TO: All Football Players and Parents,
Welcome to the Darien Junior Football League’s 2021 season. We are looking forward to another fun, exciting and safe year. The DJFL is a non-profit organization run by volunteers. We are part of the Fairfield County Football League (FCFL). The tackle football league consists of teams from Fairfield, New Canaan, Norwalk, Ridgefield, Stamford, Westport and Wilton. Our flag football program consists of players only from Darien.
REGISTER BY MAY 15th AND SAVE $100
TO SAVE MONEY, PLEASE READ ALL THE INFORMATION BELOW AND FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS EXACTLY AS THEY ARE OUTLINED: NO EXCEPTIONS.
NOTE: All DJFL Programs are for DARIEN, CT, residents only.
All Darien junior tackle football grades (grades 4-8) are travel teams in the Fairfield County Football League. As such, a significant time commitment is required; there are usually three practices per week and one game each weekend. Parents should factor this time commitment into their decision to enroll their son or daughter into tackle football. Although we encourage our young athletes to play other fall sports, for safety reasons we ask you to recognize the significant time commitment tackle football requires. Football is a team sport that requires reinforcement of fundamental skills and player responsibilities. Therefore, playing time will be commensurate with practice time.
The DJFL and the Fairfield County Football League are excited to announce a new approach to 3rd/4th grade football - Modified Travel Flag Football. In Modified Travel Flag Football, players will wear full equipment and are taught basic and advanced football skills. Players are taught proper blocking techniques, ball handling, and other football skills. Tackling is not allowed and like in traditional flag football, flags are used to down ball carriers. This approach will allow new players to focus on developing proper football skills and techniques and slowly develop a safe understanding of the game of football as they move through DJFL. 3rd-grade Modified Travel Flag will be offered as opposed to traditional tackle football. This will not affect our traditional flag offering in 3rd grade. Third graders can choose either Modified Travel Flag or traditional flag but not both. Fourth graders can choose either Modified Travel Flag or traditional tackle football but not both. As Modified Travel Flag is a travel program, DJFL will play other towns in the FCFL. Please send any inquiries to
The time commitment for flag football (grades 1-3) is less than tackle football; participants should expect to practice once a week, but practice time will vary depending on the coach. Flag football is a house league and games are played Saturday mornings at Hindley School with only Darien children. Building on the success from last season, the flag program will continue to be separated into three divisions - 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades. Third-grade players have the option of playing either 3rd-grade flag or 3rd grade modified travel flag football, but they cannot participate in both programs.
See the website for a planning calendar to assist you with key dates—you will find this updated during the season on the website. We will make every effort to update the website throughout the season for all relevant issues. The tackle Jamboree will be the weekend of August 28/29 and attendance is mandatory for all teams. The start of the tackle season games is the weekend of September 4th and 5th. For this reason, we ask that you plan your summer vacations accordingly so players will not miss the start of the first week of practice (August 16th)—head coaches will need to evaluate all players during the first week in order to break into teams.
It is important that you read this entire letter in order to eliminate higher costs due to missing key dates. There will be no exceptions to our policies, so please be prepared with the paperwork completed in order to take advantage of the lower rates offered.
REGISTRATION AND FEES
Online registration and payment via our website beginning on April 1st.
Please use our website for more information and to register:
We urge you to register early in order to secure your child’s spot. Anyone who registers for the tackle program after July 31st will be put on a waiting list. We will accept late registrations only if space is available.
TACKLE EQUIPMENT PICKUP
PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE ONLY TWO EQUIPMENT PICKUPS:
Monday June 7, 6:30-8:30pm (raindate Tuesday June 8)
Monday June 14, 6:30-8:30pm (raindate Tuesday June 15) *Only if unable to come to first pickup date.
Since equipment needs to be properly fitted for safety purposes, NO equipment will be handed out unless the player is present AND ALL of the following completed forms and fees have been submitted for each player:
- Registration forms completed (online)
- Registration fees fully paid (online)
- Medical form completed (submitted at equipment pickup for tackle and modified travel flag)—please note that we no longer accept anything but the official DJFL Medical Form with a Doctor’s Stamp. All others will be turned away (NOTE: The Medical Form is not mandatory for the traditional Flag Football program)
- Deposit check of $400 payable to ‘DJFL’ POST DATED 12/01/2021 for tackle and modified travel flag equipment (submitted at tackle equipment pickup)
SPECIAL OFFER FOR DARIEN PUBLIC EMPLOYEES
The DJFL is pleased to continue our policy of supporting all town of Darien public employees (paid and volunteer). For 2021, you must register by June 10, 2021, in order to qualify for the reduced rate that will be only $125 for the registration fee along with the equipment deposit check. If you are registering online, please indicate your job in town and then skip the payments page and send an email to
. Our website assistant will flag your registration accordingly so that you can make payment.
NEEDS BASED SCHOLARSHIPS
The DJFL understands there may be special needs in certain families that may result in children needing scholarship assistance with registration fees. Any applicants wishing to apply for the scholarship should email our Treasurer, Patrick Spellman, at
. We will keep all scholarship requests in the strictest confidence. Note that all scholarships will still require a $125 registration fee as well as an equipment deposit check for equipment for tackle players and 3rd-grade modified travel flag players.
CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE DJFL
The DJFL is dedicated to providing an athletic experience to as many young people as possible. We make every effort to keep our fees as low as possible. This year, again we are asking for donations, half of which will go to our scholarship fund. Every year, we award college scholarships for DHS seniors who were former DJFL players. The other half of the donations are used to improve the DJFL program with such things as field upgrades and new equipment. In addition, over the years DJFL has made contributions to various other programs to improve the experience for all of Darien’s football players.
Thank you and have a great summer. We look forward to a great 2021 football season.
The DJFL Board of Directors