What We Do
East Boca Tackle Football was created to give the gift of youth football to ANYONE who has the desire to play the game. Regardless of size, skill or aptitude, there is a place for those who want to learn the game. Our core philosophies are:
- Kids come first.
- Safety is paramount.
- Everyone plays.
- We treat the game with respect.
Started in 2008, EBT has become the largest youth football program in Boca Raton for ages 5 through 14. We are the only TRUE recreational program that puts teaching, fun and safety above winning. Our equipment is from national brands like Schutt and Riddell and we follow all inspection and certification programs required at the High School level. We are fully insured and participate in USA Football’s Heads Up Concussion Awareness Programs.
Today, we have many distinguished Alumni playing for many High Schools in the area including Boca Raton High School, Pope John Paul High School, Spanish River High School and Atlantic High School.
Frequently Asked Questions
When does the season start?
The season starts August 9, 2021. Training camp/evaluations will be 4 days/week for the first 2 weeks. We will then have our draft and team practices will start the following week. There will be 3 practices per week for the teams prior to the first game (2 weeks).
Where are the practices and games?
Practices after the first game are twice a week at the Spanish River Sports Complex or Patch Reef Park (TBD) Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Games are at Patch Reef Park on Yamato Road just west of Military Trail. Games will be played on Sundays throughout the season between noon and 6:00pm.
Is there travel involved?
It is a local recreational league within the Boca Raton area typically. We do have relationships with some neighboring cities for games or tournaments for All Stars but our goal is to “keep it local” and family oriented. Our experience is the kids get to know each other and make great friendships because of this approach – even with opposing players!
How are teams formed?
Each player is given a ranking after the training camp via mutual agreement among all the coaches. Each team has 3 coaches and a sponsor where their 4 kids are “frozen” on their respective team. During the draft, any frozen players must be chosen in the order of their ranking. This gives equal weight to teams who have frozen players that may not be top ranked while having first access to top players who are not frozen. Our goal is for equality and to eliminate the ability to “stack” a team.
My child has never played before. What will his/her experience be?
As EBT is a recreational football league, our mission is to introduce players to the sport. No matter what your kid’s size or ability is, he/she has a home at EBT. Our coaches are here to help with all the little (and some not so little) adjustments with getting comfortable in the uniform. While we strive to be competitive (or it would not be called a “sport”), we do understand that many players may never suit up for the next level (high school or college) but you never know what a kid can become if given a chance. Our motto is “Kids come first” and they all get to play! We’ve seen some amazing things happen!
What about safety?
Our number one priority is safety. We follow all USA Football/Heads Up Program Guidelines. All our gear is purchased through Football America and Riddell – the same places high schools purchase their gear. ALL of our helmets are NOCSAE certified and we follow all guidelines as spelled out by NOCSAE. We strive to make all practices and drills safe for all players with an emphasis on proper tackling and blocking techniques taught by the Heads Up Program. We are currently partnered with USA Football to provide us with a nationally-recognized coaches training and safety program regarding concussion awareness, Heads Up tackling and equipment fitting. We take this very seriously.
Are there weight restrictions?
Yes. Any player who is above the division limit will be allowed to play with his age peers but not as a Quarterback or Running Back. Players above the weight limit can receive passes but beyond the line of scrimmage only. The player may choose to play up in the next division if he desires to play these positions assuming he makes weight in that division. Weight limits for each group are as follows:
|Superstars||5-7 years old||90 pounds|
|Freshmen||8-9 years old||105 pounds|
|Junior Varsity||10-11 years old||125 pounds|
|Varsity||12-13 years old (14 year old Restricted)||155 pounds|
Are we insured?
Absolutely. We carry Liability Insurance for all EBT staff and volunteers as well as mandatory medical insurance for all players and cheerleaders. We also comply with the “SafeKids” initiative where we are insured for inappropriate actions against children. All coaches must comply with the “SafeKids” guidelines for disclosure and any directives set forth by the insurance companies for “SafeKids” coverage. All coaches are also screened by the National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI) against national and regional crime databases.
Who makes the decisions for the league?
Currently there is a 3 person board ultimately responsible for running the league. Volunteers are welcome! Regarding structure and rules, we strive to emulate many of the various national organizations’ guidelines while retaining the flexibility to tailor things to meet our local needs.
Can we help/participate?
Yes. We welcome all parents or big brothers/sisters in helping with the league. There’s lots to do and we welcome any and all participation you can provide. Just let us know and we’ll find something for you to do!!
Is there training camp?
Spring Camp is May 15 from 9:00-1:00 and is FREE! You don’t have to be registered with EBT Football League to attend. If you are registered and paid in full, you will receive an East Boca Tackle Football League T-Shirt!