Tackle Football

2022 Kidsports Rookie Tackle Football Program


Register in the grade your child will be entering this fall.

All Tackle Football players are required to have a current sports physical on file with KIDSPORTS. READ MORE HERE.

If you need a scholarship discount made available to you, and if you don’t already have a registration account, first create an account in our new DaySmart registration system and then contact us (email: [email protected]) so we can make the credit available to you to use to register. (there is a 40% scholarship discount for those that qualify for free school lunches)


2022 Rookie Tackle Football for 6th-8th graders will be an in-house academy delivered to athletes by well experienced, dedicated coaches and staff who are knowledgeable about playing football at the safest level.

Overview Rookie Tackle Season:

  • Registration Deadline: August 12th
  • Conditioning Training Camp:  August 15th-19th  6- 7:30pm  @ Civic Field
  • Parent informational meeting: August 15th 6pm @ Kidsports Fieldhouse
  • Preseason Practices Start: August 22nd Mon- Thur 6- 7:30 @Civic Field
    • Two practices a week may be moved into local HS areas dependent on the registration #s and need in those individual areas.
  • Equipment fitting and Check out: Monday August 22nd ** Parent signature required to check out gear.
  • Games Start: Sept 9th @ Civic Field
  • 6 games + Tournament
  • Autzen Weekend: TBD
  • Registration Fee:  $175.00

Rookie Tackle is

  • Full contact
  • Full  Equipment
  • Players Rotate to all positions.
  • 6v6 or 7v7

KS Rookie Tackle Football pool of coaches includes but not limited to:

  • Dan Duncan
  • Mark Herbert
  • Jerimiah Johnson
  • Jim Radcliffe

**We still welcome our volunteer coaches.  Those interested in volunteering to help coach and learn from our expert coaches, should contact Kidsports to find out about the process for getting out on the field with the kids.

Why Rookie Tackle?

USA football rookie tackle as part of the football development model. Our program is based on best practices developed by research and experts in the youth sports field 

  • It’s a small sided tackle football game designed to be implemented as a bridge between flag football and 11 v 11 high school tackle football.
  •  It also serves a child’s first experience in to tackle football.
  • By modifying the game for our youth an age-appropriate, athletes centered experience is established because.
    • It encourages participation–with smaller rosters everyone plays and more teams can be formed
    • Player Rotate Positions; participants rotate and learn multiple positions and skills on offence and defense
    • Smaller Rosters; provide a greater coach to player ratio to foster individual attention and skill development
    • Rules Modifications; in order to increase activity, game play and learning USA Football has made certain rule modifications structured into the framework.
    • Smaller Fields; scaled to create an appropriate playing space for the age and abilities of younger athletes

Why an Academy @ Civic?

We want our athletes to have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of tackle football in the safest and most developmentally progressive environment as possible.   Coaches are at the core of providing this development pathway.  By selecting  coaches that are experienced, well trained, and aligned with the USA Youth Football Development philosophies, KS And Civic Park will offer the safest and most age appropriate and fundamentally sound football program possible. Hosting all players together here at Civic, provides each player the same opportunity to learn and grow as an athlete, person, and football player.