News and Announcements

Picture day for Buckeye Youth Football and Cheer will be Thursday, April 15th per the below schedule. Please arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled picture time.

Please have players wear full uniforms (cheer uniforms, game jersey, pads, game pants, orange socks and helmet). Teams will practice around picture times and can wear their game uniforms for the day.

Order forms will be sent home by Tuesday 4/13 and will be also be available on picture day. Instructions will be emailed in the event of inclement weather.

Picture Time: Team:
5:30 Varsity FB – Coach Perkins
5:45 Varsity Cheer – Coaches Dina/Kate
5:55 Rookie Tackle FB – Coach Keller
6:05 Rookie Tackle Cheer – Coaches Sara/Jenna
6:15 Padded Flag Brown FB – Coach Goodwin
6:25 Padded Flag Cheer- Coaches Jenny/Amanda
6:35 Padded Flag Orange FB – Coach Weckesser
6:45 Padded Flag Cheer – Coaches Katie/Paige
6:50 Flag Cheer – Coaches Dee/Angela
6:55 Flag FB – Upper Brown – Coach Piovarchy
7:00 Flag FB – Upper Orange – Coach Burcham
7:05 Flag FB – Lower Orange – Coach Shaw
7:10 Flag FB – Lower Brown – Coach Wilhelm
Thank you!

Buckeye Youth Families,

We are SO excited to be back on the field with all our players and cheerleaders and are looking forward to a fun season!

As many of you may know, we have some very large expenses coming up in the near future. New uniforms need to be purchased for both football and cheer in addition to helmets and equipment for the fields. These purchases are not optional and are going to cost upwards of $15,000.

This season, we are partnering with Domino’s Pizza to kick off the year! Over the next week, we will be sending three (3) fundraiser cards home with every player and cheerleader. These cards are good at any participating Domino’s across the country and each card will score you 10 buy one get one free pizzas and cost ONLY $10 each.

We are asking that every football player and cheerleader sell a minimum of 3 cards. This fundraiser is mandatory and money ($30 total for the initial pack of 3) for the cards needs to be turned in to your coach by Tuesday, April 6. More cards can be requested at any time, simply let your coach know you’re on a roll! If your friends and family love pizza as much as mine do, you’ll be back a few times :)

The player or cheerleader that sells the most cards will win an awesome Domino’s Gift Basket AND Buckeye Football Helmet Lamp!

Thank you for everything you do, we couldn’t do it without you!

If you have any questions, please reach out to Eric Keller at 216-570-1546 or

Go Bucks!

Information below for youth CHEER ONLY

Uniform Handout dates and times:
Where: Liverpool Twp Cafeteria (6801 School St. Valley City, OH 44280)
When: Wednesday, March 10 from 6-8pm; Saturday, March 13th from 10am-12pm
You will need to have your daughter attend one of these fittings to fit and receive their uniforms. Please have your daughter wear a swimsuit underneath their clothes to try on uniforms.

We will also be collecting payments at this time, so if you have not paid it will be due at uniform handout.
Cost: grades K-2nd $75
grades 3rd-6th $125
If writing a check please make it out to BYFA

Practice will begin on Tuesday March 16th. Your daughters coach will be emailing you soon with more details!
Thank you again and please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Stacey Weckesser
BYFA Cheer Director

Thank you for registering your player for the Spring 2021 season. We are excited to get started. Your player’s team coaches will contact you soon. Please see the general football information below. Note that Buckeye Cheerleaders will receive a separate notice regarding their practice schedule.

Grades 3-6 Equipment handout:
Will be held at the Liverpool Community Center (6801 School St, Valley City, OH 44280). See the dates and times listed below. Please do your best to arrive during the specified time per grade to minimize the number of people in the building at a given time. $125 payment will be due at this time. Face coverings are required in the building and please maintain social distancing. Players are required to supply their own padded girdle. Girdles may be an offseason item in the sporting goods stores so please ensure they are ordered in time. Players are recommended to wear them to try on the football pants.

Attend one of two dates:
Wednesday, March 10: 3rd grade 6-6:45pm, 4th grade 6:45-7:30pm, 5th grade 7:30-8:15pm, 6th grade 8:15-9:00pm
Saturday, March 13: 3rd grade 9-9:45am, 4th grade 9:45-10:30am, 5th grade 10:30-11:15am, 6th grade 11:15-12:00pm

Grades K-2 Equipment handout:
At the first practice the $75 payment will be collected, mouth guards handed out and shirt and pants sizes will be taken. BYFA will provide flag belts to be kept with the team equipment.

Grades 3-6 Physicals: Reminder that completed physical forms must be turned in at equipment handout or by the first practice. Players may not participate in practice without a physical. Grades K-2 do not require physicals for flag football.

Football Practice (Not Cheer):
All practices at the Buckeye Youth Football fields. (Again note that Buckeye Cheerleaders will receive a separate notice regarding their practice schedule.) Please check your email, Facebook or for cancellation notices due to extreme weather. Players shall not enter the practice field without a recorded temperature check, individual water bottle and a face covering to be used at all times when off the practice field. Face coverings are required at all times for EVERYONE when off the field.

Grades 3-6 will begin the required acclimation practice week on Monday, March 15th with helmets only. Practice for the first week will be M-T-W-Th 6-7:30pm. All weeks moving forward practices will only be T-W-Th 6-7:30pm.

Grades K-2 will begin practice Tuesday, March 16th 6-7:30pm. Practices throughout the season will be Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-7:30pm.

A 6 game LEYFL season will be played on Sundays beginning April 11th running through May 16th. Schedules will be out at the end of March.

Please reach out with any questions or concerns.

Thank you and Go Bucks!

Eric Keller/BYFA President – – 216-570-1546

We hope this message finds all of our BYFA families healthy and well in this holiday season.

This past week the new Lake Erie Youth Football League (LEYFL) board of directors instructed the league communities to begin planning for a 2021 Spring youth football and cheer season. Overall league interest in having football in the Spring was very positive. This is great news in light of the Fall 2020 season cancellation.

As we know, much can change with COVID regulations through the spring. The LEYFL and BYFA are hoping and planning for the best. The success of the Fall 2020 Buckeye Youth Football and Cheer Camp and its COVID protocols was recognized by Buckeye Schools. We plan to have the youth football fields available considering the entire campus is open for athletics.

Below is general information we can communicate now with more details to follow.

LEYFL Season dates:
Practices to begin the week of March 15th. A 6 game season will start the weekend of April 10th running through May 15th. The first 5 games will determine the 6th and final Bowl Game week. LEYFL and BYFA know there will be conflicts with other Spring sports and will do our best to be flexible with practice and game schedules. Sunday afternoon games are a possibility as an example.

Documents submitted for the Fall 2020 season (form, birth certificate, grade card, picture) will carry over to Spring 2021. However each cheerleader and football player must confirm their Spring 2021 participation by completing the attached additional waiver form that is also on our website. New registrations will also be accepted. The Buckeye registration period will be January 16th through February 27th. Drive through registration dates shall be Jan-16 10am-12pm, Feb-6 10am-12pm and Feb-21 4-6pm at the Buckeye Youth Football Fields. Mail in registration will also be accepted during this period (BYFA, P.O. Box 570, Valley City, OH, 44280). Any Spring 2021 registration received beyond the deadline may be placed on a waiting list.

All 3rd to 6th grade football players need to have an active physical on file before participating in practice. Physicals completed for the Fall 2020 season shall carry over to Spring 2021. Grades K-2 do not require a physical

Grades K-2 Flag and Cheer: $75
Grades 3-6 Football and Cheer: $125 (reduced from Fall fee)
Fees will not be accepted until equipment handouts prior to the start of practices
There will be a $20.00 discount per child after the first child registered for Varsity Tackle, Rookie Tackle and Padded flag
players and cheerleaders. There will be NO discount on Flag fees.

Divisions: Same as planned for Fall 2020
K-2: Flag
3-4: Padded Flag
4-5: Rookie Tackle
5-6: Varsity 11v11

The next BYFA Board Meeting will be January 10th, 2021 5:30pm at the Litchfield Town Hall. Please plan on attending with your questions or concerns or feel free to contact the Directors per below.

Thank you and Go Bucks!

Eric Keller – BYFA President –

Stacey Weckesser – Cheer Director –