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Football Families – Looking for something fun to do Friday September 1st? How about going to a game at historic West Point Michie Field? Watch West Point take on Fordham at 6:00 pm, all while supporting JJYF and the Taconic League. Get your family and friends together and help us support the league! Buy Tickets now until July 31st for $20/per person. Ticket Sales Help Support John Jay Youth Football and the Taconic Youth Football League championship games held at West Point (let’s hope it’s us)!!! E-mail us at if you have any questions.  Post July 31st tickets will be $25


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John Jay Youth Football was established in 1975 and continues to be a staple in our youth athletic community. We pride ourselves in the commitment to teaching our youth athletes the sport of football, and instilling the character, commitment, respect and the camaraderie it takes to be a successful team member and person.

John Jay Youth Football is a chartered member of American Youth Football and USA Football; we play in the Taconic Youth Football and Cheer League under American Youth Football rules. We offer teams from 8u to 13u (3rd grade to 8th grade). Team and league details along with other information can be found on this website.

We start our summer workouts in early August, Monday to Friday from 6PM to 8PM each evening.  American Youth Football (AYF) mandates that every player must accumulate 10 hours of supervised conditioning practices along with an additional 10 hours of full pad practices before a player can participate in a game situation. This schedule allows most of the players to achieve the required practice hours while accommodating for vacation time or summer activities. If a player does not achieve the required practice time by the first scrimmage or game, they will be prohibited by the league from any game situations until the AYF required time is met. These requirements are based on safety and making sure the players are properly conditioned and ready to play. For those players that are short on conditioning hours at the start of the season, we do our best to work with them to meet the league mandated requirements.

Once school begins the teams will typically hold 2-3 practices during the week and games are played on Sunday (anywhere from 9AM to 3PM, depending on the game schedule). The entire season runs August to early November.

All John Jay Youth Football coaches are certified by USA Football through the “Heads Up” program, trained and certified by the CDC in concussion awareness, and at least three coaches on every staff are certified in First Aid/CPR. All teams are also equipped with a first aid kit and AED machine.

We are all looking forward to the start of the 2017 football season!

Please continue to visit our website for information, events and 2017 season details.


by posted 04/24/2017
A Message From Coach Jimmy Clark-Head Coach-John Jay Football

Dear Parent,

I hope this letter finds you and your family happy, healthy and well.  I am writing to you today to express my support for John Jay Youth Football, and specifically the 8th grade team. As I am sure you are aware, participation in youth football has declined over the past couple of years. At certain grade levels, low registration forced the elimination some youth football teams. I would like the opportunity to explain why we need our youth to play football.

I can cite all the statistics as to the safety of your child while playing football and how it is no different than riding a bicycle or driving in a car or playing other sports, but please understand this; the John Jay Youth Football Program, and its coaches, value your child’s safety above all else, and will never knowingly put your child in harm’s way during a practice or game. All possible precautions are taken to ensure your child is as safe as possible while playing football, from the tackling techniques taught in practice to the contact that occurs, from the first practice to the last.

There are many benefits of playing football. John Harbaugh, Head Football Coach of the Baltimore Ravens in the NFL wrote an open letter about why football matters that was published in the spring of 2015. I would like to share with you some of the quotes that I feel are relevant to Youth Football. The questions are asked over and over:  Why would anyone want to play football? Why would anyone let their kids play?

Here’s my answer: I believe there’s practically no other place where a young man is held to a higher standard.

Football is hard. It’s tough. It demands discipline. It teaches obedience. It builds character.

Football is a metaphor for life.

This game asks a young man to push himself further than he ever thought he could go. It literally challenges his physical courage. It shows him what it means to sacrifice. It teaches him the importance of doing his job well. We learn to put others first, to be part of something bigger than ourselves. And we learn to lift our teammates – and ourselves – up together.

These are rare lessons nowadays.

And I believe the most critical place for football is at the youth and high school levels. For 97 percent of football players, the pinnacle of their careers is the high school game. Few players ever go on to the college level. Even less make it to the pros.

For a lot of these kids, it’s not until it’s all said and done, and they look back on it several years later, that they realize the difference the sport made in their lives. They are proud of playing the game. Have you ever met anybody who accomplished playing four years of high school football, and at the end of that run said, ‘Man, I wish I wouldn’t have played’? It doesn’t get said.

Football is a great sport. Football teams can be, and very often are, the catalyst for good in our schools and our communities. Millions of young men have learned lessons in football that they could only learn through playing this game. Football has saved lives.

That is why football matters.


At the High School level our participation numbers are better than they have been in about eight years. We are on the rise, but we need a strong foundation from our feeder programs. It is my hope that we will be able to recruit some more participation at every level for youth football. We are looking at some different options to help increase participation including, a later starting date.

Registration for John Jay Youth Football will open on April 15th. You can register online at

Thank you and regards,

Jimmy Clark

Head Football Coach

John Jay High School




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