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Wen does practice start?  

  • The start of practice will begin the week following the conclusion of the F.A.S.T. Program. For 2015, Pony teams are eligible to start practice beginning Monday, August 1. Pee Wee and Mighty Mite teams are eligible to start practice beginning Monday, August 15.

  • Practices prior to the start of West Hartford Public School year may be extended to eight (8) hours per week, but, may not exceed the two (2) hour limit, or the one (1) per day limit.

  • Practices shall be limited to six (6) hours per week once the West Hartford Public School year begins. No practice shall exceed two (2) hours in any one day. There shall be no more than one (1) practice per day.

What should I bring to practice?  

For the start of the season practices, unless noted to do otherwise by your team's head coach, players should wear shorts, light colored shirts and cleats.  They should bring plenty of their own water in clearly marked water bottles.

When will equipment be handed out?  

Equipment pick up is typically scheduled towards the end of July, early August or sometime soon after preseason practices start, at the latest. Pads typically are not worn in the first week of practice. Although not a league rule, most teams have players log a minimum of 6-8 hours of practice/conditioning without pads prior to being allowed to wear pads and participate in full contact drills. Please click on the Equipment tab on the Main Menu for a list of issued equipment and what equipment needs to be purchased.  

What are the minimum play rules? 

All players must play a minimum of ten (10) or more plays in every game, including playoff and championship games. The ten plays may include any offensive, defensive and/or special teams play.  The rules of playing time need not be enforced in circumstances where disciplinary action is being taken on a player or when a worry for a player’s physical well being is in question.

Do I need to provide a birth certificate?  

New players or players that did not play this past season must provide a copy of a birth certificate with their completed registration.

Where does WHYFL play its home games? 

All games are played at Sterling Field, located behind Charter Oak Academy, at 800 Flatbush Ave., West Hartford, CT 06110.

Are there playoffs? 

Yes. All divisions, except the Flag Division, participate in Playoffs.
 
The 1st place team at the end of the regular season will be declared the regular season champion. If a tie exists for 1st place, the tiebreaker used to break the tie will be the head to head record. On the Mighty Mite and Pee Wee Division levels, if the teams are still tied after applying the head to head tiebreaker, co-champions will be declared and a coin toss will be used to determine seeding for the playoff games. On the Midget and Pony Division levels, if the teams are still tied after applying the head to head tiebreaker, the tiebreaker used to break the tie will be the combined scores of the head to head meetings. If the teams are still tied after applying the combined score tiebreaker, co-champions will be declared and a coin toss will be used to determine seeding for the playoff games. 
 
Playoffs Format:

  • The format for the playoffs on the Mighty Mite level will follow a semifinal format, 1st place versus 4th place, 2nd place versus 3rd place, followed by a final format whereby the winners meet for the championship. The higher ranked team will be the home team.

  • The format for the playoffs on the Pee Wee level will begin using a quarterfinal format. 1st place team has a quarterfinal round bye, 2nd place versus 7th place, 3rd place versus 6th place, 4th place versus 5th place, followed by a semifinal format, where 1st place team will play the lowest remaining seed. The two other winning teams will face each other. The two winning semifinal teams will play for the championship. The higher ranked team will be the home team.

  • The format for the playoffs on the Midget and Pony levels will follow a semifinal format, 1st place versus 4th place and 2nd place versus 3rd place, followed by a final format whereby the winners meet for the championship. The higher ranked team will be the home team.

  • If a playoff game ends in a tie, sudden death using the National Federation of State High School Association rules will be put in to effect to break the tie.

My son/daughter would like to play on a team w/ their friend/classmate. Does your league honor “buddy requests”?

The WHYFL does not honor buddy requests. Written requests may be made during registration, but, the WHYFL does not guarantee that the request will be met.

How are teams formed?

Teams are formed one of two ways, either through a player draft conducted by the coaches from their current division to their next eligible division or through a blind draft where players are randomly selected without knowledge of who the player is. Flag players are drafted to the Mighty Mite Division through the blind draft process. They are draft eligible for the Mighty Mite Division at the end of the season in which they are 6 years old. Mighty Mite players are drafted to the Pee Wee Division through the player draft process. They are draft eligible for the Pee Wee Division at the end of the season in which they are 8 years old. Pee Wee players are drafted to the Pony Division through the player draft process. They are draft eligible for the Pony Division at the end of the season in which they are in 6th grade and/or 11 years old.  All new players are drafted through the draft process. The number of new players drafted by each team is based on the need for players on each specific team.