For Tackle Football TYFA uses a combination of the NCAA rules and a set of "home grown" rules that are modifications to the NCAA set and provide the unique rules to TYFA.  TYFA uses their own set of rules for Flag.

TYFA has 2 seasons, Spring and Fall.  Each is slightly different and are explained in the appropriate Structure menu item on the right.

TYFA has 5 eligible age brackets which are available to both Boys and Girls with no discrimination against their size or weight. 

Eligibility is determined by what age an athlete will be on 8/1/current year

Age Bracket Age Notes
Flag 5-6 4s allowed if 4 on or before 8/1/current year
Tykes 7-8 6 if 7 on or before 8/1/current year
Rookie 9-10 8 if 9 on or before 8/1/current year
Junior 11-12 10 if 11 on or before 8/1/current year
Senior 13-14 12 if 13 on or before 8/1/current year

* An athlete 6, 8, 10 or 12 can play up 1 age bracket.