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American Football Association Newsletter January 18, 2013

American Football Association Newsletter
January  1
8, 2013
Volume 7, Issue  1
In This Issue
Happy Holidays


Wishing you love, peace and joy during the holiday season. May your new year be filled with health, prosperity and success.


AFA Staff


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Phone: 877-624-4485

Now Soliciting 2013 AFA Team & League Membership Applications 

Team Membership applications are now being accepted for the 2013 season. We are proud to have the National Public Safety and Empire Football Leagues as the first leagues to join as members to join for 2013.


The annual membership fee to join the AFA remains $100 "per team" which provides a benefit package that is easily 10x this fee. Team membership applications can be downloaded by clicking:  AFA Team/League Memberships


YAVAY Welcomes the American Football Association

YAVAY is a comprehensive directory or planning tool that provides a broad, transparent view of the sponsorship landscape for members. YAVAY puts properties in front of those decision-makers at the time they are making those important decisions. Simply put, YAVAY is an online dating service for the sponsorship industry.  YAVAY is an AFA League Membership Benefit. 


Alumni Membership remains at $25 per individual and is open to anyone and everyone that, at one time or another, had been (or still is) involved with a semi-pro team and/or league. The Semi-Pro Football Alumni Club is co-sponsored by the AFA National Association and the Members of the AFA Hall of Fame Alumn. Just click AFA Alumni Membership or return the card below when you receive it in
via US Mail..........



Nationwide over 7 million high school students play interscholastic sports and every year ¼ of them or a little over 1.7 million graduate.  Almost 400,000 of graduating athletes want to play their sport in college. If you want to get recruited, you have to promote yourself and stand out in the coach's mind. The only way to do that effectively and pro-actively, is with  The only system designed to promote you to every coach, at every school where you qualify academically. AFA now offers the RU2 service with a discount - $50 off !! Just sign on to  www.RecruitU2.Com, complete your profile and enter the coupon number below.  You'll save $50 ....... Courtesy of AFA. Use Coupon #AFA2012

AFA News & Media Clips    


GBNF - Will Carter Thomas, Jr. AFA Hall of Famer Class of 2003

Will Carter Thomas, Jr. - Will Carter Thomas, Jr., age 66, died 3:32 p.m. Monday, December 12, 2011 at Mt. Carmel West Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Born June 15, 1945 in Iuka, Mississippi to the late Will Carter and Mable Ethel Brown Thomas Sr. He retired as a Principal at Barrett Middle School in Columbus, Ohio.


Semi-Pro Football Tryouts Saturday In Sioux Falls
Yankton Daily Press
SIOUX FALLS - The Tri-State Buffalos Semi-Professional Football Team is officially announcing that it will host open tryouts for all roster positions on Jan. 19 with registration at 2:30 pm at Sanford Power Field House located at 2215 West Pentagon ... 
The Tampa Bay Sentinels, a member of the National Public Safety Football League, play the Tampa Bay Storm, of the Arena Football League, in the third annual ... 


National Public Safety Football League - Dunedin, FL Patch
One of Dunedin's local heroes is set to square off against some professional football players for a good cause. The National Public Safety Football League's ...


7 Steps to a Faster 40-Yard Dash

The 40-yard dash is the ultimate measurement of speed in football. Prospective NFL players are given bigger contracts or passed over entirely based on how they run the 40. College prospects are given an extra look if their 40 time warrants it......


  Upon further review, the replacement officials were, indeed, the largest story in sports during the first three weeks of the NFL regular-season. It arguably created more discussion than the Presidential election that takes place in November........... 


AFA Hall of Famer, Keith Ballard Selected for Induction Into 2012 United States Flag & Touch Football League (USFTL) HoF

In June of 2012, the United States Flag Touch Football League (USFTL) paid the Keith"Quick6" Ballard the game's highest honor by selecting him to its National Hall of Fame. Keith was chosen for his significant contributions helping to elevate the game as a player, director, sponsor and youth development coach.

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place January 19, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. at Austin-Tindall sports complex, a division of the Disney Wide-World of Sports Complex. Family, friends and youth are welcome to join Coach Keith Ballard at the Disney sports complex's food, fun and Hall of Fame celebration. We look forward to seeing you there! 


David Burch, Chris Stepp and Kevin Van Valkenburg join "Outside the Lines" to discuss the dangers of average Joes gathering to play what they call "semi-pro" football. 

Commotio Cordis  - Sudden unexpected cardiac death that occurs in young people during sports participation is usually associated with previously diagnosed or undiagnosed structural or primary electrical cardiac abnormalities. Sudden death due to ventricular fibrillation may also occur when a projectile (eg, baseball, lacrosse ball, hockey puck) strikes the precordium of an individual with no underlying cardiac disease. This is termed commotio cordis (CC). 


AFA now offers AFLAC to members! 

flacAFA members now have discounted rates for AFLAC benefits available to them. Aflac pays you cash if you are hurt or sick and compliments any other benefits you already have! This Accident Plan: Pays you cash for services you or a family member may have due to any injury.  On or off the job. Pays cash dollar amounts for different treatments. This plan is perfect for players needing accident coverage.  


The Shockbox Impact Sensor for Football is designed to be attached to the inside of a football helmet. The sensor provides an immediate wireless transmission to your Smartphone, via Bluetooth® that the player has experienced a head impact that could result in a concussion. This takes the guess work away from determining when to take a player off the field and seek medical advice.


AFA SmartPhone App

The AFA Smartphone App is now available for download at Google 


Sports Concussion? Use Mobile Phone App Phone Diagnosis

Use the our collection of apps to ask a series of questions and the app will decide the chances that a player has actually suffered a concussion. The questions used come directly from the Centers for Disease Control. This app has a list of symptoms that will help in the decision to remove a player from a game or seek medical attention.  In fact, it has a "Return to Play" feature helping you decide when to allow the player to return to practice and game status.  Also comes with a feature to email a doctor, if further medical advice is needed. Just click Smartphone App to download....

AFA logo Smartphone Cases also available :)


AFA Smartphone Case


American Football Association Hall of Fame

We have gotten a lot of requests from folks confused about membership in the AFA's Hall of Fame recently. 

It appears that after 33 years, a few folks are still a bit confused regarding hall of fame membership. As a result, we have edited and published a more readable copy of our inductees from day one at American Football Association Hall of Fame Listing 


Note: The 2013 Hall of Fame Inductions are scheduled to be held June 27th - 28th (same date annually) and at the same location as last year, the Pro Football HoF. Official ballots will go out in April to all 2013 Active AFA Alumni. Nominations will only being accepted on this official ballot and in this timeframe.



American Football Association Hall of Fame Jackets - 

Now Available !!!....we are pleased to announce that AFA Hall of  Fame jackets are now available for purchase directly from Chicago Knitting Mills.....and yes, they do have the plus sizes 2X -- 5X! Just send an email to to obtain an order form.


AFA Hall of Fame Blazers ....because of the positive feedback from our

Hall of Fame banquet, we are now making Hall of Fame Blazers available to all current hall of fame members. Please email if you are interested. Note: Hall of Fame Patches are available upon request for those who would like to update their favorite blazer with this memorable item @$15 each. Just send an email to 


Wilson NFL Footballs... New Wilson Footballs are now in stock. The price is $65/ball or $390 per case for new balls plus $20 shipping and handling for a total of $410 per case of download form, click Wilson NFL Footballs.


AFA Broadcast Channel Goes Live

The AFA's live broadcast channel capability for video webcasts is now available for PCs, iPads and, Smartphones. Featured video includes weekly vintage and live video webcasts of events such as the Pottstown Firebirds Super Bowl Special, Kalamazoo Tornadoes AFA Championship, Past AFA Hall of Fame Inductions, AFA Member Game Broadcasts and special announcements. These weekly broadcast will accessible directly from our website and in additional to performances by some of our hall of famers, will also feature AFA sponsors. These broadcasts can also be accessed at......Steve Weed Productions. 


AFA Membership Programs 

2013 AFA Alumni Club Membership - Are You A Card Carrying Member?
AFA Membership is open to anyone and everyone that, at one time or 

 another, had been (or still is) involved with a semi-pro team and/or league. Semi-Pro Football Alumni Club is co-sponsored by the AFA National Association and the Members of the AFA Hall of Fame Alumni. To join Just click AFA Alumni Membership App.


Lifetime Membership Opportunities To Be Announced for AFA Hall of Fame Members! 


American Football Association Benefits, Inc

The America Football Association recently established major partnerships with insurance companies to make comprehensive coverage products available for all AFA Alumni. AFA Alumni and where applicable their spouses and dependents, can now apply for insurance at competitive group rates.

It's now easy to join the AFA and apply for affordable insurance coverage with a special discount for being an AFA Alumni. For more info, please call 877-624-4485 or email


About the American Football Association: The American Football Association is a national 501(c) (3) non-profit, tax exempt corporation in its 33rd year of operation and is dedicated to the advancement of adult (semi-pro) football from coast-to-coast. Our slogan is Semi Pro & Proud®. We are not affiliated with any other national semi-pro/minor league organization (Minor League Football News, American Football News Today, American Football Hall of Fame, Minor Pro Hall of Fame, etc). The AFA, Hall of Fame, American Football News™ and AFA logo design are registered trademarks of the American Football Association. All other AFA-related trademarks are trademarks of the American Football Association.

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