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Welcome to the Fort Hunt Football Family! We are excited about the 2018 season and plan on providing a fun, safe, and positive experience for you and your child. This is accomplished through emphasis on sportsmanship, team play, self-discipline, maximum effort, integrity, and maximum participation in a FUN environment. The information below will be of benefit to rookies and veterans alike, as well as to their parents and legal guardians, answering many of the most common questions and concerns.
 

FORT HUNT FOOTBALL (TACKLE) is a member of the Fairfax County Youth Football League (FCYFL) and is governed by its rules and regulations - see http://www.fcyfl.org/ for more information. We play full contact football under modified High School Rules (which are different than the NFL) and play games against opponents, of comparable size and ability, throughout the county and surrounding area. (7-16 age & weight matrix is below)

 

FORT HUNT FLAG FOOTBALL - Our House League Flag football program is designed to offer a safe, dynamic, and competitive environment for young athletes to both discover and develop the skills and techniques necessary to succeed on both sides of the ball. The slate of practices and games ensures that all flag football participants receive comprehensive instruction and gain a keen understanding of the sport. (5-14 boys & girls) Flag Football will practice 1 day a week and play one game a week (Tuesday Practice day and Thursday Game Day). This will be a house league so travel is restricted to the local Fort Hunt community. Practice and game times will be 6:00 - 8:00 PM

 

FORT HUNT SIDELINE CHEER - Side Line Cheer is for boys and girls ages 5 to 14 years old.  The Side Line Cheer Team participates at all Fort Hunt Home games at Carl Sandburg Middle School.  They conduct traditional sideline cheers which motivates the teams and crowd

 

FORT HUNT FOOTBALL UNLIMITED is a member of GYFL (Grassroots Youth Football League). see www.thegyfl.com Our UNLIMITED football is for ELITE football players that are looking to use this as a platform to play at the next level. There is no weight requirement (6th-7th-8th graders welcome)

FCYFL Weight Classes

* The minimum weight requirement for participating is 40lbs. Players must weigh at or greater than 40lbs by the official weigh-in.

In an effort to ensure we continue to serve our community and the largest group of children the Board of Commissioners approved a small modification to the FCYFL Age and Weight Matrix to adjust the upper weight classes (130lbs and 155lbs) to be more inclusive of the majority of middle school age children so that they may participate and prepare for High School ball.

In addition to the weight matrix, the FCYFL divides most of the Weight Classes into 3 development levels or Divisions. We believe that the combination of the weight matrix with the 3 skill levels will provide the vast majority of kids with the opportunity to be successful at their own pace. There are 2 exceptions to the 3 skill levels: 1) at Anklebiters (AB) all children are considered to be Developmental, and 2) at the 155lb weight class where participation levels prevent splitting into multiple teams and the majority of the kids are on the last stage before moving on to High School football.

This Age and Weight Matrix is OFFICIAL. Until such time as the Official Rules are updated, the below matrix will continue to serve as the OFFICIAL matrix. The minimum weight requirement for participating is 40lbs for Anklebiters and 56lbs for other weight classes. Players must weigh at or greater than the minimum by the official weigh-in (Typically mid-to-late August).
 

FCYFL Age Matrix

(If you have any questions regarding this age matrix, please contact your local club's commissioner.)

Birthday Age Cutoff Dates: Ages 7-11 and 14 - Age on October 1; Ages 15-16 - 15 year olds that turn 16 on or before December 31st must play 155lbs. No player that turns 17 on or before December 31st is eligible to play.

 

Age on October 1 (See exceptions for 15 and 16-year old’s)

Weight Class

7

8

9

10

11

12*

13*

14

15**

16***

AB*

UNL

90

55

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

80LB

 

Unlimited/100*

90

85

80

 

 

 

 

 

90LB

 

 

Unlimited/110*

100

95

90

 

 

 

 

100LB

 

 

 

Unlimited/120*

110

105

100

 

 

 

115LB

 

 

 

 

Unlimited/135*

125

120

115

 

 

130LB

 

 

 

 

 

Unlimited/150*

140

135

130

 

155LB

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unlimited/175*

Unlimited/165*

160

155

 

* Maximum weight for a player to carry the ball in Anklebiters is 70lbs. Anklebiter players over the 70lb limit and all other unlimited players at other weight classes are not eligible to play in a position that normally handles the ball unless they are at or below the listed maximum ball carrier weight (the weight limit listed next to "Unlimited/" on the chart above). Positions excluded for unlimited players exceeding the maximum ballcarrier limit include all offensive backfield positions, all eligible receivers and tight end positions, and any position not on the first line of a special teams’ formation. Exceptions include the offensive positions of center, punter, and placekicker.
** 15-year old’s that turn 16 on or before December 31st must play 155lbs.
*** 16-year old’s that turn 17 on or before December 31st are not eligible to play.


For the remainder of the weight classes there are three established conferences to provide three different levels of ability and experience for the players.

American Conference
The American Conference is structured with youths of the greatest ability and most experience in comparison to their peers; therefore we will only field one American Conference team in each weight class.

Central Conference
The Central Conference is a mid-level competition group structured to include both single entry Club teams which may not be able to compete equally in the American Conference and multiple entry Club teams with some experience.

National Conference
The National Conference is designated as a conference for multi-entry teams with youth of limited ability and experience in comparison to the other conferences.

Equipment
Required Equipment: The following is a list of required equipment. Parents and players will not modify this equipment in any way. All uniforms and equipment will be provided by Fort Hunt, except as noted:
1. Helmet (with approved face guard and chin strap).
2. Shoulder Pads.
3. Game Pants (with thigh pads & knee pads).
4. Practice Pants.
5. Hip Pads and Tail Pad.
6. Game Jersey.
7. Practice Jersey.
8. Shoes - either molded or removable cleats are allowed - (provided by the player).
9. Mouth Guard
10. Black game socks

Optional Equipment (Provided by the Player):
1. Athletic Supporter (with cup insert) and other personal protection devices are recommended, but must be in compliance with the National Federation of State High Schools Associations (NHFS) Rules.
2. Any shirts won under your game jersey need to be black in color.

If in doubt, check with your Head Coach or  the Commissioner.