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!
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:
Find more information at www.usafootball.com
Important Dates for 2016:
Registration: Registration is done on-line at www.playinfo.org – 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.
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!
**Games/Scrimmages are usually played on Saturday Mornings/Early afternoons.**
AFTER LABOR DAY SCHEDULE
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 **
3rd Grade - <=80 pounds
4th Grade - <=90 pounds
5th Grade - <=100 pounds
6th Grade - <=120 pounds
7th Grade - <=140 pounds
8th Grade - <=155 pounds