2020 FALL SEASON HAS BEEN CANCELLED
After much discussion and reviewing decisions made by the Middleton School District, the Big Eight Conference, and other youth football programs throughout Dane County, the Board has voted to cancel the Fall 2020 season for our 6th, 7th and 8th graders. We have not made this decision lightly and ultimately concluded that the rewards of trying to play a normal season amidst the uncertainty of our current climate were far outweighed by the risks and local restrictions posed by COVID-19. Protecting the health and safety of our athletes, coaches, families, and officials remains our #1 priority.
Some months ago, Middleton-Cross Plains Area High School Varsity Football Coach, Jason Pertzborn, introduced the idea of the co-op of our two area youth football programs, namely Middleton Cardinal Youth Football and St. Francis Xavier-Cross Plains Orioles Youth Football. After much discussion, the program directors of both organizations have made the decision to implement the changes outlined below blending our area youth football programs. By doing so, we all feel this will allow the two youth programs to better align under the guidance of Middleton-Cross Plains Area High School.
4th and 5th Grades
These players will register on the St. Francis Xavier Website and play Rookie Tackle 8-on-8 football in an independent league. Rookie Tackle was developed by USA Football to be a bridge between flag football and traditional 11-on-11 tackle football. It is played on a smaller field with less players. St. Francis Xavier will host football practices and home games at their St. Francis Xavier fields in Cross Plains. Games will be played Saturday mornings. Rookie Tackle Football Info: https://usafootball.com/rookietackle/
These players will register on the Cardinal Youth Football Website and play 11-on-11 tackle football in the Badger Central Alliance League with games on Saturday mornings. Middleton Cardinal Youth Football will host practices at Taylor Park and home games at Otto Breitenbach Stadium in Middleton.
7th and 8th Grades
These players will register on the Cardinal Youth Football Website and play 11-on-11 tackle football in the Jr. High Alliance League and play games on Tuesday evenings. Middleton Cardinal Youth Football will host practices at Taylor Park and home games at Otto Breitenbach Stadium in Middleton.
The registration fee for all grade levels will be $145 per player for the season. Please be assured that if the season is canceled or shortened we will provide full or partial refunds. As always, financial assistance and scholarships are available. We encourage all families to register as soon as possible so we can get a feel for our numbers.
If you have questions, we encourage you to contact:
Program Director, Middleton Cardinal Youth Football
Program Director, St. Francis Xavier Youth Football