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Tackle Football Information

2017 Football Season

Tackle Coordinator:
Brian Klinger 973.615.9919
3rd graders have the option to play flag or tackle.  If a child decides to play tackle at the 3rd/4th grade level this season, he will repeat playing with the 3rd/4th grade next season.  Please note:  There are not many towns within our league that have a free standing 3rd grade tackle team.  Therefore, we will try our best to schedule about 4 games with a 3rd grade squad.


First day of practice is Monday, August 14
Woodland Field
6:00-8:00 pm
Opponents and locations will be posted the first week in Sept.
Regular Season: Sunday, Sept 10- Oct 29
Home Games:
Away Games:

Playoffs: There are playoffs for the A,B,C and D levels.  Teams must qualify for the playoffs.  If a team qualifies for the playoffs, there season could extend to Sunday, Nov 19.   Here are the playoff dates:
Sunday, Nov 5 (1st round)
Sunday, Nov 12 (2nd round)
Sunday, Nov 19 (Super bowl)
The playoffs are single elimination.  Locations and times TBD.


Round Robin Scrimmage: 
5th through 8th ONLY.  Sunday, Aug 27.  
B level (7th grade):  Cranford, Memorial Field
C level (6th grade):  Bloomfield, Foley Field
D level (5th grade):  Perth Amboy, Perth Amboy High School
Times:  TBD- However times should be between 4:00pm-9:00pm

Scrimmages vs Parsippany:
Levels E and D (grades 4th and 5th)
Wednesday, Aug 30
Smith Field (Rt 46 at Baldwin Rd., Parsippany)

Levels C and B (grades 6th and 7th)
Thursday, Aug 31
Smith Field (Rt 46 at Baldwin Rd., Parsippany)

Picture Day:  

Date:  Saturday, Sept 16

Location: Woodland Field

7th grade- 9:00 am

6th grade- 9:20 am

5th grade- 9:40 am

4th grade- 10:00 am

Team Parent: Head coaches will be asking for parents to get involved.  I will need the following  volunteers throughout the season:

5th grade:
field prep, 3 people to hold sideline chains, help set up concession stand, 50/50 raffle, announcer, spotter for the announcer, work concession stand
6th, 7th and 8th  grade:
same as above excluding field prep
4th grade:
same as the 5th grade excluding field prep but adding field tear down/clean up.

Equipment Hand Out: Cornine Field House (across from Streeter Pool)

Sunday, August 13 from 9:00-10:00 am (final equipment handout)

Reminder: Registration fee MUST be paid in full in order to receive equipment

Practice Schedule:

*The first day of tackle practice is Monday, August 14  from 6:00-8:00 pm.  The teams will practice on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday until Aug 31.

*Starting the week of Sept 4 practices will be Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 6:00-8:00 pm for the remainder of the season. The practice start times will change as we lose daylight.  
All practices will be at Woodland School Field.

Equipment to wear:
WEEK 1 (players must always wear athletic cup)
Monday and Tuesday, August 14 and 15- helmet, practice jersey, shorts, cleats, mouth piece.
Wednesday and Thursday, August 16 and 17- helmet, shoulder pads, practice jersey, shorts, cleats and mouth piece.
full uniform throughout the season      
      Required purchase(s) by parents-
      1. Girdle (with 5 piece pads- tail, hip and thigh pads)
      2. WHITE practice pants (must be white)
      3. Cleats (must be molded cleats, NO SCREW ON CLEATS
      4. Mouth piece 

Water Bottle:
Please bring a water bottle with your name on it to EVERY practice. Drink plenty of water throughout the day.

Game Day:
All games are played on Sunday.
Opponents will be available at the beginning of September

Game Times: 

Game times may change if we can't field all levels:

5th grade (d level) 9:00-10:25am
6th grade (c level) 10:30-11:55am
7th grade(b level) 12:00-1:25 pm
4th grade(e level) 1:30-2:55pm
3rd grade 3:00-4:25pm

5th grade (d level) 9:00-10:25am
6th grade (c level) 10:30-11:55am
7th grade(b level) 12:00-1:25 pm
4th grade(e level) 3:00-4:30 pm

Weather/Cancellations:Football is played in the rain provided there is no thunder and lightning. However, I will send an email by 5:30 pm if practice is canceled. Therefore, check your email before you leave for practice.

** Reminder- NJSYFL rules:  Player must have 20 practice hours before they can participate in their first game.  Please arrive to practice 10 minutes early so we can get started immediately at 6:00 pm.  If parent is dropping off their child, they can either drop off at the municipal complex parking lot or the Woodland School parking lot.  I encourage any and all parents to stay and watch practice.  If you decide to stay, please utilize the Woodland School parking lot ONLY.  The town hall has meeting throughout the week and those parking spots are for meeting personnel only.

If you decide to stay and watch practice, PLEASE STAY IN THE BLEACHER AREA AND NOT ON THE PRACTICE FIELD.