Message from League President, Ryan Currie:
Over 10 years, Bucky and Tracey Richardson, along with an exemplary group of individuals on the Board of Directors, have guided Fort Bend Gridiron Football League with the following principles...”Building Character and Community Through Youth Football." There is a lot of excitement within Fort Bend County for the league and what we are offering. One of the reasons for growth of this league is the unique culture to support the local high school football teams and booster clubs. The league strives to align its goals and mission with the local school district wherever possible, creating and building a “small town” feel where kids grow up wanting to become a future Panther, Longhorn, Ranger, Falcon or Charger and play under the lights on Friday night.
For the past 4 years, my family has been a beneficiary of this great league, and now that my son is moving on to 7th grade next year, I accepted a leadership role within the organization. I have coached in some capacity over the past 4 years, and it has been an experience I will never forget. I look forward to helping the organization succeed moving forward. One of the great features of this organization, and one that sets it apart from other youth football organizations, is the quality of coaches and volunteers. Over the years, we have had a range of talented former high school and college coaches, former college and NFL players, and coaches who undergo substantial training to get themselves up to speed to dot the sidelines on Saturdays for Gridiron teams. Behind the scenes, you have people like Tracey, team moms, game monitors, etc., that work tirelessly to make sure our league is a success. The zone coordinators help do much of the coordination with the local school systems, and their efforts drive the mission of the organization. Fort Bend Gridiron Football looks forward to remaining a pillar of the respective communities, bringing children and families together, and fostering the development of the participants. Fort Bend Gridiron Football has a rich history of operation as a non-profit organization, and will continue to work closely with the local school districts to further our mutual goals for our student athletes.
Over the next year, Fort Bend Gridiron Football will continue to focus on player safety and parity among the teams in the league in all divisions in the following ways:
1. Instituting additional policies and procedures for player safety; including injury reporting guidelines, hot weather policies, limitations on full contact during practices, weight requirements/limits, and additional training for coaches on injuries.
2. Framework across all zones for combine and drafting procedures to ensure parity amongst the teams.
3. Mechanism for feedback on officials and coaches.
4. Modified tackle experience for our Freshman division.
5. Additional player improvement opportunities by zone hosted by coaches and zone coordinators.
6. Continuing partnership with USA Football (www.usafootball.com), which is the youth football development arm of the National Football League and NFLPA. Through thispartnership all coaches are certified and background checks are performed.
SPRING 2019 - INAUGURAL 7 ON 7 FOR 6TH GRADERS
7 on 7 is much like backyard football. It is a passing only game and defensively requires only 1 hand touch anywhere to down the receiver. Basically, 5 players go out on pass routes against 7 defenders. The center is not an eligible receiver and the QB must pass the ball downfield within 5 seconds or the play is dead. The game is played on 45 yard fields with a first down every 15 yards. The game is sometimes referred to as “basketball on grass” because of the fast paced, high-scoring nature of the game. All players love 7 on 7 because of the similarity to backyard football. It doesn’t matter what position you play in tackle football, every player will get to go out on pass routes and handle the ball in 7 on 7.
Alignment with Middle and High Schools
Fort Bend Gridiron Football works closely with Fort Bend ISD and LCISD to ensure alignment of our league’s goals with the local high school/middle school teams and booster clubs. Fort Bend Gridiron Football Spring 7 on 7 will help to further that goal by forming 7 on 7 teams by middle school so the incoming 7th graders will have an opportunity to play with their future teammates before starting tackle football in the Fall in middle school.
Important 7 on 7 Dates:
Practice Begins: Week of March 4th
Games Start: Week of March 22nd
Championship Friday: Week of May 13th
Fall 2019 Registration (Football and Cheer), Important Dates and Information:
Fort Bend Gridiron Football filters local youth participants to local high schools by zone and onto the high school state playoffs and beyond! Gridiron sets a solid foundation of sportsmanship, fundamentals and friendship. The league works closely with FBISD and LCISD athletics to provide players the advantage required on future middle school and high school teams. Fort Bend Gridiron Football partners with USA Football to provide all coaches with mandatory certifications and player safety training. All coaches go through a national background check, and all head coaches are interviewed and evaluated each year. All football coaches are given training on the “Heads Up” football initiative driven by USA Football and the NFL. We value player safety. Gridiron also provides for mandatory injury reporting and feedback of officials to ensure we have the proper safeguards in place for our players.
Our Cheer Program continues in the tradition of providing a fun experience for our cheerleaders, including a week long camp during the month of July and weekly practices throughout the season. Please see Cheer FAQs for more detailed information about the cheer program.
Important Fall Season Registration Dates:
Football (All Divisions)
Early Registration: Opens March 1, 2019 and ends April 30, 2019 (Cost: $195)
Regular Registration: May 1, 2019 and ends June 15, 2019 (Cost: $210)
Late Registration: June 16, 2019 and ends June 28, 2019 (Registration Officially Closes) (Cost: $225)
Regular Registration: March 1, 2019 and ends June 1, 2019 (Cost: $300)