list of teams from Nor Cal that has qualified and will be going to the AYF National championships in Florida Dec 4-11.
We also have 4 Dance teams going that will share in the travel money from Nor Cal.
We are not sending teams on the D2 JP or JM levels
NOTE: There will be no additional TM game this Sunday as at least one of the TM championship teams is traveling to Vegas this weekend.
2015 NATIONAL TRAVEL INFORMATION
REGIONAL BOOK CERTIFICATION INFORMATION (Please let Kathy or Sandre know if you are going to their cert) – Teams going to Nationals must have your books certified by Kathy or Sandre next Monday or Tuesday at one of the following locations. If you fail to get your book certified you will be not be able to compete at nationals:
TRAVEL MONEY – MUST RESPOND BY 9 AM MONDAY – Teams traveling to Nationals are eligible for a donation from Nor Cal for travel funds. If your team or dance squad is going to nationals YOU MUST RESPOND WITH THE NUMBER OF PLAYERS AND COACHES TRAVELING BY MONDAY 9 AM
REMAINING LIST OF TEAMS GOING TO NATIONALS – The following is the list of teams still in contention to go to the AYF National championships in Florida Dec 4-11
2015 SEMI-FINALS GAME NOTES
Also 15 out of the 19 Nor Cal associations still have at least one team in contention for a Nor Cal division Championship.
REMAINING LIST OF TEAMS GOING TO NATIONALS – The following is the list of teams still in contention to go to the AYF National championships in Florida Dec 4-11. Teams in orange have already qualified.
NOTES FOR 2015 PLAYOFF WEEK 2
SPORTSMANSHIP – CONGRATULATIONS TO THE OAKLAND DYNAMITES who were voted winner of the Nor Cal Sportsmanship award. Their association fees will be paid by Nor Cal next season.
COMPETITION – 17 of the 19 Nor Cal associations still have at least one team remaining in the playoffs going into this weekend’s semi-finals.
REMAINING LIST OF TEAMS GOING TO NATIONALS – The following is the list of teams still in contention to go to the AYF National championships in Florida Dec 4-11. Teams highlighted in orange have already qualified.
GAME NOTES FOR 2015 PLAYOFF WEEK 1
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE OAKLAND DYNAMITES who were voted winner of the Nor Cal Sportsmanship award. Their association fees will be paid by Nor Cal next season.
Please note that the games this weekend in Sacramento may be moved to Sunday. We should know in the next day or two.
GAME NOTES FOR 2015 WEEK 7
PLAYOFF INFORMATION (Who is D1 and D2):
REPORT SCORES FOR SATURDAY GAMES SATURDAY NIGHT – URGENT – Please send me your scores for Saturday games on Saturday night and do not wait until Sunday. I need the additional time to get the playoffs seeding and matchups together for our playoff meeting on Monday night. In fact I would appreciate if you could text the scores of the games to me as they end – especially teams playing on Sunday.
TWO WIN TEAMS IN PLAYOFFS? – If you have a team with 2 wins (or 1 win and you expect them to win this weekend) and they want to participate in playoffs please let me know ASAP. There are limited slots and it is based on a first come, first served basis.
SPORTSMANSHIP – No reported coach’s ejections. We did have a couple of players ejected on the 15U level. Please remind your players if they get ejected this week they could miss their first playoff game.
COMPETITION – Undefeated (15U) BAS and SFB go at it on the final weekend of the season as does their two Pee Wee teams both with only one loss. Undefeated (JP) OGS takes on one loss Palo Alto with the winner likely getting a first round bye and getting to play at home for playoffs Nov 8, with the loser facing BAS on Oct 31 in the opening round. On the Cadet level undefeated Solano plays one loss VJ.
GAME NOTES FOR 2015 WEEK 6
SPORTSMANSHIP: Well our near 2 year streak of not having a coach ejected came to an end last weekend (Oct 3/4). This is a rare accomplishment in youth sports. So now we’ll try to start our streak all over again.
COMPETITION: 18 games within 2 touchdowns last weekend compared to only 6 games with lop-sided scores. We now have 2 undefeated teams left on every level except for the 15U level which has 4 due to two suspended games (darkness) to complete. This weekend the last two undefeated JM teams go at it when Palo Alto goes up against Solano. On the 15U level BAS will go up against OGS this weekend and SFB next weekend.
GAME NOTES FOR 2015 WEEK 5
SPORTSMANSHIP – No coaches ejected last weekend or so far this season. Two weeks in a row without a player ejection.
COMPETITION: Two undefeated Cadet teams play this weekend when the Solano Warriors meet the Vacaville Bengals. The two associations will also feature three undefeated teams (JP, PW and JM) playing a team with only one loss. We have the same situation in Oakland where their undefeated Cadet goes up against a one loss Vallejo Jaguars team.
GAME NOTES FOR 2015 WEEK 4
REMINDER – Rosters must be submitted to Nationals by Thursday Oct 1.
SPORTSMANSHIP – Halfway through the season and no coaches have been ejected to-date.
COMPETITION – 18 games were within two touchdowns last weekend compared to 9 games with lop-sided scores.
GAME NOTES FOR 2015 WEEK 3
SPORTSMANSHIP – No coaches were ejected this week. That makes three weeks in a row in 2015 and we are 4 weeks away from two years without a coach being ejected from a game. We have had player ejections each of the first two weeks but so far none reported in week 3.
COMPETITION – We only have 5 unbeaten Pee Wee teams left after three weeks and this weekend 4 of them face off against each other. The Pee Wee Sac Raiders go to play the SF 49’ers and BAS goes to VBE. The JP game at VBE with BAS also features two of the three remaining unbeaten JP teams. On the other levels after three weeks we have only two JM teams (playing week 7), three 15U teams (playing weeks 5, 7 and 8) and five Cadet teams still undefeated.
GAME NOTES FOR 2015 WEEK 2
SPORTSMANSHIP – No coaches have been ejected in the first two weeks of the season and Nor Cal has not had a coach ejected since week 7 of the 2013 season.
COMPETITION: 10 games within one touchdown and a total of 15 games within two touchdowns compared to 6 lop-sided scores (over 30 points).
GAME NOTES FOR 2015 WEEK 1
SPORTSMANSHIP – No reported ejections for week 1 – players or coaches.
COMPETITION: 17 games were within 2 touchdowns while there were 10 games with score differential of more than 30 points.
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