Parker Youth, Inc. (PYL) is a non-profit, all volunteer youth sports organization dedicated to providing and developing quality youth athletic programs for the youth of the Parker community and surrounding areas.Parker Youth Incorporated of Parker, Co
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HAWKS FOOTBALL HOMEPAGE
Welcome to the home of PARKER HAWKS Football!!
The Hawks Football program is the premier competitive tackle football club representing Parker and the surrounding areas of Franktown & Elizabeth. We believe that youth football should build skill, confidence and a love of the game. This happens when kids get to play the game at the right level. The Hawks are proud to have pioneered the highest minimum play requirements in the area to ensure new and developing players have the best tackle football experience possible. Our goal is to allow kids to participate against the appropriate level of competition while they learn the game. This approach alsoenables the Hawks to maintain the highest level of competition in the state. We participate in the AYL and have different levels of play. The two divisions are AFC and NFC. If the number of teams allow, sometimes the divisions are further split into a North and South, with the North being the most competitive. All divisions strive to be competitive.
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The Hawks believe in the value of youth sports in teaching life lessons, molding character and preparing our athletes for high school sports. We hope that sharing this information will help you as parents make informed decisions for your children to participate in and benefit from youth sports!
The Hawks believe that players have the best football experience by playing against the appropriate level of competition. We compete in a league that typically fields 2-3 divisions of play. The are designated by the titles of AFC & NFC. We attempt to balance teams by size and for competitive balance in their division. We may need to place players based on their skill level and the size of the team to provide the best football experience for all players. This means to maintain the best experience for all of the players in our community, we may not be able to accommodate each individual team or teammate request.
Our goal is for players to participate at the appropriate level, while understanding that the league itself is a competitive league. We believe this provides a better experience and produces teams that work well together and and the result is they become a successful team. Sometimes this may happen quickly and other times it may be more of a journey.
Important Notice Regarding Team Placement
1. Although the Hawks collect coach and teammate requests we will not guarantee placement of players on any team. You will be placed where your child has the best opportunity to play.
2. PYS cannot guarantee practice day/time or location
Please be aware that teams practice at various times and locations based on the availability of practice fields. Unfortunately, we can not guarantee practice times or days.
Before you register your child, it is important to note that due to the possibility of inclement weather, available fields & officials, canceled games are scheduled on Sundays. Also, there is a real chance that playoff games & Super Bowls being played on Sundays. All participants must understand & accept this possibility before registering to participate in HAWKS football and the Arapahoe Youth League.
Equipment can be purchased at any sporting goods store. The Official Hawks jersey colors are White & Navy Blue. Hawks teams wear our traditional uniform design of navy pants and navy helmets. All teams are required to have a home (Dark) jersey and an away (Light) jersey. Uniforms can be purchased at Locker Room Sports. Equipment needed is helmet, shoulder pads, pants & pads, game jerseys, mouthpiece and cleats. Also note that clear & white colored mouth guards are illegal. Please make sure that your player has a colored mouth guard or they may be disallowed to play in an official game!! For more information contact the Hawks Football Coordinator at
The Hawks, in conjunction with the Arapahoe Youth League, participate in three different divisions in which kids can compete depending on your child's skill level and football experience. We have players from each division move on to play and start in high school and even in many cases, college. Playing in the appropriate division now will build your child's confidence and maximize their playing time, which is the key to their success in the future. Parents please make sure you know your child's ability level and are honest with them, and know what your own expectations are before placing your child on a team. If you have any questions or concerns regarding where your child should play please contact the Football Coordinator.
Most parents will find that the AFC is a perfect fit for their child. The AFC division is considered our experienced division. Players with tackle football experience are recommended to sign up for this division. Many of our players spend their entire career at this level before moving on to play high school football. Many players in this division are capable of playing at the highest level, though the teams overall aren't as experienced as the NFC division teams. The AFC division guarantees 20 plays per game, as much as 3x the number of plays guaranteed in other organizations. If your child is looking for a very competitive brand of football, you may want to consider the AFC.
The NFC is considered our 'select' division where almost all of the kids have several years experience playing tackle football. This division provides the highest level of competition in the state. The number of guaranteed plays are the lowest (16), but still double what other organizations guarantee. Roster spots are allocated by the coach of the team. Parents can request to have their son placed on an NFC team however these teams are typically "hand picked" by the football director or the NFC coaches.
Games are on Saturdays and will usually begin the last weekend in August. Playoffs can be played as early has the last couple weeks of October concluding with our Super Bowl in November. Most teams will play 8 regular season games. If your team qualifies, they will go to the Playoffs. If they keep winning, they will play in the Super Bowl the weekend before Thanksgiving.
Games can be played in Castle Rock, Parker, Highlands Ranch, Aurora, Centennial, Littleton, & Denver.
FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR PLAYERS AND THEIR FAMILIES, PARKER YOUTH SPORTS CONDUCTS BACKGROUND CHECKS ON ALL HEAD AND ASSISTANT COACHES EVERY TWO YEARS.
Hawks football has a very successful track record and is partly due to our experienced and knowledgeable coaches. Many of our coaches have a number of years experience coaching football and other sports. Our coaches are expected to attend at least 2 clinics annually and most of our successful coaches attend numerous clinics throughout the year. It is this experience and training that allow them to fundamentals and skills in an age appropriate manner and develop players with a solid foundation to move on to high school competition.
If you think you have what it takes to instill a lof of the game and teach the sport of football, please fill out our Coach's Application. We will follow up with you to schedule an interview. Each year we look to add quality coaches as both head coaches and assistants on new and existing teams.
It is highly recommended that every player undergo and pass a physical exam before participating in tackle Football. Parents make sure your child has passed a routine physical exam before signing them up.