The Greenville Grizzlies offer youth football for kids ages 5-12 years old. We play through the Greenville County Recreation District and are proud members of American Youth Football and USA Football. While we are a competitive tackle football program, we are not a “win at all cost" organization. We will not sacrifice our core values for wins.
Our goal is for our young athletes to gain skills and knowledge through our program that transcend football, instilling in them the confidence to be successful not only in athletics, but in all facets of life. We expect and demand the highest level of integrity and good sportsmanship from all players, coaches and parents.
We will maintain extremely organized, structured and fast paced practices. We are dedicated to creating a safe environment of discipline, self-respect and positive reinforcement. Each player is evaluated and assigned a position. All players are expected to learn their function for each play.
We instill in our players an understanding of the relationship between effort and success and the way that translates into other aspects of life, character development, academics and a greater sense of belonging in a unique team experience, building lasting and meaningful friendships.
What are the age groups of each team?
6U (ages 5-6)* - SUN CUBS
8U (ages 7-8) - GOLDEN BEARS
10U (ages 9-10) - GRIZZLIE BEARS
12U (ages 11-12) - KODIAK BEARS
*Players must be 5 years old on or before September 1st of the current year to be eligible. 5-6 age group is a flag team.
What are the age guidelines? Unlike previous years, the new age guidelines are Sept 1st birth date cutoff to play in your age group. For example, if your son is 10 years old, but has a birthday of Sept. 2 - Dec 31 turning 11, they will play on the 10U, instead of the 12U. Likewise, if your son is 10 and has a birth date from Jan 1-Aug 31, he will play on the 12U. versus the 10U.
When does practices start?
The Monday following Independence Day. This year we begin practice on Monday, July 8, 2019.
What are practice dates, times and location?
Prior to games beginning: Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:30-8:30 p.m.
One school is in session we cut the time back in order to get our athletes home earlier ending our practices at 8:00 p.m.
After games begin: 2 practices per week; days depend on game schedules. 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Practice Location: Greenville Grizzlies Home Field, East Riverside Park, 1155 South Suber Rd. Greer, SC 29650
When and where are games played?
Games begin in early September, typically after Labor Day. Game days vary by age group. Games are played on M, T, TH and S. Typically, all 6U and 8U games are on Saturdays at times scheduled between 9 am and 2 pm. 10U and 12U teams typically play on weeknights at 6:30 pm and 8:00 pm, respectively. Game schedules are determined by the GCRD (Greenville County Rec Department) and may vary from the general guidelines above. GCRD typically does not release game schedules until late August.
Games are played at the various Greenville County Parks and GCRD assigns those locations with the game schedules. Typically, most teams will play games in at least three different parks during the season.
When does registration begin?
Registration typically begins in early February. Follow us on Facebook to get notices for registration dates.
How much are registration fees? Registration fees for the 2019 season fees are $160 for Tackle and Cheer Programs. Flag Program fees for the 2019 season is $125.
Interested in being a Grizzly, but not sure you can afford the fee? We may be able to help. For more details, please contact Grace Smith at 646-859-9342 or email@example.com
What do the Grizzlies provide to registered players?
Game Uniform (includes game jersey, integrated pants, and socks)
Supplement insurance coverage
Events throughout the Season (Camps, Jamboree, Bowl Day)
End of season party/banquet (meal and t-shirt)
Trophy, Special Recognition and more.
What are players expected to provide?
Players are responsible for having their own protective equipment and practice gear and includes:
Athletic supporter with protective cup
Practice integrated pants and practice jersey
Sports Physical (completed in the calendar year of the current season
Long Form Birth Certificate or DMV ID
Any Greenville County required paperwork