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ERYFA Football Families,

 

Now that the Jamboree is done it is time to look at our next big event….YOUTH NIGHT at the first home ERHS Varsity football game.  The game is this Thursday, August 29th and will start at 7:00PM, but there will be some fun before hand so you will want to get there early.  Participation in youth night events are optional, but please remember that if a team is going to participate there MUST be at least one coach present.  All youth players will get into the game for free, but they must be wearing their jerseys.  Here is the info on Youth Night and what will take place.

 

WHAT IS YOUTH NIGHT?

ERHS Varsity Football Youth Night is a chance to highlight the younger football players of our community while supporting our high schoolers playing on the big field.  It is also an opportunity for the younger kids to see and cheer for the varsity players up close with the hopes of one day playing on the same field.  It is a great night for football with youth and high school highlighted together. 

 

WHAT DOES YOUTH NIGHT ENTAIL?

Before the game, youth players will form a tunnel with two lines of teams that varsity players will run through as they take the field.   All youth tackle teams as well as flag football teams are welcome to participate.  After the tunnel, all youth players are invited to sit in the north end zone during the first half of the game.  There are firm behavior expectations for players as they watch the game from the field (outlined below), so please go through these expectations with your child before hand.  Upon completion of the first half of play and the dance team’s performance at the beginning of halftime, the 2nd/3rdgrade tackle teams as well as K-1 flag teams will scrimmage on the field.  This will be their opportunity to play on the big field under the lights.  Once they leave the field, youth night participation will be over and players/families can proceed as they wish.  Team participation is optional, but highly recommended as it is a fun night for both the youth AND high school players.

 

WHERE/WHEN SHOULD WE BE THERE?

We would like teams to start gathering around 6:15 so that we can begin staging for the tunnel at 6:30.  We will stage teams on the south side of the track (near the concession stand) and will walk in designated lines to create the tunnel.  If participating in the tunnel, players must be with their team no later than 6:40PM.

 

WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR?

All youth players should wear their 2019 GAME JERSEYS along with shorts or any other weather appropriate attire.  2ndand 3rdgraders will need full equipment, however we suggest holding shoulder pads and helmets (and possibly cleats) until closer to their playing time.  Parents, come in your favorite Elk River apparel!

 

WHAT WILL HAPPEN AFTER THE TUNNEL?

After the tunnel, players will be moved to the north end zone where they will sit with their teams during the first half of the game.  There MUST be at least one coach present with each team to supervise during the game, however we highly recommend having more. ERYFA has created dibs to have 15 volunteers on the field to help supervise, so if you will be at the game and are willing to help please sign up!

 

WHAT ARE THE BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS?

ERYFA has clear expectations for players as they watch the game from the field.  The biggest expectation is to be respectful - to varsity players on the field, to fellow players watching from the end zone, to fans, and especially visiting players/fans.

  •      Players will sit with their teams and will NOT run around the area.
  •      Players will not wrestle or hit other players while watching the game from the end zone.
  •      Players will not bring items to be thrown (to each other or otherwise), as it is distracting for the players on the field.
  •      Players will cheer loudly, but appropriately.
  •      Players will follow the direction of the coaches and volunteers. 

If a player does not follow these guidelines and continues to be a disruption after a warning, he will be escorted off of the field and a parent will be called.

 

WHAT WILL HAPPEN AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE HALF?

While the visiting team is exiting the field at the beginning of half time, youth teams will walk along the track back to the south entrance point (near the concession stand). From there, coaches will establish a plan for dismissal with their players after the half (i.e. parent pick up or player going on own).

 

WHAT WILL THE HALFTIME PLAYING LOOK LIKE?

The 2nd/3rdgrade tackle teams and K-1 flag teams will begin getting dressed and warmed up during the last few minutes of the 2ndquarter.  They will then walk with their coaches to the area of the field they will be playing on.  The field will be separated into quarters with 2 flag football teams scrimmaging each other on each of the first 2 quarters, 2 tackle teams on the next quarter, and the remaining 3 tackle teams will play round robin on the last quarter.  Teams must be completely off the field with 5:00 minutes remaining in the half. Parents will then meet their players outside of the fence on the south side of the field (near the concession stand).

 

WHAT IF MY PLAYER WILL BE COMING LATE TO THE GAME?

We are aware of two schools with open houses the same night as youth night – Parker Elementary School and Salk Middle School.  If you are attending an open house and are planning on coming to the game late, your player is still welcome to participate in the youth night events.  Once the teams are in the end zone, volunteers will be placed at the northwest gate to the field (at the far end of the home stands).  If you arrive after the tunnel and you would like your player to sit on the field with the team, please bring your player to this gate and a volunteer will escort him to his team at the appropriate time.  Please do not just send your kid running out during the game.  Procedures are set for the safety of the kids and to maintain focus for the varsity players and staff.

 

Thank you,

Elk River Youth Football Association

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