2023 Youth Football Program Information

 Welcome to Suwannee Parks & Recreation’s Youth Football Program.  We look forward to your participation in our league this year.  Please read this packet carefully as it contains important information regarding this year’s youth football program.  If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.  


The purpose of Suwannee Parks & Recreation’s youth football program is to teach participants the fundamental skills of football and instill a lifelong passion for the game in each player. Should also instill Sportsmanship, teamwork, a good attitude, leadership, discipline, work ethic, most importantly, players and coaches should strive to have FUN!

Age Divisions

We offer five divisions of play in our youth football program:

  1. Flag Football – for players 5 and 6 years of age
  2. Flag Football – for players 7 and 8 years of age
  3. Flag Football – for players 9 and 10 years of age
  4. 7 & 8 Year Old Tackle Football
  5. Pee Wee Tackle Football – for 9 & 10 year old players
  6. Junior Tackle Football – for 11 to 13 year old players

*Please note that if we do not have enough participants for 7&8 flag, you can either choose to play 7 and 8 tackle or choose to get a refund. Same with 9&10 flag. 

*Please note that a player’s age will be determined as of September 1st of the current year.  Players that have turned 14 before September 1st are not eligible to participate.

Tackle Football Weight Restrictions

League playing weight is determined by Suwannee Parks & Recreation.  Player weights will be measured at the time you come to pick up your equipment.  Player weights at the time of weigh-in will be deemed the official league weight for the duration of the season.  There are no maximum weight limits for players ages 7 through 12; however, 13 year old players cannot weigh more than 125 pounds.  


7 & 8 Year Old Tackle Football


75 lbs. or less

76 lbs. or more


No Restrictions

Red Cap



Pee Wee (9 & 10) Tackle Football


80 lbs. or less

95 lbs. or less

96-110 lbs.

111 lbs. or more


No Restrictions

Gold Cap

Red Cap



Blue Cap

Not Eligible


Junior (11-13) Tackle Football


115 lbs. or less

116-125 lbs.

126-140 lbs.

141 lbs. or more


No Restrictions

No Restrictions

Gold Cap

Red Cap



Gold Cap

Not Eligible


Red Cap: A player designated as a RED CAP must play a down lineman position from tackle to tackle (offense and/or defense). RED CAPS cannot advance the ball on offense or defense.  Defensively, RED CAPS can line up anywhere on the line of scrimmage between the outside shoulders of the offensive tackles (7 & 8 year olds line up head to head and RED CAPS can play tight end/defensive end but are not eligible to receive a pass).


Gold Cap: A player designated as a GOLD CAP is required to line up on the line of scrimmage for all offensive plays and cannot receive a pass or handoff behind the line of scrimmage.  GOLD CAPS may line up as offensive ends and go out for a pass.  Defensively, GOLD CAPS can line up at any position and can advance a fumble or interception.


Blue Cap: A player designated as a BLUE CAP is an 11 year old player who is eligible to play any position on defense but cannot advance a fumble or interception.  On offense, a BLUE CAP can line up anywhere on the offensive line (ends included) but must be lined up on the line of scrimmage.

Suwannee Middle School Bullpups Football

Players on the Suwannee Middle School Football Team are not eligible to participate.  Players that try out for the Middle School team that get cut or opt not to play are eligible to sign up late as long as they register before the first scheduled league game.  


Coaches Meeting

There will be a mandatory meeting for all football coaches on Monday, August 21st at 6:00 pm.  The Coaches Meeting will be held at the Rotary Centennial Pavilion located at the First Federal Sportsplex.  League rules and policies will be discussed at the meeting.


Player Drafts/Team Formation

All Tackle Football teams will be formed through a player draft.  Player drafts will last approximately one hour in length.  Players will run through a series of drills and will be evaluated by the coaches.  Siblings will be drafted to the same team.  Please arrive early to your draft to help us start on time.  Please be dressed appropriately for participation (athletic shorts, tee shirt and cleats).  You DO NOT need to wear shoulder pads and helmets to the draft.  Tackle Football drafts are scheduled as follows:


  • 7 & 8 Year Old Tackle Football: Tuesday, August 22nd at 6:00 pm on Field 2
  • Pee Wee (9 & 10) Tackle Football: Tuesday, August 22nd at 6:00 pm on Field 3
  • Junior (11 to 13) Tackle Football: Thursday, August 25th at 6:00 pm Field 3 (if necessary)

Please Note: There will be no player draft for Flag Football.  Flag Football players will be assigned to teams by Suwannee Parks & Recreation. 


Tackle Football Equipment Issue & Player Weigh-Ins

Tackle Football Players will not weigh-in or receive equipment at the time of registration.  To be weighed in and collect equipment, tackle football players must go to the Equipment Room from Monday, August 21st through Thursday, August 24th between 3:00 pm and 5:30 pm.  The Equipment Room is located behind the Suwannee Parks & Recreation office.  To get to the Equipment Room, please park in the parking lot for the office and follow the signs to the Equipment Room.


Helmets & Mouth Guards

Suwannee Parks & Recreation will NOT provide helmets to participants registered for Tackle Football.  It is up to the participant to furnish a helmet in order to participate.  Helmets must have a plastic or rubber-coated facemask.  The color of your player’s helmet is not as important as the fit.  All football players (Flag and Tackle) are required to wear a protective mouthpiece for all practices and games.  


All Youth Football practices are scheduled to begin on Monday, August 28th.  Your coach will contact you with your practice times, dates and locations.  Teams will typically practice Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm.  All practices will be held at the First Federal Sportsplex.  


Games will be played in a number of locations, including (but not limited to) the First Federal Sportsplex, Hamilton County, Lake City, Madison County, Douglas Center as well as at Paul Langford Stadium, home of the Suwannee High School Bulldogs.  Games are tentatively scheduled to begin September 19th.  Flag Football and 7 & 8 Year Old Tackle Football games will mostly be played on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Pee Wee and Junior Tackle games will mostly be played on Mondays and Saturdays. 

 Team Uniforms

Tackle Football players will receive the following as part of their uniforms:

  • Game Pants (must be returned at end of season)
  • Shoulder Pads (must be returned at end of season)
  • Game Jersey (get to keep)
  • Socks (get to keep)
  • Helmet Decals (get to keep)


Flag Football players will receive a jersey and shorts for their uniforms.



We rely solely upon volunteer coaches to lead our youth athletic teams.  If you or anyone you know has a passion for football, enjoys working with children, and is interested in giving back to the community, contact us at your earliest convenience at (386) 362-3004.



We rely upon the support of our community to help us provide high quality recreational opportunities for the youth of our area.  If you or anyone you know is interested in sponsoring a Youth Football team, please contact us at (386) 362-3004.



Suwannee Parks & Recreation

1201 Silas Drive

Live Oak, FL 32064

Phone: (386) 362-3004

Fax: (386) 208-1580

Email: info@suwanneeparks.com

Web Site: www.suwanneeparks.com