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Tackle Football


Boys & Girls in 3rd to 8th grade who live in the Franklin HS district boundaries, whether they attend a public or private school are eligible to play Tackle Football. If you are unsure check the PPS website to see if your residence falls under our boundary. 

TVYFL rules and FYF policy dictates that all teams be evenly matched across talent and skill levels, with no "stacked" or "developmental" teams, and no "core" or "continuing" teams.


Football practice will begin Monday, August 7, 2023. For the remainder of the summer, we will practice Monday through Thursday 6-8pm at the Franklin baseball field. After Labor Day practice will be Tuesday - Thursday 5:30pm-7:30pm

Players must have 10 hours of practice without pads (helmets only) before they can put their full gear on and participate fully.


Games are played on Saturday mornings around the Portland metro area; usually at the home team’s high school football field. Games last from early September (after Labor Day) and usually run through the end of October. There will be 8 games on each schedule with the possibility for playoffs at the higher levels. Games consist of four 10 minute quarters with a 10 minute half time. Players will need to arrive 60 minutes prior to the game to warm up and weigh in.


For information on rules of play specific to each grade level, including weight limits for ball carriers, please download the 2018 TVYFL Bylaws document.


Franklin Youth Football will provide each player with a helmet, mouth guard, shoulder pads, game jersey, integrated pants, socks, and all other required pads. Each player must provide their own cleats. Players with braces should consult their orthodontist for proper mouth protection.


Getting properly fitted for their football equipment is imperative for your child’s safety. We believe that it is important to attend our equipment handout to be fitted for a helmet and shoulder pads by the Franklin youth and high school coaches who are all certified in this area.

In order to pick up your equipment, you must have registered and paid in full, your player contract signed and dated, and your Medical Release form signed by your doctor. If you don’t have your medical release, you can be fitted and your equipment will be held for you until your release form is signed. You will need to contact your coach if you cannot make it to the equipment fitting. Please see the schedule for equipment handout dates/times.

Helmet Fitting is currently scheduled to take place on the first day of practice (August 13). High School and Youth Coaches will be on hand prior to and during practice to outfit each kid with a proper fitting helmet . More Details will be provided soon.

What kind of cleats do I need?

According to TVYFL rules:

  • Bylaw 6.12.2 - Shoes must be of the molded cleat or internally threaded shoes where no post is extending from the shoe (instead, the cleat post screws internally into the shoe). Maximum size of cleat is ½ inch (measured from tip of cleat to base of shoe. No all or primarily metal or metal tipped cleats may be worn. Metal rivets in the sole of the shoe, which are part of the original manufacturer’s design, should not be considered illegal for play.

How do I take care of my equipment?

  • Jerseys and pants: Wash in warm water. Do not bleach. Air dry or use low heat in a dryer.
  • Shoulder and other pads: Wipe off with a clean, damp cloth. Allow to air dry.
  • Helmet: Hand wash off dirt and clean interior pads with clean, damp cloth. Allow to air-dry.


Tackle Football Cost: $200 or $100 if your player qualifies for Free or Reduced Lunch

We believe every kid who wants to should be able to play. Please reach out if you require special arrangements or need a scholarship.




The primary function of a Franklin Youth Tackle Football Coach is making sure kids have fun while they learn foundational life skills, athletic fundamentals and core values. Youth Football Coaches must effectively manage team communications with players and their families, and collaborate and cooperate with each other regarding strategy, practice planning, game planning, and playing time. Time commitment is approximately 12-15 hours per week. The Franklin HS coaching staff plans to work closely with Youth Football Coaches to ensure they have the resources they need to ensure a fun and successful experience for all participants. If you are interested in becoming a Head Coach or Assistant Coach of a Youth Tackle Football Team please contact us at