Frequently Answered Questions

Beginning with the fall of 2018, Attleboro White Hawks will now be a member of the Baystate Youth Conference as part of American Youth Football (AYF). The decision to leave Pop Warner was not taken lightly and has received the full support of our Board, as well as the AHS Blue Bombardier program. Beginning with the 2018 season, we will play under a grade based/age protected structure with no weight restrictions. Meaning NO MORE OLDER LIGHTERS! Recently, changes were made to the Pop Warner weight structure in which AWH felt put our youth players at higher risk of injury. AWH was not in favor of the changes and the sentiment was shared by surrounding towns as well.

In addition to the Attleboro White  Hawks joining the Baystate Youth Conference, the following towns have also made the move as of the 2018 season in joining this premier conference: North Attleboro, King Philip, Franklin, Mansfield, Canton, Foxboro, and Stoughton.

  

BayState AYF's Mission

American Youth Football, established in 1996, is an international youth football organization established to promote the wholesome development of youth through their association with adult leaders in the sport of American football. Rules and regulations are established to ensure that players play in an atmosphere of safety with a competitive balance between teams. American Youth Football is on a mission to GIVE BACK to the community. The recognizes this firm commitment and named a national youth partner of the National Football League., established in 1996, is an international youth football organization established to promote the wholesome development of youth through their association with adult leaders in the sport of American football. Rules and regulations are established to ensure that players play in an atmosphere of safety with a competitive balance between teams. American Youth Football is on a mission to GIVE BACK to the community. The recognizes this firm commitment and named a national youth partner of the National Football League.

 

AYF's Beliefs

AYF members believe that each of us can make a difference where we live and how we live. AYF believes that ALL kids deserve equal opportunities, special attention and respect. 

AYF's philosophy is to allow local members to govern themselves while remaining non-intrusive. 

AYF is the fastest growing youth organization in America, founded in 1996 American Youth Football has grown to over 600,000 members with leagues in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Western Europe, and Asia. 

AYF welcomes everyone, regardless of financial capabilities, location, participation, and pledges to support youth football and to do its best to help those leagues who need help in order to build stronger communities. 

Giving Back is the mission of AYF. Programs range from: financial grants to leagues who need help; shoes for study programs sponsored by Under Armour; field development programs in conjunction with Field Turf; Rising Stars camps, sending inner-city kids to football camp; recognizing administrators who are making a difference in the AYF Hall of Fame; promoting and administering league to league giving, and recognizing teams and leagues that Give Back to their own communities.

 

AYF Goals

  1. To provide a wholesome competitiveness within the scope of our rules and regulations that will protect the youth athlete and cheerleader.  
  2. To teach the fundamentals of football and coordinate cheerleader activities.  

  3. To provide a responsible football and cheerleader program where none is provided by the public schools. 

  4. To influence good sportsmanship, teamwork, highest moral and physical standards and the importance of scholarship and academic achievement. 

  5. To lend leagues support with remaining NON-INTRUSIVE to local operations. 

  6. To make Youth Football ALL-INCLUSIVE by not excluding participants based on superficial factors (such as weight). 

  7. To provide programs for special needs, at-risk and anti-gang groups, and the international football community.

 

Interested in joining the league as a coach, volunteer or sponsor? Contact us today! 

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