New York City Youth Footall League                                     

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The Forest Hills Football League, also known as the Queens Falcons, has been in existence since 1957 and is dedicated to the instruction of young people in the sport of football. Through the past forty-five years our program has developed from a small intramural town league to a five team, traveling program for approximately 200 children between the ages of 7 and 19 years old. Our season begins with registration in May and workouts begin shortly thereafter with a 10 game season starting in late September and ending in December.

We end each football year with an Awards Breakfast in January. Each year we invite guest speakers to attend this ceremony and talk about the importance of education, family, community and the role that football can play in each. In past years we have had guest speakers such as Congressman/Senator - Charles Schumer, former City Controller - Alan Hevisi, Parks Commissioner - Henry Sterns and State Congresswoman – Melinda Katz.

In addition, we always invite coaches from regional high schools, preparatory schools and colleges to speak. The mission of our program is to provide the youth in New York City an opportunity to develop talents and skills they will use today and later on in life both on and off the field. It is our belief that team sports are a positive way to foster racial harmony, community integration, and infuse the ideals of placing the team's goal in front of the individual's goal. Me first attitudes are discarded and replaced by an ethic of teamwork and a firm commitment to positive group interaction through individual character development.

It is our belief that team sports generally and football specifically offers individuals the chance to build character, self esteem and team values by increasing a child's desire to strive for individual excellence while contributing to the team as a whole. Our philosophy is that football is an allegory for life. We feel that learning to overcome the adversity one faces on the football field emotionally prepares an individual for the adversity he may one day face later on in life. We, as coaches and mentors, feel that it is incumbent upon us to help children grow into well-rounded young adults as well as coach football. Our football program is a favorable asset to the community.

Through love and dedication to the children of our community our coaches lead the players through good example and stress education, physical conditioning and a substance free body. Our Football program provides a place for children to learn, build new friendships and grow as individuals physically, intellectually and emotionally.