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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 2019 season.  The OYAA football program is open to all 1st - 6th grade youths.  Registration will open 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 and high school stadiums, hosting a playoff weekend (3rd – 6th grade) with the use of the scoreboards, announcers, and a full concession stand for the parents & fans.

FLAG Football Program for 1st – 6th Grade Levels

Flag football offered through the 6th grade level!

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 a separate 1st and 2nd grade flag football division, as well as a combined 3rd/4th and a combined 5th/6th grade flag division 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 $105.00 for flag football. Players will receive a team jersey. Our goal is that each team will consist of 14 players per team and will play 7 on 7.

Click here for Flag Football Rules.

TACKLE Football Program for 3rd – 6th Grade Levels

NEW THIS YEAR!  The tackle program has partnered with Columbus area programs to improve the experience of the program.  The new tackle program will offer the following:

  • 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, Columbus Academy, Gahanna and Worthington.  Olentangy teams will only consist of Olentangy district players (area teams are not commingled).
  • Games may be played on Saturdays or Sundays and will be played at both Olentangy and other participating program venues.  
  • The program starts AUGUST 1st 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. 

The registration fee is $225.00 for tackle football. The league provides helmets and shoulder pads to use for the season, team jersey, and helmet decals that the player can keep. Please note leagues are separated by division as noted above and only play teams in their division.

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 will begin June 1, 2019.
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. The assessments for 2019 will be held at Shanahan Middle School & your child will be given a helmet and shoulder pads at this time.  Your child MUST BE REGISTERED prior to attending and only needs to attend ONE assessment:

  • Sunday, July 14 / 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Sunday, July 21 / 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The draft schedule for 3rd - 6th grade coaches will be as such:

  • 3rd/4th Grade: Monday, July 29 / 6:00 PM
  • 5th/6th Grade: Monday, July 29 / 8:00 PM

We look forward to another exciting OYAA Football season in 2019 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.  Please check out the respective high school websites for dates.

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