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Tackle Football

The Great Valley Football League (GVFL) is a competitive football program that teaches the fundamentals of the game while promoting teamwork and camaraderie among our players. Our Tackle Football program is for children ages 7-13 and open to all students in and around the Great Valley School District.

Our organization provides athletic opportunities for beginners to experienced players:
·        Flag Football for children in grades K -1
·        Tackle Football for children in grades 2 - 6

All students in the Great Valley School District, students from other public or private schools and home-schooled students are invited to join the Great Valley Junior Patriots!

GVFL Teams play in grade-based systems:

Players will be assigned teams based on the grade entering in Fall of 2020.

If you have any questions about which team your child should be on, contact our league president, Josh Willey.

Football is considered one of the most rewarding yet demanding of all little league sports. Therefore, it requires a strong commitment to the program. The success of the program is driven by the level of support delivered by our coaches, players, parents, volunteers and the community. 

As a Great Valley Junior Patriot, your child will learn the following:

   the rules of football
   the proper tackling and blocking techniques
   the importance of good sportsmanship
   the rewards of hard work
   the benefits of being on a team

Parent Commitment:
GVFL is 100% run by volunteers. As parents, you will be asked and expected to volunteer throughout the season. In addition, as members of the Inter-County Football League, we are held to a high standard of conduct not only on the field but also on the sidelines. Both players and parents will be asked to sign a code of conduct and will be held accountable.

Member of the Inter County Football League:
We are a member of the Inter County Football League. 

All Coaches are USA Football Certified:
The Junior Patriots are highly committed to player safety. Our coaches are properly trained and certified by USA Football to provide the best development experience in our players, while reducing the risk of injuries.

We teach Heads Up Football℠, the new standard for football leagues that is focused on four key areas:
·        coach education
·        safe tackling
·        concussion awareness
·        proper equipment fitting

This teaching model provides our coaches with the right materials and teaching techniques for different age groups.

Child Safety is Our Priority:
All coaches, assistant coaches and any volunteers in direct contact with players have completed a criminal background check and child abuse clearances.

Uniforms and Equipment:
All Tackle players will receive a helmet, chin strap, shoulder pads, leg pads, practice jersey, practice pants, game jersey, and game pants.

Parents need to provide cleats (molded rubber), colored mouthpiece (not clear), football girdle, athletic supporter and cup.

In recent years, GVFL has been able to purchase new, custom game jerseys and game pants. This equipment is costly. Failure to return this and any other equipment may result in extra fees and ineligibility in future GVCO programs. Uniforms and equipment return dates will be provided at a later date.

Physical Exam:
Each tackle football player is required to have a physical exam completed by a physician before practicing with the team. This is done at the expense of the parent/guardian. Physicals must be dated after 1/1/2020 and returned no later than August 10, 2020, to start practice.

Player ID Badges:
All tackle football players will be issued an official GVFL ID badge. Badges will be provided by GVFL and be issued on Picture Day. All tackle players will need a badge. Once issued, badges are held by GVFL representatives.

Practice & Games:
All teams practice at Church Farm School - Church Farm School - 1001 E Lincoln Hwy, Exton, PA 19341.

Practice will begin on August 6th and will run 4 days a week (Mon.-Thurs.) from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  Once school starts, practice is held two times each week in the evenings, plus a pre-game walk-thru and the pre-game warm-up practice on game day. It is imperative that every child be able to commit to this schedule for the team to run fairly and efficiently. The days of the week that each team will practice will be determined by the coaches once the rosters and coaching assignments are finalized.

We play an eight game schedule (not including playoffs). In addition, some teams may play a scrimmage. Games are on Saturdays or Sundays. Home games are played at the Great Valley High School stadium. For away games, the tackle teams travel to other Inter-County Football League conference team locations.

At the end of the regular season, 5th and 6th grade teams will be eligible for ICFL playoffs.

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