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Washington, DC - Today, the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) announced new changes for the 2016 Youth Tackle Football season. For over 20 years, DPR has offered a youth tackle football league program and most recently, DPR participated in the national Pop Warner football program (from 2008 to 2015). However, starting in 2016, DPR will return to the DPR Youth Tackle Football League (YTFL) program. DPR's Youth Tackle Football League (YTFL) will be offered to interested associations/teams for youth 5 to 14 years old, and both male and female players are eligible. The DPR YTFL will align with the rules, regulations and guidance of the USA Football program.
“This is an exciting time to be involved with DPR's Sports programs, especially our Youth Tackle Football League. Season after season our coaches, staff, and especially our young athletes, compete and work very hard," said DPR Director Keith Anderson. "DPR is very proud to bring this league back to the District. The success of our youth football program is due largely in part to everyone's commitment and dedication. Let's have a great return season!"
DPR's Youth Tackle Football League will open to interested associations/teams from the District, Maryland and Virginia; and 5 divisions, classified by age (not weight), will be offered under the DPR YTFL. They are as follows: 6U, 8U, 10U, 12U and 14U.
The DPR Youth Tackle Football League 2016 Season key dates are as follows:
- Orientation Dates (Association Personnel and Coaches only): March 14, March 28, April 25, and May 31, 2016
- Registration Opens: March 15, 2016
- Practice Starts: August 1, 2016
- Team Certifications (appointment only): August 20 - August 27, 2016
- Schedule Release: August 31, 2016
- Team Registration Closes: September 9, 2016
- Kick Off Rally: September 10, 2016
- Regular Season Play: September 17 - October 29, 2016
- City Wide Playoffs: November 5, 2016
- Championship Games: Saturday, November 12, 2016
- Mayor's Football Invitational Classic: TBA
DPR's Youth Tackle Football League not only teaches team work and discipline but it also offers an opportunity to learn sportsmanlike conduct on and off the field. DPR's Youth Tackle Football League program website page will go live on Friday, March 11, 2016.