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Welcome to the Newington Knights!

Welcome to the Newington Knights!


Flag football is open to our youngest Knights, grades PK-4 to 2nd Grade (approximately 4 - 7 years old). It is an approx 6 week program designed to introduce players to the fundamentals of football.  Players will learn offensive & defensive positions, along with blocking, passing and catching techniques. They learn to be part of a team and, most importantly, how to have fun with this great sport!

A child's age on July 31 is their age for the season. Please note: according to Pop Warner ages, 7 year olds are eligible for both Flag and 9U Tackle. If your child has never played football before, we strongly recommend Flag for a year. For Tackle, they will be on a team, and playing against 9 year olds. Ultimately the decision is up to your family, if you need more information on which program would be right for your child, please don't hesitate to reach out!


Tackle football is open to players 7-14 years old, in grades 3 through 8). There are no weight limit restrictions. 


The Knights program supplies most of the equipment the players will need during the season, including:

  • Helmet (with chin strap)

  • Shoulder Pads

  • Game Jersey's

  • Game Pants

  • Registration T-shirt- only required during strengthening and conditioning. 

You will need to supply the following items in order to practice and play:

  • Cup/Supporter-Required

  • Football Cleats with molded rubber bottoms (no metal spikes or screw in cleats)

  • Mouth Guard

  • Practice Jersey

  • Practice Socks

  • Game Socks - White with no visible logo

  • Girdle or Practice Pants with 5 or 7 -point pads.  Knee pads must be purchased for 5-point girdles.


1. What are the different age groups and weight limits for each team?

There are NO weight limit restrictions for any team.  The Knights football program incorporates the following grade based (age protected) team matrix:

*Grades can be combined

2. How many games are in a season? 

The number of games varies depending on the year. Players can expect to participate in at least 8-10 games in a season.

3. When and where are the games played?

 All home games will be played on Clem Lemire. All away games will be played at our opponents respective home fields. All games will follow the same game time schedule unless otherwise noted.

4. How long are the games?

Games are generally two hours long. Players should be present 1 hour prior to kick-off in order to check in. Each game consists of four 18 minute running time quarters.

5. When and where are practices held?

Unless otherwise noted, all practices will be held at the home field, Clem Lemire.

6. How do I find out if a game or practice is changed or cancelled?

The coaching staff will communicate any changes to the schedule. In addition, changes will be posted on the announcement section of the team website when possible. 

7. How are positions and playing time determined?

Each team's coaching staff will assess each player and determine which position(s) suit that player and the Team's needs. The head coach has the final say when it comes to position and playing time. It is possible for a player's position to change mid-season for a variety of reasons.

8. How much playing time will my child get during the games?

The Newington Knights by-laws mandate that all players must participate in a minimum number of plays per game based upon the amount of players on the Team. Playing time is often affected by a player's work ethic and participation level during practices, scrimmages, and games.  

9. What is the practice attendance policy? What happens if my child misses practice?

Coaches will expect each child to attend and participate in every practice and game. Practice time is extremely valuable and is used to develop each player's skills as well as prepare the team for the upcoming opponent. If a player must miss a practice or game, a coach or team manager must be notified either by phone or email before practice begins. Limited excused absences are acceptable and will be allowed, however excessive absences may result in loss of playing time due to lack of participation. Unexcused absences may result in immediate loss of playing time.  

10. My child participates in additional activities during the football season. How will this affect my child's chances of playing?

 It is extremely difficult for a child to participate at a high level in football if he or she is involved in multiple activities during football season, therefore it is not recommended. Coaches will follow the guidelines for missed practices mentioned above.

11. What does my child need in order to participate in football?

See “Equipment Information” under Parent Info for more information on equipment requirements.

12. What does my child need to wear to practice?

Practice attire will be determined by the coaches. In general, players will be required to wear all of their protective gear, cleats and a practice jersey to each practice. 

Flag Football

2024 Flag Football

Our Flag program is run in house with all practices/games at Clem Lemeire Field in Newington. It is not affiliated with Pop Warner. Open to players in Grades K-2 (ages 5-7) Email Kelvin f you have questions [email protected].

Registration Total: $125
Flag football and flag-level instructional cheer practices will begin the week of August 20, 2024.
Registration: $100
Fundraising fee: $25

Flag Football

Registration closes on 09/15/2024 at 12:00 AM
Season Dates: 08/20/2024 to 11/02/2024

Tackle Football

2024 Tackle Football

Tackle Football Registration: $250 + $25 mandatory fundraising fee.  Parents will be required to provide mouthpieces, practice jerseys and practice pants with 7-point padding. Players will be provided with shoulder pads and helmets, as well as home/away game uniforms. Game uniforms to be worn at Sunday games and Saturday walk-throughs only.

When you are ready to register, please have the following information available:
  1. Photo of your player - must be front facing, shoulders up
  2. Medical ID card
  3. Digital copy of Birth Certificate (currently not a required field, but upload it if you have it) Before the season starts you will be required to upload a copy of the player's birth certificate. We will also require the original copy of the birth certificate (which will be returned to you after our books are certified).

When school is over, we will also require a final report card to be uploaded, instructions will be sent in June.

After registration is completed, you will have the option to digitally sign the Player Contract and Medical Clearance (this no longer requires a doctor's signature).

Age Based U11

Registration closes on 12/31/2024 at 11:59 PM
Season Dates: 08/01/2024 to 12/31/2024
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Age Based U13

Registration closes on 12/31/2024 at 11:59 PM
Season Dates: 08/01/2024 to 12/31/2024
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Age Based U9

Registration closes on 12/31/2024 at 11:59 PM
Season Dates: 08/01/2024 to 12/31/2024
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Contact us

Newington Knights Youth Football and Cheer

Balducci Way 
Newington, Connecticut 06111
Email: [email protected]

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