Valley Athletic Association

Welcome to Community Football

Registration Listing

Community Football 2016 - Flag

VAA Football is designed to teach football fundamentals, teamwork, responsibility, and fair play. Football programs are provided for first through eighth grade students.  1st-2nd grade registrations BEFORE 7/26/16 guarantees placement on a team.  3rd-6th grade registrations BEFORE 7/19/16 guarantees placement on a team.  7th and 8th grade registration close date may be before or after July 19 depending on the number of players. This is to ensure we have at least 18 players per team.  There will be NO registrations after Sunday August 24th, 2016.  This is to ensure we have the officials reserved, equipment ordered, uniforms selected and purchased etc.  SPREAD THE WORD BECAUSE WE WILL NOT ALLOW LATE REGISTRATIONS EXCEPT FOR THOSE NEW TO THE AREA.  Thanks!
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Flag (3rd Grade in September)

Registration Dates: 05/01/2016 to 07/29/2016
Start and End Dates: 08/01/2016 to 10/11/2016
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Flag (4th Grade in September)

Registration Dates: 05/01/2016 to 07/29/2016
Start and End Dates: 08/01/2016 to 10/11/2016
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Flag (5th Grade in September)

Registration Dates: 05/01/2016 to 07/29/2016
Start and End Dates: 08/01/2016 to 10/11/2016
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Flag (6th Grade in September)

Registration Dates: 05/01/2016 to 07/29/2016
Start and End Dates: 08/01/2016 to 10/11/2016
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Flag (Grade 1-2 in September)

Registration Dates: 05/01/2016 to 07/29/2016
Start and End Dates: 08/01/2016 to 10/11/2016
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Community Football 2016 - Tackle

VAA Football is designed to teach football fundamentals, teamwork, responsibility, and fair play. Football programs are provided for first through eighth grade students.  1st-2nd grade registrations BEFORE 7/26/15 guarantees placement on a team.  3rd-6th grade registrations BEFORE 7/19/15 guarantees placement on a team.  7th and 8th grade registration close date may be before or after July 19 depending on the number of players. This is to ensure we have at least 18 players per team.  There will be NO registrations after Sunday July 26th, 2015.  This is to ensure we have the officials reserved, equipment ordered, uniforms selected and purchased etc.  SPREAD THE WORD BECAUSE WE WILL NOT ALLOW LATE REGISTRATIONS EXCEPT FOR THOSE NEW TO THE AREA.  Thanks!
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3rd Grade - (Grade in Sept)

Registration Dates: 05/01/2016 to 07/29/2016
Start and End Dates: 08/01/2016 to 10/11/2016
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4th Grade - (Grade in Sept.)

Registration Dates: 05/01/2016 to 07/29/2016
Start and End Dates: 08/01/2016 to 10/11/2016
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5th Grade - (Grade in Sept.)

Registration Dates: 05/01/2016 to 07/29/2016
Start and End Dates: 08/01/2016 to 10/11/2016
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6th Grade - (Grade in Sept.)

Registration Dates: 05/01/2016 to 07/29/2016
Start and End Dates: 08/01/2016 to 10/11/2016
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Latest News

CONGRATS - Monday, February 9, 2015
Congratulations to Cole Willford for being named the VAA coach of the year.
We'd also like to let it be known that our very own John Garcia (a minors red coach) is  the 2015 Science and Mathematics Elementary and Middle Level Principal of the Year!  
 
Football news July 2014 - Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Registration will close when the teams are at capacity.  Equipment distribution for tackle players will be July 21st and 31st from 6-8PM  at the VAA field house.  (Next to the Apple Valley Community Center) Football clinic for all 3-6th graders is August 4-7th at Hayes fields from 5:30-7:30 each evening. 
Facebook - Wednesday, October 23, 2013
"Like" us on Facebook for the latest information on the VAA Football program.  Look for us under VAA Football. 
Concussion - Monday, September 9, 2013
http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2013/09/08/minn-football-player-16-recoverin read more ...
Playoff dates - Friday, July 5, 2013
Minors and majors teams will have playoffs the week of October 6th, 2014.  Majors will have playoff games on Monday and Wednesday.  Minors will have play off games on Tuesday and Thursday. All games will start at 5:30PM. SATURDAY October 11th will be the minors games.  The games will take place at either 9AM, 10:30AM or 12:00 noon depending on where your team is in the standings after playoffs. The majors will play on SUNDAY October 12th at either 9AM, 10:30 AM or 12:00 noon NOTE: THIS WILL BE THE SAME FORMAT USED DURING THE 2013 SEASON.
THERE WILL NOT BE AN ALL STARS GAME. PRIOR TO 2013 THERE HAD  ALWAYS BEEN AN ALL STARS GAME WHERE THE MINORS TEAMS WERE SPLIT INTO THEIR OWN AGE LEVELS.   PLAYERS WILL CONTINUE TO PLAY WITH THEIR ORIGINAL TEAMS THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE SEASON.)
Trophies will be given to those teams that finish in first and second place. 

Contacts

Commissioner: football@vaasports.org

Information

COMMUNITY FOOTBALL


GET EXCITED FOR THE 2016 SEASON

Tackle Football Equipment handout for grades 3 thru 8 will be July 27th and 28th from 5 to 8pm at the VAA Fieldhouse.

VAA Football tackle schedule.

3rd and 4th Practice will be on Tuesday nights and games will be on Saturday
5th and 6th Practice will be on Thursday night and games will be on Saturday


Registration for the 2016 season will open online May 1st. Registration must be completed online. If you do not have computer access, please visit the local library or stop by our walk-in registration clinic this summer.

2016 Football Rules

Did you know that a portion of the registration fees are used for a variety of purposes such as to purchase new equipment, field maintenance, garbage removal, trophies and to compensate the refs? We strive to keep our children safe. The safety of our children is our #1 goal, so our coaches must complete concussion training every year. Our coaches must also go through a background check in addition to attending a clinic covering issues such as playbooks, rules and position/skill play.

Click the following links for valuable information on concussion training:


Concussion Letter

 Concussion Compliance

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 POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE YOUTH IN OUR COMMUNITY

The VAA football program is open to both boys and girls in 1st through 8th grade. The players in this program learn football fundamentals, teamwork and fair play. Our coaches foster discipline and hard work.

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 playing against surrounding cities in the ERAVE (Eastview, Rosemount, Apple Valley and Eagan) Youth Football League.  After traveling football, many of our players go on to fulfill their childhood dreams by playing on the Apple Valley High School football team. GO EAGLES!

If you need to contact the Commissioner, please send your emails to: football@vaasports.org

NEW THIS YEAR
We are splitting the teams up this year. 3rd graders will play 3rd graders, 4th graders will play 4th 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 3-6 grade levels. There will be games at all 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 Field 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.

Equipment pick-up will take place at the VAA Field House, located next to the Apple Valley Community Center at the end of July. All players will need to have a deposit check of $200 on file with VAA prior to receiving equipment. All checks will be held until the end of the season when the equipment is returned. If you fail to return the equipment or return it in an unusable condition, the check will be cashed. No check...No equipment

Gold pants will be available for purchase during equipment hand out/weigh-ins to those players that did not purchase them last season. The cost is $25 (cash or check please, make checks payable to “VAA Football”) FLAG FOOTBALL PLAYERS DO NOT NEED TO COME TO EQUIPMENT HAND OUT.  YOU WILL RECEIVE YOUR JERSEY AND MOUTHGUARD AT PRACTICE (gold pants are not required)

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 IF YOU KNOW OF FAMILIES IN NEED

Financial Assistance Policy

Financial Assistance Procedure

Financial Assistance Application

Schedule:
Minor tackle football players will have games on Thursday evenings at 6pm and Saturday mornings (Practice schedule varies according to each set of coaches)
Major tackle football players will have games on Tuesday evenings at 6pm and Saturday mornings (Practice schedule varies
according to each set of coaches)
Flag football will
play Tuesday or Thursday evenings at 6pm and Saturday mornings at 9AM (Practice schedule varies according to each set of coaches)

(Note: toward the end of September, the game times change from 6PM to 5:30PM due to lack of daylight)

Teams will play about 10 regular season games.  
Flag football does NOT have playoffs. They will be finished in early October 2016.
There will be playoffs held for the Minor and Major levels in October.  
All home games are at Hayes Fields.

Grade level for play is determined by the player's September grade level.
1st and 2nd graders play together in the
flag football league.
3rd and 4th graders play on separate teams, but are both in the Minor Tackle League
5th and 6th graders play on separate teams but are both in the Major Tackle League.
(7
th and 8th graders have a separate league. See Traveling Football for registration) 

All tackle football participants must weigh-in before they are assigned to a team. Please note: In the minor league, a player may not carry the football if he/she weighs over 90 pounds. In the major league, a player may not carry the football if he/she weighs over 115 pounds. Any player that exceeds the weight limit is considered a "red striper"  

Coaches are selected by the Football Commissioners and Board. Our goal is to select coaches that will be knowledgeable, but also represent our community in a positive way. The Head Coach will interview prospective coaches. Based on that interview and reviews from last season, the coaches will be selected. Each team is allowed one head coach and two assistants. Parents who desire to coach can express interest through the VAA website as part of their online registration. If you desire to coach, please also send an email to football@vaasports.org to let our Board know of your interest.

All players in grades 3-6 and those that will coach will need to attend the 4-day football clinic in August. This clinic will be held at Hayes Field on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursday, the clinic will be held at Apple Valley HS, with Head Coach Chad Clendening and his staff leading this day of the 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. Coaches will receive official rosters within a few days after completion of the clinic.

Major and Minor leagues will begin practices in early August. Flag football will begin practices 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, only two practices per week are permitted. 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 officials and TWO student officials for the 2016 season.

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WE LOOK FORWARD TO A GREAT SEASON!