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Lafayette 56ers, Inc is a non-profit youth cheer and tackle football league, established in 1974. The 56ers organization has always been proud of its sports programs, and the level of participation from both the community of Lafayette and parents. We happily accept players from all school districts into our program. We are a member of USA Football, teaching Heads Up Football. This method teaches proper blocking and tackling form to lessen the chance of head and neck injuries.
3rd & 4th Grade Fooball Players must weigh 50-150 lbs. 5th & 6th Grade Football Players must weigh 70-210 lbs.
We attempt to keep 15-18 players per football team in order that each participant may receive individual training and playing time.
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56ers is Lafayette’s Premier Youth Football League. We happily accept students from 3rd through 6th grade from any surrounding areas.
3rd and 4th grade students are grouped together and focus on the fundamentals of tackling, running offense, and some special teams. This league is referred to as Jr Broncho’s. One coach is allowed on the field with Jr. Brocho's to call plays, but is encouraged not to "coach" during the plays.
5th and 6th grade students are grouped together and are a more advanced group. Most players know the runningback positions and offensive holes at this age before the season starts. Correct tackle technique is taught by our USA Football certified coaches. All players will have a starting position either on offense or defense. All players will play at least 6 plays per half. The 56ers games are played on turf at the Jefferson Highschool Stadium. Play clocks are used and enforced.
We reserve the right to adjust a player's age group based on ability and size, keeping player safety the top priority.
Financial assistance is available.