The goal of Portage Rocket Football (P.R.F.) is to provide the opportunity for the youth in Southwestern Michigan to have a positive, enjoyable and fulfilling experience. The program will teach the ideals of good sportsmanship, respect and teamwork and provide each child with the opportunity to develop the full potential of their playing skills. These objectives will be achieved through continuous upgrades and improvements in the program. Fundamentals of the game are the most important concept for these children, and winning will not be put ahead of this concept.
Ramona Park, Portage MI. Every Saturday starting after Labor Day.
P.R.F. currently has the following age groups. Age is defined as the players age on the August 1st prior to the season. Grade is determined by grade the youth is entering in the fall season.
- 5-6 Year Old Flag Division
- 7-8 Year Old Flag Division
- 3rd / 4th Grade Tackle Division
- 5th / 6th Grade Tackle Division
2nd Grader Exceptions to play with 3rd / 4th Grade Division
- Age: 8 years old on August 1, no other restrictions
- Age 7 on August 1, weight must be greater than 85.0 lbs with equipment
7th Grader Exceptions to play with 5th / 6th Grade Division
- Age 11 on August 1, no other restrictions
- Age 12 on August 1, must be a 1st or 2nd year player in tackle OR must weigh less than 110.1 lbs with equipment
- All 7th graders must meet 110.1 or less weight to carry the football.
All listed exceptions will be under the discretion of the Board of Directors and Divisional Coaches following the combine assessment and prior to the draft with a primary focus on player safety and the fairness of the game.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE
PRF is open to all youths in the Greater Kalamazoo area and not specific to Portage Public Schools. Families from Kalamazoo, Vicksburg, Schoolcraft, Mattawan, Comstock, Parchment, Gull Lake, Climax, Scotts, and beyond have participated in Youth Tackle Football and Youth Flag Football at Portage Rocket Football.
What is the price of the uniforms or is it supplied with the registration?
The cost of registration covers the game uniform of the player only. All other equipment will need to be purchased by you. You can purchase the equipment locally at Dunham’s, Dick’s, or BJ Sports, or on-line. For youth flag football, there is no additional equipment.
Do I need to buy his equipment or is it supplied?
For tackle division, the required equipment that you must provide includes a helmet, mouthpiece, shoulder pads, thigh pads, knee pads, hip and tailbone pads. Game Jersey and game pants will be provided for game days. The game pants are not to be used for practice and must be returned at the end of the season. This is one way of keeping our cost low. Your equipment should last your child for at least two years unless they have a major growth spurt.
What day are practices? How long are practices?
Practices can be up to four days a week before school starts and a maximum of three days a week when school starts for tackle division. The days will depend on the coach. Practices are typically 1.5 – 2 hours long.