Our travel tackle football program builds on fundamentals to enhance the kid's knowledge, skill and overall play. There are five levels of play based on a combination of the player's age and weight. Within each level there are three divisions: PAC 10, MAC/WAC 10 and Big 10. The number of divisions we will compete in is based on the number of teams we field in a given year.
The levels in ascending weight limit order are Flyweight (ages 5-6), Bantamweight (ages 7-8), Featherweight (ages 9-10), Middleweight (ages 11-12), Lightweight (ages 13-14) and Heavyweight (ages 13-14).
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.
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. They follow TCYFL guidelines on the amount of practice allowed at different points of the season. See the TCYFL Rules & Guidelines for more detail.
Other communities participating in the TCYFL program are: Antioch, Barrington, Bartlett, Batavia and N. Aurora, Buffalo Grove, Cary, Crystal Lake, Elgin, Gilberts, Grant, Grayslake, Huntley, Johnsburg, Lake in the Hills/Algonquin, Lake Villa, Libertyville, McHenry, Mundelein, North Chicago, Prairie Ridge, Prospect Heights, Round Lake, Libertyville, Oak Park, Plainfield, Vernon Hills, Warren Township, Wauconda, Waukegan, Western Kenosha County (Wisconsin), Woodstock and Zion.
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