Youth Football

South St. Paul Parks & Recreation Youth Football

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Special thank you to the South St. Paul Lions Club for sponsoring youth football equipment purchases.

Football - Update August 5th 2020

Unfortunately, the South St. Paul youth football program will be aligning with the high school football league’s decision to cancel the fall football program. This decision was made in part because of our alliance with the high school players and coaches, but, most importantly, because of safety concerns for our players, coaches, and fans. Thank you for understanding.

Youth Football Leagues
Boys and girls in grades 1-6  (as of fall 2020),
Flag Football - grades 1-2
Tacklebar* Football - grades 3-4,   Tackle Football - grades 5-6 



Register on line: Football 5/6 Tackle, 3/4 Tackle Bar, Flag Football

In-person:  at Central Square Community Center, 100 7th Avenue North, 

                          Monday-Friday 8 AM - 7 PM,

or by mail: Complete and mail in this printable registration form 


Equipment Pick-Up 2021 TBA 

Coach/Team Meet and Greet 2021 TBA 


ProgramTimes and Days (Monday - Thursday)
Flag5-6 pm
3rd - 4th TackleBar6-7 pm
5th - 6th Tackle7-8 pm
Veterans Field 1400 3rd St. North

All youth football registrants will participate in a four day skills camp. Camp will be instructed by South St. Paul Varsity Head Coach Chad Sexauer and his staff. 


Major components for the week will be specialized instruction of offensive and defensive positions, athletic movement and skills development. All tackle teams will be fitted for a helmet and shoulder pads.  Players will need a mouth guard and rubber soled cleats will be needed prior to the last day of camp. 


Days and Times
FlagTuesday 6 pmSaturday 9:30 am
3rd - 4th TackleBarThursday 6 pmSaturday 9:30 am
5th - 6th TackleMonday 6 pmSaturday 11:00 am
Veterans Field - Lincoln Center

TackleBar Football

TackleBar Football* - Grades 3/4

Our youth football program now offers TackleBar for the grades 3/4 level. After much research and discussion about the best way to keep our young players safe and increase our participation numbers, TackleBar Football has now been implemented in our 3rd and 4th league. 

Players will wear traditional football gear, including helmets, shoulder pads and a harness around their midsection that has two foam bars on the back. Defenders will track and engage the ball carrier, making contact like they’re going to tackle, then ripping a foam bar off the opponent’s harness. This approach teaches proper shoulder tackling technique while eliminating the big hits. Defenders will stay on their feet and will not bring the ball carrier to the ground, which is where many serious injuries occur. 

By teaching proper tackling technique, we will be providing an ideal transition between flag and tackle football.

We are excited to tell you about a new offering in our youth football program!

After much research and discussion about the best way to keep our young players safe and increase our participation numbers, we’ve decided to start playing TackleBar Football in our 3rd and 4th league.

Learn more from TackleBar web page

Youth Flag and Tackle Football - General Information

More information about the Youth Football Program

Football Schedule 2021 TBD


Lions Sponsored Tailgate Youth Football Extravaganza 2021 TBD

Football Jamboree TBD


Required training for Volunteer Coaches

Information for Parents