WHEN DOES THE CORSAIRS SEASON START?
The OMYFA Regular Season starts around the end of August and runs through the end of October.
WHERE ARE PRACTICES AND GAMES HELD?
Practices are held at Rotary Park in Waterford.
Home games are held at both Waterford Mott and Waterford Kettering.
Away Games we travel to the respective city. Keep in mind we are a Travel Football/Cheer Program.
WHEN ARE THE PRACTICES?
Training Camp begins August 3, 2023- Friday, August 28, 2023 -M-F from 6 pm to 8 pm.
Tackle & Cheer units practice Tue-Fri from 6 pm to 8 pm during regular season.
Flag Teams practice Tue-Th for Training Camp and Tue-Fri during regular season.
HOW MUCH DOES THE SEASON COST?
Tackle Football - $350
Cheerleading - $350 (Plus $50 for a warm-up jacket).
Flag Football - $225.
Flag Cheer - $225
Deposit check of $400 for equipment and $400 for volunteer hours. ( Both returned at the end of the season when the commitments are met)
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED TO BUY?
Cheer-All equipment is provided and your warm up suit is yours to keep!
Flag and Tackle Football-You will need to buy a cup, cleats, girdle w/thigh pads, & a mouth-guard.
All other equipment is provided and due back at the end of season. The game jersey is yours to keep!
WHAT IS DIFFERENT ABOUT OMYFA FLAG FOOTBALL OVER OTHER FLAG FOOTBALL LEAGUES?
All Flag Football leagues outside of Travel Football are recreational-based and mostly run by For-Profit Corporations. The players wear a jersey & shorts. The games are "five on five" format with 3 or 4 games being played on the same day, at the same time, and all on the same field. Unlike recreational leagues, OMYFA Flag Football is a "tackle prep" program where most MHSAA Rules apply. The format is 11 on 11. There is blocking at the line of scrimmage and players may break down and take on the runner. For these reasons OMYFA Flag players wear a sparring helmet and football pants with knee pads. At this level the players are taught the fundamentals of tackle football without having to actually tackle anyone. Their training includes; proper 3-point stance, gap assignments/technique, blocking mechanics, and how to read offensive and defensive plays. The Flag games are played on the same days as the tackle games and at the same locations.
WHAT IS DONE TO COMBAT CONCUSSIONS?
A great deal of our instruction involves training our players on how to give a hit and how to take a hit. There is a right and a wrong way and it’s the ones who do it wrong who put themselves at risk. The Corsairs Tackle Program utilizes the Hawk Tackling Method developed by Head Coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks. It is a "Rugby Style" tackle that is designed to keep the players head out of the play. In addition, all Corsairs coaches are required to complete an online course in Concussion Awareness and earn a certificate through Heads Up. We also pay special attention to helmet maintenance when considering player safety. Helmets that have been in use for two years are sent in for reconditioning and inspection. We do this for up to 10 years (after which they are discarded). Every year we spend roughly $5000 in just helmet reconditioning alone. Helmets that don’t pass inspection are rejected and must be replaced with new units. We use the Xenith X2E Youth Football Helmet exclusively which has a 5-Star rating in concussion prevention and was rated one of the Top 5 helmets for safety by the NFL and NFLPA. The Xenith X2E uses a patented "Shock Bonnet" system in lieu of a traditional/old school air-inflated helmet. We never use hard foam-padded helmets. Although there is no way to guarantee against concussions we still try to do everything in our power to prevent them and our success rate is improving from year to year. This is an issue we take very seriously. Your children’s safety is - and will always be – our #1 priority.
WHAT IS THE MHSAA?
Michigan High School Athletic Association. They set the rules for High School football in the State Of Michigan. The OMYFA and Waterford Corsairs play by the same set of rules. For more information go to; www.mhsaa.com
WHAT IS THE ADVANTAGE OF YOUTH FOOTBALL OVER OTHER LEAGUES?
MHSAA Football programs (mainly High School and Youth Football) begin their training camps in August with their seasons running through the end of October. Youth Football games consist of 12 minute quarters with normal stoppages resulting in a game-play duration of 1 hour and 45 minutes. The Corsairs play an 8 game season with a potential for 3 more (playoffs). Other leagues - such as Middle School - have games that consist of 10 minute quarters with a continuous running clock resulting in a game-play duration of about an hour. Middle School also has a shorter season of 6 games with no play-offs or Championship.
WHAT SCHOOL DISTRICT DO THE CORSAIRS REPRESENT?
The Waterford Corsairs do not represent any one school district, we are a CITY TEAM that represents the city of Waterford, Michigan. The majority of our players & cheerleaders come from the Waterford school districts; however we support all our current and former Corsairs no matter where they receive their education.