GET EXCITED FOR THE 2016 SEASON! We have several new policies and changes that will be taking place this year.
Registration for the 2016 season will open online May 1st.
WE HAVE HAD QUESTIONS ABOUT DONATIONS TO THE VAA YOUTH FOOTBALL PROGRAM. IF YOU KNOW OF A BUSINESS, ORGANIZATION OR PRIVATE PARTY THAT WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A MONETARY DONATION TO OUR PROGRAM, PLEASE CONTACT US. IT WOULD MAKE A GREAT IMPACT ON THE YOUTH IN OUR COMMUNITY.
NEW THIS YEAR:
WE ARE SPLITTING THE TEAMS UP BY GRADE LEVEL. THIRD GRADERS WILL BE PLAYING AGAINST THIRD GRADERS....FOURTH GRADERS AGAINST FOURTH GRADERS ETC.
We will again partner with EVAA this season. `We are also welcoming the Eagan youth athletic association to our football league this Fall. Our three leagues will be competing against each other for our 3-6th grade levels. There will be games at the three locations. The fields that will be used this season will be posted as the information becomes available. All practices will be held at Hayes as in previous years.
There will be a mandatory parent meeting that will be held in July. The date will be posted at a later time.
ALL PLAYERS WILL NEED TO HAVE A DEPOSIT CHECK ON FILE WITH VAA PRIOR TO RECEIVING EQUIPMENT. THE CHECKS WILL NOT BE CASHED UNLESS THEIR EQUIPMENT IS NOT RETURNED IN ACCEPTABLE CONDITION AFTER THE SEASON.
Equipment distribution will be at the end of July.
We will again have the 4 days clinic for grades 3-6. More info to follow.
2016 rules will be posted at the bottom of this page as they become available.
IN ADDITION, VAA YOUTH FOOTBALL WILL HAVE LIMITED FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE. PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD OF THIS NEW POLICY.
VAA registration process.pdf
Minors tackle football players will have games on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. (Practice schedule varies according to each set of coaches)
Majors tackle football players will have games on Tuesday evenings and Saturdays.(Practice schedule varies according to each set of coaches)
Flag football will play Tuesday and/or Thursday evenings and then Saturday mornings at 9:00AM.(Practice schedule varies according to each set of coaches)
http://www.vaasports.org/Default.aspx?tabid=215448 Concussion training and information
concussion information sheet.pdf
concussion coach info.pdf
Commissioner: Cindy Hauser
The VAA football program is available to both boys and girls in first through eighth grade. The players in this program learn football fundamentals, team work and fair play. Coaches also teach that discipline and hard work is needed in order to function not only as a team but as a person in society. The program has a goal to promote a season of learning, safety and fun for the players and spectators involved. Each year a portion of the registration fees are used to purchase new equipment. Due to our concern for the safety of our players, concussion training must be completed by each coach prior to interacting with the players. We also have optional classes available pertaining to the care of common injuries. We take these steps to work towards our goal of very few injuries but also being proactive if an incident should happen to occur. Many of the players in the VAA program started playing flag football as a 1st or 2nd grader. The majority continue on to play tackle football during grades 3 through 6. Once a player enters our traveling program they no longer play against their peers from Apple Valley. These 7th and 8th graders have a greater level of competitive play as they oppose surrounding cities in the ERAVE (Eastview, Rosemount, Apple Valley, Eagan) Youth Football league. THIS LEAGUE IS DIFFERENT THAN IT HAS BEEN IN THE PAST FEW YEARS. Many of our players will fulfill their childhood dreams by participating on the Apple Valley High School football team. GO EAGLES!
Grade level is determined by the player's September grade level.
First and second graders play together in a flag football league.
Third and fourth graders play on separate teams but are both in the Minor Tackle League
Fifth and sixth graders play on separate teams but are both in the Major Tackle League.
(7th and 8th graders have a separate league. See TRAVELINGFOOTBALL for registration)
REGISTRATION WILL BE COMPLETED ONLINE. (If you do not have a computer, visit the library or stop by our walk in registration this summer)
All tackle football participants must weigh in before they are assigned to a team. (In the minors league a player may not carry the ball if they weigh over 90 pounds. In the majors league a player is not allowed to carry the football if he or she weighs over 115 pounds. The players that are in excess of these weight limits are considered "red stripers".)
Equipment pick up will take place at the VAA Field house next to the Apple Valley Community Center.
FLAG FOOTBALL PLAYERS DO NOT NEED TO COME TO EQUIPMENT HAND OUT. YOU WILL RECEIVE YOUR JERSEY AND MOUTHGUARD AT PRACTICE.
THOSE PLAYERS THAT DID NOT PURCHASE GOLD PANTS LAST SEASON, THEY WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT EQUIPMENT HAND OUT/WEIGH INS. THE COST WILL BE $25.00. (Cash or check please) YOUR PLAYER CAN USE THOSE THE FOLLOWING YEAR IN MINOR’S/MAJOR’S LEAGUE. (flag football players do NOT need gold pants)
In order for this program to be a success, we need help from the parents. We ask each family to assist during the season at least 2 hours of their time. There will be sign ups available in the summer. Each family please donate one CASE of COKE or PEPSI products (any variety...regular and diet) . These will be used throughout the season at the concession stand. PLEASE LABEL THE CASES WITH YOUR PLAYER’S NAME WITH PERMANENT MARKER AND BRING TO YOUR ASSIGNED EQUIPMENT HAND OUT. We feel this is very reasonable. Other sports require 10 hours or more volunteer hours plus other additional requirements. None of the parents that help out during the season are paid. The football program consists of many families. It is essential that we have many people assisting with concessions, working the chains, taking down the fields after the games, helping with equipment distribution prior to the season.....equipment collection after the season....running the time clock etc. Thanks in advance for your help!
Coaches are selected by the Football Commissioners and Board. There may be interviews prior to the season. Our goal is to select coaches that will be knowledgeable but also represent our community in a positive way.
Each team is allowed one head coach and two assistants. All coaches must pass a background check. They must also have a concussion training certificate on file with VAA. If you need to complete this training, please follow the link on the Valley Athletic Association website. Parents who desire to coach can express interest through the VAA website as part of their online registration. Coaching preference is given to parents who coached the previous year and received favorable parent evaluations.
Coaches will also be required to attend a clinic covering issues such as playbooks, rules, position/skill play, concussions, strains and sprains.
ALL PLAYERS IN GRADE 3-6 AND THOSE THAT WILL COACH NEED TO ATTEND THE 4 DAY FOOTBALL CLINIC IN AUGUST . THIS CLINIC WILL BE HELD AT HAYES FIELDS ON MONDAY-WEDNESDAY. THURSDAY THE CLINIC WILL BE HELD AT THE APPLE VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL. COACH CHAD CLENDENING AND HIS STAFF WILL BE LEADING THIS TRAINING CLINIC.
Teams playing tackle football are selected through a process based on the child's weight and grade level. Other factors include experience, skill, evaluations from prior year and skills assessment that will take place in during the 4 day clinic.
Players will be weighed in during equipment pick up and will not be placed on a team until this is completed. Coaches will receive official rosters within a few days after the 4 day clinic in August.
Flag football teams are evenly divided between grades. After teams have been selected, only a limited number of late players will be accepted in order to fill out rosters . We will TRY to honor special requests like car pools IF BOTH PLAYERS have made the request. If ONLY ONE player requests another....it will NOT be honored. There is not a guarantee that all requests will be honored. The main goal is to create balanced teams with players from each grade level.
Major and Minor leagues will begin practices in early August. Flag football will begin at the beginning of August. Times and locations of practices are set by the coaching staff. All teams are limited to no more than four practices per week prior to the start of the regular season. During the regular season this number will decrease by two, allowing only two practices per week. All contact football players will have completed their 3 non pad conditioning practices during the 4 day clinic. Therefore, they can begin full pads (weather permitting) once their teams begin practice.
All tackle games (grades 3-6) will have TWO professional official and TWO student officials for the 2015 season.
Flag teams play on Tuesday or Thursday evenings at 6PM and Saturday mornings at 9AM. (Note: toward the end of September the game times change from 6PM to 5:30PM due to lack of day light.)
Minor teams play on Thursday evenings at 6PM and and Saturday mornings. (Note: toward the end of September the game times change from 6PM to 5:30PM due to lack of day light.)
Major teams play on Tuesday evenings at 6PM and Saturday mornings. (Note: toward the end of September the game times change from 6PM to 5:30PM due to lack of day light.)
All teams will play twice a week. Teams will play about ten regular season games.
Flag football does NOT have playoffs. They will be finished in early October 2016.
There will be playoffs held for the minors and majors levels in October.
All home games are at Hayes Community Center.
Note: Player’s fees are used for a variety of purposes. Some of those include paying the refs for minor’s/major’s leagues, field maintenance, garbage removal, restroom facilities, trophies and of course safe equipment for our players.
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