Optimist Football has operated a tackle football program since our founding in 1949 and we've come a long way from those 44 boys playing in Boise's Northend to now roughly 1,800 participants annually.
The Optimist season runs during the fall from August through October. Registration for the season begins in the spring, for more information see the Frequently Asked Questions section.
Safety is important to our program it is why we require annual background screening for our coaches and volunteers in conjunction with annual education and certification for coaching staffs. We also have partnered with St. Alphonsus Sports Medicine to provide certified athletic trainers for our game site medical services. Optimist Football is also a member of USA Football's Heads Up Football program which teaches safer techniques to participants helping to reduce head injuries.
Below you can find answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.
Q: What does it cost?
A: In 2020 fees are $150 through the last sign up in June. After last sign up in June there is a $25 late fee. (If you don't have medical insurance the fee is $165)
Q: What ages can play tackle?
A: Optimist tackle program is open to ages 8 through 12 year olds.
Q: Do you have spring football?
A: No, Optimist Football season is in the fall. It runs from August through October.
Q: When does practice start?
A: Practice typically starts in early August. Check back in April for a calendar for the 2018 season.
Q: How many nights a week will practice be?
A: Teams are allowed to practice a maximum of 5 nights per week during the first 3 weeks of the season. Each practice during that time cannot exceed 2 hours. Starting in the fourth week practices are reduced to a maximum of 4 nights a week and 1.5 hours a night.
Q: Where will my child practice?
A: Practice is held at a nearby school or park. Your coach will inform you of the location and time.
Q: How many games will they play?
A: Each team will play seven games in addition to the Jamboree. All teams in the Senior League will play an additional eighth game at the end of the season. The two Junior teams with the best record and have won their respective conferences also get an eighth championship game.
Q: Where will games be played?
A: Tackle games are played on Saturdays and flag games played on week nights. While many games will be played at the Optimist Youth Sports Complex, some travel maybe required to one of the other clubs that participates in our program. You will receive a game schedule before the season starts so you can plan accordingly.
Q: What equipment will I need purchase?
A: We will supply you with helmet and game jersey. You will need to supply: shoulder pads, white football pants, colored mouth guard that attaches to the helmet, shoes, and practice jersey.
Q: Where can I purchase the gear my child will need?
A: You can find it any sporting goods store in the valley.
Q: Can I purchase my own helmet?
A: No. Optimist requires that all participants use the helmet we will supply you at the beginning of the season.
Optimist Youth Football tackle leagues are based upon age and weight.
Age cut-off for OYF players is midnight on September 1st of the current year.
|League/Age Group*||Maximum Allowed Weight at Registration||Maximum Allowed Weight at Jamboree|
|100 lbs||110 lbs|
|115 lbs||125 lbs|
|130 lbs||140 lbs|
|145 lbs||155 lbs|
|170 lbs||180 lbs|
* Player's exceeding the maximum weight for his/her age will have the option to advance to a higher age league but they must meet the weight requirement for that league. No player can advance more than two age brackets - no exceptions.
What You Need To Know About Registering:
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Online registration open April 1st. Registration fees for all participants will now be $150 for tackle and $125 for flex football and cheer. Registrations will be online only through May 31st.
Weigh in(football)/Uniform fitting(cheer) / Equipment Fitting (Flex) Dates, Times & Locations:
Due to the current situation, dates and times for weigh-ins and fittings will be posted as soon as available.
Please make sure to bring two (2) copies of the registration confirmation email that you are sent upon finishing.
* New participants to the program must also show a valid birth certificate.
SAVE TIME BY PRE-REGISTERING PRIOR TO THE WEIGH-IN DATES
BY CLICKING ON THE FOLLOWING: