Monday, December 27, 2010

AFA Newsletter December 28, 2010

American Football Association AFA Newsletter December 28, 2010
In This Issue:
•   2011 AFA Team & League Membership Campaign
•   Regarding National Bowl Games
•   AFA Membership Programs
•   Sponsor: Ambit Energy
•   AFA Member News Clips
•   Join Us On Facebook
2011 AFA Team & League Membership Campaign
Now is the time to renew your AFA Team and League Memberships for 2011. Leagues joining by Dec 27th will be listed in the AFA's ad in the 2011 USA Today Super Bowl Preview tabloid

-Opportunity to participate in the AFA's 2 Million Dollar General Liability Insurance Program; leagues receive insurance for league administrators with 100% team membership
-Ambit Energy League Fund Raiser (NY, IL, TX, MD)
-Team Funding Grant Opportunities via Prosper
-Access to discount pricing on official Wilson NFL 'blem' Footballs
-Team listing on AFA's website membership directory
-Players from member leagues qualify for All American status and Gold Ball Awards
-Personalized Gift Certificates that can be used for your fund raising raffles
-Membership Certificates and Membership Cards
-National and targeted press releases via the AFA's Press Release Engine®
-Access To Your Own Stats Portal via Webgamestats
-Quarterly Newsletter promoting AFA newsmakers
-Product sampling opportunities from Active Advantage
-Access to AFA membership logo products and the opportunity to sell your own products
-Leagues with 100% membership receive AFA banners with team names and AFA logo
-Opportunity to take advantage of legal service plans, lease loan reimbursement programs, medical and auto insurance plans
-Raffle Fund Raiser Certificates for leagues with 100% team membership
-Access to AFA sponsors, sponsorship programs and fund raising opportunities
-Opportunity to submit nominees to AFA's Semi Pro Football Hall of Fame
-Access to Merchant Services Accounts
AFA Membership Programs
2011 AFA Alumni Club Membership - Are You A Card Carrying Member?
For the next 6 months, AFA Alumni Club Membership is basically free. Upon completing the mail in application, you will receive a special gift as part of your membership package.

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. Congratulations to Tony Iliano, Lawrence Haynes III, Mickey Morris, Mike Novickas, Barry Walters and Bill Callahan for being the 1st to join for 2011. The AFA Semi-Pro Football Alumni Club is co-sponsored by the AFA National Association and the Members of the AFA Hall of Fame Alumni. If you are interested in a 2011 membership application, just click:

2011 AFA Team & League Membership
Membership applications are now being accepted for the 2011 season. The annual membership fee to join the AFA is $100 "per team" which provides a benefit package that is easily 10x this fee. Congratulations to the Southern California Strikeforce, Wenatchee Valley Rams, the Santa Clarita Skyhawks and the Anclote Pirates Football Club Inc. for being the 1st team signups for 2011. Team membership applications can be downloaded by clicking:
NOTE: Leagues with 100% team membership joining by Dec 27th will be listed in the AFA's ad in the 2011 USA Today Super Bowl Preview tabloid !!!!!!

Hurray, limited number of AFA Hats, T-Shirts and Souvenier Glasses are available; just send an email to if interested.

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AFA Member News Clips
BLEM FOOTBALLS ARE NOW IN STOCK; Price increase coming in 2011

Scaccia signs with 49ers
Sebastian Sun
Two years ago, while playing semi-pro ball, he kicked one of the longest field goals on record — a 68-yarder for the St. Lucie Bobcats. ...

68-yard FG is real, insists 49ers' practice squad kicker Scaccia
Sacramento Bee
Scaccia didn't kick in college, but his big leg has sent him up the football food chain over the past year and a half. He's played for semi-pro teams in his...

Two more Mountain Lions make the jump to NFL
The Sacramento Press
Scaccia played his first professional season for Sacramento this fall after spending six seasons playing semi-pro football...

"A connection with Atlanta businessman Doug Bercu, a former USFL kicker, opened doors that included a chance to train with former NFL special-teams coordinator Gary Zauner last January."

Fyi…..Doug Bercu contacted the AFA on several occasions early last year regarding this semi pro player and his potential. We are ecstatic to see this individual get a chance to play at the next level. They should make a movie about this one!!!!!!!

Sports Legacy Institute
The mission of the Sports Legacy Institute is to advance the study, treatment and prevention of the effects of brain trauma in athletes and other at-risk groups. SLI was founded in 2007 to "Solve the Sports Concussion Crisis," and in 2009, SLI launched programs to also serve our military veterans. SLI is primarily focused on the study of the degenerative brain disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE, a condition caused by repetitive concussive and sub-concussive brain injuries.. By Jon R. Anderson - Staff writer
They don't play for money or to the roar of big crowds.
But for a growing number of military gridiron gladiators, the rise of semi-pro football is offering a second chance to play the game they love. And maybe, just maybe, some will have a shot at real glory. Meanwhile, old interservice rivalries are finding new life in unlikely places.

Roberson is the new energetic hub of community based sports activity. Check out Champions!, a celebration of Binghamton, New York's rich sports history. This exhibit will be on display for the next 12 months. The Empire Football League's TC Jets are prominently featured in this exhibit along with a continuous running video of the Albany Mallers vs. Jets 1997 EFL Championship. Next time you're in Binghamton, stop by to visit Roberson Museum's CHAMPIONS Exhibit. Click to view pictures

+ Semi-pro Football HQ Scoreboard
New features at . In the upper right hand corner of our home page is a "Search this Site" button with which you can search 12.5 years of information accumulated for player names, coaches, teams, leagues, etc.
Additionally, you can now view 2010 league champions from the 79 semi-pro football leagues across the USA.
Copyright (c) 1998-2009, Joe Hulsebus

Regarding National Bowl Games
We have had a number of teams call us regarding the January Bowl Game series and confusion regarding the AFA's involvement. FOR THE RECORD, NONE OF THESE CONTESTS HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE AFA.

Unfortunately, despite previous communications from the Family of the late Ron Real stating their position, the distraction of organizations/individuals attempting to use the name of Ron Real for a trophy/championship game continues. This is not only sickening and but also extremely disrespectful! NO means NO !

We will continue to distance ourselves from organizations that characterize themselves as associates of the American Football Association………American Football News Today, the Ron Real Trophy, the Minor Pro Hall of Fame, Minor League Football News Hall of Fame, etc.

The AFA Board of Directors and family of the late Ron Real once again state that these groups/initiatives are unauthorized and have nothing to do with the AFA, the AFA Semi-pro Football Hall of Fame or the AFA's American Football News™ created by the late Ron Real, founder of the AFA.
Ron Real
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About the American Football Association: The American Football Association is a national 501(c) (3) non-profit, tax exempt corporation in its 31st 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.  American Football Association

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