2016 WEEK 3 GAME NOTES
GAMES RUNNING LATE – One of the biggest problems we are having is games running late. START THE FIRST GAME ON TIME! When the first game runs late every game runs late. Also have the teams for the next game warming up in the end zone with 4 minutes left on the clock, so the next game can be started right away. Letting the games run themselves – refs and teams walking around smiling and talking when the game should have already started is leading to a BAD EXPERIENCE for parents. Each host should put someone in charge of keeping the games moving. That will go a long way towards keeping the games on-time.
2016 WEEK 2 GAME NOTES
PLAYER CARDS ONLY IN THE BOOK – Teams should now remove all supporting documents (birth certificate, physical etc…) from the player book except for the player cards and medical information.
LAST CHANCE TO ADD TO YOUR ROSTER Sep 15 – Just a reminder that Wednesday Sep 15 is the last day to add players or change teams. You need to submit your rosters on-line to Nationals and send a copy to Nor Cal. YOU CANNOT MAKE ANY ROSTER CHANGES AFTER Sep 15 except as noted below. Players who have not made weight are encouraged to move up. If a child has not made weight by week 3, does not want to move up and wants to continue to try to make weight, that is ok but they must make weight during the regular season to be eligible for playoffs.
ADDING PLAYERS AFTER Sep 15: Medical notes from Doctors that a child cannot play football and/or drop forms must be provided on each dropped player in order to be allowed to add players. No players shall be added after Week 7. If the team falls below 14 players, needs additional players (to get back up to 16 players) and cannot produce the drop forms or medical notes BEFORE THE PLAYERS ARE ADDED; the players added after Sep 15 will not be allowed to participate in playoffs. Drop forms must be sent to the president of Nor Cal in order to get approval prior to adding players.
2016 WEEK 1 GAME NOTES
SPORTSMANSHIP – This was an excellent opening day weekend where kids just seemed to play football and there was not much else. We had very few issues, no major problems and no reported ejections so far.
COMPETITION – We had 17 games played where the final score was within 2 touchdowns, while we had 11 games with a lop-sided score (30 points or more).
2016 OPENING WEEKEND – GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE. Please read the important notes below.
SPORTSMANSHIP IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING! The sportsmanship of players and coaches was outstanding last weekend but CANNOT SAY THE SAME FOR SOME OF THE PARENTS. Coaches need to meet with parents and go over the PARENT CODE OF CONDUCT. We will not tolerate poor sportsmanship by parents and it could affect your associations standing so make sure they are under control!
FIELD RULES – Please make sure to communicate all field rules to coaches, participants and parents each week. Everyone needs to closely follow field rules because we do not anyone to lose their field. It has happened in the past and we cannot allow it to happen in the future otherwise where are going to play our games? Please make sure to communicate to everyone to follow the rules – including the no-tailgating rules every high school has.
SIDELINE CONTROL – Only badged personnel along with water and ball boy/girl are allowed on the sidelines. Games may be stopped or even forfeited if head coaches do not keep their sideline under control.
2016 – JAMBOREE
PLEASE READ SO YOU KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON – WHAT IS OK FOR THE JAMBOREE AND NOT OK. It is different than regular season games.
Presidents…Attached are the Jamboree schedules – all of which are subject to change if teams drop out – but the times for each level are correct. Please get the information to your coaches so they can scout if they so choose. Some additional information:
- Solano has moved their Jamboree to Sunday
- Cheer must attend the Jamboree. It is a fund-raiser for National travel and Cheer shares equally in the distribution of funds. If there are any concerns about space on the track, have them sit together in the stands.
IMPORTANT info on the Jamboree. Kids can play even their cards are not stamped “ready for weigh-in” as long as they have a parent’s signature, physical and other documents needed to practice. Some kid’s cards aren’t stamped because they don’t have a medical number or other minor reasons and we do not want to keep them from participating.
RULES REGARDING THE JAMBOREE –
- IT’S A SCRIMMAGE – The jamboree is a practice scrimmage. Therefore no MPR is required, game score may or may not be kept and uniforms are not required. You do not need a full field as teams can play on half fields with or without the chains.
- ADMISSION COST FOR THE JAMBOREE – Hosts can charge up to $5 per adult.
- BADGES AND ROSTERS – Rosters can be used if coaches do not have their badge this weekend only. Starting with week 1 a coach MUST HAVE A BADGE OR PAY THE $5.
- SCHEDULE – It is up to the host to set up the Jamboree schedule.
- INVITATIONS MUST BE SENT BY HOST – Send out the invitations and include times for each level including weigh-in time and field rules.
- MANDATORY WEIGH-INS – Weigh-ins must be conducted to ensure players more than 10 overweight are NOT allowed to play. Only kids whose cards are stamped “READY FOR WEIGHT IN” will have their weight recorded on their player card and have their player card signed by the weigh-master.
- SCALES – If you have 3 or 4 teams you MUST have 2 scales certified this calendar year. If you have 5 or 6 teams playing on a level, you must have 3 scales. We do not want to fall behind time-wise because you have only one scale and are trying to weigh-in 4 or 5 teams etc… It is ok to ask another association to bring their scale and to use it for the day.
- BE ORGANIZED – Have volunteers (at your gate) direct the coaches to where and when they are supposed to weigh-in as soon as the team arrives and let them know where they should go to warm up.
- REFS AND MEDICS – The host must provide referees for the scrimmages and a Medic on the field as you would any other game.
- GAME DAY ENVIORNMENT – Other than the items listed you should strive to provide a great game day experience for the kids. It is their first major activity this season so let’s make it a great one. We do expect to have Nor Cal officials at each of the Jamborees in case of any issues.
2016 – NEW REGIONAL CHEER DIRECTOR
Congratulations to Shannon Candelario, from Tri-Counties, who has been named the new Mountain Northwest Region Cheer & Dance Director by AYF Nationals
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:
– $651 All-Star Medals (Already Paid)
– $425 refunds due to playoff forfeits or credits for cancelled playoff games
– $10,580 travel money (230 participants x $46)
= $19 remaining
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:
- Monday Nov 23 OG Hall 7 pm – 9 pm (Kathy)
- Tuesday Nov 24 Denny’s, 2526 San Pablo Dam Road, San Pablo 94806 from 6 – 9 pm. (Sandre)
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
PW: SOL or BAS – winner of the Nov 22 Nor Cal Championship game between these two teams gets the bid for the National Championships
CADET: SFF or SP – winner of the Nov 22 Nor Cal Championship game gets the bid for the National Championships
2015 SEMI-FINALS GAME NOTES
There have no reports of ejections of players or coaches during any of the 3 weeks of playoffs.
There were 7 upsets (lower seeded teams beating higher seeded teams) out of the 12 games last weekend.
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.
CADET: OKD – qualified for nationals
JP: VJ – qualified for nationals
PW: SOL, BAS – winner of the Nov 22 Nor Cal Championship game between these two teams gets the bid for the National Championships
JM: PAK – qualified for nationals
CADET: SFF, SP – winner of the Nov 22 Nor Cal Championship game gets the bid for the National Championships
JP: SFF – qualified for nationals
PW: SFF – qualified for nationals
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.
CADET: VBE, OKD – winner of the game this weekend between these two teams gets the bid for the National Championships
JP: PAK, VJ — winner of the game this weekend between these two teams gets the bid for the National Championships
PW: SOL, BAS winner of the Nov 22 Nor Cal Championship game between these two teams gets the bid for the National Championships
JM: PAK – qualified for nationals
CADET: SFF, SP, BAS – winner of the Nov 22 Nor Cal Championship game gets the bid for the National Championships
JP: SFF – qualified for nationals
PW: SFF – qualified for nationals
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):
Our playoff rules are designed for about 16 teams per level or more. However we need a minimum of 12 playoff teams in order for the rules to be applied and have a D1 and D2 playoffs. This year we are NOT going to have at least 12 playoff teams on at least 2 of the 5 levels (15U and JM) so we have to use a slightly different model and decided to apply it across the board in order to be consistent. This year the cutoff for D1 qualification is a NCSC team with a regular season record of 6-2 or better. All NCSC teams with a final regular season record of 5-3 or worse plus Alliance teams will be placed into the D2 playoffs (exception if there are only 3 or less teams with a 6-2 record or better on any given level, all 5-3 teams must move up to D1 – but that should not happen this year). Any Alliance team or NCSC teams with a record of 5-3 can opt to move up to D1 playoffs – all the president has to do is send me an email and let me know which teams want to move up to D1 playoffs. Please get me this information by Sunday night midnight. To help clarify who could be playing who in the first round, I will get a playoff preview out on Wednesday or Thursday. The playoff schedule must be approved by the Board of Directors in order to be final.
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.
There were two players ejected last weekend however – the info came in late – including at the 15U level. No players ejected last weekend so far.
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.