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In an effort to provide you with more detailed and accurate information about our new league,

particularly about the weight limits/weight exceptions topic, our board of directors thought the information below would be helpful.

 

Specifically, we asked our new league to provide us with 2017 weight profiles from each team we will play this season.

They provided the chart below.

 

Here are the key details and takeaways from the chart.

 

I.  Column Definitions

 

Column B = 7th grade team from last year (most of these players will be playing in 8th grade for 2018)

Column C = 6th grade team from last year (most of these players will be playing in 7th grade for 2018)

Column D = 5th grade team from last year (most of these players will be playing in 6th grade for 2018)

Column E = 4th grade team from last year (most of these players will be playing in 5th grade for 2018)

 

Column A = 8th grade team from last year (most of these players are now finished with youth football, and are entering the 9th grade/high school).

 

 

II. Information in columns A-E.

 

A.  The first number indicates the number of players per level that were too heavy to play running back (or other skill positions) in 2017.  

Please note that the weight limit to play running back and other skills positions levels is lower in our new league vs. the league we played in last year.

Details are on our website.

 

B.  The second number indicates “weight exception” children within the group too heavy to play running back (or other skill positions) in 2017.  

In other words, they are a sub-set within the group ineligible to play running back (or other skills positions).  So, you do not add the two numbers together in each column.

 

III.  Key takeaways

 

A.  There are very few weight exception players in our new league based on 2017 rosters.  You can reach out to respective coaches to get an estimate of weight exception players that we will have at your child’s level (i.e. on the Somerset Hills Team).

 

B.  Weight exception players does not equate to players with advanced skills or aggressiveness.

The players age, skill level, and aggressiveness are all priority factors to determine the appropriate level to assign a player.

The priority is to find the level that is appropriate to ensure the safety of all children in the league.  It is not about winning.

 

C.  Weight exception players for teams in our league will be evaluated by our coaches in scrimmages to ensure that their weight and skill level are appropriate for their age level.  

 

D.  All weight exception players must be unanimously approved by the entire league in order to play with children their own age, so that their skill level and aggressiveness is appropriate/safe to play with children their own age.  

 

E.  There are no “rollover” designations for players based on their prior year assessments.  All players must be re-evaluated each year.

 

F.  Only 2-3 weight exception players can be on the field at a time.  That means 73-82% of the players on the field (8-9 players) will be at lower weight limits than those we faced last year in our old league.

 

G.  We have access to additional information for all weight exception players from the 2017 New Jersey Suburban Youth Football League season.  

For example, their actual weight, size, and skill level assessments. 

 

H.  Parents can always request that their children play down a level.  We are committed to helping you determine the right level for your child.

 

Please share this information with families considering playing this year, so that we can dispel any misinformation or inaccurate conclusions made about our new league.

Importantly, if you have any questions, please contact me directly and we will arrange a time to speak live.  Or, please attend our upcoming clinics in July and/or other events in August to discuss in person.  Details are available on our website.

 

Safety, fun, and learning the game of football in the safest and most fun environment are our top priorities.

If they were not, as a board, we would not let our own children play. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Ned Ginty

President

Somerset Hills Mountaineers

 

 

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2017 Data:

Town *

A #

B *

C *

D *

E &

 

1

Berkeley Heights

NT

NT

8/2

8/1

9

 

2

Chatham

6

4/1

4/1

10/4

NT

 

3

Kenilworth

5

NT

4/2

NT

7

 

4

New Providence

5

7/3

6/4

3/2

7

 

5

Parsippany

NT

10/3

8/3

10/5

2

 

6

Scotch Plains-Fanwood

8

NT

7/4

8/5

8

 

7

Somerville-Branchburg

NT

NT

6/3

6/4

6

 

8

Springfield

4

10/4

6/2

6/3

NT

 

9

Summit

7

NT

8/2

6/2

5

 

10

Somerset Hills

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 
               

* =  Towns in the National Conf. with Somerset Hills for 2018

       
               

# = Number of players over the A Level (8th)Eligible Running Back (ERB) Limit of 160.9 lbs.

 
               

* = 1st number reflects players over the ERB Limit,

       

           2nd reflects of those, how many are also over the 3-Stripe waiver Limit

 
               
   

     

       ERB

   3-Stripe

     
   

B

130.9

156.0

     
   

C

115.9

136.0

     
   

D

100.9

120.0

     
               

& = Number of players over the E (4th) Level Eligible Running Back (ERB) Limit of 90.9 lbs.

 
               

Notes: There are no 3 Stripe Limits for A and E levels, NT = No Team in 2017, N/A = Not available