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Mentor Cardinal Youth Football Association Board Transition


Mentor Cardinal Youth Football Association Board Transition

Mentor Cardinal Youth Football Association will be making a board transition effective Sept 15, 2019 as two long time and celebrated volunteers transition out of the league.


Mentor, 9/6, 2019—The Mentor Cardinal Youth Football Association announced today that they will be transitioning to a new board of directors effective 9/15/2019.  This comes as part of a planned transition that sees two of Mentor Youth football’s most celebrated volunteers retiring from the non-profit youth organization.  Ron Wilkinson and Bill Burton officially step down to turn over the board duties but will stay on as advisors until the end of the 2019 youth season.  


Both Ron and Bill have been coaching kids and running youth organizations for over 20 years and are stepping away from the youth football game with a lot of pride.  “I’ve enjoyed every minute of my time helping Mentor’s kids learn the game of football.” said Bill Burton.   Ron had a similar take, “As both of my boys move through the high school system, it’s great to see what this youth league has produced and I’m proud of the work we have done there and I’ll miss it.”


Ron and Bill were both instrumental in the merging of the Cardinal Youth Tackle Football League and the Mentor Youth Football Association back in 2017 which brought both Mentor youth football leagues together and continuing to compete in the GLYFL.  


Taking over as President is Shawn VanHuss who has been the Vice President of both the CYTFL (2013 – 2017) and the MCYFA (2017-Present) and has coached youth football for 7 years.


Duane Koczan will step in as Vice President of the league.  Duane was President of Eastlake for 4 years and is the current president of the Great Lakes Youth Football League.


Gordon Daugherty will take over as Treasure. – Gordon has been coaching and Volunteering in the MCYFA for 3 years. 


Leo Depretis will step in as Secretary of the league. – Leo has also been volunteering in the MCYFA as a coach for the last 3 years.


Mickey Moses will step into a new board position as director of football operations.  Mickey has coached youth football for 11 years and was an acting MYFA board member for 2 years.


 Mentor Cardinal Youth Football league is the primary youth tackle football program in Mentor, Ohio and is a member of the Great Lakes Youth Football League organization. 


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Welcome to the home of the Mentor Cardinal Youth  Football Association.

As a member of the Great Lakes Youth Football League, the Mentor Cardinal Youth Football Assocation mission is to promote the development of Leadership,Sportsmanship, Character, and Athletic Ability.  While also nurturing Youth Fitness, Volunteerism and lifelong love of sport. The MCYFA serves as a feeder system to the Mentor Middle School Football and High School Football Programs.  Participating Cities include Chardon, Willoughby, Wickliffe, Painesville (Riverside), Eastlake, Willowick, Perry, Kirtland, Mayfield and Orange.


3 Divisions:

(A Division): 10 & 11 year old (Can be 12 but must be in 6th grade and cannot be 13 before November 1) Max Weight: 165 lbs.

(B Division): 8 & 9 year old (cannot be 10 before June 2nd) Max Weight: 145 lbs.

(C division): 6 & 7 year old (cannot be 8 before June 2nd, but must be 6 by June 1st Max Weight: No Max Weight, 105lbs to carry the ball. (This is a 7 on 7 Division) 

ALL players can play OFFENSE and DEFENSE during the same game to allow development of skills equally.

Special Division for to 7 yr. olds ONLY to give full opportunity to learn tackle football safely. Without sacrificing the competition aspect of the game.


Home Games will be played at Mentor High School's JTO Football Stadium.


Important Links:

Great Lakes Youth Football League Home Page

Website of the Great Lakes Youth Football League.

2018 Calander of Events

This calander will be updated with important dates, camps, practice schedules and game schedules.

North East Ohio Flag Football

Northeast Ohio Flag Football was created by high school football coaches in order to teach youth the basic skills of football in a fun, positive and professional environment. Northeast Ohio Flag Football will always strive to provide the best facilities, officials, and overall experience for our youth. Northeast Ohio Flag Football originators have over 75 years combined coaching experience from youth sports through a variety of high school sports.

7 on 7 Cleveland Rookie Tackle League

Designed by USA Football for kids to learn and have fun playing all positions •Rookie Tackle League is the bridge between flag football to 11-person tackle football, focusing on skill development •Designed for 7-on-7 play •A smaller field (40Yards) and limited player numbers are designed to fit the right ages. right stage of the players •It can also be uses an an entry point for new players before advancing to the 11-on-11 tackle game


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Mentor Cardinals Youth Football Registration


Registration for the 2020 season is now open!



Shawn VanHuss


Phone: 440-520-6343

Duane Koczan

Vice President

Phone: 440-667-1361

Gordon Daugherty


Phone: 440-622-7485

Leo Depretis


Phone: 440-487-6236

Mickey Moses

Director of Football Operations

Phone: 440-477-6493

2017 MCYFA/MCYCA and 7 on 7 teams #ONCEACARD