Informational Facts About the Program
UpdatedFriday February 26, 2021 byRobbinsville PAL Jr Ravens Football.
7U/8U Division (as of September 1, 2021) who weigh 85 lbs. or less. This team is comprised of 2nd and 3rd Graders. League's average player weight at this level in 2020 was 68lbs. We are a competitive travel team and play in the West Jersey Youth Football League. This is a developmental level tackle football.
Our goal is to teach the boys the fundamentals of the game. Learning football is a commitment; 4 practices a week in August, including scrimmages against other teams. We know that some parents are hesitant to allow their sons to play football at this young age. Our coaches all once played football ourselves and currently have sons on the team. Such concerns are well known to us. We are therefore committed to teaching safety, proper techniques and promoting sportsmanship. We also want the boys to have fun. After all, football is a game. All the boys will play. We hope we can impart our love of the sport and the fun of being on the Junior Ravens to your son. And we believe that you will enjoy being part of our team's family.
- Practices are held at Blakely Field on Meadowbrook Road.
- Preseason practice begins in August and is 4 days a week – Monday through Thursday. (Many players miss a week while on vacation; it’s expected)
- We usually end preseason practice weeks by scrimmaging another team.
- Our team will weigh-in just one time – the Saturday after Labor Day.
- After Labor Day we got to a school practice week – 3 times a week, including a shortened pregame “walk through” practice with no contact on Fridays.
- Home games are typically played at the Robbinsville High School field on Sundays.
- Away games can be scheduled on Saturdays or Sundays depending on the opponent.
- We play an 8-game regular schedule: 4 games home and 4 games away.
- Games consist of four 8-minute quarters with time kept on the field by the referees. Game duration is generally 1:00-1:15 hrs.
- There are two referees on the field at our level.
- Special Teams consist only of kickoffs and kick returns. No punting or extra point kicks at our level.
- An extra point conversion run or pass is worth 1 point.
- In 2020 the average player in the league at our weight level was 67.8 lbs.
- The heaviest team in our league last season averaged 72.5 lbs per player; the lightest averaged 62.9 lbs.