BYF offers a fall flag football program for boys and girls entering 2nd and 3rd grade as well as a tackle football program for boys and girls entering grades 4th, 5th, and 6th grades in the 2019-2020 school year; if your child is currently in 3rd grade and going into 4th grade for the 2018-2019 school year they are eligible to participate in tackle. The program is only available to children in the Baraboo School district that attend a Baraboo School. Baraboo private schools and children home schooled are also welcome. To register your athlete and for registration fee information please visit our "Registration" page. Also keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for information regarding our pre-season football camp.
Once you have registered your young athlete you will be on the lookout for an email from your athlete's coach. They will provide you with general information about the season start such as: equipment handout date, parents meeting, first day of practice and what your athlete should wear to each of the practices moving forward. The scrimmage and game schedules will be released generally from the league after the first week of practice. All of this information can be found on this website as well. For Flag Football specific information please visit our K-3 Flag page under the "TEAMS" button.
Equipment Handout (Tackle)
Your athlete must be present in order to receive their equipment to ensure proper fitting of equipment. The equipment handout is held at the BYF Offices located at 1515 Walnut St, Baraboo, WI 53913. Check our events on the Home Page for an exact date.
A copy of your athletes birth certificate will need to be provided to BYF if your athlete is new to the program. This can be emailed prior to equipment handout to firstname.lastname@example.org or brought the day of equipment handouts.
Once your athlete checks-in, they will be weighed by a member of BYF. Athletes who weigh over a specified weight will be designated as a "Striped" player and will be restricted from carrying the ball in scrimmages or games. This is a conference rule that all programs must abide by. *Your athlete will only be weighed on the day of equipment hand-outs, there are no re-weighs.
Your athlete will be measured for a helmet and shoulder pads and fitted by a USA Football certified coach. The equipment your athlete will receive is as follows: Helmet, Shoulder Pads, Mouth Guard, Lower Body Pads (Tailbone, Hip, Thigh and Knee), Game Jersey, White Practice Pants, Blue Game Pants, White Practice Belt and Blue Game Belt.
*Practice Jerseys are not provided by BYF. Golden Needle in North Freedom has practice jerseys available, please call Lynn @ (608) 522-3385 to place your order.
**A Girdle replaces the tailbone, hip, and thigh pads and are available for an additional fee. A number of athletes along with parents prefer a girdle over the individual pads due to ease of use, but are not required.
***Cleats - Football cleats are recommended, however; soccer and baseball (non-metal) are ok as well.
Prior to school starting, practices will be held four days a week and two hours a day. Once school begins, practice will be held three days a week. Please check your athletes team page for specific days and times of practice.
Due to our acclimation protocol, athletes will add equipment as they attend more practices. So what equipment is needed for practice?
Practices 1 and 2 - Helmets and fitted mouth guards, T-Shirt, Shorts and Cleats.
Practices 3, 4 and 5 - Helmets and fitted mouth guards, Shoulder Pads, T-Shirt, Shorts and Cleats.
Practice 6 and beyond Helmets and fitted mouth guards, Full Pads and cleats.
*The above referenced progression is based on each individual athlete, not the team as a whole.
Scrimmages and Games
BYF is a part of the Badger Central Youth Football Alliance and participates in games from New Lisbon to Portage to Oregon. In general half of the games are played at home (JYMS Field) and half of the games are played away.
4th, 5th and 6th Grade will have one scrimmage Saturday, which lasts approximately 3 hours and is generally played against two to three other teams.
4th Grade will play 6 games a season on Saturday's, generally starting at noon, depending on scheduling.
5th Grade will play 7 games a season on Saturday's generally starting at 10:30 a.m., depending on scheduling.
6th Grade will play 7 games a season Saturday's generally starting at 9:00 a.m., depending on scheduling.