News and Announcements

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 –

Voting for the 2021 board nominees was completed at the December 13th, 2020 monthly meeting. Welcome new Buckeye Youth Football board members Stacey Weckesser as Cheer Director and Adam Piovarchy as Secretary. Returning members are Eric Keller – President, Travis Perkins – Vice President and Matt Wilhelm – Treasurer.

BYFA owes a very special Thank You to outgoing Cheer Director Dina Harvey for her many years of volunteer service. Dina’s dedication to developing Buckeye’s young girls and women has advanced a strong Cheer program that is integral to the past and future success of the BYFA.

The next public monthly meeting will be Sunday, January 10th, 2021 5:30pm at the Litchfield Town Hall. Please plan on attending.

Thank you and Go Bucks!

CHANGE IN VENUE for 5:30pm December 13th Meeting

Please note that the meeting will take place at the Litchfield Town Hall Annex which is located right next to the Town Hall (closer to the gas station.) No other changes to the date or time. See you then!

Nominations were made at the November 8th monthly meeting for the 2021 BYFA board, and are as follows:

President: Eric Keller
Vice President: Travis Perkins
Treasurer: Matt Wilhelm
Secretary: Vacant
Cheer Director: Stacey Weckesser

Please note all nominations are unopposed, and the Secretary position is currently open. We will be accepting nominations via email to one of the below up until the day before the next meeting where voting will take place which will be December 13th, 5:30pm at the Litchfield Town Hall Annex. If you have interest in any of these positions, please email either: OR OR

Send a private message via Facebook messenger through the Buckeye Youth Football page.

Thank you!

Our next general board meeting will be held on 11/08/20 @ 5 PM. We will be accepting nominations at this meeting for new board members for the upcoming 2021 year. Please plan on attending. If you have any questions, please reach out to one of the below. Thank you!

When: 11/08/20 from 5-7 PM

Where: Litchfield Town Hall
9266 Norwalk Rd.
Litchfield, OH 44253

What: Monthly BYFA Meeting
Nominations for 2021 Board

Contact Information:

Buckeye Youth Football Families,

We are looking forward to our Buckeye “Game Day” next Saturday, October 17th to close our Fall Camp. BYFA asks that all please see below for details and protocols for the day.

Game times are per age group. Please arrive no sooner than 30 minutes before your scheduled time. Warm ups will start 10-15 minutes before the games:

Kindergarten Classic 9:00-10:00am
1st/2nd Grade 10:00-11:00am
(clear fields)
3rd/4th Grade 12:00-2:00pm
(clear fields)
5th/6th 3:00-5:00pm

K and 1st/2nd will be Buckeye intramural games only. Our friends at Midview are bringing three 3rd/4th grade teams and two 5th/6th teams to play our 2 teams in each age group. Teams will rotate playing each other for equal periods within the 2 hour time slots. Flag games will be played per LEYFL rules with volunteer referees.

Camp t-shirts will be passed out by coaches this Tuesday 10/13. K and 1/2 shall wear these for the games. 3/4 and 5/6 will be loaned the Buckeye Orange and Brown team jerseys for the day.

Football and Cheerleader participants will still need checked in before the games with a temperature check, individual water bottle and facial covering on hand. The fields will be taped off to give a single entrance point at the check in tables. BYFA will require there be no more than 4 spectators attending per each cheer and football participant. Spectators will be counted and checked off vs a list of our campers at check in. ALL spectators are required to wear a facial covering at all times in accordance with Buckeye School District protocols. Fields will be cleared of spectators between age groups. The bleachers on field #1 will be taped off and not available so please bring your own chairs and maintain social distancing to others.

BYFA has many volunteer opportunities for the day and we would appreciate any time you can donate. Help is needed at the check in tables, concession stand and field chain crews. We want all parents and organizers to be able to watch their players and cheer leaders. If anyone can volunteer in time slots other than their child’s that would be fantastic. Please reply to this email if you can help and Thank You in advance!

Let’s have a great last week of camp heading into “Game Day” and Go Bucks!

Football questions: Eric Keller 216.570.1546

Cheerleading questions: Dina Harvey 216.287.5341