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We are Expecting a full Youth Football Season in 2021

Current State, County and City COVID restrictions have been on the ease over the past few weeks and we expect these restrictions to continue to lessen as we progress towards the football season. These positive changes are a combined result of lower numbers of reported positive tests and the roll out of the vaccines. As such, there has been positive changes in the restrictions of outdoor activities. While social distancing and masks are currently still required during practices at the youth level, High Schools under CIF guidelines are participating in full contact practices and the Spring Football Season begins on Friday Night March 12th. If CIF can complete their 6 week season without major issues, we would antipate a full Fall season.

We are expecting our season to be completed without any major interruptions. We anticipate some bumps in the road, but we plan to start official practices on time and as scheduled on Monday July 12th. Our first weekend of season games will be held on Saturday August 28th.

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2021 Age & Weight Matrix

  • 2021 Age & Weight Matrix


Mighty Mite Division

Age/Max. Wt.



8/70 lbs*

8 year old X-Player 90 lbs.

 Bantam Division

Age/Max. Wt.

8/115 lbs.

9/90 lbs.

10/70 lbs.**

8 year old X-Player No Limit 

9 year old X-Player 120 lbs.

No 10 year old X-Player allowed


Freshman Division

Age/Max. Wt.

9/120 lbs.

10/100 lbs.

11/80 lbs.**

9 year old X-Player No Limit 

10 year old X-Player 130 lbs.

No 11 year old X-Player allowed


Sophomore Division

Age/Max. Wt.

10/130 lbs.

11/110 lbs.

12/85 lbs.**

10 year old X-Player No Limit 

11 year old X-Player 140 lbs.

No 12 year old X-Player allowed

Junior Division 

Age/Max. Wt.

11/140 lbs.

12/120 lbs.

13/100 lbs.**

11 year old X-Player No Limit 

12 year old X-Player 160 lbs.

No 13 year old X-Player allowed


Senior Division 

Age/Max. Wt.

12/180 lbs.

13/170 lbs.

14/160 lbs.

12 year old X-Player No Limit

13 year old X-Player No Limit

14 year old X-Player No Limit



(**) 5 lb. increase from the division maximum weight for playoffs (10 lb. increase for all others)


Players will be weighed in shorts (no shoes, socks, shirts) before the season. There are NO weigh-ins on game days. Players will be weighed again (if applicable) before the play-offs and will be permitted to weigh 5 or 10 lbs. over the maximum weight allowed for that division.

​"X" Player Definitions & Rules

"X" players are only allowed to play center, offensive guard & offensive tackle (if covered up by a player) on offense, and defensive line on defense. No more than three "X" players are allowed on the field per team at the same time. No "X" player can intentionally carry the football.

The "X" player rule was designed to allow children who are over the maximum weight to play tackle football within their age group while maintaining the integrity and safety of the game. 


League History

 1971, Jim Halliburton envisioned a football league that would bring the excitement and enjoyment of full contact football to the youth of Santa Barbara's south coast. Little did he imagine that over four decades later this league would still be alive and well.  In the last 40 years, some 20,000 players have played for Santa Barbara Youth Football League competing along-side with teams from El Rio, Carpinteria, the Santa Ynez Valley and northern Santa Barbara County.  Today, Santa Barbara YFL fields between 12-16 teams in 4 divisions for youth between 7 and 14 years of age.  It's up to all of us to ensure that this league continues for yet another 40 years as we endeavor to teach our youth the values of commitment, teamwork, sportsmanship, endurance, physical conditioning, leadership and a winning spirit. Thank you Jim, for your vision and commitment to the positive growth of Santa Barbara's youth.

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