News and Announcements


Buckeye Youth Football and Cheer Families,
Rather than practice this coming Thursday 9/21/2023 BYFA will follow tradition and participate in the Buckeye High School Homecoming Parade. At 5:30pm please meet your team in the grass area between the bus garage and the school parking lot as shown below. Football players please wear your game jerseys and Cheerleaders your Buckeye uniforms or spirit wear per your Coach’s direction. By 6:00pm the parade lineup will kick off and our teams will walk together once around the football stadium track. Please coordinate with your team coaches for candy to toss out to the crowd! Teams can meet parents after the parade back in the grass area by the bus garage.

Thank you and Go Bucks!


Buckeye Youth Football and Cheer Families,
Please join us for our annual Reverse Raffle fundraiser Saturday, September 30th at the Medina VFW! As communicated previously our registration costs cover only our yearly operating expenses. All field improvements such as our bleachers, equipment shed, blocking sled, new storage container, etc. have been provided by our fundraisers and the great support by our community.

Tickets for the fundraiser will be available after practices typically Tuesdays and Thursdays at the equipment shed! Each ticket includes dinner, drinks and your raffle entry for the $1000 grand prize! We had huge success last season with a record number of side boards and raffle prizes. The event sold out at capacity weeks early so please get your tickets soon!

Family sponsorships are appreciated and available regardless of event attendance. The attached sponsorship form can also be submitted at practices. To coordinate another event ticket or donation pickup please contact

Thank you and we appreciate your support!

BYFA President – Travis Perkins,
Cheer Director – Sara Ross,
Vice President – Forest Mercer
Secretary – Jared Willis
Treasurer – Matt Wilhelm

The document BYFL_Family_Sponsorship_2023_Form.pdf was attached to this post.


Please see the below picture day schedule at the Youth fields for all football and cheer teams on one of two dates; Tuesday, Aug-29 or Thursday, Aug-31. Arrive 10 minutes prior to your time in full game day uniform. Attached is the picture order form. Forms will also be available on site.

Football players may practice for the day also in full game uniforms. Stay tuned for location updates for adverse weather as the dates approach.

Thank you and Good Luck to all of our teams as we kick off the 2023 season!

The document BYL_Order_Form_2023.pdf was attached to this post.

Buckeye Youth Football Families,

Thank you for registering your player for the 2023 season! We are all excited to get started! The BYFA Board is finalizing rosters now and Head Coaches will be in contact with you soon. Please first see the general season information below.

Physical: All 3rd to 6th grade football players are required to have an active physical on file to participate in practices or games. Physicals from last year must be dated 10/1/2022 or later to be valid for the entire 2023 season. OHSAA guideance allows physicals to be valid for 13 months as many insurance plans only provide one per year. Thus last season’s physical may be valid for the start of practices but a follow up physical would be needed to continue. Forms may be turned in at equipment handouts, mailed to our PO box or by the first practice attended. Grades K-2 Flag Football and all Cheer do not require a physical.

Grades 3-6 Equipment Handouts: Will be Wednesday, July 12th 6-8:30pm and Saturday, July 15th 8-11am at the equipment room in the Liverpool Community Center (6801 School St, Valley City, OH 44280). Players are required to provide their own padded girdle compression shorts and are recommended to wear them to try on the football pants. Padded compression shirts worn under the shoulder pads are allowed but not required. Please bring a clothes basket or large bag to gather your equipment in.

Grades K-2 Equipment Handouts: Will take place at the first regular practice on August 1st where only required mouth guards will be distributed.

(All Cheer practice information will be communicated separately)

Grades 3rd-6th Practice: BYFA will follow the latest OHSAA practice schedule allowance. The first and second practices (per player) for OHSAA required acclimation will be HELMETS ONLY with shorts and cleats. The 3rd and 4th practices add shoulder pads and the 5th practice is full equipment. All 3-6 players must complete these 5 acclimation practices before participation in full contact. OHSAA non-mandatory practices will begin Monday, July 24th for an early acclimation opportunity. OHSAA mandatory practices begin Monday, July 31st. The first 3 weeks starting July 24th, practice will be M-T-W-Th 6:30-8:00pm. Starting the week of August 14th practices will be 3 times per week at T-W-Th 6:30-8:00pm. After Labor Day September 4th practice times will move up to 6:00-7:30pm for all grades. Please ensure players bring an individual and labeled REUSABLE water bottle for all practices!

Grades K-2nd Practice: Grades K-2 Flag do not follow OHSAA practice requirements as considered non-contact. There will be early Flag ‘camp’ practices July 25th and 27th 6:30-8pm. These will be great opportunities for our youngest players to condition and run drills to start the season as a collective group. Regular team Flag practices will start Tuesday, August 1st 6:30-8:00pm and will be Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the season. Once more, after Labor Day September 4th practice times will move up to 6:00-7:30pm for all grades. Please ensure players bring an individual and labeled REUSABLE water bottle for all practices!

Season Details: The LEYFL season schedule is to be published by August 19th. Games will be on Saturdays this Fall at varying start times. A minimum 7 game regular season will start the weekend of August 26th. Single elimination playoffs to begin October 14th and conclude no later than October 28th.

Fall Reverse Raffle Fundraiser: BYFA is excited to host our annual Fall fundraiser gathering Saturday, September 30th at the Medina VFW Post 5137. Ticket cost of $45 per person includes dinner, drinks and your entry into the reverse raffle drawing with a grand prize of $1000! Tickets will be available with later notice at practices through the season. Expect more event information and sponsorship opportunity announcements soon!

Thank you and Let’s Go Bucks!!

Football Information: Travis Perkins 269.760.5363

Cheerleading Information: Sara Ross 440.289.4165


Buckeye Youth Football and Cheer Families,

Registration for the 2023 Pre-K to 6th grade youth season is opening! Please see the attached flyer and for complete season details including our registration form and all other required documents.

Please join us at Buckeye Day at the Elementary School Wednesday, April 26th 5-9pm for our earliest in person registration date! While visiting all of the great Buckeye vendors and community organizations please find the BYFA table to sign up your football players and cheerleaders. All football players will have the opportunity to size their personalized jersey and shoulder pads.

The following in-person registration dates are at the Liverpool Township Community Center (6801 School St, Valley City, OH 44280) Saturdays May-20, June-3 and June-17 from 9-11am and Wednesday May-24 from 6-8pm. Mail in registration will also be accepted during this period (BYFA, PO Box 570, Valley City, OH, 44280). Participants must attend an in-person date to size personalized football jerseys and for flag players only football pants!

PHYSICALS: All 3rd to 6th grade football players require an active physical on file per OHSAA guidelines to participate in any practice or games. Schedule your player’s physical soon! K-2nd Flag Football and all K-6th Cheer do not require a physical. Physicals from the 2022 season do not apply to 2023.

NEW PRE-K AND KINDERGARTEN (5&6 YEAR OLD) FLAG FOOTBALL DIVISION! Flag football is open to Pre-K players for the first time this season along with kindergarten. Practices will be held at Buckeye with all games played local in Medina. This is a great opportunity for our youngest Bucks to learn the fundamentals in the most developmentally friendly format available.

Thank you and Let’s Go Bucks!

Football questions: Travis Perkins

Cheerleading questions: Sara Ross