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Fall Tackle

FALL TACKLE 2021 - GENERAL INFORMATION

Welcome to the 2021 Fall Football Season. We are so very excited to offer another season of tackle football to ages 7-14. Our goal is simple, to teach the game of football in a safe and nurturing environment while creating a love for the sport. We are a competitive, play to win program although we do award attendance and effort with playing time. We truly feel we are coaching more than just football by teaching life lessons that prepare our young atheletes for success both on and off the field with life lessons. 

IMPORTANT DATES:
July 26th - Practice Begins (Conditioning & Evaluations)
August 9th - Full Pads Team Practice Begins
August 21st - Scrimmages (location and times TBD)
August 29th - First Games (location and times TBD)

REGISTRATION FEES:
$800 Includes all equipment needed. Participants to provide own cleats and mouth guard.

ATTENDANCE:
We realize many families have planned vacations and summer camps. Many of our families have conflicts during the first several weeks of practice. Your child will not be penalized for missing during this time. We kindly ask though that you communicate when your child will be absent from practices so coaches can plan accordingly. 

NEW TO TACKLE FOOTBALL:
Each year we have many that are new to tackle football. We do strongly encourage those new to be in attendance at the start of our practice season. This is a time to learn. Arriving after practices have begun will put someone new to the sport behind those who have been at practice. 

TEAMS:
New this year, registered players will be automatically assigned to teams based on their age and weight through our registration site. Teams are not finalized until ages are verified (provided birth certificate), players are weighed (on our certified scale) and payment is received in full. The following is a rundown of our estimated team make up. 
Bantam Team (ages 7-9 years old)
Featherweight 1 Team (younger/lighter ages 9-10 years old)
Featherweight 2 Team (older/heavier ages 9-10 years old)
Middleweight 1 Team (younger/lighter ages 11-12 years old)
Middleweight 2 Team (older/heavier ages 11-12 years old)
Lightweight Team (lighter ages 13-14 years old)
Varsity Team (heavier ages 13-14 years old)

Please note, teams will be capped at 18-20 players. Once those numbers are reached we will be creating a “Wait List”. We except high demands this fall and encourage all to register right away.

WEIGHT AND AGE RESTRICTIONS:
The health and safety of our youth athletes remains our number one priority. Our league follows a very strict “Age & Weight Schedule” to help keep players safe during play. This specifically groups players by their age and weight allowing for safe play with like age and sized teammates and opponents. 
You can find the “Age & Weight Schedule” at the FORMS drop down tab on our home page or scroll to the bottom of this page. There are very few exceptions to this schedule.

PRACTICE SCHEDULE:
All practices are scheduled at Skokie Playfields in Winnetka. 
Practice begins the week of July 26th with conditioning and evaluations. Weeks 1 & 2 are commonly without pads. We introduce pads and contact after week 2 when we break into team practice.

Beginning July 26th, Mon-Thurs - 5:30-7:30pm 
Beginning August 24th, Tues-Thurs - 5:45-7:45pm

Some coaches schedule Saturday morning walk-throughs before games. 

GAME SCHEDULE:
We will have a full 9 game regular season schedule beginning August 29th. Most games are played on Sunday's between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. Some communities do play on Saturday's and even on special occasions Saturday evenings. All home games are played at West New Trier High School turf in Northfield. We do not see a game schedule until about two-three weeks before the season begins. The schedule is rolled out slowly to assure competitive play. 4-5 games will be played at home and the other half on the road. Most road games are no further than 30-45 minutes away. 

COACHING:
When possible, Non Parent Head Coaches will be assigned to each team along with parent assistant coaches. If you wish to help coach, please contact me directly. All coaches are required to pass a background check and be certified by USA Football and PCA.

PARTICIPATING COMMUNITY PROGRAMS:
We belong to The Chicagoland Youth  Football League. With over 50 participating community programs, TCYFL is the largest independent youth football program in the country.
Our neighboring communities have joined our league this fall and we might have Northbrook, Glenview, Evanston and Deerfield/Highland Park on our schedule. 
Visit www.TCYFL.net to learn more.

Please address all questions to;
Chris Prawdzik
612-207-7141
cprawdz@yahoo.com

FAQ

  • Does my player need to have prior football experience?
    Absolutely not. We will teach the game of football and hopefully create a love for the sport.

  • What is the overall time commitment?
    Although our season is very short (August through October), different than many other sports, football requires a lot of preparation for safety and success. During the season, we will have 3-4 practices lasting 1.5-2 hours. 

  • When are practices held?
    Conditioning and evaluations begin the last week of July (Mon-Thurs). Once school begins, we practice three nights a week (Tues/Weds/Thurs).

  • How many players are on the field?
    We play 11 vs 11 tackle football.

  • What is included with my registration?
    Each participant will receive a helmet, shoulder pads, pants, practice and game jerseys. Players are to provide their own mouth guards and cleats. 

  • When and how are teams formed?
    Registered players are automatically assigned a team level based on their age and weight. Once players are evaluated, properly weighed and their ages are certified, teams will be formed. Usually in weeks 3. 

  • How many players are on each team?
    We try and cap players at 18-20 per team. 

  • What is Northshore Trevians cancellation policy?
    All cancellation requests must be submitted in writing to the league director - Chris Prawdzik. There are NO refunds after the first game.