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2021 Season Information for 3-8th Grade Parents

By Christie Denson, 06/14/21, 11:15AM CDT


Important Dates for registered players in Tackle and TackleBar


We would like to communicate some important information as the football season is approaching:  


Tackle / Tackle Bar Players 
Parent Meeting (Not required, but is offered for new families or parents with questions)

  • Date: Mon, July 19, 2021
  • Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Location: Virtual Zoom, Link will be announced closer to date

Practice Schedule 

  • Plan is to start practices the week of August 2nd
  • Grades (3-6)
    • Practices will be up to three times a week
  • Grades (7-8)
    • Practices will be up to four times a week

Game Schedule

  • There will be one game per week with a targeted date of August 21 for the first game

Team Formation (Grade 3 thru 6)

  • The first few practices may have all players together by grade level
  • Players will be assigned to a team with our goal being to form teams with parity for all grade levels
  • Based on current registration numbers, we are expecting to field the following number of teams
  Registered players # of Teams Average players per team
3rd Grade 32 2 16
4th Grade 40 3 13
5th Grade 44 2 22
6th Grade 52 2 26

Team Formation (Grade 7 & 8)

  • There will be one all weight 7th grade team
  • There will be one all weight 8th grade team
  • There will not be a limited weight team this season


  • Everyone who volunteers to coach will be required to take our Trusted Coaches training; the link to the training has be sent to prospective coaches.
  • Head Coaches will be interviewed and then selected during the month of June.
  • Each head coach will have a staff of assistant coaches
  • Head Coach Meeting 

    • Date: Tuesday, July 13, 2021

    • Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Location: East Ridge High School – Room 2045A

Raptor Youth Football Mini-Camp (See Link for more)

  • Focused on offensive and defensive skills and drills along with 4 v 4 touch games
  • Time:  1:30 pm - 3pm
  • Dates:  July 19, 20, 21
  • Where:  East Ridge HS Raptors Nest – Varsity Field 
  • Cost:  $20 per athlete
  • Ages:  3rd – 8th grade football players
  • Gear: Cleats, water bottle (labeled)
  • Registration to open June 14 – July 15; no late registrations

 Player Equipment Fitting/Pickup Nights

  • Dates: July 19, 20, 21, 22
  • Time: July 19, 20, 21 from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm (right after youth mini-camp on M, T, W)  on Thursday July 22, 6:00-8:00pm.
  • Location: HealthEast Sports Center Field (Specific Fields TBD)
  • If you signed up to volunteer for equipment-pick up, please see the sign-up genius link and select a time slot.

East Ridge Youth Night

  • Due to uncertainty created with pandemic guidelines, youth night will not look like it has in the past. More to come on what we can/will do as more information becomes available.
If you are not already following our Facebook page, please do so!  We hope to share photos and videos of the athletes as the season progresses.