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HVYF&CA Fall Football Program

HVYF&CA is open to residents of Hopewell, Titusville, Pennington, Ewing, Montgomery, Flemington, Princeton, and more.  We encourage participants of all ages and skill levels to come out and join us! 

The season kicks off at our annual HVYF&CA picnic which will be held on June 10th, 2018.  This is a great time for the players to meet their coaches and get acquainted or reacquainted with their teammates.  

Equipment (helmet, shoulder pads, practice jersey, practice pants, game jersey, game pants, belt, and necessary pads) is handed out prior to the start of practice.  An email will be sent advising participants of the date and time for their level.  Participants will need their own cleats, athletic supporter, and mouth guard.  

Practice will begin August 13th and will be held at the HVYF&CA Field.  Practice is held Monday thru Thursday (4 nights), 6-8pm, during August and once school starts, Tuesdays and Thursdays (2 nights).  

Certification will be held September 9th with a make-up date as September 15th (time and location tbd).  All football players must be certified in order to participate in games.  Once players have been certified, they will be issued an identification card with their information.  This information will be checked by the opposing team at the beginning of each game, but players will no longer need to be weighed prior to every game.  

West Jersey Youth Football follows the same rules and schedule as the high school.  The schedule is determined by West Jersey Youth Football and is subject to change; once established, it will be publicized on the website.  The first game will be held the weekend of September 15th.  Playoffs begin the weekend of November 10th with the Championship Games Thanksgiving weekend.  Again the schedule is established by WJYF and is subject to change. 

HVYF&CA issued equipment is to be returned at the end of the season.  Participants will receive an email advising the date and time for their level.

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING THE 4-6 year old FALL LEVEL (60/70 lbs.) - HVYF&CA is a member of the West Jersey Youth Football League (WJYFL).  During WJYFL meetings in 2017, one of the primary topics has been recruitment at the youngest level, four thru six year olds.  The majority of member towns, including Hopewell, have seen significant reductions in the number of registrants at the youngest level.  That reduction has left many towns unable to field a team at the 4-6 year old level, thereby depriving those young people who wish to play of a proper introduction to football.  In an effort to provide that introduction and attract young people to the sport, and in keeping with a growing national trend, many towns in the WJYFL have decided to change their 4-6 year old program from tackle to flag and WJYFL has approved that change.  Since most of our likely opponents have opted to switch to flag, we have little choice but to follow suit.  We hope that the switch from tackle to flag at the 4-6 year old level will attract new players to the HVYF&CA family and allow our program to grow as those players move on to tackle football at the older age levels.  If you have any questions about the WJYFL switch from tackle to flag or what that switch means for HVYF&CA, please contact league President Mike Rowan at

Age/Weight Matrix

Age Weight (lbs)
4, 5 & 6 N/A
7 & 8 85 (*90GS)
9 & 10 100 (*110GS)
11 & 12 115 (*130GS)
13 & 14 135 (*165GS)
* GS - Green Stripe, a player who weighs more than the standard weight but less than the asterisked weight must play offensive/defensive line for that level (Tackle, Guard, Center, Defensive Lineman) 

If your participant is heavier than his/her age group, he/she can play up at the next level (younger/heavier).  

Age is as of  September 1st.  Younger/heavier is an option for all players, please email for more information.  If your player's weight is 5 lbs. over the certification weight, he/she will be rostered with the next level up.
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