About South Dakota Junior Football
South Dakota Junior Football is an instructional participation tackle football program for area youth in 2nd through 8th grade. This organization was established in 1969 by a number of Sioux Falls business leaders and parents who wanted their children to better learn and understand the game of football before entering high school. These parents went out and obtained financial support from the Sioux Falls business community through donations and sponsorships to purchase equipment to start this youth football program. Thousands of volunteer hours have gone into organizing and coaching since 1969 to get this program where it is today. Over 2,800 youth from Sioux Falls and surrounding communities participate annually in the South Dakota Junior Football program which is managed and operated by all volunteers. South Dakota Junior Football Inc is a South Dakota non-profit corporation in good standing with an IRS designation as a 501C3 Corporation.
Teams are aligned into four divisions: Rookie Division is made up of 2nd graders, Pee Wee Division is made up of 3rd and 4th graders, Junior Division is made up of 5th and 6th graders, and Senior Division is made up of 7th and 8th graders. All players are placed on teams by address with other players from the same neighborhood. Equipment is provided by South Dakota Junior Football Inc.
The objective of South Dakota Junior Football Inc is to promote, manage, and conduct an organized youth football program for the pre-high school youth in and around Sioux Falls, SD. The league's goal is to teach the basics of the game of football, sportsmanship, and teamwork in a positive, encouraging environment that will assist all participants in improving self-worth and confidence.
To meet this objective, one of our rules is for all players to play a minimum of one full, continuous quarter per game. By playing one full continuous quarter, each player is taught to play on offense, defense, and special teams. This teaches all players the basics in all areas of the game.
All teams play a 6 game regular season schedule and are guaranteed 2 playoff games. Games are played on the 9 South Dakota Junior Football fields in the new Sanford Youth Sports Complex in NW Sioux Falls and on the 2 fields at the Yankton High School. These facilities are maintained by the City of Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation Department and the Yankton School District respectively. Our Sioux Falls fields are located east of the I-29 Benson Road exit.
What Others Say About Us
"We've won our State Championships with lot of kids that have gone through the South Dakota Junior Football Program."
Head Coach Steve Kueter, Sioux Falls O'Gorman High School
"A valuable instructional league and a positive asset to the Senior High programs."
Tea Area High School Athletic Director and Former SF Roosevelt High School Head Coach Brent Deboer
"It's very important that these kids are learning the fundamentals at an early age so that they can use them at the next level. Junior Football does a great job teaching those fundamentals."
Head Coach Chad Garrow, Brandon Valley High School
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