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Tackle Football (4th - 8th Grade)

Season Information

Fees

2022 Tackle Football Fee** (4th-8th grades)

Register between April 4 and May 31 - $325
June 1 - June 24 - Fee will increase $350

Each family is required to serve a minimum 2-hour volunteer shift. If you elect not to volunteer, you will need to pay a $30 fee. If you have multiple kids in the program, just pay one fee.

Tackle & Tackle Bar practice starts the first week of August. Games will start no later than week of August 22 – (off Labor Day weekend) and will ends around MEA week in October.

Most likely 3 & 4th grade will practice at Liberty Ridge. 5-8th at Lake Middle School.

**Tackle and Tackle Bar fees include all football equipment  (helmet, pads, pants, and jersey with name that you keep.) You must provide mouth guard,  football cleats, water. Youth must live or attend a school within the East Ridge High School (Woodbury, MN) attendance boundary to register. 

Link to SoWashCo Schools Boundary Calculator

4th Grade UPDATE

The MEYFL recently voted to transition 4th Grade from Tacklebar to Tackle for the Fall 2022 season. We have updated our registration and website to reflect the changes in the League, and the ERAA Board will communicate updates to the rules for 4th grade Tackle as the League finalizes these changes.  4th Grade Tackle will be played 11 v 11 on a 100 yard field. There will be weight restrictions on carrying the ball, similar to 5th and 6th Grade.

4-6 GRADE - PRACTICES & GAMES

  • 4th – 6th will practice up to 3 days per week; typically Monday, Tuesday & Thursday evenings for 90 minutes. We know that other things may come up so the coach may adjust the practice schedule at times to accommodate the most kids. The coach will communicate the schedule each week

  • The initial practice; an entire grade may practice together this initial night to do player evaluations and ensure equitable teams are formed. (the locations and times of the first practice will be shared in the next week)
     
  • Once the teams are formed families will hear from their head coach. Each head coach will have between 2 to 4 assistants to help execute practice/game plans and ensure the development of every player
     
  • Games typically will be on Saturdays. There may be 1 week night game (W or R) under the lights during the season.

 
 7-8 GRADE - PRACTICES & GAMES

  • 7th – 8th will practice up to 4 nights per week for no more than 120 minutes

  • Families typically hear from their head coach during the 2-3 week of July
  • Head coaches will communicate the date and time of the team’s 1st practice and the subsequent practice schedule
  • In 2021 Games were on Sundays. We will let you know when 2022 schedule comes out. 

OTHER REMINDERS

  • Reminders for Raptor Camp July 18 - 20, 2022; 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm at The Nest

  • Equipment Fitting/Distribution July 18 - 20; 3:30pm to 5:30pm and July 21 6:00-7:30pm at GREEN FIELD PAVILION

Trusted Coaches

ERAA uses Trusted Coaches Training - Woodbury, MN

ERAA Youth Football requires every Head coach and Assistant Coach complete the Trusted Coaches training. 

Coaches will be able to complete these online courses in their own home and at their own pace. Coaches will be placed on our national registry once they have completed all the courses assigned to them.

The benefits of Trusted Coaches that help promote 100% compliance for an entire organization include:

  • helping coaches minimize the risk of harm or injury to young athletes.
  • providing information about fundamental coaching concepts which enhance volunteer coaches’ effectiveness.
  • presenting a “one-stop shop” for youth associations to deliver best practices training to their coaches.
  • offering an online repository capable of keeping track of coaches’ certifications and renewal dates – easily checked by associations and parents.

More on Trusted Coaches here https://www.trustedcoaches.org/