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Welcome to the Olentangy Youth Athletic Association’s (OYAA) Football Program – below is all you will need to get ready for the upcoming 2021 season. The OYAA football program is open to all 1st - 6th grade youths. Registration opens June 1.

Youth football provides a great opportunity for your child to experience being part of a team, hard work, dedication, winning & losing, and developing long lasting friendships. These experiences and friendships grow every year and many times creates long lasting friendships that carry on into their middle school and high school years.

OYAA has partnered with the Olentangy School District to provide some very exciting benefits to playing youth football. This includes playing in middle school stadiums, potentially hosting playoff games (both flag and tackle) with the use of a full concession stand for the parents and fans (where available).

FLAG Football Program for 1st – 6th Grade Levels

The Flag program begins with preseason practice in the month of August then moves into the season with games played in September/October. All games are played on Sunday afternoons.

OYAA offers flag football in grades 1 through 6 for those participants that do not yet want to move to the tackle program but want to continue playing football as a sport.

The registration fee is $125.00 for flag football. Players will receive a team jersey. Teams will consist of up to 14 players per team and will play 7 on 7.

Click here for Flag Football Rules.

Flag Football Standings Tie Breakers for Bowl Games:

If two or more teams have the same record at the end of the season, tie breakers will be prioritized as follows:

 1. Head to Head Record
 2. Points Allowed
 3. Point Differential
 4. Points For

This prioritization should not promote running up the score in order to better your end of season standings.

Note:  The standings shown on the TEAM CENTRAL page do not account for these tie breakers and therefore may differ from end of year standings. The commissioner will provide end of year standings to the coaches and will utilize those standings to schedule the Playoff or Bowl Games on the last week of the season.

TACKLE Football Program for 3rd – 6th Grade Levels

The tackle program has partnered with Columbus area programs to improve the experience of the program. 

Two divisions offered: a combined 3rd/4th grade division (Junior) and a combined 5th/6th division (Senior). 

The area programs participating in this league include Olentangy, New Albany, Bexley, Centerburg, Columbus Academy, Gahanna, Westerville, and Worthington. Olentangy teams will only consist of Olentangy district players (area teams are not commingled) and all teams are recreation teams; not travel teams.

Games may be played on Saturdays or Sundays and will be played at both Olentangy and other participating program venues.  

The program starts AUGUST 2 for practice; games start late August/early September (we play Labor Day weekend!!) and will end in late October.

You should expect to dedicate 4 days/week to practice and games – please consider this when contemplating participation in other fall sports. In order to provide the safest environment possible for your child, if you are not able to attend practice during the week, playing time will be at the discretion of the coaching staff and playing time minimums will not apply the week practice is missed.

The registration fee is $245.00 for tackle football. The league provides helmets and shoulder pads to use for the season, to be returned at the end. Team jerseys and helmet decals will be provided for players to keep. Please note leagues are separated by division as noted above and only play teams in their division. If you choose to buy your own equipment, please know that our helmets are white with grey facemasks.

NEW IN 2021: There is no longer a player draft. Teams will be formed by middle school alignment. Based on registration numbers, teams may include multiple middle schools or a middle school may have multiple teams.

Although there is no longer a player draft, all tackle football participants must be assessed prior to the start of the season – see important dates below.

Click here for Tackle Football Rules

Football Safety / OYAA Sports

Safety is a top priority for OYAA within all sports, including football. This dedication to safety in football includes:

  1. Continued investment in equipment. OYAA has committed to invest in new helmets and shoulder pads each year, offering the most recent technology in equipment safety.
  2. Strict rules on practice and contact. OYAA has implemented rules that limit the amount of contact at each practice and limits ‘full speed’ contact drills.
  3. Weight limits to advance the ball. OYAA has also limited the weight limit for advancing the ball for each division.
  4. All coaches are required to be concussion certified as determined by the State of Ohio. Details about this requirement are located on the OYAA website under COACHING REQUIREMENTS.
  5. OYAA utilizes only Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) certified officials for the tackle program.

Important Dates / Registration / Coaching / Other Details

Registration: Football registration opens on June 1, 2021.
Registration Dates, Wait List Dates and Refund cut-off dates for ALL programs are shown in the Program Dates/Policies document.

Coaches:  All coaches in both the flag and tackle program are volunteers. Every year OYAA is searching for coaching volunteers for both flag and tackle football. To volunteer as a head or assistant coach, register online when registering your child or separately on the OYAA Registration page on the home page. Coaches are always assigned to coach their child’s team.

Assessments: All tackle football participants must be assessed prior to the start of the season. Assessments will be held at Shanahan Middle School & your child will be given a helmet and shoulder pads after the assessment is complete. Your child MUST BE REGISTERED AND PAID prior to attending and only needs to attend ONE assessment:

  • 1st date July 11 - assessment 6 pm - 8 pm  equipment distribution after assessment
  • 2nd date July 18 - assessment 6 pm - 8 pm  equipment distribution after assessment

Team and coaching assignments will be communicated no later than July 25 with practice starting as early as August 1.

We look forward to another exciting OYAA Football season in 2020 and creating those life long memories and friendships along the way!  Any questions or concerns about the program, please contact our football commissioner using the contact page.

The Olentangy school district offers excellent football camps for our youth athletes. Check out the respective high school websites for dates. 

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