The Bay Area Football League, “BAFL”, was chartered in 1977 in a response to a desire to cease affiliation with our former football league and form an independent league under the exclusive management and control of the member clubs. Charter members of BAFL were clubs that had been in operation since the late 1960’s and early 1970’s and included (alphabetically) the DOBIE AREA MUSTANGS (folded in the early 1980s), the friendswood chiefs (changed their name to the FRIENDSWOOD MUSTANGS in 2007 – left the league in 2011), the MAGNOLIA PARK SHARKS, the NASA AREA FALCONS (left the league in 2000), the PEARLAND TEXANS (changed their name to the PEARLAND PATRIOTS in 1986), the SAGEMONT COWBOYS and the SAGEMONT OILERS. An eighth team, the SAGE-ALMEDA TIGERS was accepted for league membership in 1978. They changed their name to the SAGEMONT BENGALS in the early 1980s, then merged with the SAGEMONT OILERS and became the SOUTHBELT DOLPHINS in 1985.
Much of the former league’s philosophy was sound and in consonance with the objectives of the newly formed league. The best of the old program has been preserved and now serves in part as the foundation and the guiding principles of BAFL, additionally, many rules and regulations have been adopted outright and others modified to achieve our objectives. New rules and regulations reflecting our concepts and ideas have been incorporated to strengthen and streamline the overall organization and improve the program at the club level.
Moreover, the drill team has become an integral part of the program. Emphasis is now placed on the drill team activities and it deserves attention as well as football. Furthermore, the drill program is governed by rules and regulations developed by the club drill team directors themselves.
Concern for participating in the program is paramount. We believe the players deserve a quality program and the means to sustain it into the future. Therefore, we have judiciously examined the entire program and endeavored to develop reasonable and workable rules and regulations. The dynamic character of this type of program indicates that the job is never done. However, we believe that we have established a sound program for those who will follow us.
Organizing the new league while at the same time continuing the program was a challenging experience. It took weeks and months of diligent and persistent efforts on the part of many people to put this program together. Notably, two individuals stand out and are hereby cited for exceptional service to the league. Ralph Meyers, 1978 league president, whose leadership kept us directed toward successfully completing this program, and Ruben Maldondo, 1977 league athletic director, who handled the monumental task of devising a seven team schedule from a limited number of available playing dates during our first year as the bay area football league.
NO LESS COMMENDABLE HAS BEEN THE EFFORT OF THE INDIVIDUALS WHO SHARED A MAJOR PART IN DEVELOPING THESE RULES AND REGULATIONS AND PUTTING THIS PROGRAM TOGETHER. IT IS THEREFORE FITTING AND PROPER THAT WE HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGE THEIR PARTICIPATION.
DOBIE AREA MUSTANGS – 1977 (FOLDED IN THE 1980s)
FRIENDSWOOD CHIEFS – 1977 (CHANGED TO MUSTANGS IN 2007 – LEFT THE LEAGUE IN 2011)
MAGNOLIA PARK SHARKS – 1977
NASA AREA FALCONS – 1977 (LEFT LEAGUE IN 2000)
PEARLAND TEXANS – 1977 (CHANGED TO PATRIOTS IN 1986)
SAGE-ALMEDA TIGERS – 1977 (CHANGED TO BENGALS IN EARLY 1980s AND MERGED WITH OILERS IN 1985 TO BECOME THE SOUTHBELT DOLPHINS)
SAGEMONT COWBOYS – 1977
SAGEMONT OILERS – 1977 (MERGERD WITH BENGALS IN 1985 TO BECOME THE SOUTHBELT DOLPHINS)
BAFL HAS CONTINUED TO EXIST AND OPERATE OVER THE YEARS BECOMING ONE OF THE FOREMOST COMPETITIVE FOOTBALL LEAGUES IN THE CITY DUE LARGELY TO ITS WILLINGNESS TO ACCEPT NEW MEMBER CLUBS. SOME OF THESE CLUBS HAVE COME IN AND GREATLY CONTRIBUTED TO THE OPERATION OF THIS ORGANIZATION.
SANTA FE BRAVES – 1985 (LEFT THE LEAGUE 2014)
SOUTHBELT DOLPHINS – 1985
TEXAS CITY REBELS – 1985 (CHANGED TO STINGRAYS IN 1990s)
LEAGUE CITY STEELERS – 1985 (FOLDED IN 1988)
LA MARQUE JAGUARS – 1990 (LEFT THE LEAGUE 1991)
LEAGUE CITY 49’ERS – 1993
PASADENA PANTHERS – 1996
ALVIN RAIDERS – 1997 (LEFT THE LEAGUE 1999)
SUNNY SIDE COLTS – 1999 (LEFT THE LEAGUE 2001)
ALVIN RAIDERS – 2001 (LEFT THE LEAGUE IN 2013)
LA MARQUE GOLDEN KNIGHTS – 2002 (LEFT THE LEAGUE 2003)
ELLINGTON RAMS – 2003
PEARLAND TEXANS – 2003
EAST END EAGLES – 2004
PEARLAND HURRICANES – 2004
LAMARQUE COUGARS – 2007
MANVEL RAVENS – 2007 (LEFT THE LEAGUE 2010)
BAYOU CITY GATORS – 2010
HITCHCOCK RED RAIDERS – 2010 (LEFT THE LEAGUE 2011)
LEAGUE CITY WILDCATS – 2010 (CHANGED TO THE SAINTS IN 2012)
BEAUMONT BULLS – 2012
SOUTH HOUSTON STEELERS – 2013 (LEFT THE LEAGUE 2015)
LA PORTE TIGERS – 2013 (LEFT THE LEAGUE 2014)
NORTHSHORE MUSTANGS – 2015