The Optimist Club of Arlington is now associated with USA Football. USA Football is the Official Youth Football Development Partner of the NFL and NFLPA. Through this, we will help our coaches increase their knowledge and abilities in coaching our youth giving them the best experience possible in their pursuit of excellence.
Flag Football is played by children in pre-K through second grade. Tackle Football is played by third through sixth graders. All level of football teams are formed by the Football Project Committee and are assigned by school or group of schools in a geographic area.
The Football Project Committee (FPC) provides some of the equipment for the players. At the Flag Level, the FPC provides flags and team game jerseys. At the Tackle Level, the FPC provides helmets, shoulder pads, and the team game jerseys. All players keep their game jerseys after the season is over.
The Flag Level plays with modified USAF rules. The modifications are designed to allow young football players to grow into the game. The special rules cover the playing field used, presence of coaches on the field during play, methods and levels of participation required for players, etc.
The Tackle Level plays with modified NCAA Football rules. The modifications concern size of fields, equipment usage, weight limits, participation requirements, and recruitment restrictions.
With the exception of the City Championship games, all games are played at the Harold Patterson Sports Complex on Bardin Road just east of South Cooper Street. All flag games are played on Saturday’s beginning around 8:30 AM and run until the games are completed. 3rd, 4th & 5th grade games are played on Saturday’s beginning around 9:00 AM and run until the games are completed. 6th grade games are played on Tuesday evenings beginning around 6:30 PM and run until the games are completed.
The City Championship games are played at UTA Maverick Stadium. During City Championship Games Day, teams from all grade levels are recognized for special awards earned during the season.
You can sign-up online by clicking the registration link at the top of this page. Sign-up cards are also available at area sporting goods stores or at the Optimist Hut. All grade levels require a sports physical before practicing and playing with any team. They are available at the Optimist Hut, from a coach or online here. For more information you can call the Optimist Hut at 817-801-0588.
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For schedules, scores and standings during the season, click the "Schedules, Scores and Registration" link at the top of the page.