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Dear Parents/Players,

Hello, my name is Gerald Raddatz, VP of Football for Prior Lake Athletics for Youth (P.L.A.Y.) organization.  I want to take this opportunity to thank you for expressing interest in our program and would like to provide some information about the P.L.A.Y. football program that your son/daughter may already participate in or may be considering.  You must live in District 719 or attend a school in District 719 in order to play football for PLAY.  If you have any questions regarding this rule, please reach out to a board member.

Here is some information on our program - be sure to see the important dates listed below!

USA Football's Heads Up Football Program

We are excited to announce that PLAY football has adopted USA Football's Heads Up football program.  Heads Up football promotes a better, safer game and requires six primary elements:

  • Coaching education
  • Player Safety Coach
  • Equipment fitting
  • Concussion recognition and response
  • Heat and hydration
  • Heads Up tackling

Find more information at

Important Dates for 2016:

  • May 15th - Registration opens for 1st - 8th Grade
  • June 15th - Early bird registration closes for 3rd-8th grade
  • July 1st  - Registration closes for 3-8th grade (tackle)
  • July 15th - Early bird registration closes for 1-2nd grade (flag)
  • July 17th - Parent meeting and Weigh in for tackle football ($300 Deposit Check or Cashiers Check is required for all tackle football pads and Helmet).  Meeting will start at 6pm.  Location will be Prior Lake High School.
     Flag parents and players don't need to attend.
  • July 18, 19, 20th - Laker Football Camp
    - Register at Priorlake

    ‚Äč11am to 1pm (2-8th grade)
  • August 1st (now 8th) - Registration closes for 1-2nd grade (flag)
  • August 15th - Evaluations for 6th - 8th grade and First Day of practice for 3rd-5th Grade.
  • August 20th - Coach G coaching clinic (PLHS)
  • August 20th - Flag starts for 1st and 2nd grade @ HOMS
  • August 25th - Pictures and Blue/Gold Game @PLHS
  • August 30th/31st - First SWML league game
  • Sept 1st - P.L.A.Y. night at High School game @ PLHS
  • Oct 15th - Last regular season games
  • Oct 17/18th - First round playoffs (6th-8th Grade)
  • Oct 24/25th - Semi Finals (6th-8th Grade)
  • Oct 29th - Championship (6th-8th Grade)
  • ?? - Equipment hand in for 3rd - 5th grade at Ponds (??pm - ??pm)
  • ?? - Equipment hand in for 6th/7th/8th - Ponds (??pm-??pm)

Registration: Registration is done on-line at – click on ‘register’ on the main website page or you can also find the link on the main football page. Remember your username / password and submit via CC. You will receive a Statement stating “submitted”, if it went through.

Each year the number of participants grows, which requires an even greater need for voluntary directors, board members, coaches,  and assistant coaches. You do not need extensive experience to be a coach, just understand the basics of the game and know how to have fun with the kids. That's what it is all about, learning and having fun. (Any parent can qualify for a coach.) Please indicate your willingness to volunteer at registration time.  Coaches are taken from the parent pool of those that wish to coach. A Background check, concussion training and general Coaching Pledge is required.  We also ask that you coach only one team, if you have two players in the program we ask you only sign up to coach one of the players.

The Prior Lake football program is a member of USA football and we require each coach to get certified each year.  We understand it takes time to get certified however we feel very strong about this training and thank you for understanding.

In certain grades we will accept one head coach and one assistant to coach together and both coaches must indicate this on the application.  We will not accept two assistant coaches however they could still end up on the same team. 

Football Organization:

Our football program starts with 1st and 2nd grade Flag football.  From there, Players transition into our 3rd through 8th grade tackle football program.

The 1st-5th grade teams will play as part of the In-House program, where they will play other Prior Lake teams.  5th grade will also play teams from Eden Prairie and Chaska/Chanhassen (some games will be played outside of Prior Lake for 5th grade).

The 6th, 7th, and 8th grade teams will again be playing in the SouthWest Metro League (SWML) Traveling Program giving all players the opportunity to compete against other youth organizations at an equally competitive skill level.

We are extremely fortunate to have PLHS Varsity Football Head Coach Matt Gegenheimer participate in the football board leadership.  His vision to create one Prior Lake football program that begins at the 1st  grade Flag football level, and works progressively all the way through the Varsity level of football.  We are working with Coach Gegenheimer to create the building blocks of a very successful football Prior Lake football program, everything from the huddle, the cadence and the offense and defensive schemes are developed to support the overall program.

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Please direct specific questions to grade level and sports directors whose contact information can be found by clicking ‘Board’ on the left side of this screen.
Enjoy the season and GO LAKERS!

Laker Football Activities

Football Practice Times/Locations

**Games/Scrimmages are usually played on Saturday Mornings/Early afternoons.**

The following are typical practice times and locations for all PLAY Football teams during the week:

1st Grade - Monday 6:00pm-7:00pm (Or Until Dark) at Hidden Oaks Middle School.  Games on Saturday.

2nd Grade - Tuesday 6:00pm-7:00pm  (Or Until Dark) at Hidden Oaks Middle School.  Games on Saturday.

3rd Grade - Tuesday, Thursday, 6:00pm-7:30pm at Ryan 1 & 4.  Games on Saturday.  **Monday's will be added before Labor day and NO Sat before Labor Day**

4th Grade - Tuesday, Thursday, 6:00pm-7:30pm at Ryan 2 & 3.  Games on Saturday.  **Monday's will be added before Labor day and NO Sat before Labor Day **

5th Grade - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 6:00pm-7:30pm at Ponds 4, 6, 8.  Games on Saturday.

6th Grade -Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 6:00-8:00pm at Ponds 1 & 2.  Games on Saturday.

7th Grade - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday,  6:00-8:00pm at Ponds B.  Games on Saturday.

8th Grade - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 6:00-8:00pm at Ponds A.  Games on Saturday.

** NOTE:  Field locations and timing Subject to change as deemed necessary.  Any changes will be provided by the coaches **

Weight Limits for Playing in the backfield

3rd Grade - <=80 pounds

4th Grade - <=90 pounds

5th Grade - <=100 pounds

6th Grade - <=120 pounds

7th Grade - <=140 pounds

8th Grade - <=155 pounds

PLSH Lakers Football Home Page

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Blue Chip Sports Academy

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The Zone

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A site dedicated to youth football.

E-Teamz Football

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National Football Foundation

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Plays designed for youth football.

Play Football

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The NFL's official site for kids.

Various football camps throughout MN.