Frequently Asked Questions

How does the LYF League assign my player to a team?
The primary tool for assigning players to programs is according to the player's address. Lincoln, and the surrounding community, are broken into eight districts represented by each of the eight programs. However, each program can only take a limited number of players, so players who register later cannot be guaranteed to play within their district.

Please remember that the League cannot provide players/parents with an answer as to which team they will be assigned. Districting boundaries are adjusted each season after nearly all registrations have been received in late July. It is not until that time that final team assignments are made. When does my player find out what team they will be assigned to? Check the calendar of events link on the home page for important dates. The League mails out team assignment letters in early August, so you should receive yours by the first week of August. Players will receive a letter including information for their assigned team's Equipment Check-out date, time, and location.

2017 Lincoln Youth Football District Map:

What equipment does my player need to provide?
All players must provide the following: mouthguard, practice jersey, athletic supporter, and football cleats. The League provide the rest of the equipment, including: helmet, chin-strap, shoulder pads, game jersey, practice and game pants, and pant pads.

Can my player participate in Lincoln Youth Football and another football league at the same time?
Yes. Lincoln Youth Football does not have a rule prohibiting players from participating in other leagues, such as flag or junior high football, at the same time as Lincoln Youth Football.

What does it cost to play football for LYF?
The registration fee for 2019 will be $275. This fee includes costs of equipment (helmet, shoulder pads, game uniform, and practice pants), equipment testing, 7 regular season games and up to 2 playoff games, player insurance, referees, field maintenance, and other costs associated with hosting youth football for 8 teams with 5 levels each. NOTE: All available scholarships have been awarded for 2019.

Are there any other costs besides registration?
Players are asked to provide their own mouthpiece, football cleats (shoes), practice jersey, and girdle/hip pads. These are available at The Locker Room, Scheels, Dick’s, or other athletic outfitting stores. In 2019, there will be a $3 gate fee for spectators (not players) for each game.

What if I need a refund of my registration fee?
Refunds will be processed by the LYF League through August 1 of each season. No refunds will be given until after August 1. Refunds will be issued for the amount paid by the registrant, less a $25 administrative processing fee.
Where are the games played?
All games are played at the Lincoln Youth Football Runza Sports Complex, located at S. 2nd and South Street (between Sherman Baseball Field and Sawyer Snell Park). 225 W South Street, Lincoln, NE 68522
Directions

Where can I park at the Lincoln Youth Football Runza Sports Complex?
Parking is available in the parking lot between the fields and Sherman Baseball Field. Parking is also available just north of the complex, at Sawyer Snell Park.

Is there a gate fee?
Yes, in 2019, the LYF League will charge a $3 admittance fee at the gate for all spectators ages 6 years and older. A unique hand stamp will be provided for re-admittance on each Sunday. Players, coaches, referees, LYF Board members, LYF volunteers, American Red Cross volunteers, and Lincoln Orthopedic Center staff will be issued gate passes. The gate fees go towards both the funding of the scholarship program (our goal is to never turn a player away based on inability to pay) and to help offset field rental fees, equipment upkeep, and league insurance. The incorporation of gate fees has helped us to keep the registration fee modest and attainable for as many registrants as possible.

When are games?
The majority of all games are played on Sundays in September and October, with a small number scheduled for Wednesday evenings. Games on Sundays begin as early as 10:30 a.m. for Rookie League and D League games. A League, B League, and C League games begin at 1:00 p.m. The latest start time for any game is 4:45 p.m.

Please check your team's game schedules for specific times and fields.

How will I know which field my player's game is being played on?
A Field: Northwest corner of complex
B Field: Southwest corner of complex
C Field: Northeast corner of complex

D Field: East side of Complex Rookie Field: Southeast corner of complex please note: some Rookie League and D League games will be played on either the A, B, or C Fields. Please check the Game Schedules Page for more information.

Are there concession stands at the Lincoln Youth Football Runza Sports Complex?
Yes. The Lincoln Optimists Club operate a full concessions stand, including everything from hot dogs to snow cones, soft drinks to Gatorade.

When does the season start?
Check the calendar of events on the home page for important dates. Games are played on Sunday afternoons; starting times are between 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The "D" and "Rookie" leagues start at the earlier times and their schedules will be provided before the first game.
What is Flex Football?
Flex Football (Flex) is an innovative new game for boys and girls ages 6-8 designed to introduce football at the youth level, add a dynamic and realistic off-season program for youth and HS-level tackle players, and provide adults a limited contact game. Flex offers a realistic football experience at all levels. Strategically designed to fit right in the middle of flag and tackle, and to provide current tackle players with a safer and more realistic offseason alternative, Flex football is a year-round, 9 on 9, limited-impact style of football created by former NFL players.

How is Flex Football played?
Flex is played with 9 players on half of a full sized field with the following positions:
Offense: 3 down linemen, 5 eligible receivers, QB on offense
Defense: 2 Defensive Ends, 7 Defensive Backs/LBs

How does Flex Football provide "player progression" throughout the sport?
Flag players are lacking the fundamental skills needed to safely and comfortably transition to tackle football and tackle players are unnecessarily exposed to unfamiliar situations by starting tackle at an early age. Flex adds to the overall experience of the youth athlete by offering another fun way to be introduced to the sport or to continue developing skills year-round.

Why is there padding involved if there is no tackling?
NFL teams regularly wear our soft-shell protection system year-round to eliminate repetitive sub-concussive blows, while continuing to get better at their craft. Using that concept, we are creating an opportunity for young athletes to work on the fundamental football skills, including blocking at the line of scrimmage, down field blocking and even bump and run coverage on the outside.

Won't kids want to tackle since they have pads?
Our rules and your coaches will not allow that to happen. Furthermore, introducing soft-shell shoulder pads and soft-shell helmets at a young age helps establish and promote that padding, whether hard-shell of soft-shell is not made to be used as a “weapon”. Having athletes reinforce the fundamental breaking down and pulling a flag or two hand touch with gear on, Flex will be instilling a natural path to proper tackling technique when the athlete returns to tackle football or is ready to start tackle football for the 1st time.

How much is the registration fee?
The registration fee for Flex Football is $115 per player. Please visit our REGISTRATION page to register.

What other costs are involved besides the registration fee?
Players are required to either purchase or rent the appropriate gear. You can purchase a FlexGear combo set (Helmet + Shoulder Pad) for your child at a discounted price of $110. OR, as a second option, you can rent a (reconditioned/used) FlexGear combo set (Helmet + Shoulder Pad) for $35. Additional information can be found here: https://www.liverocksolid.com/store/lincoln-youth-football/
How can I receive a copy of the League's Manual and Rule Book?
Download the LYF Manual

What does the 1 dot on a player's helmet indicate?
1 Dot: the player must play a position on either the offensive or defensive line of scrimmage.

AGE & GRADE: Minimum age is 6 years old on or before October 15 of the current year. Maximum age is 14 years old on or before October 15 of the current year. However, a player becoming 15 years of age after October 15 may participate. Players must be 6 year old 1st graders through 8th grade inclusive.
What precautions are taken to avoid injuries and/or concussions?
The LYF League, in partnership with the Lincoln Orthopedic Center (LOC), organizes free ImPACT testing for each athlete ages 12 and older. More information about the ImPACT test can be found here: https://www.impacttest.com/news/show.php?937.

The LYF League partners with USA Football to provide all LYF coaches the opportunity to earn the High School Tackle Certification, which teaches blocking, tackling, equipment fitting, heat illness prevention, concussion in sports, and sudden cardiac arrest. More information here: https://usafootball.com/development-training/certification.

The LYF League supports, promotes, and teaches “Heads Up” and rugby-style tackling as safer tackling techniques.

If an injury occurs, who is available to respond?
Licensed sports medicine professionals provided by the Lincoln Orthopedic Center (LOC) are present at all LYF games to provide sports medicine services.
American Red Cross volunteers are present on the sidelines of all LYF games to aid with player safety.

Does the LYF League have insurance?
Yes, the LYF League pays an annual premium to insure all players. For more information on the insurance policy, please contact the LYF League Commissioner.

How often do concussions occur in LYF players?
Although we do not have specific numbers from the LYF League, research indicates that we can expect 0.53 concussions per 1,000 athletes, or about 1 in 2,000.
Reference: Pfister T, Pfister K, Hagel B, Ghali WA, Ronksley PE. The incidence of concussion in youth sports: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Br J Sports Med. 2016 Mar;50(5):292- http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/50/5/292.long

Is the equipment safe?
The LYF League pays to have their equipment professionally tested as recommended by the manufacture each year. Equipment that does not meet the testing specifications is replaced at the League’s expense.

Are the coaches screened?
Yes, the LYF League pays to conduct third-party, annual background checks on all coaches.
How does the LYF League assign my player to a team?
The primary tool for assigning players to programs is according to the player's address. Lincoln, and the surrounding community, are broken into eight districts represented by each of the eight programs. However, each program can only take a limited number of players, so players who register later cannot be guaranteed to play within their district.

Please remember that the League cannot provide players/parents with an answer as to which team they will be assigned. Districting boundaries are adjusted each season after nearly all registrations have been received in late July. It is not until that time that final team assignments are made. When does my player find out what team they will be assigned to? Check the calendar of events link on the home page for important dates. The League mails out team assignment letters in early August, so you should receive yours by the first week of August. Players will receive a letter including information for their assigned team's Equipment Check-out date, time, and location.

2017 Lincoln Youth Football District Map:

What equipment does my player need to provide?
All players must provide the following: mouthguard, practice jersey, athletic supporter, and football cleats. The League provide the rest of the equipment, including: helmet, chin-strap, shoulder pads, game jersey, practice and game pants, and pant pads.

Can my player participate in Lincoln Youth Football and another football league at the same time?
Yes. Lincoln Youth Football does not have a rule prohibiting players from participating in other leagues, such as flag or junior high football, at the same time as Lincoln Youth Football.

What does it cost to play football for LYF?
The registration fee for 2019 will be $275. This fee includes costs of equipment (helmet, shoulder pads, game uniform, and practice pants), equipment testing, 7 regular season games and up to 2 playoff games, player insurance, referees, field maintenance, and other costs associated with hosting youth football for 8 teams with 5 levels each. NOTE: All available scholarships have been awarded for 2019.

Are there any other costs besides registration?
Players are asked to provide their own mouthpiece, football cleats (shoes), practice jersey, and girdle/hip pads. These are available at The Locker Room, Scheels, Dick’s, or other athletic outfitting stores. In 2019 there will be a $3 gate fee for spectators (not players, coaches, referees, volunteers, or medical staff) for each game.

What if I need a refund of my registration fee?
Refunds will be processed by the LYF League through August 1 of each season. No refunds will be given until after August 1. Refunds will be issued for the amount paid by the registrant, less a $25 administrative processing fee.
Where are the games played?
All games are played at the Lincoln Youth Football Runza Sports Complex, located at S. 2nd and South Street (between Sherman Baseball Field and Sawyer Snell Park). 225 W South Street, Lincoln, NE 68522
Directions

Where can I park at the Lincoln Youth Football Runza Sports Complex?
Parking is available in the parking lot between the fields and Sherman Baseball Field. Parking is also available just north of the complex, at Sawyer Snell Park.

Is there a gate fee?
Yes, in 2019, the LYF League will charge a $3 admittance fee at the gate for all spectators ages 6 years and older. A unique hand stamp will be provided for re-admittance on each Sunday. Players, coaches, referees, LYF Board members, LYF volunteers, American Red Cross volunteers, and Lincoln Orthopedic Center staff will be issued gate passes. The gate fees go towards both the funding of the scholarship program (our goal is to never turn a player away based on inability to pay) and to help offset field rental fees, equipment upkeep, and league insurance. The incorporation of gate fees has helped us to keep the registration fee modest and attainable for as many registrants as possible.

When are games?
The majority of all games are played on Sundays in September and October, with a small number scheduled for Wednesday evenings. Games on Sundays begin as early as 10:30 a.m. for Rookie League and D League games. A League, B League, and C League games begin at 1:00 p.m. The latest start time for any game is 4:45 p.m.

Please check your team's game schedules for specific times and fields.

How will I know which field my player's game is being played on?
A Field: Northwest corner of complex
B Field: Southwest corner of complex
C Field: Northeast corner of complex

D Field: East side of Complex Rookie Field: Southeast corner of complex please note: some Rookie League and D League games will be played on either the A, B, or C Fields. Please check the Game Schedules Page for more information.

Are there concession stands at the Lincoln Youth Football Runza Sports Complex?
Yes. The Lincoln Optimists Club operate a full concessions stand, including everything from hot dogs to snow cones, soft drinks to Gatorade.

When does the season start?
Check the calendar of events on the home page for important dates. Games are played on Sunday afternoons; starting times are between 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The "D" and "Rookie" leagues start at the earlier times and their schedules will be provided before the first game.
What is Flex Football?
Flex Football (Flex) is an innovative new game for boys and girls ages 6-8 designed to introduce football at the youth level, add a dynamic and realistic off-season program for youth and HS-level tackle players, and provide adults a limited contact game. Flex offers a realistic football experience at all levels. Strategically designed to fit right in the middle of flag and tackle, and to provide current tackle players with a safer and more realistic offseason alternative, Flex football is a year-round, 9 on 9, limited-impact style of football created by former NFL players.

How is Flex Football played?
Flex is played with 9 players on half of a full sized field with the following positions:
Offense: 3 down linemen, 5 eligible receivers, QB on offense
Defense: 2 Defensive Ends, 7 Defensive Backs/LBs

How does Flex Football provide "player progression" throughout the sport?
Flag players are lacking the fundamental skills needed to safely and comfortably transition to tackle football and tackle players are unnecessarily exposed to unfamiliar situations by starting tackle at an early age. Flex adds to the overall experience of the youth athlete by offering another fun way to be introduced to the sport or to continue developing skills year-round.

Why is there padding involved if there is no tackling?
NFL teams regularly wear our soft-shell protection system year-round to eliminate repetitive sub-concussive blows, while continuing to get better at their craft. Using that concept, we are creating an opportunity for young athletes to work on the fundamental football skills, including blocking at the line of scrimmage, down field blocking and even bump and run coverage on the outside.

Won't kids want to tackle since they have pads?
Our rules and your coaches will not allow that to happen. Furthermore, introducing soft-shell shoulder pads and soft-shell helmets at a young age helps establish and promote that padding, whether hard-shell of soft-shell is not made to be used as a “weapon”. Having athletes reinforce the fundamental breaking down and pulling a flag or two hand touch with gear on, Flex will be instilling a natural path to proper tackling technique when the athlete returns to tackle football or is ready to start tackle football for the 1st time.

How much is the registration fee?
The registration fee for Flex Football is $115 per player. Please visit our REGISTRATION page to register.

What other costs are involved besides the registration fee?
Players are required to either purchase or rent the appropriate gear. You can purchase a FlexGear combo set (Helmet + Shoulder Pad) for your child at a discounted price of $110. OR, as a second option, you can rent a (reconditioned/used) FlexGear combo set (Helmet + Shoulder Pad) for $35. Additional information can be found here: https://www.liverocksolid.com/store/lincoln-youth-football/
How can I receive a copy of the League's Manual and Rule Book?
Download the LYF Manual

What does the 1 dot on a player's helmet indicate?
1 Dot: the player must play a position on either the offensive or defensive line of scrimmage.

AGE & GRADE: Minimum age is 6 years old on or before October 15 of the current year. Maximum age is 14 years old on or before October 15 of the current year. However, a player becoming 15 years of age after October 15 may participate. Players must be 6 year old 1st graders through 8th grade inclusive.
What precautions are taken to avoid injuries and/or concussions?
The LYF League, in partnership with the Lincoln Orthopedic Center (LOC), organizes free ImPACT testing for each athlete ages 12 and older. More information about the ImPACT test can be found here: https://www.impacttest.com/news/show.php?937.

The LYF League partners with USA Football to provide all LYF coaches the opportunity to earn the High School Tackle Certification, which teaches blocking, tackling, equipment fitting, heat illness prevention, concussion in sports, and sudden cardiac arrest. More information here: https://usafootball.com/development-training/certification.

The LYF League supports, promotes, and teaches “Heads Up” and rugby-style tackling as safer tackling techniques.

If an injury occurs, who is available to respond?
Licensed sports medicine professionals provided by the Lincoln Orthopedic Center (LOC) are present at all LYF games to provide sports medicine services.
American Red Cross volunteers are present on the sidelines of all LYF games to aid with player safety.

Does the LYF League have insurance?
Yes, the LYF League pays an annual premium to insure all players. For more information on the insurance policy, please contact the LYF League Commissioner.

How often do concussions occur in LYF players?
Although we do not have specific numbers from the LYF League, research indicates that we can expect 0.53 concussions per 1,000 athletes, or about 1 in 2,000.
Reference: Pfister T, Pfister K, Hagel B, Ghali WA, Ronksley PE. The incidence of concussion in youth sports: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Br J Sports Med. 2016 Mar;50(5):292- http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/50/5/292.long

Is the equipment safe?
The LYF League pays to have their equipment professionally tested as recommended by the manufacture each year. Equipment that does not meet the testing specifications is replaced at the League’s expense.

Are the coaches screened?
Yes, the LYF League pays to conduct third-party, annual background checks on all coaches.