Holliston Youth Football - Tackle & Flag

UpdatedThursday April 30, 2020 byHolliston Youth Football and Cheerleading.

Welcome to Holliston Youth Football – 2020



The Holliston Youth Football program provides an atmosphere where youth football players learn the fundamentals of football while participating in a competitive league. The program emphasizes teamwork, leadership, respect for one another, safety and fun. 


Online registration opens:  MAY 1st - MAY 31st, 2020

We will start the registration process on May 1st.  Due to the current situation and the uncertainty of summer practices and the fall season, we have established a payment plan.  Upon registration, your first payment will be $0.  Please click pay $0 at this time when registering. Your second payment will be the full amount owed and due July 1, 2020 along with all completed paperwork. The 2nd payment date is subject to change to a LATER date due to the current situation related to the coronavirus.


Tackle Football:

5th grade through 8th grade are eligible to participate. 5th graders will play up with the 6th grade team.


Cost:  $315 per player   (Tackle Football)

  • $50 fee for registrations after 8/1
  • Family Cap is $750

Flag Football 

1st grade through 5th grade are eligible to participate.


Cost:  $175 per player  (Flag Football)


If your elementary grade child loves football, wants to play for their hometown and be a part of “the rich tradition of Holliston Football,” then Holliston Youth Flag Football is for them. 


Holliston Youth Flag is an action packed 8 on 8 format where every player is an important part of each play.  We provide an atmosphere where youth football players learn the fundamentals of football while participating in a competitive league. The program emphasizes teamwork, leadership, respect for one another, safety and fun.  


The regular season is an eight-game schedule, beginning in early September, against teams within the Eastern Massachusetts American Youth Football Conference.  In early November, there is a one or two-day playoff schedule.  Practices begin mid-August.   


All Holliston Youth Flag Football squads are coached by American Youth Football certified coaches.  American Youth Football (AYF) is the world’s largest youth football organization.   AYF is "dedicated to teaching youth through positive role models" with an "emphasis on learning, playing and enjoying the sport..."  The games are officiated by certified Massachusetts referees.  


If you have any questions regarding Holliston Flag Football please contact John McGrath, the Flag Coordinator, at jmcgrath58@gmail.com.


Refund Policy: 

If a child withdraws from the program on or before 7/25/2020, you will receive a 50% refund. If a child withdraws from the program after 7/25/2020, you will not be refunded.





American Youth Football is unique among other youth sports programs in that it requires its participants to maintain satisfactory progress in their academic studies. 


Report cards from the most recent school year are required. If the participants grade average drops below 70%, a scholastic eligibility form must be signed by a school administrator. Any participant with a grade average over 96% is eligible to be nominated as an “All-American Scholar. You will be notified if your child is eligible.



The success of our organization depends on parent participation. We have many volunteer opportunities for the upcoming season. Please consider joining us!


Equipment Team:

We are looking for three people.  The Lead must have good organizational skills in order to manage HYFB’s Equipment.  Primary responsibilities are equipment hand out, equipment collection, and arranging helmet reconditioning.  The Lead person would be on the HYFB Board.

Volunteers are also needed for the following areas: 

  • Game Day Set-up/Clean-up Crew
  • Game Day Coordinators for each team
  • Chain Gang - game day
  • Mandatory Play Requirement (MPR) counters - game day
  • Video Camera Operators
  • Concessions
  • Spirit Wear
  • Fundraising

If you are interested in volunteering  or have questions please contact Bob Fetrow @ 617-842-3474.


Sports Parent Code of Conduct:

The Eastern Massachusett American Youth Football League requires that all parents associated with the program adhere to the Code of Conduct Agreement as stated in the registration contract.



2020 Schedule:


Preseason Practice:

8/3/2019 - 8/27/2019          Monday thru Thursday 6 – 8 PM, Stoddard Park


Regular Season Practice:

August 28th- October 31    2 Weekday Practices  6 – 7:30 PM**

                       Saturday Morning practice 9:00AM at HHS



Season may begin Labor Day Weekend.  Please plan accordingly and you will be updated as we get closer to the start of the season.  Most all games are played on Sundays.


During the season, any player that misses more than 1 practice during the week will not be eligible to participate in that week’s game.


**Weeknight practices will be on Tuesday and Thursday. This is subject to change based on field availability.

Equipment Distribution

Players will be contacted prior to the start of pre-season practice regarding equipment distribution.


Team Placement:  Holliston has 3 tackle levels that are based on the American Youth Football Schematic.


Each team will play an 8 game regular season schedule followed by post-season playoff games.


In cases where we have multiple teams at a level, teams will be drafted in accordance with the guidelines established by the Eastern Massachusetts AYF League.  A  league official from Eastern Massachusetts AYF will supervise the draft


In order to enhance both the player and the team’s ability to succeed, football players will be placed on the lowest level team that they are eligible for.


The teams are as follows:




Grade-Based/Age Protected


Grade Max.1

Age Range

Protected Age

Protected Age Explanation                          




9 in 3rd grade, cannot turn 10 on or before 08/02




10 in 4th grade, cannot turn 11 on or before 08/02




11 in 5th grade, cannot turn 12 on or before 08/02




12 in 6th grade, cannot turn 13 on or before 08/02




13 in 7th grade, cannot turn 14 on or before 08/02




14 in 8th grade, cannot turn 15 on or before 08/02


Grades can be combined by the Association, with players playing "up" on a team designated for a higher grade, but players may not play "down" on a team designated for a grade lower than their grade.

Players exceeding the high end of the age range for their designated grade must play up to a higher grade level for which their age does not exceed the high end of the specified age range.                   


* Age as of 8/1/2020



If you have any questions regarding the program please contact Bob Fetrow: