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Youth Football and Cheerleading

                      Football and Cheerleading Information

Season Information 
Youth flag football operates from August to October.
Registration starts the first week in June through mid July.
Youth tackle football operates from August to October.
Registration starts the last week in June through last week in July.
Youth cheerleading operates from August to October.
Registration starts the last week in May through third week of July.

Leagues Offered: 

Youth flag football-K-1st

MITE LEAGUE: 2ND & 3RD GRADERS

The Mite League consist of second and third graders in the upcoming school year. Participants older than 9 years of age on August 1, current year will be required to play in the Junior League. Mite League weigh limit is 85 lbs, any participant weighing over 85lbs at the time of the official weigh-in will receive an “X” on their helmet and be required to begin all plays on the field from a 3-point or 4-point stance on the offensive or defensive line.

JUNIOR LEAGUE: 4TH & 5TH GRADERS

The Junior League consists of fourth and fifth graders in the upcoming school year. Participants older than 11 years of age on August 1, current year will be required to play in the Senior League. Junior League weight limit is 110 lbs, any participant weighing over 110lbs at the time of the official weigh-in will receive an “X” on their helmet and be required to begin all plays on the field from a 3-point or 4-point stance on the offensive or defensive line. 4th Graders weighing in at 59 pounds or under have the option of dropping back and playing in the Mite League, but must play on the line and wear an “X” on their helmet.

SENIOR LEAGUE: 6TH & 7TH GRADERS

The Senior League of sixth and seventh graders in the upcoming school year. Participants older than 13 years of age on August 1, current year will ineligible to play in the Senior League. Senior League weight limit is 135 lbs, any participant weighing over 135lbs at the time of the official weigh-in will receive an “X” on their helmet and be required to begin all plays on the field from a 3-point or 4-point stance on the offensive or defensive line. 6th Graders weighing in at 85 pounds or under have the option of dropping back and playing in the Junior League, but must play on the line and wear an “X” on their helmet. 



***Players are not allowed to play up in a league without the approval of the Supervisor  of Youth Athletics. ***

Facilities
The Christiansburg Department of Parks and Recreation will secure facilities for practices and games, and will provide scheduled practice times.

 Youth flag football will use the grass area at Christiansburg High School (CHS) between the Tennis Courts and Gymnasium for practices. The games will be held at CHS Football field.

 Youth tackle football will practice at the old Christiansburg Middle School (CMS) fields and the fire department lot.  All home games will be played at CHS Football field.

Youth cheerleading will practice at the Christiansburg Recreation Center.  All home games will be played at CHS Football field.

Practices
Youth Flag Football - 1 to 2 practices a week.  Practices will be for 1 hour.

Youth Tackle Football – All teams will be allowed to have four meetings per calendar week (Calendar week is Sunday – Saturday), including games and practices.  Practices are to be limited to 1 ½ hours per practice.  Only one practice session will be allowed per day.  A practice schedule containing time, place and date must be submitted to the Supervisor of Youth Athletics before practice begins.  During the first week of practice, no physical contact will be allowed.  No pads will be allowed during the first week.  Players must wear their helmet the first week of practice.  The first week of practice will consist of the fundamentals of blocking, tackling, stances and conditioning before any inter-squad scrimmaging occurs.  Any late sign-ups must participate in three practices of just conditioning before they can practice in pads and engaging in hitting/tackling.

Youth Cheerleading – 1 to 2 practices a week until games start.  Practices will be for 1 ½ hours.  Practices will be held at the Recreation Center.  Each team will have a half a basketball court to practice on.  If a full court is available they can use the whole court. 

Games
Game schedules are created based on the number of teams.
Games are scheduled on weekdays and some weekends.  In addition, teams may play double headers, and weekday games will not start before 5:30pm and weekend games on Saturday could start as early as 9:00am. 
Some of the leagues may have travel games to other local surrounding counties (Blacksburg, Giles County, Radford City, Pulaski County, Riner, Floyd County, and Shawsville.) 

Cancellations 
Practices and games may be cancelled due to inclement weather or other determinations made by the Christiansburg Recreation Department.  We will try to have a decision by 3pm should games be cancelled.  If fields are still playable, a game time decision will be made at the fields by the Supervisor of Youth Athletics.  Cancelled games may or may not be rescheduled due to time constraints, facility use conflicts, or other reasons.
No coach has the authority to cancel games.  Games can only be cancelled by the Supervisor of Youth Athletics or a Christiansburg Department of Parks and Recreation staff member.
For cancellation information please call our recreation center cancellation number at (540) 382-2349 option #4 or check our website for updates.

Uniforms 
Youth Flag Football – Will receive a jersey and flags.

Youth Tackle Football – Will receive a jersey, pants with pads, mouth piece, shoulder pads and helmet.

Youth Cheerleading – Will receive skort, shirt, jacket, wind pants and pom – poms. 

Parents are responsible for any other apparel required for the sport.

Coaches 
Youth Flag Football – can have 1 head coach and 2 assistant coaches.

Youth Tackle Football – can have 1 head coach and 4 assistant coaches.

Youth Cheerleading – can have 1 head coach and 1 assistant coach.

Equipment 
Parents will be held responsible for turning their child’s football equipment back into the Christiansburg Department of Parks and Recreation within two weeks after their last game.  If this time-line is not met they will receive a bill for $200.00 for the cost to replace the equipment.  The Christiansburg Department of Parks and Recreation will send a staff member to all last scheduled games (home or away) to pick up equipment.

This is an effort to make things easier on the parents.  Also no one from the participant’s family will be able to sign up for a program until equipment is returned, or the $200.00 charge is paid.


REQUESTS WILL NOT BE TAKEN FOR PARTICIPANTS TO BE PLACED ON A CERTAIN TEAM