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What Your Football Player Can Expect as a Roadrunner...

The Ellington Roadrunners are a Member Town of the Northern CT Football League, (NCFL). All Ellington residents, and residents of towns that physically border Ellington are eligible as long as players meet the listed age and weight requirements. The NCFL is one of the most competitive football leagues in the state and the Roadrunners are a cornerstone of the league.  

As a Roadrunner, your player will begin practice on Monday, July 30, practicing 5 days a week, (6:00 to 8:00) for the first 6 weeks. (D Team practices 4 nights per week).  At that point practice will be reduced to 3-days per week. Practices are high energy and run by trained and experienced coaching staffs at every level. Players will learn the fundamentals of football and through conditioning and more technical training, they will build confidence and become a Team.

The NCFL is a nine-team league that has an 8-week (1 game per week), regular season schedule. The D squad, (6-7yr olds) is an instructional league that does not have playoffs or a championship game, but instead holds a Jamboree at the end of the season. The C (8-9), B (10-11) and A Squad (12-13yr olds) all have a playoff system. The top 8 teams in each squad go to the playoffs where after 3 more weeks of games, the NCFL Champion is determined.

The Roadrunners play in a very competitive league. Playing-time at every level is based on several criteria, including player safety, participation in practice and skill level. The league has established a minimum play requirement, but the Roadrunners have traditionally gotten much more for every player. A balance of developing players, winning games and having fun is paramount for coaches at every level. Our goal is to teach kids to love this game and move them to the next level year after year, right through high school and beyond!

There is no game more rewarding, or one that provides more life lessons than football!

Player Safety

"Football is not a contact sport, it's a collision sport - dancing is a contact sport."   - Vince Lombardi

The most important part of our daily focus is player safety. All of our coaches are members of the National Alliance of Youth Sports, and are USA Football “Heads Up” certified, which trains coaches in head injury awareness and prevention. The Ellington Roadrunners use state of the art equipment that is regularly recertified to make sure it meets all factory standards. Please feel free to contact your players coach with any safety questions or concerns you may have.

Lately, football, and specifically youth football has been getting a significant amount of negative media coverage. Due diligence should be done by parents to ensure the proper information is obtained, and parents of children who wish to pursue football can make a good decision. And where some have publicly come out to say that “if they had a son they would not let them play football”, other testimonials can be found very easily. See below from TV Personality and Heart Surgeon Dr. Oz:

“I had to face the decision this fall about whether my son would play football,” Oz said. “He’s 14. I let him play Pop Warner and youth football, but in high school he really began hitting people.”

Oz played football in high school and at Harvard in the early 1980s. The sport’s ability to form his character appealed to him then, and even more so now in his career as a surgeon.

“I wouldn’t be who I am today without football,” he said. “There’s no question about that in my mind. It taught me how to fail and recover. I learned how to make a calm center in a maelstrom of activity around me, which is what I do in surgery. In your moment of need you don’t want to be surrounded by intellectuals. In football, you train people to be men of action. I decided if that’s what (Oliver) wanted to do, I would not take away from him that opportunity.”

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