A youth football league can be an excellent way to keep kids in shape while teaching them the meaning of sportsmanship and teamwork. If you would like to start your own youth football league in your area, there are a few things that you should know beforehand. Here are a couple of tips to get you started.
The first step in starting a youth football league is to get the word out. In order to have a fully functional league, you need players. Make flyers or get the word out by telling local schools that you are starting a league.
In order to cover the costs of the league, you need support from your community. Local businesses are usually willing to give donations to cover the costs of uniforms, equipment and referees.
A youth football league needs a field for the children to play on. Consult your local township or city officials for the availability of fields in your area. You might need to rent the fields, but some local high schools will allow you to play on their fields during off hours such as weekends or weeknights.
Youth football leagues should have age requirements and weight cutoffs, limiting which players will be eligible to participate for safety reasons. Decide on the age requirements and weight cutoffs for eligibility before you start the registration process.
Teams cannot function without coaches. Find out what parents would like to be coaches, and specify beforehand whether or not they’ll be able to coach their own children. Many parents will recruit friends of their children to play, but some leagues will have a lottery to determine the teams. This is up to you to decide.
Decide on the registration requirements for your youth football league. Determine what parents would like to volunteer for registering your league’s players.
Determine what days the games will be played on. Many youth football leagues will have their games on the weekends so they can use local fields. Decide if you want to have the games during the week or on the weekends per the availability of your facilities, coaches, and players.