The Lenape Valley Patriots Football and Cheer Program is proud to participate in the Morris County Midget Football League (MCYFL). The MCYFL plays in Morris, Sussex and Warren Counties and is home to approximately 22 football clubs. Six padded levels of play comprise the League with over 3000 players. Our robust Flag Football Program consists of approximately 8 – 10 internal teams that play a 5 on 5 player format, all at our Home Fields.
The Lenape Valley Patriots Football & Cheer Program is open to all boys and girls in grades K-8, who reside in Byram Township, and Stanhope & Netcong Boroughs. The Lenape Valley Patriots goal is to provide a positive youth football and cheer experience to as many children as possible while preparing them for a successful high school career. With this philosophy in mind, our organization consists of flag football and cheer for grades Kindergarten through 2nd and tackle football and cheer levels for grades 3rd through 8th.
The number of players per tackle football teams will fluctuate year to year however if enough players at the Super Peewee, Clinic or Pre-Clinic level than (2) teams will be fielded at those levels; thereby increasing playing time for all players. Weight, Age & Grade limits exist for each of the six levels of tackle football and are assigned as follows:
Level Age as of Upper Weight Equipment Limit with
August 1st Limit Allotment Equipment
Pre Clinic 8 90 lbs 7 lbs 97 lbs
Tackle to Tackle - 93 lbs 7 lbs 100 lbs
Clinic 9 100 lbs 7 lbs 107 lbs
Tackle to Tackle- 104 lbs 7 lbs 111 lbs
Super Pee Wee 10 111 lbs 7 lbs 118 lbs
Tackle to Tackle- 116 lbs 7 lbs 123 lbs
Pee Wee 11 123 lbs 8 lbs 131 lbs
Tackle to Tackle- 131 lbs 8 lbs 139 lbs
Junior Varsity 12 138 lbs 9 lbs 147 lbs
Tackle to Tackle- 147 lbs 9 lbs 156 lbs
Varsity 13-14 161 lbs 10 lbs 171 lbs
Tackle to Tackle- 171 lbs 10 lbs 181 lbs
*** Cannot turn 15 before November 15th
Weight Increases for Lower Levels
1 pound growth weight for 3-4 weeks
Additional 1 pound for weeks 5-6 weeks
Additional 1 pound for weeks 7-8 weeks
Additional 1 pound for weeks 9-10 weeks
Weight Increases for Upper Levels
MCYFL By-laws (2014) – Applicable to PeeWee, Junior Varsity and Varsity Divisions
…Each team may be allowed to play only two (2) of these players at a time and only on plays from scrimmage and only from Tackle to Tackle. These players will not be allowed to play on kick-off or kick-receiving…
…These players shall be identified by transverse stripping of no less than 1 inch wide running from ear hole to ear hole on the back side of the helmet…
*Junior Varisty players are traditionally 7th graders however younger players have "played-up" on a case-by-case basis due to weight. 8th graders are only allowed to play at the Junior Varsity level if they weigh-in under 110lbs. These players will need to be approved by the Football Director before the start of the season.
The Lenape Valley Patriots Football and Cheer Program will begin practice the first week of August for the tackle levels and the third week of August for the flag levels.