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Pioneering A Better System

“What are you blind?”  The most common of tirades on a football sideline. 

In an average NFL game, 145 plays are run . On any Play, every official is making some form of judgement at least once. At 14 games per week over a 16 game season, 227,360 judgements are made.  According to the N.F.L.’s grading, for every 100 plays, 97.64 of them were officiated correctly. Because games historically average a little more than 150 plays, officials are averaging about four mistakes a game, and it is extraordinarily rare (like less than 1 time per season) when a crew has a 100% perfectly called game.

So we figured out that no referee is perfect and even with thousands of dollars spent on video equipment there is still 3 percent error amongst those that make a living doing it at the highest level.  If players and coaches that are complaining about the stripes could do 97 percent of what their NFL counterparts could do…. well you can draw your own conclusion.

However one thing that can be done in order to make the experience better for everyone is being addressed by the Pioneer League.  The league is in the process of looking for a commissioner of officials that will oversee a thorough system of review for ALL officials of PFL games.  Included in the proposal for this year.

– Detailed rating system of officials including decorum (respect in communicating for coaches and players on each respective team), mechanics (following proper procedures), and knowledge of the rules. Coaches/Owners will fill out and the league will follow up and review all surveys.

– Video Review – multiple games per week will be videotaped and submitted to the league for review.  Included in the video review will be flag frequency, communication of all calls to both sidelines, and mechanics (hustle into position to make calls). 

– Training – Additional training for officials directly from the league in proper communication and conflict resolution.  Officials will not make the right calls all the time BUT they will be respectful at all times.


What do officials get in return?  Yes we all were wondering that because we all are worried about the feelings of our striped friends.  Well the respect level toward the officials will be second to none in the PFL.  Rules enforcement is a top priority and will be enforced at all times.  The PFL reassures the referees that they will not have to deal with unprofessional organizations and coaches because of the standards we are setting for the children that we are teaching and mentoring.  Also, since they know that their issues will be heard and resolved it will likely decrease the frustration level even in the heat of football battle.

The best refs are the ones that you don’t notice.  This is the concept behind the initiative.  With a little more effort the great games that are battled out on the field will be remembered for what the players and coaches did, not the officials.

PFL Looking For Interns – For Resume Building or School Credit

The Pioneer League is taking resumes for a variety of cool experiences which include internships. We not only take on volunteers but also will be pursuing programs that include sports journalism and video production as independent studies for high school and college programs as well as marketing postions which have an opportunity to earn commission on sponsorships acquired. Stay tuned for more info but you can get in today by sending resumes to


Pioneer League Hosts 1st Annual Youth Summit

The Pioneer Football League is hosting their first annual “Youth Sports Summit”. The entire youth sports community is invited to attend. Whether your a Swimming coach in Pelham Bay or own a youth football team in Stapleton… your all invited. The concept is simple,… identify issues that are affecting youth sports in our area. Then using the depth of knowledge of the room in order to come up with viable solutions. Do you need to sign up for the league to attend? The answer is no… ALL IDEAS ARE WELCOMED! We are also welcoming vendors to present to oganizations including those in the fields of 1) Player safety (medical) 2) Uniforms and Equipment 3) Insurance.

You can can more information and directions on facebook!/events/133081830144850/


Looking To Join? What Does My Organization Need?



  1. Provide league a working phone number and email address at all times. Respond to any and all communication in a reasonable time. 2 Days
  2. Have access to emergency medical attention via the bare minimum of a working phone on sideline. League offers insurance for teams at a discounted cost through sponsor.
  3. A write up about your games including scores and standout players emailed by Wednesday of any game week.
  4. Play all scheduled games without forfeits or in case of forfeit pay fine of referee fee for both teams plus $100.
  5. Assure that the team management is aware of all bylaws and league rules.
  6. Promote all League sponsored events. Teams must promote league sponsored events on websites or via communications with players.
  7. Players must show some form of state issued photo identification to be recorded and kept by league for verification
  8. Complete team uniform listed as follows:
  • At least 1 set of game Uniforms number on front and back.
  • Uniformity – 15 year old group and higher helmets and pants must be uniform.
  • Uniforms must have number on front and back on all levels.


  1. Field – Must provide a list of possible fields for review at beginning of season. Each field will be reviewed and provided with a Yes or No by Competition committee.  Field must be properly lined for football with goalpost pads, and legal chains/down markers
  2. The league plays by PSAL game rules, which includes all yearly rules changes etc. Youth or High School sized football.  Referees will be reviewed and rated based on performance to be considered for playoffs.  Feedback by teams to the league on officials is encouraged but there are no reversals of calls or instant replay systems.  Therefore, all played contests will remain as decided regardless of human error which is part of the game.  Forfeit can only be rewarded for a team using ineligible or illegal players.  Teams that have an opponent fail to show up for a game will be awarded a forfeit, however teams forfeiting in advance will have the other team rescheduled to avoid awarding of forfeits.


The full rules will be covered at our first general meeting and your suggestions will be considered.  You can track the status of your application on our website which will be in full operation in the upcoming weeks to see potential competition.  We look forward to an awesome season.  We are looking for teams with a common vision and work hard at keeping the image of their programs at top quality.  For new programs we are willing to work with you and will provide assistance in achieving your goals as a program.

Pioneer League Taking Applications

We are currently taking applications for the 2012 football season in all divisions.  We will be selecting programs based on a system to ensure that only program that are willing to promote the quality that we are looking for will represent the league.  Applicants will submit a proposal that addresses the following.

Name of Team:

Area Represented:

Years of Operation:

Team Colors:

Home Field:

Age Groups Competing:

Notable Accomplishments:

Community service or other activities:

Why does your program belong in a quality league?


Your presentation can be emailed to or mailed to or address on the letterhead.

Pioneer League Announces Age Divisions

The league will have the following divisions with no weight restrictions.

7-8 year olds Mighty Mite

9-10 year olds Junior Pee Wee

11-12 year olds Pee Wee

13-14 year olds Intermediate  

15-17 year olds Senior (High School Level)

18-21 year olds Collegiate

Rosters will be posted online and the rosters will be locked after the 3rd week f the season.  Players will have photo and identification registered with the league.  Players not playing in their proper age group will be eliminated with an electronic system that if put in question the players photo will be checked by the league to ensure fair play.

Learn What The PFL Offers Prospective Teams

The benefits include a fully functioning website that is updated and covers your team whether you win all or none of your games.  If your organization does not have a website, you can direct your organization to the league website ( where we will post vital information on game dates and locations complete with directions and photos.  If your organization takes photos we will post those as well.  Your banner and logos will be represented with every other team in the league.  If you need a logo or upgrade we can assist you with graphics as well.  We also will be sending staff to film clips of your games so that the thousands of people that log onto the site can see what great work your organization is doing.     

We also will provide structure that is rare in this area.  We will provide teams with a full schedule of games (8 for teams 14 and under and 10 for teams 15 and up.  Teams will have a schedule well in advance to obtain proper permits and travel arrangements.  Playoff format is predetermined based on the amount of teams with higher seeds getting home games until the championship weekend.  Championship weekend and All Star weekend will be held at one super site for a celebration day of top quality football that the entire league and city will enjoy.  Referees will be paid for by the league in the 2nd round of playoffs and on so you can budget yourself accordingly.

Pioneer League On A Mission

The 2012 season will mark a turning point in the perception of football in the New York City area.  The area and state of New York as a whole does not get national recognition for being a breeding ground for football talent.  That is about to change with the inaugural season of the Pioneer Football League.  This promises to be the premier Metropolitan Area football league for youth and young adult football.  The mission of the league is to be dedicated to a quality experience for players, coaches and owners.  As a result of increased organization and structure that is lacking in the football landscape you will be able to give a better experience to your parents and fans of the communities in which you operate within.

What The PFL Is About

The 2011 season is coming to a close. 2012 is right around the corner. Youth football players looking for a team, get exposure to play high school or college ball, or to be able to see your highlights and stories about your accomplishments on a professional looking website the Pioneer League is for the players!


Coaches, 2012 is almost here. Are you going to spend it worrying about teams looking different from week 1 to the playoffs? The Pioneer League provides locked rosters and checks that make sure the competition is fair so you don’t have to. Rosters posted on a professional website so you know who your playing. Full schedule of games 8 for 14 and under and 10 for 15 and up. The Pioneer League is for Coaches!

Youth program owners, the 2012 season is almost here. Spend it knowing how much your going to spend with a schedule that is released over a month in advance. Regional games as well as the opportunity to travel and represent your league for a low cost. The Pioneer League is about the Owners