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American Football Association Newsletter February 12, 2013

American Football Association Newsletter
February 12
, 2013
Volume 7, Issue  3
In This Issue
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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 League and Ironman Football League 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 Fulfillment packages are on the way to recent applicants. Member ship 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 Alumni. 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.


GBNF - AFA Hall of Fame Class of 1998 Mark Manders Sr.  

Mark E. Manders Sr., 72, passed away on August 9, 2011, of a stroke in Bigfork, Montana. Mark was born on October 22, 1938 in Des Moines, Iowa. He graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in January, 1957. Mark went to college at the University of Iowa where he studied engineering and played football for the Iowa Hawkeyes from 1957 to 1960. He was on the 1958 National Champion Team, 1959 Rose Bowl Team and 1960 Big Ten Co-Champion Team. In addition, Mark was named to the 1960 All American Football Team. 


GBNF - AFA Hall of Fame Class of 1995 Mike Cline 

John L. "Mike" Cline, 72, of Chicago, died Aug. 25, 2012. The beloved husband of 35 years of Carolyn Cline; brother Patrick (Judy) Cline; uncle of Michelle (Jim) Pahl and Bret (Summer) Cline; brother-in-law of Dr. Peter Yamaji, Mark Golden and Barry (Donna) Yamaji and good friend of Natsuko Kihara. He was a dedicated teacher of statistics, a gifted photographer, a football statistician and a semi-pro football enthusiast. 


The Racine Raiders held the annual team banquet on Saturday, February 9, 2012, at Infusino's Banquet Hall in Racine. It was a night of celebration for the over 40 players, dozens of volunteers, board members and coaches that attended along with their spouses and significant others.

New Minor League MaldenFootball Team Seeks Talent 

The Boston Freedom Fighters are part of the newly created National Spring Football League (NSFL). The NSFL is developmental league that will begin play in the spring of 2013. As a developmental league the first priority will be to help develop the ...


NEPA Miners join Empire Football League

Citizens Voice 

This summer the semi-professional football team will play in the Empire Football League, an established league with a recognized tradition and a standard of quality play.


Staten Island resident Mike Jioia named Xaverian varsity football coach

And he worked with the NYPD Finest football team as a head coach from 2003-05, leading the squad to the National Public Safety Football League championship in 2004 and '05. "(Before coaching at William Paterson) I had never coached defense, but a ...


Virginia Crusaders earn second straight national title  

Daily Press 

The Crusaders, champions of the Mason-Dixon Football League, scored touchdowns on their first four possessions. And the rout was on.


Crossover Opponents Wanted: As part of a 2013 promotion initiative, the Empire Football League is seeking crossover opponents for non-league games on July 27 and August 10. Please visit website at for more details.


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......  

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; leagues signing up can take advantage of our special opportunities for billing.


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 continue to get phone calls and requests from folks confused about membership in the AFA's Hall of Fame. 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 AFA 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 the official ballot and in this timeframe. Sponsorships are now being solicited at Hall of Fame Banquet Sponsorships.


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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