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Tackle Football


Important information to know regarding this year's football registration:

  • Early Bird pricing of $450.00 compared to $500.00 is available from March 1st, 2022 through March 31st, 2022.
  • Refer a new family to the Crystal Lake Raiders and receive $25.00 off your registration (unlimited referrals). Please ensure your referral uses your name while registering to be eligible.
  • Multi-child discount is available cross functionally between football and cheerleading of $25.00 per child starting with the 2nd child. Please contact the registrar for a discount code if you have a child in both football and cheer.
  • Payment plans are available outside of the registration platform. If you elect to do a payment plan, you will only pay a registration fee of $50.00 upon registering plus processing fees. You will need to contact the registrar below for a discount code and to be set up on your payment plan.

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The Crystal Lake Raiders Tackle Football Program

Our travel tackle football program builds on fundamentals to enhance the kid's knowledge, skill and overall play. There are ten  levels of play based on a combination of the player's age and weight. 

2022 Age/Weight Matrix

Age/Weight Division Age on July 31 Certification Weight End of Season Weight
TINY MITE 5-6-7 35-80 LBS 89 LBS

In-Season weekly weight increase of 1 lb in weeks 2-10 (max. of 9 lbs).

A child's age on July 31 is his/her age for the season.

2022 Age-Based Divisions

Age Division Age on July 31
7 U 6 or 7
8 U 7 or 8
9 U 8 or 9
10 U 8, 9 or 10
11 U 9, 10 or 11
12 U 10, 11 or 12
13 U 11, 12 or 13
14 U 12, 13 or 14


Pop Warner Age - Eligible Levels (+Max Weight for Weighted Levels)

Age on July 31 










PW Age 5 YES-80#                
PW Age 6 YES-80# YES              
PW Age 7 YES-80# YES YES            
PW Age 8     YES YES YES        
PW Age 9       YES YES YES      
PW Age 10         YES YES YES    
PW Age 11           YES YES YES  
PW Age 12             YES YES YES
PW Age 13               YES YES
PW Age 14                 YES
  • D1 - The D1 teams will consist of top tier large programs. (Very few in Chicagoland) 


  • D2 - The D2 teams will be most of the towns falling into this category (similar to BIG 10 in TCYFL)


  • D3- The D3 teams will be most of the smaller towns and more instructional football (similar to PAC 10 in TCYFL)


Combines kick off our football season. It gets the kids back into being football ready. During these two weeks kids will learn and/or refine skills. At the same time, coaches will be evaluating the kids to determine the appropriate team for them. The end of the season is typically in November or sooner depending on whether or not they make the playoffs.

Games & Practice

All play is based on Illinois High School Association (IHSA) rules and principles. Typically, Pop Warner teams have half their games at home, and travel for the other half. Games can be on Saturdays or Sundays and can generally be anytime between 9AM and 6PM. Home games are played at Lippold Field in Crystal Lake. The head coach determines which Crystal Lake field and when to hold practices. 


There are a total of (46) Associations in the Chicago Land Pop Warner program.   Full list of communities are listed here;


  • Tackle Football registration costs include the use of a helmet, shoulder pads, rib guards, game pants, removable pads and mouth guard during the season. A game jersey is also included to keep at the end of the season.
  • Registration costs do not include game socks, practice jersey, practice pants, cleats, protective cup, padded shirts (if so desired), additional mouth guards, and any other gear. Integrated pants are available for purchase for the player to keep.
  • Registration fees also cover the standard league fees, refs, field maintenance, and equipment for coaches for practices, etc.

Dustin Ramsey

Raiders VP of Football Operations

Kyle Hassen


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