The 2014 season for the New Hampshire Youth Football & Spirit Conference has come to a close.
As the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child so it is true that it takes hundreds of volunteers to provide over 4000 children the opportunity to participate in a football and cheerleading program.
We would like to acknowledge those who have made the season a success.
The Presidents, Cheer Coordinators and Board of Directors that manage each association
The Mom’s, Dad’s, families and friends, that volunteer at the local associations.
The 24 member associations of the NHYFSC.
The towns, communities and local business’ that support our local member associations.
As well as the many, many others that help and support us throughout the year.
The New Hampshire Youth Football and Spirit Conference wish everyone a Great and Happy New Year.
A SPECIAL THANK YOU, to the many volunteers that helped make sure the 2014 New England Region Cheerleading and Football Championships ran smoothly and was a great success. The 2-day event was very well planned and executed.
On Sunday, November 2, 2014 the New Hampshire Youth Football & Spirit Conference hosted its State Championship football games at Laconia High School in Laconia, NH.
The NHYFSC is proud to announce the 2014 State Football Champions:
10U - Grade 4 ~ Pelham Razorbacks
11U - Grade 5 ~ Salem Rams
12U - Grade 6 ~ Nashua Crusaders
13U - Grade 7 ~ Salem Rams
14U - Grade 8 ~ Pelham Razorbacks
The NHYFSC congratulate all the teams for all they have accomplished this season.
The teams will advance to the AYF New England Region Quarter Final round.
The region quarter finals will be played in Rhode Island at Cumberland High School, Cumberland, RI on Sunday, November 9th.
The American Youth Football Region Finals will be played on Sunday, November 23rd at Stellos Stadium in Nashua, NH. Winning teams will advance to the AYF National Championships in Orlando, Florida the week of December 7th.
On Saturday, November 1st, the NHYFSC held the 2014 State Cheerleading Competition.
Tammy Gagne, Cheer Coordinator of the NHYFSC is pleased to announce the conferences Cheerleading Competition results.
The NHYFSC CONGRATULATE all the cheer squads for a wonderful performance. The cheer squads did a fantastic job!!
Click here to download a list of the 2014 State Cheerleading Champions.
The finalist will move on to compete in the AYF/AYC New England Region Championships on November 22, 2014 at the Verizon Arena in Manchester, NH. The New England Region Competition will include squads from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire. Squads placing at Regions for their division are eligible to compete at the American Youth Cheer National Competition in Florida in December 13th & 14th.
We would like to congratulate all the Tiny Mite teams that participated today. These young athletes showed everyone they are the next generation of cheerleaders.
A Special Shout Out to the Bedford Jaguars Adaptive Cheer team! Once again bringing the house to their feet and tears to our eyes with an exceptional routine. A fantastic group of athletes proved that nothing can hold you back once you set your mind to it.
For additional information and all the latest news regarding the New England Region Championships visit the New England Region website at www.newenglandregionals.com
Good Luck to all our advancing cheerleading squads.
We have incorporated a new section for the NHYFSC State Cheerleading Competition. You can find links containing all the latest information regarding the annual competition under Cheerleading News/State Cheer Competition.
This will condense the number of websites visitors need to view to obtain information to various events happening within the conference.
All the current 2014 competition information as been updated. We will continue to update all areas as information continues to be finalized.
Location: 10 North Eastern Blvd, Salem, NH (Behind the ADP Building
Registration: 8:30 am to 9:00 am
Tryout: 9:00 am to 11:30 am
Player Nomination & Recruitment:
1. All 2014 NHYFSC rostered 8th grade players are welcome to try out. They must be in the 8th grade only. Any player currently in the 8th grade and on the 8th grade roster may attend the open tryouts.
2. Player selection must afford the conference all-star coaching staff the ability to insure key positions such as quarterbacks, lineman, etc are on the team. To achieve this the coaching staff will recruit league wide by observing league games. When the all-star coaches visits a field on game day they should make contact with the association president and head coach of the 8th grade team.
3. Associations should understand that when nominating a player they need to consider how they will match up on the bigger picture. Being nominated to the team is not a guarantee of placement on the team nor a statement that each player is equal in skill or football attitude.
4. Deadline for recruitment and nominations is October 1st.
1. All players will participate in a 2 day skill testing session as developed by the All-star coaching staff.
2. From the player skill testing a maximum of 30 players will be selected by the coaching staff. Players/Parents will be notified 48 hours from the final skill testing of their status. Players/parents will have 48 hours from the notification to confirm a place on the 2014 NHYFSC Conference All Star Team.
Once all the players are selected the NHYFSC will coordinate a meeting for the prospective players and parents to learn about the All-Star experience and requirements.
If you have any questions please contact the head coach
On Monday, September 8th the NHYFSC convened a meeting with the coaches nominated for the position of Head Coach of the 2014 NHYFSC 8th Grade Conference All-Star team. At this meeting the expectations of the position were reviewed. After all discussion had taken place a vote was taken by the coaches in attendance for the 2014 Head Coach position.
We are proud to announce Steven Abraham of the Salem Rams was voted in as the Head Coach as the 2014 NHYFSC 8th Grade Conference All-Star Team.
Steve spoke with Ron Emrick of Pelham and Jim Summers of Nashua Elks who were also nominated for the Head Coach position to stay on as coaches for this years team. Both have agreed. In the upcoming weeks Steve will reach out to coaches within the NHYFSC membership to fill the remaining positions.
The final step of the process is the selection of the players. This process will take place in October. We will forward the information to the association presidents and post on this website when the details are finalized.
Once all players are identified the NHYFSC will coordinate a parents meeting in October to review the requirements and process of the team.
NHYFSC FOOTBALL & CHEER STARTS FOR THE 2014 SEASON!!!!
On Monday, July 28th the New Hampshire Youth Football & Spirit Conference begins the 2014 season. During the month of August teams will undertake preparing for the season with physical conditioning, concussion awareness education, and practices.
The conference is entering its 6th season with grade based levels of participation. This change has resulted in extensive growth by participants as this process is more inclusive than other types of football and cheer structures. The conference will continue offering the Flag football program which steadily grows each season as an introductory level for participation without the pressure of tackle football.
The conference will host its 10th Annual Academic Achievement Awards program that has been very successful in acknowledging participants for their academic success. To date we have honored 3496 participants at the Gold, Silver, and Bronze levels of achievement.There has also been $234,000 worth of scholarships since the awards inception in 2005. The conference has a strong commitment to fostering and acknowledging academic success.
The NHYFSC will be hosting its state wide cheer competition on Saturday, November 1 at Southern New Hampshire University. Squads that place 1st, 2nd and 3rd are eligible to participate in the American Youth Cheer Region Competition in Manchester, NH.
For all of the above to happen it requires many volunteers. The NHYFSC wants to acknowledge the member associations, their boards of directors, volunteers such as coaches, team parents, concession workers, and the list goes on!THANK YOU!!!
We look forward to another great, successful season.
At the April Cheer meeting we decided that all NH teams would do the same half time routine for 2014. Kate Spencer from the Bedford Jaguars agreed to choreograph the dance for all teams to use. Please don't modify it by adding stunts, tumbling, or jumps. It is intended for all teams at all levels to unite and do the same dance together, not one team then the other, not one team in front of the other, together with team A athletes standing on each side of team B athletes, etc...
On Monday July 14th Kate taught the dance. Learning first hand from Kate on how to teach to your athletes is an added bonus. For those of you that don't know Kate has been teaching dance for a number of years and her Jaguar teams always score high in the dance category.
We have posted the half time dance here and on the Cheer Facebook page for any association that was unable to attend on the 14th.
Click here for the Halftime Routine Music, Counts and Counts with Music for the divisions.
Hey Coaches, we have built a page specifically for you.
There are many documents and forms in the Hey Coach tab. This area is password protected. Speak to your president or cheer coordinator for the password or email
. When you send a request for the password please make sure you include your full name and association you are registered with.
The NHYFSC held their 9th Annual Academic Achievement Award Reception Sunday, April 6th .
The conference recognized 519 children at the Gold, Silver and Bronze levels of achievement. The participants also demonstrated outstanding involvement with community service, volunteerism, or clubs and organizations.Each recipient receives a certificate that acknowledged the participants success in the classroom.
Scholarships totaling $20,000 was awarded to 23 exceptional students.
The NHYFSC congratulates all the recipients for their tremendous accomplishments.
Check out the pictures of some of the amazing individuals that attended the reception.
Lumberjacks Football & Cheer Welcomed as newest member
We are very excited to announce Lumberjacks Youth Football as the 25th member association of the NHYFSC.
At the March president's meeting Jerrod Grimes, President of the Lumberjacks petitioned for membership into the conference. The presidents voted to accept the Lumberjacks as their newest member association.
The Lumberjacks will be joining the conference for the 2014 season. They are currently accepting registrations for both football and cheerleading.
A few of the reasons the Lumberjacks choose the NHYFSC is we are a fully age/grade based conference without weight restrictions. We offer a highly competitive 8 game regular schedule, state playoffs, region and national championships. We also offer an Academic Achievement program providing academic recognition and scholarships for post-secondary school, just to name a few of the advantages.
On-line Registrations for the 2014 are open for all member associations.
To register for the 2014 season click on the Register Online link in the left hand column.
Please read the instructions which explains the process if you are a returning registration or new registration. Once you have read the information, scroll down to find the association in your area and click on Begin Registration.
If you have any questions or problems please email
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2013 NH CONFERENCE ALL STAR TEAM CHAMPIONS Bracket A
Thursday the NH All Star team dominated the field against the Michigan Semyal All Stars. It was clear from the first kick off the NH All Stars were not going to walk away without the championship trophy in their group.
The football players and coaches arrived ready to get the job done.
At the end of the 4th quarter, NH walked off the field with a 20 - 0 victory and a championship trophy for the 8th Grade Conference All Star Bracket A division.
The team will compete Friday at 2:00 pm for the Grand Championship against the New Jersey All Stars.
GREAT JOB TO ALL THE PLAYERS AND COACHES, We are so PROUD OF YOU!!!!
New Hampshire Youth Football & Spirit Conference changed to a GRADE-BASED structure!!!
Beginning with the 2009 season our playing format changed to the American Youth Football (AYF) ALL-AMERICAN DIVISION.
The New Hampshire Youth Football & Spirit Conference (NHYFSC) member association presidents approved and voted on restructuring the football program to a Grade-Based format after much research and reviewing youth football national trends.
Bill Brown, National Football Commissioner for AYF, the largest youth football and cheer organization in the country, met with member associations and presented the All-American Division format, which has been offered by AYF for years.
In the past, the NHYFSC offered football in an age/weight restricted format. While this was well suited at the time, the Grade-Based format represents a more natural progression and development for today’s youth football players. The Grade-Based program will better align us with national trends and create a true feeder program for all of our High Schools.
What is the All American Division?
The All American Division is a Grade-Based program that fosters participants in the same grade of similar age to play together. This will provide consistency and continuity for the players and teams through the 8th grade and onto high school. It is our belief that this change will strengthen our overall football program.
What is Grade Based?
Grade based is a grade appropriate division, protected by age without weight restrictions. The participants of this division will be together with the same children they play baseball, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, etc. The same children they attend class with and play together at home in their back yards with. They will be with their peers at all times, in fact they’re with their peers from the 1st grade right up to 8th grade and onto high school. Click here to view the Grade Level Chart.
Why Grade Based?
The program is socially correct. You have parity at every level, each child moves with their respective team. With a grade based program you don’t have a child playing at one level this year and then have to jump up 2 levels the following year because of a growth spurt. Every child can play at the appropriate grade level. As the children progress through the program and move onto high school they know they can play with kids of all sizes
What the NHYFSC has to offer?
4th Grade through 8th Grade – Individual teams can be formed at each of the five (5) competitive grade levels. Participate in a schedule that leads to state playoffs and the opportunity to advance to regional and national championships. They will continue to play national federation rules.
Grade 3 - Instructional – A combination of Readiness, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades. This level will continue as our instructional level so the participants can learn and develop the skills they need to play the game of contact football.
Flag Football, introduced in 2008, will continue to be offered to our participants ages 5 to 7. The level came about based on trends and parents request. The focus of the level is to provide a safe controlled environment to introduce these younger participants to teamwork and the game of football.
All other aspects of the conference will continue to operate in the same great manner. The NHYFSC mission is to provide an opportunity for the children to participate in a safe, structured environment that supports sportsmanship, healthy competition and academic achievement. Cheerleading will continue to follow the AYF/AYC Nationally published division format.
This is a very exciting time for the New Hampshire Youth Football & Spirit Conference, its member associations and the children of New Hampshire. This progressive change will provide all children the opportunity for improvement, expansion and advancement, within a more appropriately structured format.
Click on the Members tab to the left to find and register with an association in your area.
2014 AYF Volunteer of the Year award presented to Tammy Gagne, NHYFSC Cheer Coordinator
2013 Andy Vanti, Pelham Razorbacks President inducted into the AYF Hall of Fame.
2012 Deb Smith, NHYFSC Secretary inducted into the AYF Hall of Fame.
2010 AYF Academic Achievement award presented to the NHYFSC
2010 AYF Volunteer of the Year award presented to Deb Smith, NHYFSC Secretary
2010 Robert Schiavoni, NHYFSC Vice-Commissioner inducted into the AYF Hall of Fame.
2009 Volunteer of the Year Award presented to Andy & Linda Vanti of Pelham Windham Razorbacks
2009 AYF Giving Back Award presented to the NHYFSC
2007 Richard Pelletier, NHYFSC Commissioner inducted into the AYF Hall of Fame