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LYF Announcement

Lawrence Youth Football coaches, parents and families.


The LYF board of directors would like to express our appreciation for the patience you have all shown during these unprecedented times associated with CV-19.  We have been gathering information for weeks from community leaders in our attempt to become as informed as possible regarding the reality of playing youth football while in phase 3 and adhering to county, state, and CDC guidelines.  Our goal throughout this process has always been to play football while following all the protocols in place to provide a safe, fun environment for all families that choose to play in LYF.  

Numerous issues have been brought to our attention throughout this process that raise serious concerns about being able to proceed safely and adhere to proper protocol.  Currently, while in phase 3 status, there are strict limitations on the number of people allowed in one location and guidelines that require contact tracing in the event of someone tests positive for CV-19.  Because we have guest teams in our tackle schedule that are not members of LYF and ask our teams to go to locations outside of our control, we do not have confidence that the same guidelines can be met.  As it stands today to adhere to local requirements, it is very possible that if a player tests positive for CV-19 it will in effect, shut down their team for a period of time and possibly other teams who may have had exposure during competition.  The proper procedure of issuing equipment becomes a monumental task that borders on ridiculous.  The nature of tackle football requires engaged contact which increases risk of exposure and transmission.  Normally, there is nothing we like better than a good block or a good tackle. Unfortunately, things are not normal this year.

With the start of the season upon, time has now become an issue for all of us.  We are entering the second week of August and still do not have the answers required to proceed.  We understand that you need direction.  We cannot keep kicking the can down the road waiting for answers.  While it is a tough decision, we feel like there are few options but to suspend tackle football in LYF for the 2020 season. We understand if you wish to pursue other options that are available.  You will need to do so without the LYF umbrella of equipment or insurance.  We look at this season as a unique “one off” year.  A season that our families will have many concerns regarding school and ever-changing requirements they will be asked to do.  It is our sincere hope that by making this decision it will provide clarity for you regarding participation in LYF.

To continue to provide a competitive and recreational outlet for you, we will turn our attention to our flag division that offers more opportunity to meet the guidelines already in place under phase 3 protocol.  We will use this opportunity to build up our flag program in ways that will enhance it as the premier flag league in our region.  By doing this we will have football on Sundays at YSC.  We will do it safely.  We will most definitely have fun.

If you have already registered for tackle you will be refunded 100% of your fee if you do not want to pursue flag.  If you wish to sign up for flag, and we ask that you do, LYF will give you a partial refund to cover the difference in cost.  

Thank You,
LYF Board of Directors
Bret Toelkes, Steve Walter, Clint Bradley, Darren Green, John Randolph, Tim Pinnick

LYF Practice Protocol


COVID-19 risk mitigation considerations for Lawrence Youth Football (LYF) are detailed in this document. These considerations are based on the general pillars detailed in the KSHSAA Return to Activities document for Fall Sports. 

The risk of coronavirus transmission will still be present to some degree if LYF activities begin. All administrators, coaches, officials, support personnel, participants, their families must recognize these risks and implement best practices to reasonably mitigate these risks. Participation in LYF is voluntary and every individual will need to evaluate the risk versus the benefits of activity participation. Any immunocompromised person. or those who live with family members with elevated health concerns, should evaluate associated risks of participation and may choose not to participate.




  • The team box may be extended on both sides of the field (for players only) to provide more social distancing space for the team.
  • The team box area will be marked off and restricted to team and game administration personnel only to eliminate any spectators from being in or behind this area.
  • Always maintain social distancing of 6 feet while in the team box.
  • Do not share uniforms, towels and other apparel and equipment.
  • Spectators will watch from the endzone areas.


  • Face coverings are required to be worn directly over the mouth and nose. 
  • If at any time during the game, a face covering becomes damaged or does not function as designed, then the individual player should be sent out for a minimum of one play to remedy the issue. If the individual can remedy the issue, without delay, then they can stay on the field, just like a helmet coming unsnapped.
  • Fans and spectators will be required to wear masks.


  • Tooth and mouth protectors should be cleaned and sanitized after each practice and competition.
  • Should never be shared
  • Should be handled as few times as possible with your hands. Keep them in your mouth.


  • All charged time-outs will be extended to one and one half minutes in length. This is to facilitate proper individual hydration getting individual water bottles to players and for coaching. Per rule, play may resume earlier if both teams are ready for play.
  • The authorized conference for charged time-outs should take place on the field between the sideline and hash marks and not on the sideline for social distancing purposes. It will be permissible for more than one coach to be involved in these conferences.
  • Each game official, player and coach should have their own beverage container (water bottle) brought out to them on the field. The league will develop a system to provide water to officials.


  • The intermission will be extended to 5min. between the first and second half.
  • We have allowed for extra time between games to let teams and parents exit before the next game. Please leave the field with parents and fans as soon as your game is over.
  • Dispose of any trash in waste containers.
  • Warm ups for teams while other games are on will be on fields 2 – 4.
  • Hand shakes will be a friendly gesture.



❖           Practice may look different then it has over the years. Using best practice to mitigate exposure, as stated in the general guidelines is a valuable step.

❖           Maintain static small groups when possible.

❖           Limit the amount of team activities.

❖           Maintain social distancing guidelines when not involved in direct activity. This includes all stretching, warm-up, conditioning, drill activities and pre and post practice meetings.

❖           No non-essential personnel should be on the practice field.

❖           Encourage social distancing guidelines and face covering with all parents and spectators attending practice.

❖           Face coverings should be worn by coaches, players, and essential personnel unless social distancing guidelines are being met.

❖           Follow the water bottle considerations outlined in the general considerations. 

LYF Coaches:

In 2020, all coaches at all levels, both Tackle and Flag are required to get their USA Football Coach certification.  The following link is your pathway to get that certification.  From now until August 22, 2020, LYF will pay the fee for you.  After that date, you will be responsible for your fee.  USA Football notifies LYF when you have completed the course and we will provide a sideline pass for you to be worn each game on the sidelines when your team is on the field.  Please retain a copy of your certification for your records.  

Let’s have a another great season in LYF starting with the Coaches Certification. It as a learning tool that helps coaches provide a safe platform for our youth in both practice and in games.  We are proud to have you as a coach and remember-

                                           “It’s a Different Game”


Thank You,

Bret Toelkes


Lawrence Youth Football

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Coaches can login to their current account or create a new account

Accessing Online Certification:


  • Create account or login at
  • Click on “Training” on the left of the page
  • Click on “Take Me There”
  • Add course
  • Type in Coupon Code LYFCERT20
  • Start Certification

Lawrence Youth Football

Lawrence Youth Football (LYF Inc.) was founded in 1963. It is a Not-for-Profit organization. LYF provides the fundamentals of football in a competitive environment for youth in Kindergarten through 7th grade in the Lawrence, Kansas area. The organization offers tackle and flag football.

Tackle has five divisions: 2nd - 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6th grade, 7th grade.

  • Cost - $160.00 with pads ($6.20 admin fee)
  • Cost - $140.00 without pads ($4.55 admin fee)

Flag has six divisions: K-1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6th grade.

  • Cost - $100.00 ($4.25 admin fee)

Flag divisions can be combined due to number of players and teams.

Helmet and shoulder pads are available. Secondary insurance is provided.

Players are required to pay the applicable registration fee prior to being placed on a roster or receiving equipment.

LYF will have inter-league play during the season to allow for similar competitive teams to play each other.  Games are played on Saturday and Sunday at the Youth Sports Complex (YSC), 4911 W 27th Lawrence, KS, located at the intersection of the South Lawrence Trafficway and Wakarusa Drive.

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