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THE STATE OF YOUTH FOOTBALL IN OREGON

 

In December 2018 high school coaches decided to develop a position statement through the OSAA.  This statement was an outline of how they would like youth football managed.


A few months prior to this statement being published I was President of Grant Youth Football and Coach.  GYFB is part of Tualatin Valley Youth Football.  Several High School Coaches came to our board meeting and outlined some of these changes.  Some the coaches who attended were Bob Boyer from Beaverton HS, Kevin Bickler from Southridge HS, Steve Coury from Lake Oswego HS and Former Head Coach Craig Ruecker of Tigard HS.


The Oregon Athletic Association, Oregon Athletic Trainers Society, OSAA, Oregon Athletic Directors Association and Oregon Athletic Officials Association decided to develop new principles for youth football.  These principles are what the above mentioned coaches requested in the board meeting of Tualatin Valley Youth Football.


Here are some of those principles:


  • Youth football should start in mid-August and conclude by first weekend in November of each year.  No your program should have a longer season than high school program.


  • No youth practices should exceed more than two hours in length with a maximum of four practices per week-teams should never practice twice in a day.  In-season practice sessions should be reduced to a maximum of 3 per week.


  • All youth practices should focus on developmentally appropriate activities that emphasize motor and foundational skills.  


  • Youth football should be viewed at as a Developmental league and not a Championship league.


-Tim O'Leary

President of PMFFC



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Here is a copy of the "High School Consensus Youth Football Position Statement."

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2018 High School Consensus Youth Football Position Statement from the OSAA