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2nd/3rd Grade League

New This Year - ERYFA 2nd/3rd Grade Level Makes Switch to Tacklebar Football

We are excited to tell you about a new offering in our youth football program! After much research and discussion about the best way to keep our young players safe, we’ve decided to start playing TackleBar Football in our 2nd/ 3rd grade league.


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 body 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 Benefits:

  • Decreases injuries by reducing big hits and high impact collisions
  • Teaches proper tackling technique
  • Ideal transition between flag football and tackle football
  • Increases participation, eases player and parent concern


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.   

To learn more about TackleBar Football or to see the game in action, visit

Josh Sasse

2nd/3rd Grade Director

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