What equipment is provided?
OFA supplies football pants and jerseys. The player is responsible to supply a mouth guard, helmet, shoulder pads, protective cup, and cleats.
How often are practices and games?
Plan on having football at least 4 times per week. Frequency of games and practices increase with grade level. Games typically begin after Labor Day and can be on week nights or weekends.
What if my player plays multiple sports?
OFA encourages youth athletes to play multiple sports, if you have conflicts, it will be worked out with your coach.
Where are practices held?
Practices will be held at fields within the Osseo School District. Typically, utilizing Elm Creek Elementary, Osseo Sr. High, Maple Grove Middle and Cedar Island Elementary.
Where are games played?
Home games are played at Fernbrook Elementary and Elm Creek Elementary. Away games are played at the fields of other teams in the Twin Cities North Youth Football League (TCNYFL) like Champlin Park, Andover, Anoka, Coon Rapids and Fridley to name a few.
How are teams formed?
A number of factors help us determine the team formations. Teams are formed as much as possible by the school the player attends. Other factors include friend requests, total players on a team and number of coaches.
Are they any off season camps?
Yes, OFA offers a free 1st – 4th grade (grade at the time) Football clinic in April and a 2nd-8th grade (grade for upcoming season) pre-season training camp in early August. These can be found under Camps/Clinics and be sure to follow OFA on Social Media for more details.
What is the cost for the 2019 football season?
2nd-3rd - $95
4th-6th - $160
7th-8th - $195
Is OFA aligned with the Osseo High School football program?
Yes, OFA works closely with the high school staff to ensure we are teaching the same fundamentals, using the same terminology and are providing a safe, fun environment for youth football players. For the 2020 football season our coaches will be utilizing a grade appropriate standard OFA playbook designed in association with the Osseo High School football staff. Osseo High School coaches and varsity players also assist with our April Spring Intro Camp and the Preseason Training Camp in August.
What about player safety?
OFA is committed to providing a safe and encouraging environment for ALL players. Coaches must complete a Trusted Coaches background check, concussion training, and USA Football Heads-Up Tackling training. All grade levels are taught the fundamentals of Heads-Up Tackling which is a tackling technique designed to reduce player injuries. For more information on Heads-Up Tackling, please visit https://usafootball.com/programs/heads-up-football/
How are coaches selected?
Coaches are selected based off of their willingness to volunteer, their ability to teach the fundamentals of football, and their ability to represent the Osseo football program.
Does OFA need more volunteers?
Yes! What strength or talent do you have that could help OFA?
We encourage everyone to volunteer some of their time to making OFA better. OFA can always use more volunteer coaches, helping with fundraising, grant writing, event planning or utilizing whatever talents you may have (marketing, website, recruiting, etc). Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us you want to help!
Who can I contact if I have questions?
Please be sure to both thank and support those who support Osseo Youth Football!