The mission of RYA is to provide an opportunity for children of Reston and the surrounding areas to participate in an organized youth football program. We aspire to build a successful youth organization by applying standards and activities that will create an environment of athletic enthusiasm and learning with a focus on achieving high academic standards. RYA’s board strongly believes it is our responsibility to be positive role models by giving back to our youth and continually striving to build a healthy positive community.
Fairfax County Youth Football and the NFL partnered together a few years ago to develop the Heads Up Football program as many of you know. It is our mission to continue to educate coaches, players and parents on ways to ensure each child has a fun and safe experience playing tackle football. On Monday, November 3rd Fairfax County Public Schools will be holding a Parent Safety Clinic at Annandale High School. The event will provide information to help you better understand what is being done at the youth level all the way up through the professional game to prevent, identify and treat concussions. The host for the evening will be hosted by one of Northern Virginia’s most successful and respected coaches of all time, former Annandale Head Varsity Coach Dick Adams. Coach Adams along with numerous certified athletic trainers and Catherine McGill, Pediatric Neuropsychologist, at Children’s National Health Systems will answer any and all of your questions. At the end of the evening you will get to participate in the same drills that are taught to your children.
Please feel free to share the invite with your family, friends and neighbors. This isn’t just for parents of children that play tackle football. Concussions occur in basketball, soccer, lacrosse, baseball/softball, field hockey and wrestling.
As we finish the school year and move into the summer, we wanted to remind parents that each player must have an active Walker ID card to play tackle football in the Fall. All players must have a valid Walker ID card issued by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. The ID cards are used to verify each player at the official Fairfax County Youth Football League weigh-in certifications that will take place in August. Receipts from the VA DMV will not be accepted.
These identification cards are no longer issued by the DMV in person. It will be mailed to your home within 7-14 business days. So the earlier you can get this done the better.
Please ensure your child’s name, address and date of birth are 100% accurate on the ID. If you already have a Walker Permit please check the expiration date. If it has expired you will need to renew it. The cost of the permit is $10.00.