The North Texas Age Pure Youth Football League was formed in 2012 by 4 independent organizations from the cities of Red Oak, Waxahachie, Ferris, and Oak Cliff Texas that all agreed to work together to form a umbrella league to govern rules and regulations for building teams, certifying players and rosters, volunteer background checks, and game rules. In 2013, the Ennis Youth Football Association joined our league. For the upcoming 2014 season our league has welcomed independent organizations from both Mansfield and Duncanville.
The main goal of the North Texas Age Pure Youth Football League is to get more kids learning and playing football, we accomplish this goal by offering 7 Age divisions as oppose to most leagues that only offer 4. Our format requires more teams and therefore more kids are learning and playing than more conventional formats. The bye product of our format is more competitive because teams will be composed of kids of similar sizes and abilities. In addition, kids develop faster because they play more and therefore our teams tend to be better than average recreational teams.
THIS IS NOT A SELECT LEAGUE – EACH ORGANIZATION IS COMMITTED TO TAKING ANY KID THAT WANTS TO PLAY. THERE ARE NO TRY-OUTS AND NO ONE IS CUT FROM TEAMS.
The North Texas Age Pure Youth Football League is interested in talking to other DFW area organizations that are interested in joining us in the AGE PURE format. Last Season we saw first hand that the concept works, more kids played and the parents loved it. If you think your organization is ready to join us please contact me at Jeremy.D.Bates@xo.com
We are also interested in finding groups in other regional Texas areas to partner with our group to create a Texas Playoff system to crown Age Pure State Champions. Ideally we would like groups to adopt the format in the Houston, Austin, San Antonio, West Texas and the Valley
Welcome to the Age Pure Youth Football Revolution!
If you are tired of seeing your child being forced to play against older more mature kids, you should love our new youth football concept.
In the State of Texas the majority of leagues use one of three traditional criteria to place children on teams. (1.) Age (2.) Grade or (3) a combination of both. The kids are then place on teams that are comprised of multiple ages or grades.
For example by age (6u, 8u, 10u, 12u) or by grade (K, 1st & 2nd, 3rd & 4th, 5th & 6th) .
All of our founding member leagues have historically used these types of formats and based on our experience the traditional criteria allows too large of an age gap between kids on the low scale and the high scale.
For example in the traditional 10u Division a child must have turned 9 before September 1st of that year and can not have turned 11 before September 1st of that year. In this example you could have a age gap of 2 full years, because a kid that turns 11 on September 2nd would qualify to play in the 10 year old division.
The Grade Pure criteria also has the potential to have even a larger age gap, because it could force kids to play up at a higher level of competition if that child started school early or if they skipped a grade. On the opposite end of the spectrum a child that for what ever reason was held back a year or two would produce a larger age gap. Most using grade criteria do also have a maximum age limit that would require a child to move up, but the average age gap is still over 2 years because they are combining 2 grades together.
We have found a solution that significantly reduces the age gap to a maximum of 365 days
Using the 10U example in the age pure format a child must have turned 10 prior to September 1st of that year and can not have turned 11 before September 1st of that year
In 2012, the North Texas Age Pure Youth Football League proudly introduced the first recreational football league that utilizes each child’s actual age to determine what division that child will play in. The new format has facilitated the following: (1) More children will get to participate because there are more teams for them to play on. Often time’s younger players in youth football have to sit behind older players to receive their opportunity to play. (2) There are fewer physical and developmental differences when kids because each division is limited to a one year difference in age. Kids that are the same age are closer in size, physical and emotional development than they are when the teams are composed of kids of differing ages and grades. (3) The games are more competitive because both teams are playing with kids in the same age group. Oftentimes at the youth level, teams with a surplus of older kids physically dominate younger teams that have players who might not have every played before. This type of unlevel playing field leads sometimes causes the younger players to no longer want to participate and more injuries to kids who are smaller and younger in size.
The league consists of 7 independent recreational organizations; Red Oak Pee Wee Football Association, Waxahachie Youth Football League, Waxahachie Age Pure Football, Ferris Youth Football League, Duncanville Colts, Mansfield Buccaneers and the Kingdom's Chance Youth Organization.