LYF Divisions and Weight Limits (X-Man)

LYF determines football teams and divisions based on the players current school grade level.

The three younger divisions, 1st/2nd Grade (combined), 3rd Grade, & 4th Grade, are non-tryout teams.  These teams are formed along elementary school boundaries when possible. Every effort will be made to ensure that all players from a particular elementary will play on the same team.  Often times, two or more elementary schools will be combined to form a team.  In the case where a single elementary school registers more players than can be placed on one team, those players registering last will be moved onto another team where space is available.

The four older divisions, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, & 8th Grade, are split into subdivisions through tryouts.  These subdivisions are termed "A" and "B" and play only teams from their subdivision.  These teams are formed along middle school boundaries.

In 2010, the Conference added a 9th grade division.  Teams will be formed along the high school boundaries.  The 9th graders will work closely with the high school football program with the "A" team coach being selected by the high school coach.

All players who register before the registration deadline will be placed on a team, as long as we have enough volunteer coaches to coach them.  Late registrants will be accepted on a space-available basis.

There are weight restrictions in each division.  Any player weighing more than the limit (an "X man") will be restricted to certain positions on offensive only - there are no defensive restrictions.  These weight limits are:

  • 1st/2nd Grade: 75 lbs.
  • 3rd Grade: 85 lbs.
  • 4th Grade: 95 lbs.
  • 5th Grade: 105 lbs.
  • 6th Grade: 120 lbs.
  • 7th Grade: 135 lbs.
  • 8th Grade: 165 lbs.

The Conference also has an “older but lighter” rule.  Because divisions are formed by grade level and not by age, there is the possibility of a player having too much of an advantage because of age.  Therefore, "older" players must weigh 10 pounds less then the "X man" weight in order to play without any position restrictions.  Following are the dates and ages for each grade:

  • 1st/2nd Grade: If 8 before May 1st - older but lighter applies
  • 3rd Grade: If 9 before May 1st – older but lighter applies
  • 4th Grade: If 10 before May 1st – older but lighter applies
  • 5th Grade: If 11 before May 1st – older but lighter applies
  • 6th Grade: If 12 before May 1st – older but lighter applies
  • 7th Grade: If 13 before May 1st – older but lighter applies
  • 8th Grade: If 14 before May 1st – older but lighter applies
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