2021 Manhattan Patriots Tackle Football Info
We are entering our 2nd season with the Illinois 8 Youth Football League. Our season will begin on July 26th, 2021. We practice 5 days a week for the first month, then we go down to 3 days (Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday). Practice times are 6pm-8pm. We practice at the Manhattan Jr. High and play our home games at Lincoln-Way West High School. We play 8 games with the first game being in early August. Our official schedule will be out in June. We take Labor Day weekend off, but in case there is a rained out game prior, we will use this weekend to make up that rained out game. At the end of the regular season, we will start playoffs, with hopes of making it all the way to the Super Bowl, which is at the end of October. For some of the 8th grade players, there is a Pro Bowl at the end of the season. For the Pro Bowl, several players from each team in the league come together to make two teams and play a game against each other the week after the Super Bowl.
We are looking to have a Dynamite Level this season. This is an instructional level for young kids (ages 5-6) looking to try tackle. The Dynamite Level will practice from 6pm-8pm twice a week (Tues & Thurs) throughout the season. This level will have an 8 game schedule with no playoffs.
We will not practice Fridays after the first month. We encourage our players to go to the high school games to show support at their future high school. This is a great way for the players and parents to be fans now, and not just when the boys get to high school.
Registrations are as follows:
Dynamite Level (Instructional Tackle) Ages 5-6
$200.00 Registration Fee. (No raffle tickets and no purchase of a jersey for this level)
All remaining levels (SLW, LW, JV, & Varsity) Ages 6 - 14:
$200.00 Registration Fee (returning players receive a $25.00 discount)
$25.00 discount for each additional sibling
$110.00 fundraiser fee--raffle tickets will be issued at fittings
*$65.00 for new football jersey, this is yours for your child to keep. (This is optional if you already have a jersey from the 2019 season you would like to reuse. If you are ordering a new one, you must come to get fitted before it is ordered.)
* All other needed equipment provided except girdle, mouthpiece, socks and cleats.
Participation/Equipment Checks: $300.00
The last 2 checks we ask for are for parent participation and equipment return. These checks will be written for $150.00 each and post dated October 31, 2021. The check for Parent Participation will be returned if you complete 3 credits of volunteer work. The Equipment Return check will be given back when all player equipment is returned.
Also, we will pass along dates for High School Camps that are available for your players that are starting in the summer. These are not mandatory, but we can’t stress enough to get your son to the high school camps that apply to them. If they are going to Lincoln Way West, then please try to get them to LWW camps. If they are going to Providence then get them to the Providence camps. Start building that relationship with those coaches now. Local coaching staffs and especially the head coaches are big supporters of the youth programs and are very interested in seeing your kids.