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P.L.A.Y. Football - August 16th Update

A few updates from our P.L.A.Y Football Board:

  • Our Developmental Football Program is in place and we're excited to see our youth continue to work on their Football development. The USA Flag Football program for K-5th is an amazing program and we're confident your athlete will thrive and have fun while doing so.

  • All Coaches, Players, Parents must continue to adhere to the P.L.A.Y Return to Play Preparedness Plan.

  • K-8th Grade Practice starts week of August 17th.

  • GameOn Mouthguard and Custom PL Laker Face Mask MANDATORY unless medical exception!

We're looking forward to providing our youth an opportunity to compete and enjoy the sport of Football.  All guidelines, plans, and procedures set forth by CDC, USA Football, PLAY Executive Board, and others to make certain our youth’s health and well-being are our top priority. 

We’re All Lakers!

Matt Sturm

VP, P.L.A.Y Football

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In House: Grades 1-4

Travel: Grades 5-8



The Ponds  Athletic Fields  (Take Parkway Drive off of Toronto Av)

The Ponds (field map

TBD - 2020 PLAY Football Practice/Game Schedule

This schedule will be contained on a live Google sheet this year. If you download the Google Sheets app for your smartphone, changes will be live, so just check the app or use this link to check via the web before you head to your event. Connect with your head coach with any questions.

Important Information

Fall Coaching Application

Get Certified to Coach

Important PLAY Youth Football Dates:


October 12th:      Conclusion of Football Season

Important Links

USA Football Parent Guide

As a parent of football player learn about proper nutrition, health/safety, communication, and values of the sport to better all of us parents!

Greetings from the Board

Hello, and thank you for your interest in Prior Lake Youth Football. My name is Matt Sturm, and I serve as the VP of Football for the Prior Lake Athletics for Youth (P.L.A.Y.) organization.  As a Prior Lake resident for 6 years, a Laker sports fan, and 1  son 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 Sturm 

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!

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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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