Youth Football

For Young Men Ages 11 & 12
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Our 10 to 12 year old youth football team is designed to focus on teaching kids fundamentals in all phases of offense and defense (blocking, tackling, running, passing, catching, stance, hiking, etc.). Practices take place at our Gemini location, with games played in the JYFL of Westerville, at Westerville North High School’s stadium.  For most kids this is their first experience with tackle football and we strive for them to have an excellent first year. Our team is open to all players from any school background: online, home school, public, or private. For more information contact athletic director Kim Hayes, who had 3 sons play Crusader football, for more information about our youth football experience.

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Player safety is our highest priority, especially to make the start of tackle football a positive experience for our athletes. We emphasize proper techniques, continually upgrade helmets and equipment, and utilize our certified training staff.


Ohio State Sports Medicine is the official medical provider for the Columbus Crusaders, providing onsite athletic trainers and team physicians for Columbus Crusader athletes at practices and games. Ohio State experts are available for general first aid, acute injury evaluation and treatment, concussion management, and priority specialty or physician referrals.

Fees are $185 (Save $20 in July) and include a helmet, mouthguard, shoulder pads, practice jersey, game jerseys (to keep), and pants for each athlete. We encourage families to take advantage of early registration discounts.  Registration deadline is July 31.

We also provide opportunities for players to sell ads to play for FREE. If you are interested in our ad program, please contact Erin Barlow (

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