Pre-Season Tackle Information:
DJFL preseason practices start the third Monday in August and run for two weeks. Practices will be from 6 PM - 8 PM Monday through Friday for two weeks. The first 3 practice days your son will only need his helmet, shorts, t-shirt and cleats. Every player is required to have three days of conditioning before he can put on pads. (As a reminder, you can purchase your blue football pants with pads at Authentic Athlete or Darien Sports Shop). Therefore, if your son misses the first few days or a week of the preseason, he must still complete his 3 days of conditioning with his helmet, t-shirt, shorts and cleats. If the player misses 5 or more days of preseason practices it is the coaches' discretion whether the player is ready and eligible for the preseason tackle Jamboree scrimmage that is on the last weekend of August. Finally, please have your son bring a water bottle to all practices.
The Head coaches from each grade will be sending out a preseason letter of introduction. Those fathers that are interested in coaching are encouraged to attend as many of the preseason practices as possible. There is an extensive certification requirement for all coaches to complete prior to being able to coach on the field. If you are interested in coaching or learning more about it, please reach out to Brett Tucker (firstname.lastname@example.org).
1st Week of Pre-Season:
4th / 5th / 6th Grade
All players should refer to their specific grade coaches emails/communications for practice and game schedules. Field availability is subject to change for a variety of reasons and the general league pages may not be updated. Once teams are determined, your team page will be maintained by your coaches/team parents along with your team's policy of communicating changes.
7th / 8th Grade
Practice at the Darien High School stadium turf field or Stadium East. Please arrive early so your son can check in with your grade team in order to begin practice on time.
2nd Week of Pre-Season (All Grades):
The individual grade head coaches will determine which fields the teams will practice on. 7th and 8th-grade teams will primarily practice at the DHS Stadium turf or Stadium East while the 4th through 6th-grade teams will practice at either Stadium East, Town Hall or Royle School.