The 2015 Season is Right Around the Corner! Register your child starting April 6th at www.ahyaa.org.
Welcome to the Arlington Cowboys, one of the finest youth football programs in the Chicagoland area. Our program emphasizes sportsmanship, discipline, and fitness in the setting of a community that truly embraces the character building experience of youth athletics.
The players will be instructed on the fundamentals of football by NFL Heads-Up! certified volunteer coaches. It is our goal that the players’ experience while members of our football program will be rewarding and beneficial well beyond their Cowboy years. Cowboy participants in the past treasure great memories of their playing years in the Cowboys program, and many of those past players now have children of their own playing Cowboy football.
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Established in 1964, the Arlington Cowboys football program is in its 51st year serving the youth of Arlington Heights. The Cowboys are a program of the Arlington Heights Youth Athletic Association (AHYAA). 2015 marks the 1st year of our association with the Bill George Youth Football League.
The Cowboys have a Flag program for youths five through seven years old (as of September 1st) and a Tackle program for those from eight to fourteen years of age. Fourteen year-olds must still be in middle school. The Flag program is a “house program” with teams playing against other Arlington Heights teams. The Tackle program is a “travel” program with approximately half of the games played on an Arlington Heights home field and the remainder played on a field outside of Arlington Heights. Flag games are generally played on Saturday mornings, while the Tackle games are scheduled on Saturday and Sunday at various times throughout the day. Flag teams are organized with players in the same neighborhood where possible. Tackle program teams are organized using a draft process.
Registration for both the Flag and Tackle programs occurs in April through May and some late-registrations may be permitted depending upon equipment and roster-space availability. Within some BGYFL limits, non-residents may also apply to play in the Cowboys program.
Opening Day and First Week Instructions
The 2015 Arlington Cowboy season will begin this year on Monday August 3rd. All registered tackle players will receive an email in late July detailing the division and location for Evaluation Week.
Volunteering and Parental Expectations
The Cowboys are a volunteer-based organization that needs the involvement and participation of as many people as possible to work. We welcome participation from any person who is willing and able to offer their time to the program. We will assure the future of this outstanding program through participation from within our community. Besides coaching, some fun ways to get involved and get to know the kids and parents are through volunteering at the concession stand, helping to keep score at the games, and organizing the annual parent banquet.