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SMYAC Football Information

Welcome to another outstanding season of football!

The following includes basic information for both returning and new players.

Exciting new changes for the 2017 Season are as follows:

High-level Points of Upcoming Season Changes:

  1. Partnership with another area league for improved Junior division opportunities
  2. New weight rules for divisions
  3. New team added to league

 

Each item is explained in greater detail below.

The League - SMYAC:

The Calvert County Youth Football League is now known as the Southern Maryland Youth Athletic Conference (SMYAC).

Senior Division:

The Leonardtown Wildcats will try to commit one SENIOR team to compete in SMYAC play.  Senior division teams will compete in a 10 game season schedule with 5 home games and 5 away games against other SMYAC Senior division teams.


Junior Division:

Now a player will have the benefit of playing football against teams/players of like skilled competition while enjoying a full schedule of opponents all within the Southern Maryland community!  Junior division teams will compete in a 10 game season schedule with 5 home games and 5 away games against SMYAC junior division teams.


Season info:


Our seasons run from August to approximately November depending on whether a team qualifies for the SMYAC Classic (our playoffs).  The top 4 teams in each age group qualify for the SMYAC Classic.  The following organizations participate in our youth football league:

 

  • Prince Frederick Eagles
  • Huntingtown Hurricanes
  • Solomons Steelers
  • Dunkirk Warriors
  • Owings Outlaws
  • Beach Buccaneers
  • Pax River Raiders
  • Mechanicsville Braves
  • Leonardtown Wildcats
  • La Plata Blue Knights
  • Hughesville Hurricanes
  • Southern Maryland Hawks
  • St. Leonard Lions
  • Waldorf Wildcats

 
Starting in 2017 the entire SMYAC conference is unlimited. This means that anyone can play any position.

Our regular season is typically 10 games, followed by playoffs (for those teams that qualify).  Playoffs begin Mid-Late November extending for 2 weeks.

Game schedules:

Team schedules will be made available approximately the 2nd week of practice.  Most games are played on Saturdays.  However, teams may play weekday evening games in the event of inclement weather.  In the case of game cancellations, SMYAC will notify the respective teams about rescheduling.  Note—no games will be scheduled during Labor Day weekend.

Practices:

Players will be evaluated by Head Coaches and staff during the initial days of practice to determine placement on a Senior or Junior team.However, not all weight divisions may have both Senior and Junior teams; it is dependent on the number of registered players.
Practices will start on August 1st at Dorsey Park. At the first night of practice the entire organization will gather for a few minutes to discuss the upcoming season. Practices typically will run Monday thru Thursday from 6PM to 8PM.  The first night of practice will be held in shorts, T-shirts and cleats only (tennis shoes for those that haven’t purchased cleats yet).  Your respective coaches will provide further guidance on which equipment to wear later in the week.
Once school starts our practices will reduce to 3 nights.  By October 1 we will be down to 2 nights per week.

Football Equipment:

If you did not receive equipment at the time of our fittings TBD, we will have a limited supply of equipment available at Dorsey during the first weeks of practice. Note—Players must return all issued equipment at the end of the season.  Failure to do so will result in the Wildcats charging parents/guardians a replacement fee for each item not returned.


What we issue the players:

Helmets- Our helmets are either brand new or re-conditioned.  Our equipment managers will fit your child for a proper size helmet.  If you wish to purchase your own helmet, please contact a member of PFE so that we can ensure you have the proper equipment.

Shoulder pads- Shoulder pads are fitted by our equipment managers or on staff coaches.

Practice pants- Holds 7-piece pad sets.  Players, unless otherwise instructed by coaches, will wear practice pants to all practices.

Basic mouth piece- We will provide each player a basic mouth piece.


What we ask our players to purchase:

Girdle- Any style that is comfortable to your child

Socks- We will have these available for sale during the first weeks of practice.

Cleats (no metal spikes please) - We may have a limited amount of cleats for exchange. If you have unused cleats that may be too small, please bring them to practice to offer to those who may need them.

Athletic supporter- All players are required to wear an athletic supporter during contact drills, scrimmages and games.  A soft cup is also suggested.

Optional equipment- Visors (clear only), extra mouth piece, arm/wrist bands, chest/rib protectors

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