Building Champions and Community

Play Football for the Vail Vikings!

Welcome to the Vail Vikings Youth Football program, where passion for the game meets a commitment to developing well-rounded young athletes. Our program is dedicated to providing a positive and enriching experience for youth in the Vail community, fostering a love for football while instilling values that extend beyond the field.

Program Overview:

At Vail Vikings Youth Football, we offer both Flag Football and Tackle Football programs tailored to different age groups, ensuring a developmentally appropriate and enjoyable experience for all participants.

Flag Football (Ages 6-7):

Our Flag Football teams cater to the youngest members of our community, introducing them to the fundamentals of the game in a fun and non-contact environment. We emphasize skill development, teamwork, and sportsmanship to lay a strong foundation for their future in football.

Tackle Football (Ages 8-13):

For our older participants, aged 8 to 13, our Tackle Football program focuses on refining skills and introducing more advanced strategies. While competition is a part of the game, our primary goal is to cultivate discipline, teamwork, and respect for the sport. We believe that through tackling challenges on the field, our players learn valuable life skills that extend far beyond their football years.

Core Values:

Vail Vikings Youth Football is not just about winning games; it’s about building character. We instill the following core values in our players:

1. Discipline:

We teach the importance of self-discipline, commitment, and hard work both on and off the field. Our players learn to set goals and work towards them with dedication.

2. Sportsmanship:

Respect for opponents, officials, coaches, and teammates is at the heart of our program. We prioritize good sportsmanship, ensuring that every player contributes to a positive and respectful game environment.

3. Fundamental Development:

Starting from the basics, our program places a strong emphasis on skill development. We believe that a solid foundation in fundamental techniques lays the groundwork for success in the long run.

4. Community and Values:

Beyond the game, our goal is to nurture responsible and respectful individuals who contribute positively to the community. We encourage players to embody the values learned on the field in their everyday lives.

At Vail Vikings Youth Football, we are not just shaping athletes; we are shaping the future leaders of our community. Join us in the journey to build a generation of hardworking, disciplined, and values-driven individuals who excel both on and off the field.

General Information

All players are placed on rosters on a first come basis. Each team and division is limited to a certain number of athletes. Your space on a specific team is not guaranteed so PLEASE REGISTER EARLY.

Players 5 through 14 may play AYF football in the Sonoran Desert American Youth Football & Cheer Conference. The program is divided into 7 divisions:

  • Flag – Ages 5, 6, 7
  • 8U – Ages 7,8
  • 9U – Ages 8,9
  • 10U – Ages 9,10
  • 11U – Ages 10,11
  • 12U – Ages 11,12
  • 13/14U – Ages 12,13,14 (Not in High School)

The age of the player used for placement is their age as of July 31st

Registration Information

Vail Vikings athlete registration is done online.  You will then need to fill out all the required forms documents to complete registration.  After completing online registration you will submit all of your completed forms and documents to your team’s business manager and then you must attend an in-person fitting and registration event to be fitted for uniforms and shoes as well as pick up raffle tickets for fundraising efforts. These registration events will be scheduled in advance and will be marketed on our social channels and our website.

To view full registration process and to download necessary registration forms visit our Registration Info page.

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Dates & Expectations

Practice(5-Day)

Tackle is every weekday for the first month. Practice times are approximately 6:30-8:30 pm Monday-Thursday, 6:00-8:00 pm on Friday (or once Cienega steps off the field).

Flag Practice

Follows the same time schedule as tackle but Flag approximately 6:30-8:15 pm Monday-Thursday, 6:00-7:45 pm.

Practice(3-Day)

After the 1st month of practice we transition to Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday for the duration of the season, same times and place.

Mouth Pieces & Cups

All tackle players are required to have mouth pieces that connect to their helmets. Protective cups are to be worn at all times. All flag players are required to have colored mouth pieces, and protective cups are to be worn at all times.

Game Schedule

As soon as our league has finalized the game schedule it will be distributed immediately to all families. As a reminder game schedule is always subject to changes.

Practice Attire

For the 1st week of practice players will be wearing only helmets and just need to be in shorts, t-shirts and have their cleats.  Shorts need to be without pockets or pockets sewn closed to protect fingers from snagging.  After the first week tackle players will need to have practice pants with pads and also a practice jersey to go over their shoulder pads.  Sometimes the organization has extra that we sell off, but they can also be purchased at Dicks Sporting Goods, Big 5, Play it Again Sports or online.  There is not restriction on colors.

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Helmet Certification

All personal helmets to be used during this season must have a current certification sticker on them.  It has been passed down by the commissioner that the certification last the entire season.  So helmets certified before 2020 currently may not be used until they are recertified.  We use Sun Valco out of Phoenix, but you are welcome to use any recognized company.  You must bring your helmet to equipment handout for it to be checked.  Certification turn around time take about 4 weeks, so please don’t delay.

Here is the link for Sun Valco:

https://sunvalcoathletic.com/football/reconditioning-services/

Our Sponsors

A very special thank you to our sponsors.

Without them, this would not be possible!

Please support them the same way they have supported us.

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