Grafton Youth Football and Cheer Safety Awareness

UpdatedMonday July 6, 2020 byGYFC.

At Grafton Youth Football & Cheer (GYFC) we understand that safety is the number one priority when it comes to your child’s participation in any extracurricular activity. After all, our coaches, cheer instructors & volunteers are parents too. From CORI checks and CDC Heads up training, to education, we take pride in our safety first philosophy, which helps provide a safe and secure environment for your child to play in, learn and have fun.
GYFC Response to COVID 19


The Schutt Splash Shield was developed to attach directly to the faceguard of a football helmet to block droplets from sweat, coughs, and sneezes.

The Grafton youth football and cheer association will be supplying a splash shield to all registered tackle football players. There is no additional cost for the splash shield. We want to ensure your child has the most up to date protective equipment to prevent contracting COVID 19. to find out more about the splash shield click on the link below.



Grafton Youth Cheer is proud to share that we are diversifying our program to now include cheer, dance, and pom - similar to the style you see in NFL Cheerleaders routines- for the 2020 Season! We are also committed to the following safety precautions:
  1. Practices will be outdoors for the majority of the season
  2. Your child will learn a diverse cheerleading routine that will be performed at half times and will include cheer, dance, tumbling and pom, we will not include stunting to ensure a safe distance between cheerleaders. They will attend football games and perform sideline cheers throughout the game in addition to half time.
  3. We can use your help - team parents are extremely helpful especially in these times to reinforce social distancing, sign your child up and volunteer today!
Age-based Football
Multiple studies conducted by the Mayo Clinic and USA Football have shown that the biggest risk factor in youth football isn’t weight, but age. As a member of AYF’s All-American Division, GYFC allows kids of the same age, regardless of size, to play on the same team and against opponents of the same age.
CDC Heads Up and Taking the Head Out of Tackling
GYFC strives to reduce the risks of injury, including concussion, by insisting on proper instruction by competent coaches and promoting a culture of good sportsmanship. Our coaches promote “Hawk style tackling” which emphasizes “taking the head out of tackling” and the use of shoulder tackling techniques. In order to properly identify and minimize the risk of concussion all coaches are required to complete CDC Heads up Online Concussion Training.
For additional information see the links & resources below:

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