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Elk River Youth Football is set to join the Twin Cities North Youth Football League!


Grades impacted include 4th, 5th, and 6th

Parents and administrators have expressed an overwhelming interest in Elk River Youth Football evolving and expanding to include other communities of play to give the kids of Elk River a more complete football experience to better prepare them for the high school football program. After much internal discussion, the ERYFA is excited to announce this new direction.

The TCNYFL is a youth tackle football league comprised of youth football organizations from the Twin Cities north metro area. Participating communities include Monticello, St. Francis, Andover, Big Lake, Becker, Zimmerman, Champlin Park, Anoka…and others, but the league is always growing.

With the excitement of this change, it is expected that there will be questions. The Elk River Youth Football Association has compiled a list of questions and answers for you to view, and our board representatives are available to you at any time.

List of FAQs
Why are we changing?

  • Elk River and Rogers Youth Football had a 22-year relationship. Based on parental and administrative feedback, the need to expand and explore new options outweighed our desire to continue the relationship. In February of this year, Rogers Youth Football notified Elk River Youth Football of their desire to disband the relationship, and our organization was in 100% agreement.

Will the ball carrying weight be changed?

Yes, the ball carrying weights are:

  • 4th grade: 100 pounds
  • 5th grade: 125 pounds
  • 6th grade: 135 pounds

Will this affect Heads Up Football or Tackle Bar?

  • No. Coaches will continue to train Heads Up Football and TackleBar will remain at the 2nd/3rd grade level.

How will this affect our volunteer hours?

  • Volunteer hours will not be affected.

Does this impact all grades?

  • No. Just 4th, 5th, and 6th grades

When are games played?

  • It will vary. Some weeknights and some Saturdays. ERYFA will post the schedule once we receive it.  

What other teams are in the league?

  • Monticello, Anoka, Zimmerman, St Francis, Champlin Park, Big Lake, Becker, Rogers, Andover…to name a few.

When do practices and the season start? When does it end?

  • Practice starts mid-August – Games end MEA weekend. Championships are held the week after MEA.

How will teams be selected? Equi-draft like the past? Lightweight/heavyweight?

  • Elk River will continue to use the Equi-Draft system.

Will this change the number of kids on each team?

  • No. Team size is dependent on the number of kids registered.

Will this change the cost to play?

  • No. Registration fees will continue to cover the cost of jerseys, gifts for the kids, etc.

How far will we have to travel?

  • Furthest game is approximately 20 miles.

Will we play our teams?

  • More than likely, yes.