Due to the current State restrictions on youth sports, general social distancing requirements and other health precautions, which include the closures of all parks and the inability to rent high school facilities, along with the decision on Monday by CIF to postpone all Fall High School sports until the second semester, January 2021, it is with great regret and disappointment that the GCYFL is officially cancelling our 2020 Fall Football Season. Based on the information at hand, this is the correct decision for the safety and health of our players and families.
As December nears, we will review the pandemic conditions and field availability options and research the possibility of hosting a winter Football Season; January thru April. We do not know what this season will look like, but all options are on the table at this time, and we will be thoroughly addressing these options with more scrutiny in November and December.
The GCYFL Executive Board and its 20 Chapter Presidents want to thank you for your patience and understanding these past several months. We, as a board, worked hard, and exhausted all options available to us, with the intent to try and make this season come together in a safe and productive environment for all involved.
2019 Age & Weight Matrix
LEAGUE AGE IS DETERMINED BY PLAYERS AGE ON JULY 31, 2019
Mighty Mite Division
8 year old X-Player 90 lbs.
8 year old X-Player No Limit
9 year old X-Player 120 lbs.
No 10 year old X-Player allowed
9 year old X-Player No Limit
10 year old X-Player 130 lbs.
No 11 year old X-Player allowed
10 year old X-Player No Limit
11 year old X-Player 140 lbs.
No 12 year old X-Player allowed
11 year old X-Player No Limit
12 year old X-Player 160 lbs.
No 13 year old X-Player allowed
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.
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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