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PHOENIX AYF: Football Cheer Academics

AYF Football Divisions



Tiny Mite
Mitey Mite
Jr. Pee Wee
Pee Wee
Jr. Midget



Click link above  for a breakdown of the AYF National and All-American divisions broken down by age, division and weight classification.

Phoenix AYF offers Instructional Divisions defined as Tiny Mite (5-7yr olds) and Mitey Mite (7-9yr olds).  
NEW FOR 2018:  Mitey Mite Rules are Regular Football with No Special Rules for Offense or Defense and is a National Championship Division.  Tiny Mite Still has the Special Rules and is an Instructional Offering.  Please get any updated rules from your Association President and Always Consult the Phoenix AYF Operational Procedures for Specific Rule Interpretations.

*** Any “Sweat Down” or Extreme” weight loss used by a player to make weight will be grounds for immediate suspension for the players own safety. Any Coach, Administrator or Team Personnel found to have advised, encouraged, or tolerated any “Sweat Down” or “Extreme” weight loss techniques will be grounds for immediate suspension. Suspension will be anywhere from one year to permanent depending on severity. Head Coaches will be held responsible for the actions of all team personnel.

Off Season Football

AYF's regular season is in the Fall. However, football programs in AYF may participate in football year round and depending on circumstance, may be covered under their annual AYF inurance coverage through Sadler & Co Insurance.

AYF acknowledges Spring Football and Summer Passing Leagues. AYF recommends that any Conference, Association, Team participating in Spring Football and/or Summer Passing Leagues do so by following the format established by their local High School or State High School Athletic Governing Board.

Great care should be taken to not interfere with other spring and summer sports such as baseball, lacrosse, and family vacations. AYF requires that NO pressure be placed on individuals to participate. Coaches that “require” or in anyway manipulate fall participants to join or participate in anyway or who do not plan and allow for participation in other sports and family vacations should be immediately suspended from coaching any team during the regular (fall) season. Conferences are required to monitor any spring or summer events. AYF encourages organizations to enlist the help and support of their local high school football programs for any spring football program and may benefit by utilizing the junior and senior Football players from their local high school to organize and officiate any passing league or tournament. This allows the "Kids to Play" and should be run as a "Drop in and Play" format.

Special Events

7 on 7 Events and Competition


Conference All-Star Division

National All Star Game

National Championships

AYF Terms & Definitions

A) Region:
A Region is defined as a geographic territory. The nine regional territories that make up AYF can be found here. Each region hosts a Regional Championship that qualifies eligible teams for the National Championships.

B) Conference:
A Conference is defined by the geographic boundary of its membership. A Conference’s membership is the Associations that have applied for, and have been granted membership, by the Conferences governing body. In keeping with the AYF Goals & Beliefs, no application for membership should be unreasonably withheld.

C) Association:
An Association is often defined as a local city, or town. The Association may be restricted by its Conference from drawing participants from certain geographic territory/boundaries. The acceptable method and determination of what participants can register within any given Association will be governed by the Conference/Region to which it is a member. An Association's membership is the Participants that have applied for, and have been granted membership, by the Association's body.

D) Participant:
A Participant is defined as a 'youth' that has applied for and has been granted membership within a given Association.

E) Division:
A Division is defined as a grouping of Teams in specific Age and Weight Class or Grade or Age Class. AYF offers the following competitive Divisions: National and All-American. These Divisions are defined above.

F) Team:
A Team is defined as a grouping within an age and weight class such as: Junior PeeWee, PeeWee, Junior Midget, Midget or any Grade in the Grade based Age Protected division.

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