Based on internal post-season discussions and reinforced by 2019 post-season survey results, Rogers Youth Football Association has voted to join the Twin Cities North Youth Football League (TCNYFL) for the 2020 season for grades 2-6.
TCNYFL is a youth tackle football league comprised of youth football organizations from the Twin Cities north metro area. In 2019, participating communities included: Monticello, Zimmerman, Princeton, Becker, Champlin, Osseo, Anoka and Andover. There are a number of communities farther south and east of the metro area that are part of TCNYFL.
RYFA will no longer have an exclusive partnership with Elk River as a playing partner for grades 2-6. It is unknown at this point if Elk River will also join the TCNYFL, which is is not associated with any schools or school districts. Based on mixed results from 2019 season and the new league that does not have Tackle-Bar football, RYFA will not offer Tackle-Bar football for 2nd/3rd Grade in 2020.
With such a major change, RYFA expects there to be a number of questions about teams, schedules and other logistics. RYFA has compiled a list of answers to what we anticipate will be frequently asked questions (FAQ) that parents/guardians/players may have. If you have any further questions, please contact any of our board members.
Q: What is the Twin Cities North Youth Football League?
A: Twin Cities North Youth Football League (TCNYFL) is a youth football league comprised of numerous youth football organizations from the Twin Cities north metro area. The league is run by the same organization as the North Suburban League, which RYFA 7th and 8th grade teams have been participating in for a number of years. TCNYFL is not associated with any schools or school districts.
Q: Why is the change happening?
A: Based on internal post-season discussions and reinforced by 2019 post-season survey results, Rogers Youth Football Association voted to join the Twin Cities North Youth Football League (TCNYFL) for the 2020 season for grades 2-6. Some of the more poignant parental feedback of the past two years has been the request to play teams other than just Elk River. This feedback, paired with increasing concern and frustration with rules interpretation between the two organizations, caused RYFA to look for other opportunities for our kids. TCNYFL is a centrally managed organization, and RYFA kids will have greater opportunity to play against varying teams and offensive/defensive systems that ultimately will prepare them better for future competition.
Q: Will RYFA player registration fees increase with the switch to TCNYFL?
A: Likely, no. Final league fees are not determined yet for 2020, but based on TCNYFL team fees from last year, we do not expect a registration fee increase for RYFA players.
Q: What other towns (organizations) participate in TCNYFL?
A: The league consists of youth football organizations in the northern suburbs of the Twin Cities. In 2019, local communities that were members of the league included: Monticello, Zimmerman, Princeton, Becker, Champlin, Osseo, Anoka, Andover. There are a number of communities farther south and east that are part of TCNYFL.
Q: Will parents have to drive far for away games?
A: Prior to joining the TCNYFL, RYFA inquired about away game proximity to Rogers/Otsego. TCNYFL has assured RYFA that it will schedule games in close proximity to other northwest suburb communities. RYFA will lobby the TCNYFL to keep RYFA away games within a 15-mile radius in an effort to ease travel times for RYFA families. Of course, RYFA home games will continue to be played in Rogers.
Q: Will there be games during the week?
A: Yes. Likely Monday, Tuesday and/or Thursday.
Q: Will there be games on weekends?
A: Yes. Games will be played during the week and on weekends. RYFA acknowledges that we historically have not had games on weekends for grades 2-6, other than championship weekend. After lengthy discussion and research sparked by the 2019 football survey feedback, RYFA decided that the desire to play other towns/teams outside of Elk River outweighed the inconvenience of occasional weekend football games.
Q: What times do weekday games start?
A: Games during the week usually start at either 6:15 PM or 7:45 PM. There might be a slightly different start time depending on the game venue.
Q: What times do games start on Saturday?
A: Saturday games typically range with the following times: 10 AM, 11:30 AM, 1 PM
Q: Are games played on Sunday?
A: For grades 2-6, typically, no. However, exceptions could be made to accommodate rainout games.
Q: Will practice times and locations change?
A: No. Practice will remain at the typical locations and times as in the past. Specific practice times and days will be set by individual team coaches at the start of the season.
Q: How many kids would be on a Rogers team with the move TCNYFL?
A: RYFA will attempt to keep the number of kids per team to past numbers (around 14-16 kids per team). Final numbers are typically determined by the number of kids registered in each grade and the amount of available head coaches.
Q: When does the season start?
A: First practice for RYFA teams is expected to be around Mid-August. Final season start will be announced in the next couple of months.
Q: When do games start?
A: The first games in the TCNYFL start the week after Labor Day. However, 2020 scheduling has not been set yet.
Q: When does the season end?
A: 2nd/3rd Grade: Final game of the season typically is the second week of October.
A: 4th-6th Grade: Depending on a team’s record, the season may end before Oct. 15, 2020 (MEA weekend) or the week after MEA.
Q: Will 2nd/3rd grade continue to play Tackle-Bar football?
A: No. RYFA is moving to a league that does not use Tackle-Bar.
Q: Will 2nd/3rd grade continue to play 9-man?
Q: Does 2nd/3rd grade keep score?
Q: Are coaches allowed on the field like we’ve done in 2nd/3rd grade and 4th grade (partially) in the past?
A: 2nd/3rd Grade: Yes. Each team may have one (1) coach on the field or in the huddle in the 2nd/3rd-grade division.
A: 4-6th Grade: No. Coaches are not allowed on the field or in the huddle during live play.
Q: Is there a weight limit to carry the ball?
A: Yes. 2020 weight restrictions have not been set, but see below weight limits per grade from the 2019 season.
Q: Is there going to be heavyweight and lightweight teams for Grades 2-6 (like the current North Suburban League setup for 7th and 8th grade)?
A: No. There is no heavyweight and lightweight team distinction for Grades 2-6 in the TCNYFL.
Q: How many games do the teams play?
A: 2nd/3rd Grade: expect 9 games.
A: 4-6th Grade: Expect 9 regular season games, plus potential playoff game.
Q: What are the sizes of the field teams play on?
A: 2nd/3rd Grade: 80-yard field
A: 4th-6th Grade: 100-yard fields in most cases, and possibly 80-yard fields, depending on other out-of-town venues. Games in Rogers will continue to be played on 100-yard field.
Q: Are there post-season playoffs?
A: 2nd/3rd Grade: No.
A: 4-6 Grade: Typically, yes. RYFA teams might have an additional game or two based on how a team finishes in the regular season.
Q: Will there be championship games at Rogers High School as in the past?
A: Likely, no. TCNYFL playoffs structure and number of teams participating will be different than before.
Q: Would Rogers continue to supply their own referees for games in Rogers?
A: Likely, yes.
Q: Are games ever played in a central location to reduce the amount of travel to games?
A: Yes. Depending on the opponent, some games may be played at a central location in order to minimize travel.
Q: Will RYFA teams continue to play Elk River teams?
A: It is undermined at this point. RYFA’s decision to move to the TCNYFL was made independently of the Elk River Youth Football Association. If Elk River were to join the TCNYFL, Elk River teams could possibly be an opponent of RYFA teams.
Q: Would Rogers teams still play each other?
A: Likely, yes.
Q: Does this change affect RYFA 7th and 8th grade teams?
A: No. RYFA 7th/8th grade teams will continue to play in the North Suburban League as normal.