AYF youth football for New Jersey serving , hunterdon county NJ, sussex county NJ, mercer county NJ, middlesex county NJ, warren county NJ; american youth football, partner with Jersey Shore AYF & Garden State AYF, formerly Jr Skyland Football Conference
Please be patient with us as we update our website to reflect our recent changes.
Jr Skyland Football Is Now Greater New Jersey AYF
Our member programs are endorsed by and aligned to their High Schools
The Greater New Jersey AYF (GNJAYF) is an unlimited weight, high-school aligned, intermediate level football league founded on the principles of being an extension of the local High School program. We work in partnership our High School coaches and use the same techniques, terminology, schemes and concepts used by the High School programs so our players are best prepared for the next step in their football career. For this reason, the GNJ requires that all players play on teams aligned to where their primary residence is.
The gear store will be open for orders starting this weekend. The vendor is finalizing logo details for embroidery work. You can view the items now. HERE
If you have any requests or suggestions - please email gear@GNJAYF.com
Phillipsburg Little Liners 14U Gold hosting Ridge Jr Devils 14U Gold
The Phillipsburg and Ridge 14U Gold football teams opened their seasons on a cool and rainy Saturday night at Maloney Stadium in Phillipsburg, NJ. The fan support from both sides were well represented and the cheerleaders were enthusiastic as the prepared themselves for the start of the 2018 Greater New Jersey Football Season.
After the opening kickoff, the Ridge team started off hot, with a score by RB #33 Nick Losada on their first drive on a well-designed counter for 15 yds around the left side of the Phillipsburg defense with outstanding blocking from the Ridge offensive line led by #92 Zachary Young.
The Liners came right back on the following drive with a combination of passes and runs by QB #4 Andrew Butler and big plays by RB #22 Jeffrey Carthens early in the second quarter. This drive resulted in a long scoring run by Carthens of 44 yards and after a successful PAT conversion an 8-6 lead for the Liners.
The Ridge team showed their toughness with a stop of the PBurg offense and subsequently a punt block by Ridge's LB # 44 Troy Bowles. However, they weren't able to convert the opportunity into any points. and punted the ball back to PBurg. The Liners then went on another successful drive which incduded another long catch and run by Carthens and eventually was punched it in late in the first half on a QB sneak by Butler. Carthens converted his second successful PATs and Pburg took a 16-6 lead into the half.
In the second half, both teams battled the elements as well as each other trying to gain field position. The teams went back and forth with the defenses dominating. Ridge's final late rally to score and try to close the gap on the Liner lead was ended by a heavy pass rush from the PBurg front 7 led by DE #54 Nate Bartholemew.
1Q Ridge TD: #33 Losada 15 yard Run (PAT No Good)
2Q PBurg TD: #22 Carthens 44 yard Run (#22 Carthen PAT Kick Good)
2Q PBurg TD: #4 Butler 1 yard Run (#22 Carthen PAT Kick Good)
Good luck to all programs, teams, coaches and players. This year we have:
over 800+ players from Kindergarten through 8th grade
on 39 teams (not counting in-town flag programs)
across 2 Divsions,8 high-school aligned associations and 4 age groups
playing on 15 different home fields.
From Sept 9 and into November we have 17-22 games being played every weekend Hosting on Saturdays - starting at 8:30am and running until 10:00pm (and some cross-over games on Sundays)
Out Top Tier Divison Raritan has playoffs starting October 27th and Delaware Divison starts playoffs on 11/3 with our Raritan Gold Conference Finals on 11/3 and Delaware Championship & 8th Grade All-Star Day is November 10th and is being Hosted at North Hunterdon High School.
We would like to share an exciting new step that the Jr Skyland Football Conference (“JSFC”) will be taking in 2018.
If you have been part of one of our member programs in the past, you are probably already aware of our conference’s goals, vision and objectives. But to refresh you…
We are an unlimited weight, high-school aligned, intermediate level football league founded as an extension of the local High School program. It is our league’s objective work in partnership with their respective high school coaches and use the same teaching techniques, terminology, and fundamental concepts used by the high school programs so our young student-athletes are best prepared for the next step in their football career. For this reason, we require that all players play on teams aligned to where their primary residence is and/or for the program of the high school that they attend. Additionally, we strive to ensure that teams are playing opponents of comparable talent depth and skill level. We require all of our coaches to be USA Football safety certified. We were early adopters and have been partnering with USA Football and their safety programs going back 7+ years.
This vision and these goals are important to all of our member programs. As we evaluate the external pressures we all are experiencing related to the perception of football, and in order to best position ourselves to achieve our goals listed above, we have decided that our conference as a whole will align itself the American Youth Football (AYF) starting with the 2018 fall football season.
Under the AYF National Track program:
We will become our own conference under the AYF umbrella
Our name will change from Jr Skyland Football Conference (JSFC) to Greater New Jersey AYF (GNJAYF)
We will continue to provide unlimited weight, tackle football
We will continue to have our programs tied closely to their High Schools and HS Head Coaches
We will continue to ensure the kids play for their sending districts and affiliated High Schools
We will continue to play football based on the NFHS rules and guidelines
In the short term (2018), we will improve our ability to have full and equitable scheduling for all our programs through crossover games with other AYF conferences
In the near & long term – provides a conference for other, existing AYF programs in our region an opportunity to realign to our conference and play more locally; as well as improve our ability to attract additional programs to our conference based on the platform AYF offers.
The partnership between our youth programs and their high school programs is paramount to what we have built here and what we continue to build upon. We will continue to reach out to work hand in hand with our affliated High School distrcits as partners to energize those communities around youth football, provide a place where players of all levels, skills amd abilities can enjoy and learn valuable life lessons from the game of football, assist in any multi-program challenges and ensure we are preparing those players who what a career beyond youth football to be as ready as possible for their high school programs.