1. NFL Youth Flag Football (Spring)

Flag football is a fun team sport and a great way to introduce your child to football without worrying about contact. Games are run in a “pick-up” format based on the child’s age group. One-hour games take place at the same time every Saturday morning for the duration of the season, which typically runs between April and June each year. Players must be between ages 5 and 13, and age is determined as of April 1 of the current season. Teams are assembled based on the player’s age. The age divisions are: 5 – 7, 8 – 9, and 10 – 13.

Coaches from each age group can schedule an optional single, one-hour practice each week. If you’re a coach and would like to schedule practice time, please contact Antonio Wallace, Roanoke Parks and Recreation Athletics Supervisor, at (540) 853-1111 or Antonio.Wallace@roanokeva.gov to coordinate a time.


2. YOUTH Football and Cheerleading (FALL)

Roanoke’s Youth Football and Cheerleading seasons run from September through October each year. Youth must be between ages 5 and 12.
The age divisions are as follows: U6 (Ages 5-6), U8 (Ages 7-8), U10 (Ages 9-10), and U12 (Ages 11-12).

U10 and U12 are the only TACKLE FOOTBALL leagues. Flag will be offered for all age groups.
Age is determined as of October 1 of the current season with the following exception: Five-year-olds must turn five (5) by August 1st of the current season. To register for Youth Football, please contact the recreation club that serves the region in Roanoke where you live. 


Youth Tackle Football registrations usually open in June and are taken until a deadline set by each individual recreation club. Additionally, players may be added to a team roster up until the first game of the season (while roster spots are available).

  • Region 1 (Star City): Contact David Preston at p: 540-819-8981; e: dmpress01@hotmail.com or Register online here
  • Region 2 (Williamson Road): Contact Chris Dooley at p: 540-366-1942; e: sbdooley@gmail.com or Register online here
  • Region 3 (South East): Contact Information – p: 540-268-3616; e: southeastrecclub@gmail.com or Register online here
  • Region 4 (Greater Southwest Athletics): Contact Gary Foster at p: 540-204-0023; e: gfoster@gsasports.org or Register online here


Do you want to be a volunteer coach?

Please contact your recreation club representative to learn more about becoming a volunteer football coach.

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