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Welcome to P.L.A.Y. Youth Football!

What's new for 2018...

3rd Grade Rookie Tackle:  go to our In-house page for more information about this exciting addition to our youth program.

New uniforms:  That's right, no more "orange team" or "green team" in tackle football.     We are all Lakers, and starting in 2018 we will now all look like Lakers.  Upgraded helmets with decals, new reversible home/away jerseys for in-house, custom integrated home and away jerseys for traveling, and navy blue pants for everyone!   Look for an update soon for a  new uniform "reveal"...

Sweet new coaching gear:  Hoodies and hats in 2018, check back soon to see the nice swag we have for our coaches!

"Striper" Rule:  In the past, players above the grade-specific weight restrictions were prohibited from playing in the backfield or carrying the ball and were designated as "Stripers" for safety purposes.   New for In-house football (3/4/5th grades) in 2018,  the "Striper" can now play QB! (with a few restrictions).  We feel that we are still upholding the spirit of our safety initiatives while creating a more inclusive and rewarding experience for all participants!

A new facebook page:  Link us, friend us, follow us  -whatever you can do to spread the word about the great players, great volunteers, and great football program we have here in Prior Lake.  

A virtual "store":  Finally, a place to get cool Laker Football gear custom ordered and delivered directly to you through our partners at Universal Athletics. Order now through the link below:

Greetings from the Board

Hello, and thank you for your interest in Prior Lake Youth Football. My name is Matt Lind, and I serve as the VP of Football for the Prior Lake Athletics for Youth (P.L.A.Y.) organization.  As a former Laker and nearly 40-year resident of Prior Lake, and with 2 boys in P.L.A.Y. football, I truly have a vested interest in leading the charge toward a safe and rewarding experience predicated on positive coaching, proper training, and a fun and enriching environment.  Involvement in P.L.A.Y. football will enable kids to learn lessons that will stay with them throughout their entire lives, and I look forward to continuing this great and successful tradition of P.L.A.Y. football. 

Our web page is full of helpful information and we are continually working on keeping it up-to-date and relevant.  Come back often to see what is new, including the preseason and in-season schedules as they become available.  

Finally, it is important to note that you must live in District 719 or attend a school in District 719 in order to play football for P.L.A.Y.  If you have any questions regarding this rule, or have any other general questions about P.L.A.Y. football, please reach out to a board member listed on the link below.  Contacting your respective grade level coordinator is always a good place to begin.

I look forward to this coming season and can't wait to see all of the new and returning P.L.A.Y. football families this fall!

Go Lakers,

Matt Lind 

2018 Season Important Dates

May 28th:                      Registration opens for 1st - 8th Grade

July 20th:                       Registration closes for 3-8th grade (tackle)

July 23, 24, 25th:       Laker Football Camp

July 23rd:                       Parent meeting and Weigh in for tackle football ($300 Deposit Check is                                                         required for all football equipment).    7pm Parent Meeting at PLHS Auditorium...

August 3rd:                   Registration closes for 1-2nd grade (flag)

August 12th:                6-8th Equipment Handout

August 13th:                First week of practice begins for 3rd-8th Grade.  Equipment  will be handed                                                 out for grades 3-5 during this week. 

August 18th:                 Coach G coaching clinic (PLHS)

August 20st:                  Flag starts for 1st and 2nd grade @ HOMS

August 23th:                 Pictures and Blue/Gold Game @PLHS

August 28th (est):      First SWML league game

September 7th:           P.L.A.Y. night at High School game @ PLHS

Oct 13th:                         Last regular season games (1st-5th grade)

Oct 15th (est):              First round playoffs (6th-8th Grade)

Oct 18th:                         Equipment hand in for 3rd/4th/5th grade - Ponds

Oct 22rd (est):              Semi Finals (6th-8th Grade)

Oct 27th (est):              Championship (6th-8th Grade)

Nov 1st:                            Equipment hand in for 6th/7th/8th grade - Ponds

Misc. Info


Registration is done on-line from the link at the top of the football page above.  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, USA Heads-up football 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 is to create a singular football program, beginning 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; one that is consistent, successful, and enriching throughout all levels.  

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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

2018 Football Schedule-All Grades

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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

USA Football's Heads Up Football Program

We are excited to announce that P.L.A.Y. 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

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