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American Football Association Newsletter November 26, 2014

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"Where Semi-Pro/Minor League Football Legends Live Forever"
American Football Association Newsletter
November 26,  2014
Volume 9, Issue 19
In This Issue

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Special Holiday Promotion - 2015 AFA Team & League Memberships - Join by the end of December, receive a turkey or ham for membership fulfillment

Team Membership applications are now being accepted for the 2015 season. 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.

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 Alumni. Just click AFA Alumni Membership.


It's Now Official - the American Football Association Now Offers AFLAC - AFA members now have discounted rates for Aflac benefits available to them.  This plan is perfect for football players needing accident coverage. There are also special opportunities for billing where AFA team owners can pay premiums for their players. Please contact Amy Peters @ 518-331-1309 or email  amy_peters@us.aflac.com for inquiries and application...AFLAC Brochure (click here)

ESPN Outside the Lines: Football at a Crossroads: "Semi-Pro" Football - 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...... 


- Custom Etched Rosewood Ring Display Box
- Crystal Prism Clock
- Men's Fossil Watch 

The AFA's Online Auction Now Open!  - The online portion of AFA Monthly Auction is now open. Auction items range from exotic vacation getaways to donated items guaranteed to delight and surprise. So, tell your friends, family, community. Now is your chance to not only get all the great items you want, but to do it knowing you are helping support our organization and mission. Just click: AFA Online Auction  and bid on a travel package to next year's Super Bowl!


 AFA Marketplace: Just in time for the holidays, AFA logo merchandise is now available by clicking http://mkt.com/american-football-association


We recently partnered with SCORE and we suggest that you do so also. The SCORE Association "Counselors to America's Small Business" is a nonprofit association comprised of 13,000+ volunteer business counselors throughout the U.S. and its territories. SCORE members are trained to serve as counselors advisors and mentors to aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners. These services are offered at no fee, as a community service. Email me if you need help connecting with your local SCORE counselors. Dave Burch (SCORE Mentor)

American Football Association Hall of Fame - We continue to get phone calls about rings and requests from folks confused about membership in the AFA's Hall of Fame. It appears that after 34 years, a few folks still do not understand the AFA's Hall of Fame membership process. As a result, we have edited and published a more readable copy of our prerequisites and inductees from day one at American Football Association Hall of Fame Listing. By the way, we do NOT process hall of fame ring orders; our supplier Jostens does that for us!

AFA News & Media Clips  


Macy's Friends & Family It only happens twice a year...Macy's Friends & Family is back! Wednesday, Dec. 3 through Monday, Dec. 5, get an extra 25% or 10% off all your holiday finds - even on the brands that rarely go on sale. Don't forget to pass it along!


Just click Macy's Friends & Family

Warhawks football players benefit Brigance Brigade (National Public Safety Football League) - 

Football team comprised of first responders

The Warhawks is a semipro team that plays in the National Public Safety Football League, and their games benefit charity. "We're a football team that's comprised of all police, fire, EMS, military police, corrections, anything in the public safety field. Our team is comprised of just full-career people," said Nicholas Eid, with the Baltimore Warhawks.....


Destroyers win WSFL championship

They may be semi-pro football newbies, but the upstart Door County Destroyers are championship material.

In just their second season of existence, the Destroyers dominated on offense, stifled on defense and cruised ahead to a 17-7 win over the considerably more established Sheboygan County Rebels in Saturday's Wisconsin State Football League championship.......


Baileys Harbor: Cornerstone Thanksgiving meal returns

All are welcome to the third complimentary Thanksgiving Day Dinner at the Cornerstone Pub right here in Baileys Harbor. 

This dinner is sponsored by the Baileys Harbor Community Association and made possible by the generous contributions of local individuals,

businesses and organization.

The dinner will once again be held at the Cornerstone Pub. Last year more than 100 people were served a lovely meal.

So, on Thanksgiving Day between the hours of 2 and 6 p.m., come and enjoy a wonderful turkey dinner including ham, mashed potatoes, gravy and all the trimmings, which includes dessert, milk and coffee.............


Hudson Falls' Hammond inks with IFL team

November 04, 2014 12:45 am  *  By 

Pete Tobey

Tim Hammond can partly thank technology for continuing his football career as a professional.

The former Hudson Falls standout signed his first pro contract last week with the Iowa Barnstormers of the Indoor Football League. "I have a Europlayers account - it's a website that provides guys who want to continue their careers after college with contacts with teams and agents," said Hammond, a 23-year-old offensive lineman. "My agent's been doing a great job getting me in contact with teams."

A few weeks ago, Hammond got a message on his Europlayers account from Joe Brannen, the head coach and director of player personnel for the Iowa Barnstormers.........

SADLER Insurance - Actual Physical Causes Of Concussions In AYF

A study of insurance claims filed between 2004 and 2013 indicates that 28% of concussions are caused by contact with ground. On the other hand, 69% of concussions are caused by player collision. The AYF endorsed TackleSure program, if 100% effective, would likely address the 37% of concussions which are caused by tackling player and tackled by player.  See full blog on this topic entitled Study: Physical Cause Of Concussions In Youth Tackle Football

USA Football 'Fundamental Play of the Week' Nov. 10-16
USA Football 'Fundamental Play of the Week' Nov. 10-16

Pac-12 Networks' Mike Yam, Rick Neuheisel and Nick Aliotti break down the way Arizona State's defensive front was able to put pressure on Oregon State's Sean Mannion. See a new USA Football Fundamental Play of the Week every Tuesday night on Pac-12 Football Weekly

To view video, click  FUNDAMENTAL PLAY OF THE WEEK

AFA 2015 Membership Program Kickoff - To get a head start on our 2015 Membership Campaign, and upon recommendation from our fulfillment advisors, membership solicitations have gone out. Any individuals, teams/leagues joining the organization during this timeframe will automatically become active members for 2015. Just click AFA Alumni Membership or AFA Team/League Membership

From the Archives, Pottstown Firebirds Videos (click links to view)  History of the Pottstown Firebirds -


CharityMania Fundraisers is the Official Fundraising Partner for the American Football Association (AFA). 
Football season is almost here!  Does your team have all the money it needs to run a safe and successful program this year?  If not, our fundraisers can help!  Our FootballMania fundraisers are the perfect fit for your AFA team. 
Our offer to you!  We are giving each AFA team 200 tickets for FREE to get started! Sell all 200 tickets and your organization will make $2800 in profit. Need to raise more money? No problem! Simply order more tickets and you will be on your way.  It's that simple!  
Just click on the signup link below to get started and enter the promo code "AFA2014" during the signup process. Signup at:  http://www.charitymania.com/Signup.aspx


AFA Alumni Clubs  - Aside from the AFA National Association's concerns for bringing recognition to today's market of semi-pro type teams and leagues - its desire to keep alive the memories of those who were associated with this level of the sport for the past 100 years has come to the forefront in the formation of the AFA's Alumni Clubs.

Vistaprint - Visit our  AFA Vistaprint Marketing Center for Business Cards, Marketing Materials and branded print products.


AFA SmartPhone App - The AFA Smartphone App is now available for download at Google 


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 six...to download form, click Wilson NFL Footballs.


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 broadcasts can also be accessed at....Steve Weed Productions

AFA Membership Programs 
2015 AFA Alumni Club Membership - Are You A Card Carrying Member? 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 Alumni. Just click AFA Online Signup  


Lifetime AFA Memberships Now Offered for AFA Hall of Fame Members! Email amerfoot@aol.com with your interest. 


Coming Soon - AFA Legacy Program/Planned Giving managed via Merrill Lynch. Planned Giving through the American Football Association allows you to align what you love in your life to what you want reflected in your legacy. 


Now Soliciting 2015 AFA Team & League Membership Applications Team Membership applications are now being accepted for the 2015 season. When entire leagues join they automatically receive an auction fund raiser donation on the AFA's Auction Site. 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   or pay online http://mkt.com/american-football-association


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 AFABenefitsInc@americanfootballassn.com.


About the American Football Association: The American Football Association is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax exempt corporation in its 35th year of operation and is dedicated to the advancement of adult (semi-pro) football from coast-to-coast. Our slogan is Semi Pro & ProudĀ®. 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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