Tackle FootballOverview

Optimist offers tackle football to participants ages 8 years old through 12 years old serving Boise, Meridian, Eagle, Star, Mountain Home, Kuna, Emmett, Homedale, and Wood River.

Tackle teams are formed based off of the school a participant attends and area that they live; once assigned to a team those players will stay with the same coaches and players throughout their time in the program. 

Each player is required to play a minimum number of plays each half to ensure that it isn't just the "stud" players on the field all the time. Every team will play seven games throughout the season; teams will also travel to other clubs for games.

For more information please visit your home club's page by using the "SELECT YOUR LOCATION" button at the top of the page.

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

Rookie League
(8 year old)

100 lbs 110 lbs

Freshman League
(9 year old)

115 lbs 125 lbs

Sophomore League
(10 year old)

130 lbs 140 lbs

Junior League
(11 year old)

145 lbs 155 lbs

Senior League
(12 year old)

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.

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