This mission of Okinawa Youth Football is based around the four pillars of Safety, Development, Discipline, and Teamwork. OYF strives to provide a safe environment for young athletes to play the game of football and cheer by utilizing only USA Football certified and experienced coaches and promoting solid fundamentals to develop the long-term athlete. Youth football and cheer instills basic discipline in kids. They are expected to learn the rules of the game and to understand and develop their role on their team. They will begin to see the importance of a work ethic and meeting expectations. Kids develop a great sense of responsibility to their teammates becoming very excited when they feel they have a role in a situation, and learning how to work together as a team teaches them how to contribute to the larger goal.
Founded in 2008, OYF is a non-profit organization that provides youth football and cheer for Status of Forces Agreement and U.S. Government Contractor personnel living on Okinawa, Japan. OYF focuses on sportsmanship and teamwork, teaching youths from the ages of 5 to 14 years old the fundamentals of football and cheer.
OYF is staffed by a dedicated team of volunteers, coaches, and leaders with decades of experience. The staff is eager to share their knowledge and enthusiasm. Many of them return year after year because they enjoy working with the next generation of football players.
Our coaches also utilize the time with our Youth by sharing with them important facts and information involving key issues in society. We not only teach football but we also focus on life skills. Through our program, kids learn to cope with situations they will face off the field as well as on. Making sure that they understand that success starts in the classrooms and translates to the sports arenas of their choice. Every year we try and improve what the league offers the Youth, both physically and mentally as well. We hope that by the time the seasons ends, our Youth have a better feeling of self worth and are motivated to become a better athlete and a better person.