NEYSA appeared on “Inside High School Sports” on WGR 550 radio on May 21

NEYSA President Ray Turpin appeared on “Inside High School Sports” on WGR 550 radio on May 21 at 10:00 am.

Ray spoke about the League and its efforts to promote USA Football’s Heads Up Football (HUF) initiatives as well as the upcoming 3rd annual “Youth Football Symposium/Parents and Players Clinic” to be held on June 1 at the Lasalle Preparatory School on Buffalo Avenue in Niagara Falls.

To hear the interview in its entirety, please click below:


Western New York writer Linda Dynel, author of the memoir “Leaving Dorian” and the novel “Sunrise and the Seven One Six” (available at barnes and, goodreads, and locally at Crafts and Creations, Inc. and Ticklebridge in Lockport, New York),  has re-posted an article she wrote for the Buffalo News regarding baseline testing in youth football.

This riveting article that was published in 2012 has as much merit today as it did when it was first published.  Ms. Dynel is very impassioned regarding the lack of a national consensus standard for Baseline testing.

Please find her published article below:


On November 12, 2015, NEYSA officially welcomed new member organizations to our League.  After fulfilling the application process previously, the Lockport Little Loop Football and Cheerleading and the Clarence Youth Football and Cheer Association were welcomed to the NEYSA Board meeting as member organizations, having been voted in at a previous NEYSA meeting.

In addition to these two youth organizations, a number of other organizations made their applications to join NEYSA at our November monthly meeting.  These included: the Blackrock/Riverside Little League Football and Cheerleading; the Buffalo Vets Little League Football Organization; the Cheektowaga Little Loop Football program; the Town of Tonawanda Football Association and the Williamsville Junior Football and Cheerleading group.

The NEYSA Board of Commissioners and Representatives are pleased to announce that all of those organizations have been accepted based upon their application criteria.

NEYSA is pleased to provide a home to all of these youth organizations and welcomes them all to our League.


On Saturday, September 19, NEYSA and the Niagara Wheatfield Athletic Association (NWAA) lost one of our coaches, Christopher J. Gordon, who passed away after a tragic accident.  Chris was a member of NWAA for the past seven years and leaves behind his wife and three children.  Chris was a great family man and a great coach for the NWAA Wildcats.  Our entire NEYSA family offers our thoughts and prayers to his family during this very difficult time.

Friends may call on Thursday, September 24, from 2-4 pm and 6-9 pm at the Wattengel Funeral Home at 533 Meadow Drive in North Tonawanda.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, September 25 at 9:30 am at the From Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish located at 53 Center Avenue in North Tonawanda.

If you can, please help the family by donating to their fund at

NEYSA 2nd Annual Youth Football Symposium/Parents & Players Clinic

NEYSA Presents the 2nd Annual “Youth Football Symposium/Parents & Players Clinic”

On May 20, 2015 at 6:00 pm, the Niagara Erie Youth Sports Association (NEYSA) will be conducting their 2nd annual “Youth Football Symposium/Parents & Players Clinic” to help educate Niagara and Erie county families and their athletes as to the efforts made by our League to make the game of football safer for all participants.  This exciting and interactive event will take place at the Lasalle Preparatory School located at 7436 Buffalo Avenue in Niagara Falls, New York.

The event is headlined by a number of significant persons in the field of youth football, including: Steve Tasker, former Buffalo Bill and current CBS announcer; Ken Stoldt, our Section VI Football Chairman and a USA Football Master Trainer; Aaron Hill who is the USA Football East Regional Manager and Preston Teague, the Buffalo Bills’ Director of Community Relations and Youth Football.  In addition to these all-star presenters, NEYSA Player Safety Coaches, League Representatives and member organizations’ Commissioners and Coaching staffs will be participating in the hands-on activities to show the latest initiatives from USA Football in regards to HeadsUp Tackling and Blocking techniques.

NEYSA will also have a variety of vendors will be onsite with information, for the attendees, which include: the UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine/Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and Riddell Football Equipment.

The event is open to the public and is FREE!!

All participants must fill out and sign a Waiver Form which is located below for download and must be presented for admission.

2015 Youth Football Symposium Waiver

The 2nd annual NEYSA Youth Football Symposium/Parents & Players Clinic covered in the Buffalo News and the Niagara Gazette and other newspapers.

Click below for each article.



Niagara Erie Youth Sports Association, Inc. (NEYSA) representatives, Ray Turpin and Mark Ziegler attended the USA Football 2015 National Conference held in Indianapolis, Indiana from February 20 through February 22, 2015.  This special event was headlined by featured speakers: Tony Dungy, former NFL player, Super Bowl winning coach and current NBC analyst; Oliver Luck, former NFL player and current NCAA Executive Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Mike Golic, former NFL player and current radio personality and his wife Christine who participates with the Mom’s Clinics provided by the NFL and who brings a unique parent’s perspective to the game of football.

Carl Peterson, Chairman of USA Football opened the conference followed by Scott Hallenbeck, USA Football’s Executive Director, spoke about the state of youth and high school football.

Mark Ziegler NEYSA, Carl Peterson USA Football, Ray Turpin NEYSA                   Mark Ziegler NEYSA, Scott Hallenbeck USA Football, Ray Turpin NEYSA

Merril Hoge, former NFL player and current EPSN analyst, then participated for the remainder of day one’s events by introducing Tony Dungy.

After this dynamic opening, there were two break out sessions for the youth commissioners and the high school administrators.  The youth sessions were broken out by geographical regions and presented by USA Football Regional staff and Master Trainers in a Town Hall type forum.  The high school session was presented by Scott Hallenbeck, Bill Gardner (National Federation of State High School Associations), Bruce Whitehead (National Interscholastic Association of Athletic Administrators) and a various collection of the top high school coaches from around the United States.

A football panel discussion followed with standout nationally recognized panelists:  Bill Polian, Bill LeMonnier, Bruce Rollinson and George Teague who offered their unique perspective of coaching and administering to enhance and strengthen a program.

A presentation about Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SAC) with Dr. Jonathan Drezner, University of Washington and Matthew Nader a SAC survivor led to the final sessions of the day which included youth and high school breakout sessions.

The day concluded with a viewing of the 2015 NFL Combine and an-on field HeadsUp Tackling and Blocking session at the Lucas Oil Stadium.

Lucas Oil outside                            lucas oil inside

Scott Hallenbeck opened the next day session and introduced Oliver Luck, who spoke about the importance of coaching and managing your organization.

Oliver Luck NCAA

The conference closed with Mike and Christine Golic who shared, from a parents’ perspective, information that should be provided and what football means to a family.

There was tremendous information sharing and gathering  as well as the networking that occurred between organizations, both youth and high school.  The evidence of support from the USA Football officials and staff members was beyond reproach and provided an intense but comfortable learning environment for all of the participants.





The Western New York Amateur Football Alliance (WNYAFA) in collaboration with Erie Community College is presenting the 2014 College Football Recruiting Night on Tuesday, December 2 from 6:00 pm until 8:30 pm.

This presentation is intended to educate, inform and give Senior High School football players and their parents the opportunity to interact with college coaches.

Please see the link below for more information:

2014 Section VI College recruiting night for Senior players



USA Football and the MinuteClinic (walk in clinic in CVS pharmacies) are recognizing and rewarding the hardest working people in youth football…..the MOMS!!!  USA Football and the MinuteClinic will select 100 outstanding football team Moms from across the country and award them with great gifts.

So nominate your Best TEAM MOM today at the link below:

More information can also be found at


On October 26, 2014, NEYSA Championship games were held at the newly renovated Niagara Falls Jr. fields.

The 2014 100 pound champions are the Tonawanda Football Clinic Renegades with a 27 – 6 victory over the Niagara Falls Jr. Diamondbacks.

The 2014 120 pound champions are the Lew-Port Chargers with a 14-8 victory over the Niagara Falls Jr. Cobras.

The 2014 145 pound champions are the Niagara Wheatfield Wildcats with a 24-8 victory over the Wilson Jr. Lakemen.

Congratulations to all of our organizations and to all of the teams.