Rocky River Football

Youth Football Signup 3rd – 6th Grade

Fall Rec Football 3rd – 6th Grade


  • 3rd – 4th graders in the 2023 – 2024 School Year (Graduation years 2032 and 2033) – Padded Flag – Prior to Rookie Tackle, the USA Football model has what they call Limited Contact (Padded Flag), this allows players to better transition from flag to tackle and allows a step prior to entering Rookie Tackle. All levels of football are important but from a major safety standpoint this may be the most important of all. The next piece to the puzzle is having kids play football in full gear allowing them to understand how to properly use this equipment for their protection. This step helps to promote heads up football and safety to ensure our children enjoy playing football for years to come as healthy well-rounded individuals. Adding equipment to children is an important step and deserves attention.
  • 5th Graders in the 2023 – 2024 School Year (Graduation year 2031) – Rookie Modified Tackle – This level of football is part of USA Football’s Football Development Model and serves as a bridge between flag football and full-field tackle. This allows players to add an extra step incorporating the basic fundamentals of tackling before going 11 on 11. It also allows for some to continue to develop before moving on to the final progression in our program. This is full contact tackle football just in a smaller format. Rookie Tackle allows coaches to be more thorough teaching fundamentals to smaller groups. At this level our goals should be to reinforce fundamental football and safety while incorporating tackling. More info in this video from USA Football (
  • 6th Graders in the 2023 – 2024 School Year (Graduation year 2030) – 11 on 11 Tackle – This is where it all comes together, not just for the kids but parents and coaches alike. This is where we continue to focus on fundamental football by honing our craft at dedicated positions. The fruits of our labor should be on display at this point as more kids should be prepared to play at a higher and safer level. This part of our program acclimates kids to bigger groups, the need to work on their craft at home and begin owning responsibility to their own development.

How to sign up:

  1. Click Here!
  2. 2023 Fall Programs> Youth Sports> Youth Football Fall 2023
  3. Select Program
  4.  Click Signup Icon on the right
  5. Fill out form and submit


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