Our 2017 NEA YFL season schedules have been completed. I have also attached the 2017 playoff bracket template for you to review. In our preseason meeting things were changed up for our 2017 season by the way we aligned our divisions. We all agreed on the option that we will play by for this season, and I think this format will help our smaller schools have success in season play, but at the end of the day we will still have one champion. Here are some of the answers to questions that you as coaches may want to know and I’m sure that your parents will ask some of the same questions.
New conference alignments were based on AAA numbers then voted to split via north and south divisions( renamed conferences 1, 2, 3, 4)
Like AAA conference realignments every two years some schools will travel back to the same location that they played during the 2016
The average away game could be up to 75 miles in distance , and some even longer with the new changes for 2017
Due to the odd number of schools in the league (19) 6 teams had byes that will have to be played anytime during the 2017 regular season play
There were 2-3 games where a smaller school will have to play an upper teams in non-conference play
I know for the teams that have byes this can be difficult on selecting a playing date/time. You ALL have Labor Day Saturday, Monday or Tuesday nights. There has been times that I have played 2 times on Saturday 10 start and again at 6pm and have even traveled to Gosnell for a Sunday afternoon game. Most parents should understand any option you choose with most of these kids who play weekend baseball that play all dates/times of the weekend. I will send out a reminder a few days before the jamboree for your check list reminder. If you have any questions please give me a call/email/text. Thanks to ALL for what you do for your kids/schools/communities. Good luck to all during the 2017 season.
In the event of bad weather and schools are closed, all students and staff will recieve a recorded message to the phone number on record at your child's school. You can also check local radio and TV stations for information.