Beginning with the 2010 season, the Shrewsbury Patriots participate in the All-American Division of American Youth Football.The All-American Division is a grade-based football program, which means that participants in the same grade and of similar age play together. The SAYFCO General Association Committee (GAC) believes that the All-American Division of AYF provides consistency and continuity for the players and teams through the 8th grade and into high school. In making its decision, the SAYFCO GAC reviewed an often-cited reserach study conducted by the Mayo Clinic, which concluded that age is a greater factor in football injuries than weight.
The Shrewsbury Patriots joined several other Central Mass organizations such as Milford and Marlborough who participated in the All-American Division in 2009 as well as Clinton, Lunenburg and Worcester who opted to make the move to the All-American Division beginning with the 2010 season. All 23 Central MA organizations now participate in the All-American Division.
For more detailed information on SAYFCO team formation, see the charts below.