Guilford Youth Football offers contact and non-contact programs for Guilford residents in kindergarten through 8th grade. All GYF coaches are USA Football Certified prior to the start of the season. The USA Football sanctioned certification process includes training on numerous health and safety protocols critical to guiding youth football players in a safe and fun environment.
Guilford Youth Football programs include:
Intro to Football Clinic - Kindergarten and 1st grade.
Flag Football - 2nd and 3rd Grade
Tackle Football - 4th - 8th Grade
Guilford Youth Cheerleading offers Competition Cheer (grades 2-8) and Sideline Cheer (grades 1-8, generally recommended for first year participants without prior cheer experience). All GYC coaches are AYC/YCADA certified prior to the start of the season. The certification process includes training on numerous health and safety protocols critical to guiding youth cheerleaders in a safe and fun environment.
Competition Cheer is a bigger commitment and we expect more from our competition cheerleaders. There will be 3 practices weekly during the regular season and as competition nears we may add additional practices to perfect our routine. Our coaches put in a lot of time and energy—crafting and teaching routines, watching and training stunting combinations, cutting and splicing music, and much more—and they need to know that their competitive cheerleaders are prioritizing cheer by attending practices super-focused and practicing outside of practice.
Sideline Cheer is a great introduction to cheer or a great way to cheer if you have other priorities (i.e. play other fall sports). There will be 1 practice weekly during the regular season.
Both competitive and sideline cheerleaders will learn a competition/halftime routine, sideline cheers, jumps, stunts, and are required to cheer on the football teams at their games (we primarily cheer at home games but there will be some opportunities to cheer at away games). All cheerleaders are required to cheer at a game each Sunday (there will likely be an opportunity to cheer at games on Friday or Saturday throughout the season). The game schedule will not be released until late August.
Still unsure about which program is right for your child? Please email Alisha at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our registration ends for competition and sideline teams on June 30. When forming squads we adhere to league age categories as we work to form balanced squads to create a great experience for all participants. We will determine our squads as soon as possible after registration closes.
Summer practices will be on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 5pm - 7pm. Please plan on summer practices being outside at Long Hill Park (800 Long Hill Rd, Guilford, CT 06437). In the event of inclement weather practice will be moved to an indoor location (TBD).
The regular season practice schedule is set in mid-August. The regular season includes 3 practices per week for competition squads and 1 practice for sideline squads.
UNIFORM AND ADDITIONAL COSTS
Cheerleaders will be provided with a uniform and poms to be returned at the end of the season. The league will also provide each cheerleader with a bow that will be theirs to keep, competition cheerleaders will also be provided with a competition only bow. Cheerleaders will be expected to purchase specific shoes, briefs, and socks (information will go out early in the season for purchasing specifics). Specific attire has not been set and additional attire may be provided by the league or required for purchase.