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Hilliard Optimist Club Youth Sports

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                                                                       REGISTRATIONS OPEN APRIL 15th

Welcome to Hilliard Optimist Football...our 60th year!

Youth Development: Our main goal is to promote the development of our youth in the community through sports activities that require skill building, teamwork, and sportsmanship.

Community Participation: The Northwest Football League (NWFL) is supported through Hilliard Optimist Club Youth Sports.  We are non-profit, 100% all volunteer program who use members from the local community to support and manage the activities of the league. The program was founded in 1958 and this is our 60th season of youth football and cheer for Hilliard and the surrounding communities. .

Safety First: All of our coaches are required to pass background checks every two years, they must pass progressive coaching certification courses managed through USA Football & the National Youth Sports Coaches Association that teach age appropriate instruction and techniques, and are required to complete a course every three years on concussion awareness and safety. In addition, our league places an emphasis on using safe quality equipment and purchases our helmets and shoulder pads through Riddell and Schutt.
In 2016, the program invested over $30,000 in new equipment for our participants. Also, our rules are created with player safety in mind allowing for weight limits and limited aggressive offensive and defensive formations.

All Inclusive: Every player has a starting position and will play the entire game.  Everyone makes a team!  All of our football, flag and cheer programs are co-ed.

The Youth Football & Cheer programs offer five divisions: (grades as of upcoming 2018-2019 school year) 

Flag Football: K-6th Grade (no weight limit)- This division is a great introductory competitive program that introduces the fun of football including blocking. The fundamentals of how to play the game are taught in a fun and inclusive atmosphere. This division is affiliated with the NFL Flag national program.

Freshman Instructional Tackle: 1st-2nd Grade (Unlimited overall weight - 85lbs limit for skill positions)- This division begins to teach players the basics of tackling, blocking, formations, positions, and play calling. The season begins with games that are controlled scrimmages that progress to live games. Strong emphasis on safety is the focus of this division as players are taught the correct techniques required for contact with other players.

Junior Tackle: 3rd-4th Grade (Unlimited overall weight - 95lbs limit for skill positions) - This division uses all of the concepts learned in Flag and Freshman and is taught with high school rules modified for skill positions and modified for offensive and defensive formations/techniques to ensure the safety of the players.

Senior Tackle: 5th-6th Grade (Unlimited overall weight - 120lbs for skill positions) - This division allows for more advanced defensive and offensive formations and techniques as the players mature and become more knowledgeable and skilled. Some modified high school rules are still maintained to ensure safety and competitiveness.

Cheer: K-6th Grade - This division promotes teamwork, cooperation, and a mix of ages for each of the teams. Chants, dance moves, and cheer drills are taught with an emphasis on safety, physical education and conditioning.    

Flag Football - $90
Tackle Football - $160
Cheerleading - $160

Helmet, shoulder pads, mouthpiece, and game jersey/Cheer uniform are provided.

Practices typically begin Monday July 30th, games begin August 18th, season ends October 13th.  Practice locations at various Hilliard schools.  Games played Saturday & Sunday.  Some local travel for specific games.

CLICK HERE for player combine/evaluation information


Northwest Football League Staff

Sports Director Rickey Smith
Director Lamarr Deslandes
Asst. Director
SR Commissioner Chad Cordle
JR Commissioner Anthony Valenti
FR Commissioner Aaron Johnston
Cheer Director Lyndsey Blankenship
Flag Director Eric Conklin
Competition Mgr. Jim Wallace
Equipment Mgr. Alan Horvath
Concessions Lynn Colemire

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