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Two Youth Football Leagues Recombine After 17 Years

Jun 22, 2019 05:32AM

The board of directors of the Northeast Junior High Football League and Seacoast Junior Football League are proud to announce that both leagues have voted unanimously to reunite after a 17 year split.

The board of directors of the Northeast Junior High Football League and Seacoast Junior Football League are proud to announce that both leagues have voted unanimously to reunite after a 17 year split. The combined league, retaining the moniker Northeast Junior High Football League, will now consist of 17 organizations with 40-plus teams playing. 

NJHFL Chairman Art Pino and SJFL President Tom Rupare both agreed that the time was right for the two leagues to reunite after all these years.

Comprising area communities from both Massachusetts (Andover, Haverhill, Lowell) and New Hampshire (Amherst, Bedford, Derry, Dover, Exeter, Goffstown, Manchester, Oyster River, Portsmouth, Rochester, Sanborn, Timberlane, Tri-Town, Winnacunnet), the league offers 3 levels of football: Youth grades 3 and 4, Junior grades 5 and 6 and Senior for grades 7 and 8.

With this merge, the league is now the largest youth football league in New Hampshire and one of the largest in New England. By combining, not only is the league offering all a chance to learn the game of football from some of the best youth coaches in the area, but it also allows teams to compete in a safe, fun and positive environment.

The league can trace its beginnings all the way back to 1969 with the formation of Dover Senior Football. Lead by then founder Ray Murphy, the league has grown from an in-house town league to what it is today, a 
multi state youth league. Because of Ray’s leadership in those early days, the league’s senior division one-championship trophy bears his name.

Over the years, numerous NH state champions got their start in either the 
NJHFL or SJFL. Since 2000 alone, 15 of the last 18 Division I champions, 5 Division II champions, along with 5 Division III champions got their start in the now combined league.

The 
NJHFL is a 501C-3 organization, and is fully insured. The league is still accepting new programs for the 2019 season. For those interested and/or would like more information, they can visit the league’s website: https://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=northeastjhfl.
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