Tackle Football

Welcome to the Thunder Youth Football season!

Thunder Youth Football is a feeder program designed to teach the basics and fundamentals of Belvidere North's playbook. This process allows your young athletes to progress from a youth league, to the middle school, and then on to high school focused on the same plays they've been learning through out their youth.

We promote sportsmanship and safety first and foremost, and provide a positive coaching philosophy that encourages our youth to return year after year.

Our season starts with the practices at the end of July.  Practices are 3 to 5 days a week from 5:30pm to 7:30pm on the fields between Seth Whitman and Central Middle School.  Days and times of practice will changes based on level and coaches and day light.  Our first game is in August.  Normally all games are played on Saturday starting with the Flyweights game around 9 or 9:30 and each level plays after that.  Each game lasts around 90 minutes.  There will be 8 regular season games - 4 home which are at Central Middle School and 4 away games (please see NIFC website for other organizations in our conference).  If the team makes it to the playoffs there is a chance for 2 additional games.

Our coaches are all USA Football - Heads Up tackling certified, and must pass a background check.

You can register your son or daughter to play football on one of our three teams (age as of 8/1/2022):

Flyweight – 7 and 8 years old – max weight 107-110 petitioned
Middleweight – 9 and 10 years old – max weight 142-145 petitioned
Heavyweight – 11 and 12 years old (6th grade and under) – max weight 172-175 petitioned

Thunder Youth Football is a volunteer based organization, and its success is based on the help and willingness of parents, family, and friends to step in and help. These opportunities include: Concessions, Field Setup, Trash clean up, Chain Gang, Score board operator, helping with fundraisers, and organizing special events.