Vestavia Hills Youth Football “VHYF” has been committed for more than 16 years to providing the youth of Vestavia Hills with a quality program in which to participate and compete in the great game of football. We are committed to having fun as we develop the fundamentals of football and teach our children the ideals of teamwork and good sportsmanship.
VHYF / JSYFL, along with all High Schools and Middle Schools, have adopted the AHSAA guidelines that limit full contact during practices.
VHYF is a member of the Jefferson-Shelby Youth Football League (JSYFL)which is comprised of different communities in the Birmingham area. The JSYFL is a competitive football league that currently includes Cahaba Valley (Briarwood), Chelsea, Helena, Homewood, Hoover, John Carroll, Oak Mountain, Pelham, Spain Park, Thompson, Trussville and Vestavia Hills. All games are played against teams from each of these respective cities/parks.
A player must meet certain age restrictions to play in each division. Also, players over a certain weight established for each division will be required to play on the line in order to play:
K/1st Grade: Required to play on the line if weighing 71 lbs or more
2nd Grade: Required to play on the line if weighing 81 lbs or more
3rd Grade: Required to play on the line if weighing 91 lbs or more
4th Grade: Required to play on the line if weighing 106 lbs or more
5th Grade: Required to play on the line if weighing 121 lbs or more
6th Grade: Required to play on the line if weighing 131 lbs or more
For the age and weight requirements applicable to VHYF, Click Here.
Vestavia Hills Competitive Football is for players entering Kindergarten through 6th grades and is comprised of six different divisions (K and 1st graders are combined into one division). 2nd through 6th graders play with their grade, subject to age and weight requirements.
VHYF, along with JSYFL, has a minimum play rule. The minimum play rule is in effect for regular season games and is handled the following way:
If a player has an unexcused absence from a practice, they wave their right to the minimum play rule for that game.
If a player does not want to enter the game, they wave their right to the minimum play rule.
Practices begin August 3rd. Each team will practice two twice a week during the regular season (plus a game) during school nights. Teams may practice 3 times per week before the season begins.
Games are played during the week on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday.
Practices are typically held at Cahaba Heights
Games are played locally, with at least 4 games for each team held at Sicard Hollow.
Teams are selected by the coaches through a draft process with the goal of team parity.
Registration for the VHYF Competitive Program is $195 and includes all equipment, except for cleats.
Vestavia Hills OTM Football returns for it's sixth year in the Over-the-Mountain Youth Football League. The philosophy of the program is to develop tackle football fundamentals, encourage participation and have fun playing the game. OTM teams play a seven game regular season schedule and hold a season ending playoff to determine a league champion.
OTM adheres to all AHSAA guidelines regarding full contact during practices
VHOTM is a member of the OTM youth football league. OTM is comprised of teams from Hoover, Vestavia Hills, Chelsea, and Oak Mtn.
The league is open to 3rd through 6th graders.
There are no caps on weight but, if a player exceeds the following weigh in each league they will be required to play on the line.
3rd/4th Grade League - will be required to play on line if over 95 lbs
5th grade league - will be required to play on line if over 105 lbs
6th Grade League - will be required to play on line if over 115 lbs
Players must meet certain age requirements to play in each division
Players that attend and participate in all practices each week are guaranteed to play at least 50% of that week's game. Also, players that attend and participate in all practices each week are guaranteed a starting position for that week's game. Teams are capped at 17-21 players to ensure maximum playing time.
Teams will practice three times per week during preseason and twice per week during the regular season.
6th Grade games are played on Mondays
5th Grade games are played on Tuesdays
3rd/4th Grade games are played on Thursdays
Practices are typically held at Wald Park
Home games are played at Vestavia Hills Sicard Hollow Athletic Complex.
Teams are set by the VHOTM board, with the goal of creating equally competitive teams.
The cost is $205 per player. VHOTM provides a game jersey and helmet. All other equipment is to be provided by the player. OTM does not charge a gate fee for admission to games.