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I'm curious as to the various established youth programs that are out there and whether or not there are also "independents" who don't belong to a league, but instead assemble their schedules on a season to season basis.

 

Here in the Lafayette and beyond area, the ones that are directly familiar to me are:

 

  • Little Gridiron - composed of a 3rd/4th and 5th/6th grade division.  Teams include Central Catholic, Benton Central, Frontier, West Lafayette, Klondike ,,, which feeds into Harrison, Kankakee Valley, and South Newton.
  • 56ers - I believe they also have similar divisions.  Teams are all from schools that feed into Lafayette Jefferson.
  • McCutcheon Youth Football League aka Little Mavs - composed of a 3rd/4th and 5th/6th grade division. Teams are all from schools that feed into McCutcheon.
  • Harrison Youth Football League - expected to be composed of a 3rd/4th and 5th/6th grade division.  Teams are from Battleground and East Tipp which feed into Harrison.

I assume that there's nothing like IHSAA that centrally administers youth programs, but wondered if there might a common resource out there to find out what Indiana has on a youth scale.  If there isn't, perhaps folks could post a little about youth leagues that they compete in or are familiar with.

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Southern Indiana most high schools have their own feeder youth programs. Playing games internally with their own rules ex..weight limits, playing time, running clocks and so forth. Some smaller schools(1A,2A) have scheduled home and away schedules amongst themselves(5th/6th). Boonville, Castle and last year Princeton offered 2 day tournaments for area youth teams after league Was over.

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Pigskin League Youth Football has had 3rd,4th,5th and 6th grade teams from Marion, Northfield, Oak Hill, Eastbrook, Alexandria, Elwood, Madison Grant, Mississinewa, Blackford, Northwestern, Western, Peru, Eastern, Tipton, Maconaquah, Taylor and Hamilton Heights. Not all teams compete at all grade levels in this league, but they all have 6th grade teams. I haven't heard anything yet, but conference realignments could affect this league.

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Southern Indiana most high schools have their own feeder youth programs. Playing games internally with their own rules ex..weight limits, playing time, running clocks and so forth. Some smaller schools(1A,2A) have scheduled home and away schedules amongst themselves(5th/6th). Boonville, Castle and last year Princeton offered 2 day tournaments for area youth teams after league Was over.

This is true for Gibson Southern as well.  The Titan Youth Football League (TYFL) operates with 1st and 2nd flag, 3rd/4th, 5th/6th.  Only kids that live within the South Gibson School district can participate.  The league takes teams to play (last year) at Princeton, Castle, Boonville and Knoxville Tenn.  This will be the leagues 14th year in existence.  www.tylf.us  

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Indy, obviously, has CYO for the Catholic schools. It starts in 3rd grade (tackle). Depending on the school size/class turnout there might be teams for each grade or they might be lumped in teams of 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8 (Cadets). Generally fairly small teams with the idea that everyone gets to play.

I think I recall a fair number of years ago that Heritage Christian had teams competing in CYO.

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Hamilton Heights Youth Football League.

 

K-1st: Flag

2-3rd: Tackle(AFL)

4-5th: Tackle(NFL)

The above are all 'in-house' teams, no travel teams that I know of.

6th: HH Middle School is grades 6,7,8, however the 6th grade team is not an 'official' School team and is still part of the HHYFL. The 6th graders in the past have played most of the Mid-Indiana Conference(Eastern, Western, Northwestern, Peru, Maconaquah, Taylor) schools plus Tipton and Sheridan. That will most likely change with the demise of the MIC.

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Charlestown has Little Pirate Football. We play in the Southern Indiana Youth Football League. Other Members of this league are Silver Creek, Clarksville, Scottsburg, Henryville, Clark County Catholic and Southern Indiana Catholic which feed into Providence.

We are entering our 43rd year of youth football. We have three levels of tackle football.

1/2nd Mighty Mites

3/4th Pee Wee

5/6 Junior

We play a 7 game regular season. With top 4 teams advancing to a 2 week playoffs. Crowning a Champion at all three levels of the SIYFL.

www.Charlestownlittlepiratefootball.com

or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Charlestown-Little-Pirate-Youth-Football-Association/270248553134425

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We have a youth league here in Harrison County although it has changed dramatically over the last several years. I am unsure how other youth programs run but ours now they play on a much shorter field not as wide no goal post only 1 end zone so turnovers can't be returned there is no Special teams at all and plenty more I dislike.

It used to be that Corydon had 3 teams per level and those teams would compete against each other and North Harrison's schools then at the end of the season we put together an all star team and played the best of NH Clarksville Scribner and a couple other leagues.

I hope we can get back to a more traditional youth league, I feel it better prepares the kids for the next level.

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We have a youth league here in Harrison County although it has changed dramatically over the last several years. I am unsure how other youth programs run but ours now they play on a much shorter field not as wide no goal post only 1 end zone so turnovers can't be returned there is no Special teams at all and plenty more I dislike.

It used to be that Corydon had 3 teams per level and those teams would compete against each other and North Harrison's schools then at the end of the season we put together an all star team and played the best of NH Clarksville Scribner and a couple other leagues.

I hope we can get back to a more traditional youth league, I feel it better prepares the kids for the next level.

I am sorry to hear that. Corydon used to be a playing partner with Charlestown Little Pirate Football. Hate to hear of any youth programs headed in wrong direction. Let me know if there is anything us at Little Pirate Football could do to help. Edited by PiratePride

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Late to answer but most areas around Indy have their own football leagues.  I know Brownsburg fields teams from age 4 and up.  Flag to Tackle to Travel ball.  We are not affiliated per say with anyone but USA Football.  

 

I know we have played teams from Lafayette area over the last few years and had a great time.  The best way to get an idea of competition in leagues is to come to Border Wars Tourney to see the teams play.  

 

Good luck to all youth programs this season.

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Western Boone (Webo Youth Football) has the following:

Flag (only plays Webo schools)

2nd-3rd GradeTackle (3 teams this year)

4th-5th Grade Tackle (3 teams this year)

1 6th Grade Team.

 

We play Sheridan, Clinton Central and Clinton Prairie.  8 week season and then All-Stars (for everyone except flag & 2nd grade).

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An acquaintance of mine who has a child attending Frankfort Middle School (grades 6-8) told me that the 6,7, & 8th grade boys soccer teams are having to cut players due to so many coming out. Yet the 6th grade football team barely has 20 boys out to play while they had to combine the the 7th & 8th graders in order to just field one team.

And this is a "4A" high school?

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Western Boone (Webo Youth Football) has the following:

Flag (only plays Webo schools)

2nd-3rd GradeTackle (3 teams this year)

4th-5th Grade Tackle (3 teams this year)

1 6th Grade Team.

 

We play Sheridan, Clinton Central and Clinton Prairie.  8 week season and then All-Stars (for everyone except flag & 2nd grade).

When my son was in 6th grade 3 years ago, we 'scrimmaged' against WeBo. Good fans there, good times.

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When my son was in 6th grade 3 years ago, we 'scrimmaged' against WeBo. Good fans there, good times.

 

There are some very good people at Western Boone... There are some passionate and knowledgeable fans as well.

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We have a youth football league in Salem, with West Washington and Eastern.  It is open to any county resident with students in the 3/4 th grade divisions and the 5/6th grade.  We have had the program for over 50 years in Salem, with the other schools for the last 20 years.  The program is put on thru the Salem park and rec department.  We have over 200 kids each season and boast about the low price to play in our league at 40$ per player, which includes full equipment.  WE have great support from all 3 school systems and the city of Salem.    

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Decatur Football League in Adams and Southern Allen County. Believe Berne has one as well but not familiar with it. DFL has 3rd & 4th and 5th & 6th grade divisions. Players are from Bellmont, Adams Central, and Heritage elementary/middle schools. Possibly a kid could be from a nearby Wells County school or Ohio district but I don't believe there have been very many if any at all. The kids are all mixed up regardless of school they attend. Weight limits and other rules are applied to each league.

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In Princeton, we have the North Gibson youth football league. The draw teams from all of the North Gibson school district as well as Oakland city. Currently, however, Oakland City doesn't have a youth team of their own.

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In Northwest Indiana we have Pop Warner. Like all youth sports it has good and bad. From the people who run it there is way to much push to win championships, and I mean national championships. I coach it, and my only goal is to get kids ready for high school. The funny part is by doing this we are always pretty good.  

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On 12/28/2016 at 10:16 PM, Davs said:

In Northwest Indiana we have Pop Warner. Like all youth sports it has good and bad. From the people who run it there is way to much push to win championships, and I mean national championships. I coach it, and my only goal is to get kids ready for high school. The funny part is by doing this we are always pretty good.  

I coach in the same system.  Your take is spot on IMO.

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Does anyone know of a good place to look for youth league tournaments? Tri-West Youth Football League would like to gauge interest in what schools would be interested in playing in a rural school youth tournament. Any ideas how to get this information out?

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