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The Jr Skyland Football Conference (JSFC) was established in December of 2004 as unlimited weight, intermediate level football league with the goals of providing an opportunity for highly talented players to experience seriously competitive football at a level above the average youth football league.  


In an effort to have our individual leagues positively impact their local public high school football program and to nurture a smooth transition into high school football we require all organizations that participate in the JSFC have the support of their local high school head football coach and athletic director and run programs based on what is taught and run at the high school level. Most high schools view their Jr Skyland teams as a direct extension of their programs.

For many of the teams in the JSFC, the players selected to play under the lights on Saturday nights are an all-star type team and represent the best talent in their organization, they play their home games on their high school’s home football field and share the colors and have a name affiliation with their sending district High School. 
 

The uniqueness and advantage of the JSFC is the ability to provide on the field game experience for ALL players.  We are not hindered by the minimum play mentality.   Our boys have the opportunity for the best of both worlds; either to participate in the highest level of youth competition in the state or get the maximum on the field experience to achieve their goals.

Playing Rules  
You can open and download HERE (will be updated soon for 2018)

 

General Information

 

Member Clubs/Organizations as of 2017

  • Bridgewater Jr. Panthers
  • Del Val Jr Terriers
  • Hillsborough Jr. Raiders
  • North Hunterdon Jr. Lions
  • North Plainfield Jr Canucks
  • Phillipsburg Little Liners
  • Ridge Varsity Jr Devils
  • Voorhees  Jr. Vikings
  • Warren Hills Jr Streaks 
  • Watchung Hills Jr. Warriors
  • Pope John XII Jr. Lions


Practice and Schedules

Pre-season Season starts 4 weeks before the 1st game of the season, which is the 1st Saturday after Labor Day.  In 2017, this would be a start of preseason on August 14th and the 1st game weekend will be September 9th.  
Clubs can practice 5 days a week, up to 2 hours a day prior to the start of the season and up to 3 days a week and 2 hours a practice during the season & school year.
Clubs can also have non-contact workouts during the summer prior to pre-season.  This is a maximum twice a week and 2 hours a session.    Clubs can also host a week long (up to 5 day/20hr) camp during the summer.

Game Times (revised for 2017)

All Games are scheduled for Saturdays

Day Games
Game Clock is TIPS:  4 x 15 minute quarters, game stops on Timeouts, Injuries, Penalities & Scores,  Clock runs on Out of Bounds and Incompletions
Games are played on local fields either secured by or operated by the JSFC Club Organizations 

There are 4 time slots
8:30am  Reserved for Flag games (Coach Ref)
9:45am  Usually JV - But could be Peewee or Varsity (3 Carded/Cadet Officials) 
11:30am  Usually Varsity - But could be JV or Peewee (3 Carded/Cadet Officials)
1:15pm   Usually Peewee - But could be JV or Varsity (3 Carded/Cadet Officials)

 

Night games
Game Clock is 4x10 minute, full stop clock (high schoool rules)
These games are tradiionally for the Skyland/Raritan divisions, although some crossover games or Delaware games could be played at night also
5:30pm JV  (High School Fields, 5 Carded Officials)
7:30pm Varisty (High School Fields, 5 Carded Officials)

 

Rosters (revised for 2017)

 

Clubs are encouraged to maximize the number of second, thrird, etc... teams they have, keeping rosters as close to the 16-22 player range as possible.  This is to maximize playtime and opportunity. 
If a club fields more than 1 team in the Delaware Division, the teams should be balanced and talent spread out as much as possible. 
In 2017, there are no "swing" players.  Players must be rostered on one and only 1oneteam.

 

 

Structure (revised for 2017)

 

 For Varsity (14U) and JV (12U)

 

  • The JSFC’s Raritan Division places a significant priority on providing the highest level of competition among the best players from each participating program with a priority on winning championships.  
     
  • The JSFC’s Delaware Division's goals are to provide competitive football where players can get significant playtime and game experience to develop the skills and experience needed to compete for a role at the Raritan Division level.

 

For Peewee (10U) and Flag (8U)

 

  • All teams play in JSFC’s Delaware Division.

 

JSFC is comprised of two divisions - the Raritan Division and the Delaware Division.  The Raritan Division is the Primary Division. 

Many clubs field multiple teams at each level and most have an evaluation process at the Varsity and JV levels to determine who makes the Raritan team (best players from their programs) and who plays in the Delaware division.

Member organizations/clubs are required to participate in the Raritan Divisions in order field additional teams the Delaware Division.

Some smaller Organizations/Clubs or those who are building their program may particpate only in the Delaware Division untill such time they are deemed strong enough to be promoted into the Raritan Division.  This designiation is decdeied by the JSFC board of directors.

Some key differences are outlined below

 

 (revised for 2017)

 

Raritan Division

(Formerly Skyland Division)

Delaware Division

(Formerly Patriot Division)

Purpose

Play to Win

Win Championship

Competitive environment with maximum playtime.
Prepare for Raritan.

Age Levels

 

14U: Varisty
12U: JV

 

14U: Varisty
12U: JV
10U Peewee
8U Flag

Weight Limits

No max,  No min

Ball Carrier Weight Limit at Peewee level 

Older/Lighter?

Not Allowed

Not Allowed

Home Fields

 High School 

Town or Organization Fields

Area Restrictions

Must live in the High School sending district or designatated areas
Can not play for a different town if they reside in a JSFC sending district

Minimum

Playtime Requirements

None

Purely skill based

Max Playtime encouraged

Peewee: Must start on Offense or Defense
& play at least ½ the game plays

Game length

Night Games: 4 x 10 min, stopped-clock, qtrs
Day games: 4 x 15 min TIPS Clock qtrs

Gameplay Restrictions

None

None at Varsity or JV,
Age Appropriate at Peewee & Flag levels

Playoffs

Post Season Playoffs

Peewee: Post Season Tournaments
Varsity/JV: Post Season Playoffs

Championship

Played Championship day

Game times

Saturday Nights:  JV 5:30p, Varsity 7:30pm

Saturday Days: Flag 8:30a, VS/JV/PW =  9:45a, 11:30a or 1:15p

Lopsided Score Protection

Varsity & JV: , at 24+ points in 1st half, 17+ points in 2nd half
Peewee @ 15+ points

 

 

Recognition & Achievements

 

The Skyland conference has had tremendous success for many years.  In many towns, because of the closeness of the organizations to the High School programs and the competitive nature of the league, JSFC players dominate the high school rosters.   Additionally, JSFC is ranked at the top of the N-P-F-A.com youth league ranking as one of the toughest leagues in the state.   JSFC is the current State Champion for the New Jersey Unlimited Weight Football Association (NJUWFA) and has had 3 state champions in the past 5 years.  Also, multiple clubs are members of USA Football and promote and certify for USA Football’s “Heads Up” safety programs.


                                                                                                               

For more information about the Jr Skyland Football Conference please visit the website:  www.JrSkylandFootball.org