Practice and Tackle Football
Practice Dates: First Day Of Practice July 11th Monday –Friday, 6:30-8:30 pm until the week when school starts. Once school starts, the practice schedule changes to Tuesday-Thursday, 6:30-8:30 pm.
Practice Dress Code
FIRST WEEK – Shorts and T-shirt
SECOND WEEK – Helmets and shoulder pads with shorts
REMAINDER OF SEASON – Helmet and Shoulder Pads only, shorts, shirt, cleats (non-metal spikes), mouthpiece
*shirt, *practice pants with thigh/knee/hip pads and girdle
*Purchase practice jerseys and practice pants from Lakewood while supplies last!
There are opportunities for players who are “underweight” to play in a division with younger players but similar weight class. They are called “play downs.” If you are interested in your son being a play down player, please see the head coach for instructions.
Declaring Varsity and Jr. Varsity Teams
Being on a Varsity team is a privilege and kids selected to the Varsity teams should be prepared to join the ranks. The Varsity head coaches will decide who will be moved to the Jr. Varsity teams. Week Two of practice, the Varsity coaches will start identifying players for the Varsity level – thus developing Jr. Varsity teams.
FLAG FOOTBALL/CHEERLEADER PROGRAM
THE LAKEWOOD JR. SPARTANS OFFER A FLAG PROGRAM TO BOTH FOOTBALL PLAYERS AND CHEERLEADERS, AGE 4-6. THIS PROGRAM PROVIDES THE “LITTLE ONES” WITH AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXPERIENCE ORGANIZED SPORTS, SOME FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME. WE HOPE THE PARTICIPATING CHILDREN GROW TO APPRECIATE AND RESPECT THE SPORT OF BOTH FOOTBALL AND CHEERLEADING, AND CARRY THAT LOVE OF THE GAME INTO THE TACKLE PROGRAM.
THE FLAG PROGRAM ONLY PRACTICES 1-2 TIMES PER WEEK, AND WILL PLAY A 12 GAME SCHEDULE. THE GAMES ARE OFTEN PLAYED AT 8AM ON SATURDAYS MORNING. BOTH THE FOOTBALL PLAYERS AND CHEERLEADERS ARE TAUGHT THE VERY BASIC FUNDAMENTALS OF THEIR SPORTS, PROVIDING A SOUND STARTING POINT FOR THEIR TACKLE EXPERIENCE.
Flag Football practice dates and times will be determined by the flag coordinator prior to the start of the season
Please remember to bring your mouthpiece (which will be provided) and at least 32 oz of water daily. Please begin hydrating your child at least three hours prior to practice and games. Dress attire for practice is shorts, t-shirt, and athletic shoes or cleats. Cleats are suggested, but not required. Uniform for game day (will be provided). No jewelry is allowed during practice or at the games.
Please have your child at the field by 8AM on game days for warm-up.
Please reinforce good sportsmanship with your child. They will learn the fundamentals, but good behavior starts at home.
All Flag parents (or adult guardians) must remain at the field during practice and games or your child will not be able to participate.
If you have questions regarding either program, please contact the Flag coordinator.