GET EXCITED FOR THE
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:
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
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.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
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
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
Flag football does NOT have playoffs. They will be finished in early October
There will be playoffs held for the Minor and Major levels in
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
5th and 6th graders play on separate teams but are both in the Major Tackle
(7th 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 email@example.com 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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