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Visitation Viking Football Program Information

 The Visitation Viking Football Program strives to balance learning the fundamentals of football, having a positive experience and winning in a Christian environment.  Our program has enjoyed success on and off the field as evidenced by the number of players that have a positive experience, by the number of players that go on to high school to play and the number that come back to volunteer to coach.We participate in the GCYL which is a city wide Catholic football league.  There are 28 programs in the Greater Cincinnati area that range from small to large schools creating a more competitive environment for our kids while maintaining our neighborhood rivalries. The playing guidelines are dictated by the league guidelines.  The Greater Catholic Youth League is a competitive league that has no guaranteed playing time guidelines.  Football is a different sport than those that have minimum playing time guarantees.  The Visitation Viking Football program works hard to get as much meaningful playing time for their players as we can by making it a priority at all levels.  Our participation numbers of 200 plus kids each year support our vision to making playing time a priority.

Our "vision" for the program starts at the bandit level.  In 2007 for the first time, we fielded two bandit teams rather than just one and evenly split those teams to ensure more playing time for our kids.  Our primary goal is to teach basic instruction, fundamentals and more importantly have fun.  Bantam Head Coaches; TBD  

Our 3rd and 4th are split by grade and participate in separate levels of play.  Both grade levels practice together during the week and participate in games on the weekend.  This structure increases our kid’s fundamentals of the game and provides the coaches 2 consecutive years of teaching.  Our pony teams have made it a goal to start as close to 22 players as practical for the regular season, 11 offense and 11 on defense (no other school does this).  This will occasionally sacrifice wins during the regular season but develop more players and ensure playing time for all the players.  3rd and 4th Grade Pony Head Coach; Dan Beckenhaupt 

Our 5th and 6th are split by grade and participate in separate levels of play.  Both grade levels practice together during the week and participate in games on the weekend.  This structure increases our kid’s fundamentals of the game and provides the coaches 2 consecutive years of teaching.  Our teams strive to maximize playing time during every game and typically start 18 different plays between defense and offense.  We carry additional coaches to manage substitutions effectively without interfering with the productivity on the field. 5th and 6th Grade Reserve Head Coach; Bob Lyons 

Our 7th and 8th grade team is a junior high level team that has a mix of very mature kids with kids that are behind physically.  Each player has an opportunity to gain additional playing time and that opportunity is on Monday's, Wednesday's and Thursday's.  At the 7th and 8th grade level players earn playing time based on their output in practice.  However, the coaching staff strives to ensure playing time for each player.  7th and 8th Grade Varsity Head Coach; Bob Lambers Thank you for making

Visitation Viking football something to be proud of.Coordinators; Hank Westerkamp and Bob Lyons



Important Dates for Football:

  • Sign Ups Mid March 2017 
  • Equipment Turn Out Week of July 27th
  • Tentative - Varsity 1st Day of practice July 30th 
  • Pony - Varsity Practice Helmets only Monday 8/3 6pm to 7:30pm
  • Pony - Varsity Practice Full Equipment Monday 8/10 6pm to 7:30pm
  • Blue Orange Game 8/18
  • Season Kickoff 8/26



2016 GCYL Division 1 Champions 
Reserve & Varsity



The GCYL is a member of USA Heads Up Football.  Website www.usafootball.com 


  • GCYL website www.gcyl.org for details on league.  
  • Please contact Bob Lyons for football Questions at bob.lyons45@gmail.com