GOALS

The goal of Portage Rocket Football (PRF) is to provide the opportunity for youths 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.

 

RULES

PRF Flag Football Rules 2020

KVRFL Rules 2021

 

GAME SCHEDULE

TBD prior to 2021 season

 

GAME LOCATION

TBD prior to 2021 season

 

AGE GROUPS

Participant age cut off date is September 1st 2020

 

2021 Portage Rocket Football Teams:

FLAG DIVISION:

5&6 years old Flag Football
Must be 5 by September 1st

7&8 years old Flag Football
Must be 7 by September 1st

9,10 years old Flag Football
Must be 9 by September 1st

 

HEADS UP DIVISION: (residency restriction: must live in the Portage school district or attend a Portage public schools)

A player’s grade for the current school year shall determine their grouping for the season in the 3rd & 4th grade group. However, a 2nd grader who turns 8 prior to September 1st or weighs at least 85 lbs with equipment will be eligible to play in the 3rd & 4th grade group. If a player is 10 years old as of September 1st and in the 4th grade they may play in the 5th & 6th grade group or choose to remain in the 3rd & 4th grade group.

3rd and 4th Grade Heads Up Football

  • Max Ball Carrier Weight – 100 lbs
  • Must be in 3rd grade or turn 8 years old by September 1st

5th and 6th Grade Heads Up Football

  • Max Ball Carrier Weight – 145 lbs
  • Must be in 5th grade or be 10 years old by September 1st

 

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE

PRF NFL Flag is open to all areas’ youth. Tackle residency restriction: must live in the Portage school district or attend a Portage public school.

SAFER THAN YOU THINK

A Statistical Analysis of Youth Football Players Aged 9-13 Years. An April 2002 study by the Sports Medicine Center at the Mayo Clinic shows, among other things, that “the risk of injury in youth football does not appear greater than other recreational or competitive sports.”  While many studies have been done on football players in the past, most of them focus on the high school age or older. As outlined in the report, “the purpose of the project was to determine the risk of injury in youth football games.”After receiving written consent from all of the parents, the researchers studied over 900 youth football players, ranging in age from 9-13, for an entire season. The study concluded that “youth football injuries are uncommon. Most injuries are mild.