USA Football
August 14th, 2020

T.A.F.L. League "2.0" Communication Promised-2020 Fall Season Cancelled

Hello TAFL Families,

By unanimous decision of the TAFL BOD, we are cancelling the 2020 Fall Football Season. Today the MHSAA announced moving 2020 Fall Football to spring of 2021, see link below. As in the past, TALF has maintained guidance from MHSAA and our Community School Systems. We want you to know that first, and foremost, our primary concern is for our community of families and their health and safety. In anticipation of this event, as communicated earlier, we previously delayed the season in the interest of protecting our family's financial investment in TAFL. Please look for communication soon about the refund that we will provide to all our families.

As far as spring football, we will reach out to the families in the near future with a survey to decide how we can bet meet the needs of our communities.

https://www.mhsaa.com/News/Press-Releases/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/9189/MHSAA-Announces-Football-to-Move-to-Spring-Season-for-2020-21

As previously communicated The Thumb Area Football and Cheerleading League (T.A.F.L.) is here for you, our invested communities. We have and always will listen to the community members without prejudice or divisive intent. As we have always communicated in our mission, and have demonstrated in our behavior, we are here for the children in our areas communities. Our intent and purpose have not changed.

President : Tom Tocco thomas_tocco@hotmail.com

Treasurer: Cindy Valentine cindyvalentine@yahoo.com

Secretary: Sandee Kuhfeldt taflsecretary@gmail.com

Community Director at Large: Kevin Bergeon harley-01@live.com

Cheer Director: Ashley Toussaint atoussaint85@icloud.com

Officials Director Tony Tocco

Richmond Community Director: Allen Fletcher richmondtafl@gmail.com

New Baltimore Community Director /

President: Brian Baker newbaltimoreravens@gmail.com

Fort Gratiot Community Director /

President: Chris Damon bluewateryouthfootball@gmail.com

The Thumb Area Football and Cheerleading League, a league you built, thanks you for loyalty, time and commitment to the league.

Best Regards,

TAFL B.O.D.

 
July 31st, 2020 update
Dear TAFL Families,

Last night the TAFL Executive Board met and postponed the start of the 2020 season until 09/08/2020. This decision was based on the pending meeting of the MHSAA concerning the 2020 football season which will occur on 08/20/2020, as well as, being in line with youth football leagues in neighboring communities who will also start in September.

We will continue to make our decisions based on the mandates of the MHSAA and the Office of the Governor.

As in the past, our decision is based solely on our focus on the safety of our community members. In previous communications released by our board, we communicated we would look at two plans, Plan A and Plan B. Plan A is no longer supported by the MHSAA, however, Plan B is still a viable plan that will allow us to do our best to provide a season this year AND keep safety at the forefront. It is our hope that you can appreciate we were ready to move to Plan B based on recent announcements coming from MHSAA. We believe in offering a clear and consistent message to all of our families based on the State of Michigan's guidelines.

Our first game will be on 09/26/2020 and our last game will be 10/31/2020 with the Cheer Competition To Be Determined.

We will continue to work, with and through, our community members to ensure we plan the season while implementing and maintaining protocols concerning safety guided by the MHSAA and our local school systems.

Please stay tuned for further details from your local community boards for upcoming Coaches Meetings, Parent Meetings, and Equipment Distribution. Please also remember that this is an ever evolving situation and our plans may have to change. We know that waiting can, at times, feel tedious and feel like we are not updating as often as some may like. Please know that as MHSAA releases information, we too, will release information. If we have not communicated an update, it is not because we are not planning, it is simply that we have a plan to follow until new guidelines are released. We thank you in advance for your continued flexibility given our unprecedented times.

Finally, this planning and readiness was not possible without the dedication of our TAFL communities, so please thank our volunteers in the Blue Water, New Baltimore, and Richmond for their commitment and transparency.

Thank you to all of the TAFL families for your patience during this time.

Sincerely,

T.A.F.L. B.O.D.
 
TAFL 2.0
Posted Feb 12, 2020

Date: ​February 6, 2020
Subject: ​T.A.F.L. League “2.0” - questions about what is going on. Transparency.


Dear all,
As previously communicated The Thumb Area Football and Cheerleading League (T.A.F.L.) is here for you, our invested communities. We have and always will listen to the community members without prejudice or divisive intent. As we have always communicated in our mission, and have demonstrated in our behavior, we are here for the children in our areas communities. Our intent and purpose have not changed.
“The purpose of this organization is to provide and promote, through properly qualified guidance and supervision, clean and wholesome youth football and cheerleading programs in the greater thumb area of Michigan. Our aim is not to compete with the local school districts, but to complement them.


It is the intent of this league to teach basic skills of football and cheerleading to ensure they are ready for the next level, middle school. We teach proper conduct and sportsmanship to positively affect the development of our children”.


Finally, TAFL is a family centered organization that does not value, and will not engage in, blaming, shaming, or finger pointing. We are an organization that is moving forward with the best intentions for our communities, children, and families. As such, any further communication will only address TAFL’s future.


If you have any questions about who we are and how we will be a fit for your family, please feel free to reach the following:
President : ​​Tom Tocco thomas_tocco@hotmail.com
Treasurer: ​​Cindy Valentine cindyvalentine@yahoo.com
Secretary: ​​Sandee Kuhfeldt taflsecretary@gmail.com
Community Director at Large: ​​Kevin Bergeon harley-01@live.com
Richmond Community Director:​Allen Fletcher addycombs@yahoo.com
New Baltimore Community Director /
President:​Brian Baker newbaltimoreravens@gmail.com
Fort Gratiot Community Director /
President:​Chris Damon fortgratiotyouthfootball@gmail.com​


We look forward to a great 2020 season!


The Thumb Area Football and Cheerleading League, a league you built, thanks you for loyalty, time and commitment to the league.
Best Regards,

TAFL B.O.D.

 
ALL!!!! TAFL is alive and well!!!!

Yes, some clubs have opted to leave the TAFL organization.....however...

TAFL is currently working to bring to you, changes you have requested! You have spoke, and we have been listening. Some of the items we are currently discussing are:  flag football, smaller clubs, uniform independance, and shorter season (6 game weeks instead of 8). Currently we have 4 teams in each age group, These teams are coming from current and previous communities. We are working on fine tuning details throughout the remainder of the month and into February.  As always, our kids safety and education of the game of football is always our top priority! We will certainly post here, and email all TAFL members once everything is into place. Thank you parents for your loyalty!

 

 

 

As the 2019 Football and Cheerleading registration approaches quickly, the Thumb Area Football and Cheerleading League is proud to announce it will continue our Online Registration.  

PAYMENT OPTIONS/REFUND POLICY

REFUND POLICY FOR 2019 There is a Non Refundable Deposit of $50.00 on all registration applications in the event a decision is made by the parent/guardian not to participate in the 2016 Football and Cheerleading Season after the online registration. As of JUNE 1, 2019 there will be NO REFUNDS of registration fees. Once this online application is submitted to the Thumb Area Football and Cheerleading League these mentioned refund polices are applicable. Please contact your Community Directors for any concerns and/or questions regarding refunds. PAYMENT OPTIONS FOR 2019 At the end of this registration you will be provided with payment options. Please utilize one of the following: 1. To pay in full by credit card please click credit card and proceed with payment with this online registration. (If you choose credit card the only option is to pay in full). 2. To pay your registration by check, cash or payment plan in the future, simply click PAY BY CHECK at end of this online registration. Once you have exited the online registration you can then go back online at any time and pay partial or full payments by credit card if you wish. You may also mail the payments to the address provided at the end of the registration or bring your check/cash/credit card to the sizing /registration event held in your community. Dates and addresses will be provided to you. At the sizing event you can also discuss payment options or other financial assistance to see if it is available within your community. For any questions simply email your Community Directors at the email provided at the end of your registration application.

WELCOME AND THANK YOU FOR REGISTERING WITH THE THUMB AREA FOOTBALL AND CHEERLEADING LEAGUE (TAFL) FOR 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Open Executive Board Positions

The Thumb Area Football League is looking to add positions to bring new energy and perspective to the B.O.D. There are a lot of exciting conversations in the works to bring exciting changes to TAFL 2.0! We are confident that with out current board members, along with new additions, we will continue to provide the best for our communities. If you are passionate about creating the best opportunity and experience for our youth athletes we encourage you to inquire about one of our open positions! At this time we are looking to fill the Vice President, Treasurer, and Marketing director positions. Please complete and submit your application to thumbareafootball@yahoo.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Vice President.pdf

Treasurer.pdf

Marketing Director.pdf

 
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