In 2017, our association participated in a highly successful pilot of playing within rookie tackle rules, and this year, we are doing it again.
Rookie tackle encourages fun, safety and an experience that encourage the love of football. Kids learn USA Football's Heads Up tackling approach that emphasizes shoulder tackling and is designed to reduce injuries.
Smaller teams of around 15 players play on half of the field in a 7 on 7 or format. Players will rotate positions. There are no kickoffs or punts as a way to squeeze more regulation-time plays into the game. Last year's pilot was virtually injury free across the league and incredibly popular with players and parents.
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