2021 Season Recap

UpdatedThursday January 13, 2022 byKen Alberti.

Guilford Youth Football and Cheerleading completed an incredible season across the entire program. From our youngest flag players to our graduating 8th grade squad, each team found success on the field while continuing to build the foundation for a strong Guilford Football program for years to come.

Our cheerleading program made the major transition from a sideline only cheer team to a competition program. This transition has been a few years in the making. The cheerleaders and coaches did an incredible job supporting our tackle teams on game days and in their first-ever local and state competitions.

Football

From a win/loss perspective our 4th-8th grade tackle teams had a combined regular season record of 30-10  (75% winning percentage) across our five teams. It was a landmark season for our tackle program. Beyond the wins, this season has succeeded in moving our program forward in a number of ways on and off the field, including:

  1. Increased collaboration and partnership with the GHS Football program, coaching staff and players. The importance of this relationship and cohesion cannot be overstated.
  2. Growing overall participation. Our total number of registered players increased and will hopefully continue to increase as we move forward.
  3. Team, program and community camaraderie. Kids and parents in town are proud to be part of the Guilford Football program. The sense of community that is built through football is unique. We are all creating a strong sense of pride for Guilford Football. It takes a village. Keep going!

For the first time in at least 10 years, and most likely longer, all of our tackle teams qualified for the championship playoff bracket. This means each of our teams finished in the top eight in their respective grades. Two of our teams (5th and 6th grade) advanced to the championship game.

Winning is a byproduct of the league-wide activities listed above. In addition, the GYFC board and coaches have embraced the challenge of creating a positive culture within our program that focuses on keeping it fun for the kids while pushing them to be the best they can be, individually and as a team.

Our flag teams didn’t get to play as many games against other towns as we normally play as a result of continued COVID-related concerns with our partner flag towns. The boys still practiced and scrimmaged weekly and finished the season with a jamboree with East Haven and North Branford and games against East Haven. The flag players had fun throughout the season and learned a little football along the way!

Cheerleading

The cheerleading program had two teams this season. The D12 and D8 squads were out in force at tackle games every weekend supporting the teams. Their presence, energy and encouragement were welcome and appreciated by players, coaches and families. Additionally, both teams put their months of practice to work by competing in the Shoreline Conference local competition at Hamden High School. The cheerleaders did an awesome job with the D12 team finishing in 3rd place! Both teams also competed at the State competition at Floyd Little Athletic Complex in New Haven. Following a strong first year of competition, there are big things to come for this group.

GYFC Initiatives

As a league we brought back our primary fundraising campaign this season. After a year with no fundraising and lower registrations it was critically important to conduct the annual raffle ticket fundraiser. Thanks to all of you and your children, the campaign was a huge success. We sold 1,820 tickets for a total of $18,200. After winner payouts, printing and permit expenses, the net proceeds totaled more than $15,000. These resources are so important for GYFC and go right back into the program in a variety of ways, including:

  • Apparel for all registered players (this year we provided shorts and t-shirts)
  • New equipment for players (top-of-the-line helmets and shoulder pads)
  • New jerseys (exploring replacements for next season)
  • Team and field equipment (tackle/blocking bags, various field cones, balls, other supplies)
  • New cheerleading uniforms

2022 Season

Looking ahead to the 2022 season, there is still much to be accomplished and we will need your help. In the coming weeks and months, we will be seeking greater involvement from parents on several important initiatives. We will be putting together a few committees to partner with the GYFC board to help lead a couple important activities. Please consider joining us for our monthly board meetings beginning in February (meeting invite will be sent separately). We have a few exciting things in the works and we really need a few more active hands to assist.

We have decided to not host the annual Super Bowl Breakfast and instead will plan for a family style league gathering sometime in the spring.

Registration for the 2022 season will open in February. The sooner we get our kids registered the better we can plan for another successful season. Keep an eye on your email, the GYFC website and our social media accounts (@GuilfordYFC) for registration and meeting announcements. In the meantime, stay healthy and warm.  Go Guilford!

Best,

Ken Alberti

President, Guilford Youth Football & Cheerleading

www.guilfordyouthfootball.com

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