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Tackle Football


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

  • Early Bird pricing of $460 is available from February 1st, 2023, through March 31st, 2023. Starting April 1st, 2023, standard pricing is $510.
  • Program runs Late-Jul/Early Aug through Mid-Oct/Early-Nov, (end date will be contingent on regular season schedule and teams' playoff standings).
  • 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, the down payment will be $200 upon registering plus processing fees. You will need to contact the registrar for a discount code and to be set up on a payment plan.

The Crystal Lake Raiders Tackle Football Program

The Crystal Lake Raiders tackle football program builds on fundamentals to enhance the kid's knowledge, skill and overall play. There are multiple levels of play based on a combination of the player's age and weight. 


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, TCYFL 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 (43) Associations in the TCYFL program.   Full list of communities are listed here;


  • Tackle Football registration costs include the use of a helmet, shoulder pads, and game pants 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), 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.

Justin Hastings


Dustin Ramsey

Vice President

Crystal Lake Raiders Youth Football and Cheer League Sponsors

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