Program Statement

Wilmette Eagles Football is open to all youth entering Grades 4-8 at the beginning of the season. The program is organized into two components:
House League and Travel Tackle. Wilmette Eagles Football
is a program of the Wilmette Park District.


Concussion Awareness

This year all coaches will be required to complete an online course prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on concussion awareness prior to the start of fall practice.We also want to provide you with a concussion fact sheet prepared by the CDC that identifies signs of a concussion. Click here to download a copy of the Heads Up Concussion in Youth Sports fact sheet from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Wilmette Park District would also like to call your attention to a resource known as post concussion assessment and cognitive testing. Known as ImPACT™ testing (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing). Click here to download a letter containing more information about  ImPACT™ testing and Park District plans for the 2013 Eagles Football season.


 Click here to download the 2013 Football Parents' Manual.


Some essential points about Travel Tackle Football:

  • It is consciously a contact sport.
  • It is a team sport in every aspect.
  • Knowledge of each play and one's individual responsibilities are critical.
  • Proper technique and execution are essential for the safety of the player and his/her teammates.

Responsibilities of participants and their parents:

  • Make football your primary commitment during the 2½  month season.
  • It is recognized that some players may be enrolled in more than one sport. Coaches are instructed to make reasonable efforts (early dismissal, late arrival) to accommodate these individuals. Nonetheless, attendance is mandatory for at least two night practices per week, and for ALL games. If you miss two weeknight practices, your playing time in the next game will be limited, up to and including not playing at all.
  • Contact the coach if you are going to miss practice for any reason.
  • Practices are for learning and improving skills. Pay attention, follow instructions, and give 100% effort all the time. Run, don't walk to each practice activity.
  • Do not "goof off". Horsing around is the most frequent reason injuries occur.
  • Go all out, all the time, until the whistle blows.
  • "Trash talking" or excessive celebration at the end of a play is poor sportsmanship and may result in a penalty. It will not be tolerated. If you are provoked, always walk away. Do not retaliate.
  • Treat your coaches, officials, and your teammates in a courteous, respectful manner.
  • You are using public facilities, so pick up all trash at the conclusion of practices and games.
  • You may wish to reconsider your participation in the program if you cannot
     make these committments.

Responsibilities of the program to participants and their parents:

  • Instill in ALL participants, players, parents and volunteer coaches that football is, above all, a GAME to be enjoyed.
  • Teach the fundamentals of tackle football and provide a forum for participants to apply their learned skills in game conditions.
  • Teach the importance of conditioning, achieving AND maintaining it through calisthenics, running and proper diet.
  • Teach the concept of team and the responsibilities assumed in being a member of a team.
  • Teach sportsmanship and respect for one's teammates, members of opposing teams, officials and coaches.
  • Teach about proper equipment, how to determine proper size, putting it on correctly and how to care for it.
  • Teach about common types of bumps and bruises incurred in tackle football and how to treat them. 
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