EAST LINCOLN OPTIMIST FOOTBALL
Don't just play the game. Learn the game. Be a part of a program!
Our Program: Our Mustang and Falcon Players ages 5 through 12 compete in the Big South Youth Football League. Your player's age as of August 1st will determine his or her age group. The Tiny Mite division are our 5 and 6 year olds (unlimited weight for linemen; skill position weight of 65 pounds). The Mighty Mite division are our 7 and 8 year olds (unlimited weight for linemen; skill position weight of 90 pounds). The Junior Varsity division are our 9 and 10 year olds (unlimited weight for linemen; skill position weight of 120 pounds). The Varsity division are our 11 and 12 year olds (unlimited weight for linemen; skill position weight of 160 pounds).
Join the Program: REGISTRATIONS USUALLY OPEN around mid April- beginning of May and closes in July.
Athletes must be registered, paid, and fitted prior to July 4TH to ensure uniform delivery prior to the first game.
Our Program's League: Our Mustang and Falcon Players compete in the Big South Youth Football League (BSYF). This is a competitive tackle youth football league. Our home games are played at David Clark Stadium, which lets the players compete for their dreams in the home of 2012 & 2014 State Champion East Lincoln High School Mustangs. The BSYF has teams across the surrounding counties that will host at their local venues as well on a rotating schedule. Games are played on Saturdays from late August through mid November depending upon weather and your team's success in the playoffs. Practices are determined by your coach.
Upcoming Football Season Timeline and Info:
** All Dates are subject to change**
Game Uniform Fitting Dates:
June 26th: 10 am – 11:30 am
July 1st: 6 pm to 7:30 pm
**One final Fitting**: Possibly July 12th (Monday) 6 pm to 7:30 pm
**Players Should only attend one fitting**
Equipment Hand Out: Players will receive the following Items: Helmet, Shoulder Pads, Practice Jersey
July 28th (Wednesday) JV and Varsity
Varsity (11-12-year old): 6:00 pm
JV (9-10-year old): 6:45 pm
July 29th (Thursday) Mighty Mites and Tiny Mites
Mighty Mites(7-8-year old): 6 pm
Tiny Mites( 5-6-year old): 6:45 pm
First Day of Official Practice: August 2nd (Monday) @ 6 pm @ East Lincoln Auxiliary Field (Across from community center).
**Helmets only day 1 and 2, followed by shoulder pads and helmet practice day 3, 4, and 5. Full gear introducing light “thud” contact August 10th. ***
Big South Player Certification: Saturday August 7th. ALL players MUST attend certification to be eligible for regular and post season participation. Please note you will need to show proof of address whether that is some form of utility bill, proof of School, and original raised seal birth certificate. ***THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP IN THE PRE-SEASON PROCESS. ALL PLAYERS REGISTERED MUST ATTEND!!!***
BSYFL Jamboree: Scrimmage games- Saturday August 14th
Regular Season Kick Off Weekend: Possibly August 28th or no later than Saturday of Labor Day weekend. Still to be determined.
Practice Schedule: All teams usually practice Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday starting at 6 pm and ending roughly around 7:30 pm. It is at the head coach’s discretion for each team to modify their practice schedule.
Game Schedule: ALL Games are scheduled on Saturdays. If there is any type of cancellation due to weather, games are usually made up on Sunday. East Lincoln will host 3 weekends out of the regular season with all other games being at other organization’s host sites and high schools. The game schedule DOES NOT come out until about 2 weeks before the regular season kicks off.