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 HOYF is supported through the Hilliard Optimist Club Youth Sports. We are non-profit, 100% all volunteer leagues who use members from the community to support and manage the activities of the league. Our teams compete in the Northwest Football League.
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 & NYSCA 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 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 agressive offensive and defensive formations.
All Inclusive: Every player has a starting position and will play the entire game.
Practices typically begin the last Monday in July, games begin mid-August, season ends mid-October
The HOYF has five divisions as follows (ages as of August 1):
Flag: 4-12 yr. olds (no weight limit)- This co-ed 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 but in a fun and inclusive atmosphere. This division is affiliated with the NFL Flag national program.
Freshman Instructional Tackle: 7-8 yr. olds (Unlimited overall weight - 85lbs limit for skill positions)- This co-ed 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 real game situations.
Junior Tackle: 9-10 yr. olds (Unlimited overall weight - 95lbs limit for skill positions) - This co-ed 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: 11-12 yr. olds (Unlimited overall weight - 120lbs for skill positions) - This co-ed division allows for more advanced defensive and offensive formations and techniques as the players mature and become more knowledgable and skilled. Some modified high school rules are still maintained but less so than in Junior.
Cheer: 5-14 yr. olds - This co-ed division promotes teamwork, cooperation, and a mix of ages for each of the teams. Chants, dance moves, and cheer drills are learned in this division. We now offer a Master Cheer Team that consists of 7-8 graders aged 13-14.
Flag Football - $85
Tackle Football - $150 plus $10 fundraising = $160
Cheerleading - $150 plus $10 fundraising = $160
Early Bird Discount - April 15th - May 31st - $7.00
* Early Bird Discounts do not apply to Flag Division
Helmet, shoulder pads, mouthpiece, and game jersey/Cheer uniform are provided.