The Columbia Youth Football League is Mid-Missouri's premier youth football program located in Columbia , Missouri . This year we celebrate 40 years of excellence as a youth sports program begins with kindergarten flag football and culminates with our select 8th grade Columbia Colts. Many of our players have grown into high school stars and collegiate players, even Missouri Tigers football players.
About us: Our program begins with K-ball flag football in kindergarten and 1st and 2nd grade 7-man flag football. Instructional football starts with 3rd and 4th grade Beginner Division, progresses into the 5th and 6th grade Junior Division with advanced football in the 7th and 8th grade Senior Division. Our select 7th and 8th grade Columbia Colts teams play competitive teams in the Gateway League in St. Louis . Each division fields advanced select teams to compete as the Columbia Colts in the Missouri state Show Me Games held in Columbia in June. Additionally, each division sends a select team to compete in post-season tournaments. Our league also includes youth football teams from Jefferson City and surrounding communities. Having served the youth of Columbia since 1970, our League History is quite extensive. We also have a numerous activities and events through-out the year.
Games and Practices : Our regular season begins in Mid-August and finishes at the end of October. Our games are played Sundays at Cosmo Park with permission of Columbia Parks and Recreation. Some games are played at Hickman and Rock Bridge High Schools. Some games may also be played in surrounding communities. Our games are officiated by Referees provided by Columbia Parks and Recreation.
Practices are also held at Cosmo Park Monday through Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 7:30. After the first game, practices change to three nights per week, Monday through Thursday.
Purpose and Organization: While we are unaffiliated with any National Sports League or program, our Board of Directors operates our sports program within the framework and guidelines set forth by the National Alliance of Youth Sports and USA Football . Our youth sports program has been developed and organized to ensure, as well as to enhance, the emotional, physical, social and educational well-being of children. Our program promotes the ideals of responsibility, hard work, sportsmanship, teamwork, and fellowship in youth while instructing the game of football in a positive and safe environment. We strive to develop the individual growth of our players through the spirit of competition, discipline, and fair play.
While we teach our players to win, winning is not our primary goal. We want to promote the development of leadership, character, discipline, sportsmanship and athletic ability, while nurturing youth fitness, volunteerism, and a lifelong love of sports. Our coaches and volunteers bear in mind that the attainment of exceptional athletic skill or the winning of games is secondary, and that molding future citizens is of prime importance.
Accountability is an important step in the process of ensuring that quality volunteers are involved with the children participating in our sports programs. As such, CYFL has adopted the National Youth Sports Coaches Association (NYSCA) Coaches Code of Ethics and the Coaches Accountability and Enforcement policies created by the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS). By adopting these policies as a member chapter, CYFL has created a program to achieve the highest standards for our coaches. All of our coaches and volunteers are subject to a back ground screening, receive training and evaluation.
Codes of Conduct for Coaches, Parents and Players :
Our goal is to provide our children an opportunity to develop superior life skills through team play, sportsmanship, top competition, and hard work. Our mission is to provide our youth an opportunity to play football at the highest level commensurate with their individual ability, potential, and interest. An emphasis on fair play and respect for all participants is a primary element of our League's mission. To better achieve that mission, we provide the following NAYS Codes of Conduct for all youth players, parents, and coaches. These Codes of Conduct are a covenant, between CYFL players, parents, and coaches, to abide by the rules and regulations of the game, as well as to maintain a cooperative attitude and uphold the ideals of fair play and sportsmanship. These Codes express our core values and goals. It is essential they be honored and followed.
The Codes of Conduct can be summarized in the following three principles:
1) Demonstrating a positive attitude: Our players, parents, and coaches are expected to show a positive, respectful attitude for everyone involved in the sport. Criticism and disrespect for officials, opponents, coaches or fans undermine the purpose of sport and encourage behavior contrary to the spirit of the game and the mission of CYFL
2) Setting a good example: Each person associated with CYFL is accountable for his or her own behavior at all times on or off the field of play. Parents, coaches and other adults should remember that children learn by example, it is up to the adults to set good examples. CYFL will not tolerate conduct that is detrimental to the sport, the participants, or the community. Such conduct includes: vulgarity or profanity by coaches, players or parents; harassment or belittling of officials, coaches or players; verbal abuse, threats or physical violence toward anyone before, during or after a game; and the taunting of opposing players, coaches and parents. We require thorough self-restraint by all participants, both players and adults. We expect teams and coaches to exercise appropriate control over those who fail to control themselves.
3) Maintaining good relationships with everyone involved in the game, including:
Officials: The referee's job is a difficult one. All referees are human and they do make mistakes. Parents or players who believe their team has been treated unfairly or has been assigned an unqualified referee should speak to their coach after the game. Coaches should inform the appropriate League officials about blatant officiating problems. Coaches should make reports through appropriate channels. Referees have the authority to suspend play if a coach does not control his players and parents and/or supporters.
Opponents: Players and coaches are required to maintain a sense of fair play and being respectful to opposing players, coaches and fans at all times. Sportsmanship begins with respect, without it, the positive competitive environment, which should be a perfect classroom for learning the values of football, is completely undermined. Occasionally we will encounter opponents who do not share our values and high standards. If we allow ourselves to be drawn down to their level, we will have lost, regardless of the final score.
Our Own Teams: In an environment where our children are competing not only against other teams but also frequently against each other, it can be difficult to control jealousies and rivalries. A successful team resembles a family in that members put their own needs second, behind the greater good of the team. Great care must be taken not to undermine the coaches’ authority. As in most cases, parental example is all-important.
For more information about our Codes of Conduct or the National Alliance of Youth Sports, please visit http://www.nays.org/ or click on the following links:
Coaches Code of Conduct
Parents Code of Conduct
Players Code of Conduct
If you are interested in coaching, please click here for further details.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact one of our Board Members or our Team Parent coordinator.
Please register here for the upcoming season or contact our Registration Chairperson for more information.
Columbia Youth Football League, Inc. is a non-profit 501 c (3), tax-exempt, volunteer organization.