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Concussion Training Required for PAFA Parents

PAFA is focused on creating a culture that is safe and supportive for youth athletes. To support this objective, PAFA requires at least one parent for each player to complete the on-line concussion training course provided by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention at the following address:

Link to required Heads-Up Concussion training:

One parent is required to provide to their DA on the first day of practice the certificate showing he/she has completed the training. Please click here for more details.

[Note to coaches—since this training is included in your USA Football certification, your family does not need to submit a certificate showing completion of this additional course.]

PAFA Pre-Season Practice Information

PAFA Pre-Season Practice Information

All PAFA tackle players are required to participate in the pre-season practice and conditioning, which will be four days/week during the weeks of July 31 and Aug. 7. All practices will take place on weekday evenings. The exact dates and times will be provided closer to the start of the season.

The first day of pre-season will be Monday, July 31, for all divisions, 6:00-7:00 p.m., check-in starting at 5:30 p.m. A parent meeting will also take place that evening at Cutting Hall at 6:00 p.m. Players who were not able to attend equipment pick up July 10, can be fitted for and pick up equipment after practice that night starting at 7:00 p.m.

After teams are formed, starting the week of Aug. 14, practices will be 90-minutes, times/days to be set by your coach. Starting the week of Aug. 28, all divisions will practice three days a week.


  • Party in the Park/football scrimmages: Aug. 19
  • Regular season games begin: Sept. 2/3
  • Super Bowl weekend: Nov. 17-19, Benedictine University, Lisle


At equipment pick up, players will be fitted for and receive a helmet, shoulder pads, rib vest, mouth guard, practice and game pants, and a practice jersey (game jerseys and socks will be provided when the season starts).

Players will need to secure the following items before pre-season practices begin:

  • Football girdle (7 pad or 5 pad)
  • Knee pads (if you do not purchase a 7-pad girdle)
  • Protective cup
  • Football cleats
  • Large water jug

EQUIPMENT PICK UP/EXCHANGES: July 31, 7:00 p.m., Palatine Park District, 250 E Wood Street

If you did not pick up equipment on July 10, please plan to attend this equipment pick up. This is also the time to bring back any equipment if a different size/exchange is needed.

If picking up equipment for the first time, please bring:

  • A check in the amount of $350 made out to PAFA for the equipment rental/reconditioning fee and the balance of the registration fees.
  • A check in the amount of $300 made out to PAFA for the equipment deposit. This check should be post-dated for October 31, and will be returned to you at the end of the season when you return the equipment in good condition.

First Time Players: if you are new to PAFA TACKLE (did not play PAFA tackle last year), a copy of the player's birth certificate is required before equipment is received.

Flag Football Registration Open Through August 1

Pee Wee Flag Football (K-2)

Registration for the Pee Wee Flag Football program (K-2) is done through the Palatine Park District. Information on registration can be found in the 2017 PPD Summer Program Catalog on page 84 or online at

For more information on the Pee Wee Flag Football program please contact Mike Spedale (


PAFA Flag Football (3rd-5th)

Registration for the PAFA Flag Football program (3rd-5th) is done through PAFA online at

For more information on the PAFA Flag Football program please contact Jennifer Lang (

Important BGYFL Rule Change for 2017


In February, all BGYFL towns unanimously voted in the below changes to the 2017 Age / Weight Matrix Playing Rules in the interest of player safety, competitive parity, and overall enjoyment for participants.

Below are the changes (please click here for the weight chart with additional detail):

·         Player age is now determined based on a player's age as of August 1 rather than September 1.

·         Divisions have been renamed BG8U, BG9U, BG10U, BG11U, BG12U, Varsity.

·         Older lighter and young heavier designations have been eliminated and the small percentage of players who were categorized as such will now play with players of the same age. What this means is that kids will be able to play with their own age group regardless of weight, and players who are light for their age will no longer be able to play down (e.g. 8th graders playing with 7th graders).

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