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Who can participate in the football program?

 

  • The PYF program is open to all boys/girls in the Pentucket District as well as residents of Georgetown in grades 2-8. Players are placed on teams by grade: 2nd-4th D team, 5th-6th C team and 7th-8th A team. 
  • There are no weight limits to play football however there are weight restrictions on ball carrying positions. The maximum weights to play offensive ball carrying positions are as follows: A team- 158 lbs, C team- 120 lbs and D team- 93 lbs


 

When does the season begin and when/where are practices?

 

  • The PYF season begins with “conditioning” scheduled for the first or second week of August and is typically 4-5 days per week at the coaches’ discretion.
  • After Labor Day, regular practices will be scheduled 4-5 days per week.
  • All practices take place at the Pines Recreation Area Groveland: 222 Main St Groveland MA 01834
  • Scrimmages or practice games are typically scheduled as early as late August.
  • Practices occur rain or shine. Always check the website, Facebook and emails/texts from coaches if there is any question about practice being affected by weather.


 

When and where are the games?

 

  • The season’s game schedule is determined by CAYFL with the first games scheduled to begin after Labor Day.
  • There are approximately 8-9 games in the youth football season. Games are typically played on Saturday or Sunday. 
  • A and C teams can potentially advance into the playoffs extending games by 1-2 weeks. All games will be played by the second week in November.
  • All games will be played “away” for the 2022 season and until construction of the new Pentucket Stadium is complete in Fall 2023.
  • Games are subject to change. Changes can sometimes be last minute as a result of uncontrollable events such as weather, stadium restrictions/changes, or other external factors.
  • Games occur rain or shine. Always check the website, Facebook and emails/texts from coaches if there is any question about a game being affected by weather.


 

What is the commitment in terms of time and travel?

 

  • August through November, expect 5 days per week to be scheduled with practices and a Saturday or Sunday game. Being able to commit fully to the time requirements is critical to the development and advancement of each team, excellent attendance is a must. 
  • PYF participates in the Cape Ann League and therefore games are scheduled with Danvers, Lynnfield, Newburyport, Masco, Amesbury, Marblehead, Hamilton-Wenham, North Andover, Winthrop, Gloucester, Manchester-Essex and North Reading. 
  • All 2022 games will be played “away” due to the Pentucket Stadium being under construction until Fall 2023.


 

What do you need to know about football equipment?

 

  • Each player will be fitted for a helmet, shoulder pads, padded pants, girdle and jersey prior to practice beginning.  Equipment pick up will be available on at least two dates (possibly more) at the Pines Recreation Area Groveland.
  • Mouth guards and cleats with rubber or plastic spikes will need to be purchased separately.
  • Players will be expected to bring all football equipment and a water bottle to each practice and game.

 

 

What do you need to know about registration?

 

  • Registration for PYF is typically held from late March- June ahead of the upcoming season.
  • All new football registrants must provide a copy of their birth certificate upon registration.
  • Registration fees and family caps are determined yearly by the PYF Board.
  • Registration fees cover season-long rental of helmet, shoulder pads, padded pants, girdle and jersey, a portion of field expenses, administrative costs, insurance and league dues. 


 

This FAQ is designed to provide answers to the most common questions. If you have further questions, please email PYFootballCheer@gmail.com