All children that will be entering grades 2nd/3rd grades in the fall school year are eligible to play in this league. The focus of the league is on teaching the kids the fundamentals of the game, and making their first experience in organized football as fun as possible.
Played with 9 players on the field per team playing on reduced width and 80 yard length fields. Helmets and full pads are required. Games will be played against other ERYFA 2/3rd grade teams. Each team is allowed to have one coach on the field during all games.
Our top priority is the safety of our players. We also love the game of football and want to make sure we are offering our kids a real football experience. TackleBar Football is a safer approach to the game that preserves the tradition and spirit of the sport. It teaches safer contact, sound fundamentals, and is decreasing injuries. TackleBar has a history of increasing youth participation numbers by easing parent fears and making the game accessible and fun for kids of all ages and sizes.
TackleBar Football is the ideal transition between flag football and tackle football. Players wear traditional football equipment, plus a TackleBar harness that holds two foam bars across the lower back. The defender must track and engage the ball carrier with proper form tackling technique, then wrap the ball carrier and rip the bar from the harness. With this approach, players stay on their feet rather than taking the ball carrier to the ground.
The TackleBar harness teaches proper form tackling technique and skill development and is used for practice drills, scrimmages, and passing leagues. It teaches players to utilize proper fundamentals without putting their bodies through the wear and tear of live tackling. As football programs are facing more restrictions on contact, the TackleBar harness is the closest simulation of game-speed tackling.
TackleBar Football is endorsed by the Minnesota Vikings and the Minnesota Youth Football Coaches Association and was a finalist at the NFL’s 1st and Future program.