Overview: The Naperville Saints are a not-for-profit youth football program for Naperville area kids ranging from 7-14.
Registration: 2023 season registration dates are as follows:
More registration information including fees and credits can be found at https://www.napervillesaints.org/2023registration. We had 60% growth in 2022 and anticipate another year of strong demand, but we do not have unlimited spots for players. Our largest obstacles to taking more players and fielding more teams is having coaches - let us know if you want to coach your child's team!
Expectations: Players are expected to make all practices and games, and as such we do not recommend players participate in sports concurrently with football. Missing practices impairs player development, team success, reduced playing time and safety. There is a minimum game time requirement per player (league requirement) which is negated if a player misses practice that respective week.
Equipment: Players are responsible for their football equipment (helmet, shoulder pads, practice jersey, etc.). Visit our equipment page for more info: https://www.napervillesaints.org/equipment
Practices: The first week of practice will be held the first week of August (possibly last week of July), 4 per week. Once the school year starts there are three practices per week. Each practice is typically 90 minutes long. Practice schedules are decided by the coach but are typically on week nights in the early evening.
PLEASE NOTE: The first one to two weeks of practices will be used by the coaching staff to evaluate player placement and positions, and as a result attending the first practices is mandatory.
Games: Games start the weekend of August 26th and are held once per week on either Saturday or Sunday, we may have a Monday night game based on scheduling for certain age groups. It is a 9-week season. Super Bowl championships are held at Benedictine University the weekend of Nov. 10th for qualifying 9U-Varsity teams.
Naperville Saints home games are at Knoch Park and local high schools i.e. Naperville North High School and Naperville Central High School. Away games are local travel, see list of towns here.
The Naperville Saints belong to the Bill George Youth Football League (BGYFL) who has implemented weight restrictions, by age. The weight restriction is a safety and even-competition measure. Those players above a certain weight in their age group are deemed "stripers" and are only allowed to play on the offensive and defensive line. The "striper" weights limits can be found on our website here. Once a player is listed as a striper with the league, they are a striper for the season.