Get in the Huddle with the Red Knights!

Football for Ages 5 to 13

Experience the thrill of the game with the Norchester Red Knights! Our competitive football program is rich in history and tradition. For over 50 years, we have been teaching the fundamentals of the game that promote teamwork and camaraderie among our players.

Our organization provides athletic opportunities for beginners to experienced players:

  • Flag Football for children ages 5-6 years
  • Tackle Football for youth ages 7-13 years

Safe Age and Weight Standards
To ensure a safe and positive playing environment, each player is placed in a division based on age and weight. Our programs have no cutting of rosters.

The Feeder Program for OJR Football
As the football feeder program for Owen J. Roberts High School, we are dedicated to the development of football skills in our student athletes.

All students within our district, students from other public or private schools and home-schooled students are invited to join the Norchester Red Knights!

Proud Member of Bert Bell Football Conference
We are a proud member of the Bert Bell Memorial Football Conference. This league was established to equip players with the skills, physical conditioning and mental attitude necessary for the pursuance of the game at the high school level.

All Coaches are USA Football Certified
The Norchester Red Knights are highly committed to player safety. Our coaches are properly trained and certified by USA Football to provide the best development experience in our players, while reducing the risk of injuries. We teach Heads Up Football℠, the new standard for football leagues that is focused on four key areas:

  • coach education
  • safe tackling
  • concussion awareness
  • proper equipment fitting

This teaching model provides our coaches with the right materials and teaching techniques for different age groups.

Child Safety is Our Priority
All coaches, assistant coaches and any volunteers in direct contact with players have completed a criminal background check and child abuse clearances.

Commitment
Football is considered one of the most rewarding, yet demanding of all little league sports. Therefore, it requires a strong commitment to the program. The success of the program is driven by the level of  support delivered by our coaches, players, parents, volunteers and the community. 

Become a Red Knight!
Registration is now open for the Fall 2017 Football Season! For questions about the Norchester Red Knights football program or if you can coach during the Fall 2017 season, contact Football Director Phil Longworth


Football Teams

Division Coach Age * Weight
Flag Team Josh Brumfield 5-6 years n/a
  "older/lighter" rule n/a n/a
80 lb. Varsity Tackle Team Chad Grimm 7-8 years up to 82 lbs. 1 lb per week additional
  "older/lighter" rule 9 years by August 1 Cannot turn 9 until after Nov. 30 up to 64 lbs.
100 lb. Varsity Tackle Team Len Bartosiewicz 9-10 years up to 107 lbs. 1 lb per week thereafter
  "older/lighter" rule 11 years by August 1 Cannot turn 12 until after Nov. 30 up to 85 lbs.
130 lb. Varsity Tackle Team 11-12-13 year old Rick Whitlock 11-13 years up to 130 lbs.
  "older/lighter" rule no 9th graders or high school students May not turn 14 prior to August 1

* Age as of August 1 of the playing year.
** May not turn 14 years prior to November 30 of the playing year. Players may not be in a grade higher than the 8th Grade.

The "older/lighter" rule in each weighted division allows for a third year of eligibility under more stringent weight restrictions.

If you have any questions about which team your child should be on, read our Age and Weight Standards for Football for more details or contact our Football Director Phil Longworth.


The Season

Our Family Orientation will occur at Connie Batdorf Park in Pottstown, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 6:15pm.  Families can meet under the pavilion.  Practice starts the week of August 1, 2017. Regular season games begin on Saturday, September 2 (Labor Day weekend) and run through the end of October. If your tackle team qualifies for the playoffs, playoff games will run until the second or third week of November.


Practice & Games

Flag Football
In August, practice is two nights a week (Tuesday, Thursday) from 6:00-7:30pm and Saturday mornings from 9:00-10:30am. After school starts, practice is two nights a week (Tuesday, Thursday) from 6:00-7:30pm. We plan to hold practices at North Coventry Elementary School, but this may be subject to change due to field assignments determined by the school district. Practice schedules and details will be issued by the beginning of August.

Games are usually on Saturday and occasionally on Friday evening or Sunday afternoon. Home games are played at Connie Batdorf Park in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. For away games, the flag team travels to other conference team locations, usually in Chester County and sometimes in Delaware County.

Tackle Football
In August, practice is tentatively three nights a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday) from 6:00-8:00pm and Saturday mornings from 8:30-10:30am. After school starts, practice is three nights a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday) from 6:00-8:00pm. We plan to hold practices at North Coventry Elementary School, but this may be subject to change due to field assignments determined by the school district. Practice schedules and details will be issued by the beginning of August.

Games are usually on Saturday and occasionally on Friday evening or Sunday afternoon. Home games are played at Connie Batdorf Park in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. For away games, the tackle teams travel to other conference team locations, usually in Chester County and sometimes in Delaware County.

Tentative Practice Days in August Time
Flag Team Tuesday, Thursday
6:00-7:30pm
80 lb. Varsity Tackle Team Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
Saturday
6:00-8:00pm
8:30-10:30am
105 lb. Varsity Tackle Team Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
Saturday
6:00-8:00pm
8:30-10:30am
130 lb. Varsity Tackle Team Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
Saturday
6:00-8:00pm
8:30-10:30am

Playoffs

At the end of the regular season in late October, the Bert Bell Memorial Football Conference will develop playoff game brackets for the Tackle teams that qualify in each division. Teams continue in the playoffs to the Division Championship Game in mid-November or until eliminated.


Game Playing Rules

Flag Football
Playing time is one-hour with two halves and a 5-minute halftime. Each team has 11 players on the field. Touchdowns are worth one point and there are no extra points or safeties. 

Tackle Football
Quarters are 10 minutes, with a maximum of 10 minutes at halftime. Each team has 11 players on the field. Touchdowns are worth six points. The point after touchdown is worth one point if by pass or rush, or two points if by place or drop kick. (For 80 lb. and 105 lb. teams, the point after touchdown is worth two points if by pass or rush from ball placement at the 5 yard line.) A game during the regular playing season can end in a tie and is counted as such.

Game ball for Flag and 80 lb. teams | Leather Wilson K2
Game ball for 105 and 130 lb. teams | Leather Wilson TDJ
 


Practice Uniform

Flag Football
For practice, all Flag players should wear practice pants or shorts, a t-shirt that is not too loose and can be tucked in, a mouthpiece and sneakers or cleats. Please bring a water bottle labeled with your child's name.

Tackle Football
For practice, all Tackle players should wear a helmet, chin strap, mouthpiece (not clear), red practice jersey, shoulder pads, practice pants, athletic supporter and cup, girdle to place pads into, hip pads, thigh pads, knee pads and tail pad (or practice pants with built-in pads). Please bring a water bottle labeled with your child's name.


Game Uniform

Flag Football
Norchester Red Knights will provide your child with a game jersey, game pants and flags. Uniforms and equipment are to be returned clean after the last scheduled game.

You will need to provide a colored mouthpiece (not clear) and sneakers or cleats (molded rubber). NEW THIS YEAR, Flag football players may keep their game jersey at the end of the season!

Tackle Football
All Tackle players will wear 
a helmet, chin strap, colored mouthpiece (not clear), game jersey, shoulder pads, flat black game pants with built-in pads, athletic supporter and cup.

The Norchester Red Knights will provide your child with a helmet, game jersey and shoulder pads. Uniforms and equipment are to be returned clean after the last scheduled game.

You will need to provide cleats (molded rubber), chin strap, colored mouthpiece (not clear), athletic supporter and cup, red practice jersey and flat black football pants with built-in pads.


Physical Exam

Each football player is required to have a physical exam completed by a physician before practicing with the team. This is done at the expense of the parent/guardian. Physicals must be returned no later than August 1, 2017, to start practice.

Download the Physical Exam Form [pdf] ›


Birth Certificate

Each football player will need to provide a copy of their birth certificate for the Norchester Red Knights to keep on file. This copy must be received no later than August 1, 2017, to start practice on August 1.


League ID Card

Flag Football
Flag Football players do not need a League Photo ID Card.

Tackle Football
All Tackle Football players will need to show an original birth certificate (not a copy) at a later date to obtain a Bert Bell League Photo ID Card for the season. This is to verify children are the age represented at registration. 


Parent Handbook

Our Parent Handbook provides parents/guardians with a general outline of our football program. It will help you know what to expect this season with your child’s participation.

Norchester Red Knights Parent Handbook - rev. 2/27/2015 [pdf] ›


Registration

Registration is open for the Fall 2017 Football Season. >

Flag Football registration fee | $75
Tackle Football registration fee | $150   

To make the Norchester Red Knights even more affordable for larger families, we offer $10 OFF registration for each additional child you register. (For example, first child is $150, second child is $140 and third child is $140.)

Registration for the 2017 Fall Season opens on April 15, 2017 and closes on July 31, 2017.

Late Registration opens on August 1, 2017 and closes on September 15, 2017.