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Tackle

LYFL's Youth (Tackle) Football division is for players who are entering grades 3rd-7th. If your player will be in 3rd grade starting September 2018, then this is the division he/she will play in. Read on for the most common questions about Youth/Tackle football, then click the "Registration" tab to register your player.

Check out the most common questions about Tackle Football below...then click on the "Registration" tab to register your player. See you this fall!

FAQs

Are requests for specific coaches, teams, practice schedules, or game times accepted?

No, sorry...as much as we like to, we are unable to accept or satisfy any special requests. Thanks for your understanding!

What will be my child's team game schedule this year?

The season consists of 7 games each Saturday beginning the first Saturday after Labor Day, and ending 7 weeks after that date. Your team’s opponent, game location, and game time, is scheduled by the league (i.e., the WMYFL) . The game scheduling is done by a computer program, and it has worked pretty well the last few years. As we get toward the 2nd half of the season it is sometimes harder to find two teams with even records and field availability, who haven't played each other yet...it's impossible for the system to be perfect, but it is working pretty well.

Game times can be affected for several different reasons, but as a rule there are no games started prior to 8:00 AM and no games started after 8:00 PM.

Games could be played at our home field, Burch Field, or at one of the other WMYFL field (Lowell, Kentwood, Northview, Caledonia, East Grand Rapids and Rockford).

How many of my child's games will be played at home in Lowell?

This has been become a popular question...and is not always easy to answer.

First, Lowell typically hosts 7-9 games weekly at Burch Field. If your child's team is not playing at home, he/she will be playing away at one of our other WMYFL fields.

Second, we understand the importance that many of you place on getting the chance to play at home. Every effort is made to get at least one home game for each team, but we are in no way implying or guaranteeing home games for any team or any coach, or that each team in our program will play exactly the same number of games at home this year. We don't schedule the games (it's done by the WMYFL) and factors like field availability and win/loss record will determine your opponent and game location.

Is the Lowell Youth Football League affiliated with or run by Lowell Area Schools?

The program is run with the cooperation of the school district but is in no way affiliated with the school district. The program is a part of the WMYFL (West Michigan Youth Football League) and run solely by volunteers.

How are Players Assigned to a Team?

Teams are constructed through a league controlled draft process. Each coach is able to reserve 5 kids ("Five Picks"). The kids that weren’t reserved are sorted by date of birth, weight, and playing experience, and then evenly distributed to a team in their age group. The draft process and the reserved picks gives us what we feel is a fair balance between dividing up the kids evenly (so we have evenly matched teams...in theory), and giving the coaches some continuity from year to year. Normally the kids that are reserved are coach's/assistant coaches' sons and sometimes kids that have played for the coach before. If a coach has 2 assistants, that leaves 2 additional kids that a coach is able to reserve.

What is the Practice Schedule Typically Like?

Each team will have 4 practices the first week, and 3 practices each week after that throughout the season. The first week of conditioning practices will be at Burch Field (4 nights). After that week our practices move to the practice fields at LMS and LHS. Our 3rd/4th grade players and 5th/6th grade players will be at LMS, and our 7th grade players will be at LHS. Once the school year begins practices will be on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, with games on Saturdays.

Grade Base Levels (3rd-7th grade)

3rd- 4th Grade
5th- 6th Grade
7th Grade

All players will be able to play at their grade level regardless of weight. Each player's weight must be at or under the limits listed below in order to play certain positions. If a player is over the weight limits listed below, he/she will need to play between the tackles on the line of scrimmage. Each player is weighed before each game in full equipment (minus helmet). Grade Level​

3rd- 4th Grade
125 lbs

5th- 6th Grade
145 lbs

7th Grade
No weight limit 

What Equipment is Needed?

Each player must provide his/her own black football pants with pads, black socks, tennis shoes or football cleats (see cleats policy below), and practice jersey. Game jerseys are provided by the league but must be returned at season end. LYFL has an equipmental rental program for shoulder pads and helmets for a reasonable fee, or you may provide your own shoulder pads and helmets. Personal pads/helmets must be inspected by coach or field director to ensure safe and correct fit/quality.

Cleats must be of the plastic, rubber molded variety. There should be NO metal caps and any metal rivets MUST be submerged in the cleat and any shoe having metal protruding WILL NOT be worn. SHOES HAVING SCREW-IN CLEATS OF THE PLASTIC VARIETY ARE ALLOWED.

Are There Any Rules Concerning Playing Time?

League rules concerning playing time are very clear. In Lowell, we insist that our coaches follow the letter and spirit of the rule. Each Lowell coach is asked to start each child on either offense or defense regardless if he/she plays special teams, with the only extenuating circumstances being injury or a child refusing to play or practice. There are no exceptions. Coaches do have some discretion to try different line-ups during the course of a game but this should not impact your child’s playing time.

If you any concerns or questions about your child’s playing time, please discuss it immediately with your coach. And if your concerns are not addressed, feel free to contact the Field Director.

What are the rules (if any) concerning Position Assignments?

For a coach, assigning positions is one of the hardest things to do. We all know that not every child can be a running back or a quarterback. The important thing to remember is that there are a variety of positions and each one is just as important as the next.

Each coach is different and his/her process will vary, but normally most of the 1st week of practice is spent evaluating each child and trying to match each child to the position that the coach feels is best suited to his skill level and how his or her skill level compares to the rest of the team. As a parent/fan, please be open-minded regarding your coach's recommendation and support your child & coach regardless of what position he plays.