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2018 Tackle Football

Hilliard Optimist Club Youth Sports tackle football is for those players entering the 1st-6th grades for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year.

Freshman Instructional - Grade 1st-2nd

Registration Dates: 04/13/2018 to 06/20/2018
Start and End Dates: 07/23/2018 to 10/13/2018

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Junior Tackle Grade 3rd-4th

Registration Dates: 04/13/2018 to 06/20/2018
Start and End Dates: 07/23/2018 to 10/13/2018

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Senior Tackle Grade 5th-6th

Registration Dates: 04/13/2018 to 06/20/2018
Start and End Dates: 07/23/2018 to 10/13/2018

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Summer Football Combine Training


Athletes need strength to block and drive opponents and the speed to get the edge and move the chains. And it all has to happen instinctively. They must engage muscle memory so they never have to think and can just play the sport.

There you go, football in 3 steps: strength, speed and smarts. You don't need a Belichick brain to figure out what is ultimately a pretty simple game.

How do you get there? It's a process that begins in youth or flag football when you first learn to train your brain on snap counts and ball movement. The steps intensify their complexity as players get older and more advanced.

Even the best athlete on the team can be beat by a harder-working player. Do you want that? Or would you prefer to spend your summers training for football?

Join us this summer for Summer Football Combine Training.  We've assembled the best coaches, the best programs and drills and packaged them together for this 6-week program to get you better at football. 

The combine begins on Saturday June 9th and will run for 6 weeks ending July 14th.  Each participant will receive a t-shirt along with opportunities to win contests and awards.  Cost is only $60!  Registrations are now open.   CLICK HERE FOR FLYER

This program is limited to only the first 50 registrations.

Week 1 - Speed & Agility, timed stations, Y1ACT program

Week 2 - Offensive Drills, positions

Week 3 - Defensive Drills, positions

Week 4 - Strength & Conditioning, contests

Week 5 - Speed & Agility, timed comparisons to week 1

Week 6 - Competition Day, scrimmage games, contests, awards

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No Programs Available

There are no programs or divisions available at the moment. Please contact your club administrator with any questions.



                                                                       TACKLE FOOTBALL REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN 

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 levels of contact for tackling and blocking.

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 23rd, games begin August 18th, season ends October 13th.  Practice locations at various Hilliard schools.  Games played Saturday & Sunday.  Some local travel for specific games.



Lindsay’s Law is about Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) in youth athletes. This law went into effect in 2017. SCA is the leading cause of death in student athletes 19 years of age or younger. SCA occurs when the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. This cuts off blood flow to the brain and other vital organs. SCA is fatal if not treated immediately.
You are REQUIRED to watch the short video, read the Parent Information, and sign the Parent Signature page and give to your coach at your first practice.
No child is permitted to participate in any practice or game until your coach has received your signed paperwork.

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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Hilliard Optimst Club Youth Sports

P O Box 113 
Hilliard, Ohio 43026

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