Holliston Youth Football - Tackle & Flag

Updated Tuesday April 30, 2019 by Holliston Youth Football and Cheerleading.

Welcome to Holliston Youth Football – 2019



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. 



Registration opens online MAY 1st - MAY 31st, 2019


Tackle Football

 5th grade through 8th grade are eligible to participate.


Cost:    $315 per player   (Tackle Football)

  •    $50 fee for late registrations
  •    Family Cap is $750

Flag Football

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


Cost:      $175 per player  (Flag Football)



Holliston Youth Football is expanding the flag football program to include 5thgrade.  Building on the successes of the past few years, in 2019 we will field flag teams for grades 1 through 5.    


If your elementary grade child loves football, wants to play for their hometown against other towns 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, 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, versus 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:

                               Timeframe                Refund

On or before 7/25/2019        50% 

            After 7/25/2019        0







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 3 folks, 1 Lead with good organizational skills to manage HYFB’s Equipment. Primary responsibilities are equipment hand out & equipment collection. HYFB sends the helmets out to the manufacturer to be certified. The lead person would be on the HYFB Board.


Volunteers are also needed for the following areas: 

  • Equipment     Fitting, Distribution & Collection
  • Game Day Set-up/Clean-up Crew
  • Game Day Coordinators for each team
  • Chain Gang
  • Game Day – Mandatory Play Requirement (MPR) counters.
  • Video Camera Operators
  • Concessions
  • Spirit Wear
  • Fundraising


If you are interested in volunteering  or have questions please contact Scott Elliott @ 781-820-5194


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.



2019 Schedule:


    Preseason Practice: 

8/5/2019 thru 8/23/2019          Monday thru Thursday 6 – 8 PM


    Regular Season Practice

August 26th  thru October         2 Weekday Practices ** 6 –7:30 PM

                                                   Saturday Morning practice 9:00AM



        Season begins Labor Day Weekend - Saturday, August 31st, 2019.

Most all other 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 4 competitive 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:


                                   AYF ALL-AMERICAN DIVISION
                                     Grade-Based/Age Protected

Grade Max.1

Age Range

Protected Age

Protected Age Explanation                          
2nd-3rd 7,8,9 9 9 in 3rd grade, cannot turn 10 on or before 08/01
4th 8,9,10 10 10 in 4th grade, cannot turn 11 on or before 08/01
5th 9,10,11 11 11 in 5th grade, cannot turn 12 on or before 08/01
6th 10,11,12 12 12 in 6th grade, cannot turn 13 on or before 08/01
7th 11,12,13 13 13 in 7th grade, cannot turn 14 on or before 08/01
8th 12,13,14 14 14 in 8th grade, cannot turn 15 on or before 08/01


    1.  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 8/1/2019



If you have any questions regarding the program please contact Scott Elliott: