Hickory – Registration for Tackle Football is now underway at the Recreation and Sports Tourism Administrative Office, located at 1451 8th St. Dr. NE, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Tackle Football Program is open to boys and girls ages 9 – 12 (must be 9 before August 31, 2019, and cannot be 13 before August 31, 2019).

Any child that has previously participated through our master registration system may call (828) 322-7046 to register, or register online at www.hickorync.gov/recreation. Any child that has not participated in a program may register online, and once registration is complete, a parent will need to come by the administrative office and sign a waiver. A birth certificate must be presented at time of registration along with a $40.00 non-resident fee for persons living outside the city limits of Hickory.

All children participating in football this fall are encouraged to purchase accident insurance coverage. The $6.00 insurance fee covers the participant for a one-year period from March 1, 2019, to February 28, 2020, in all activities sponsored and supervised by the Recreation and Sports Tourism Department and must be paid at registration. The $250,000 coverage is primary coverage that pays regardless of other insurance, directly to the participant, doctor, or hospital.

Practice sessions are scheduled for Saturday, August 3 with 9 – 10 year olds at 10 a.m. and 11 – 12 year olds at 11 a.m., and Monday, August 5 with 9 – 10 year olds at 5:30 p.m. and 11 – 12 year olds at 6:30 p.m. Both sessions will be conducted at Neill W. Clark, Jr. Recreation Park Field #4, located at 3404 6th St. Dr. NW. Rain date will be Tuesday, August 6, at 5:30 p.m. for 9 – 10 year olds and 6:30 p.m. for 11 – 12 year olds.

Equipment provided by the Recreation and Sports Tourism Department will include shoulder pads and helmets. Parents will be required to purchase a team jersey and football pants and pads. For more information, please contact Gary Long at (828) 261-2252.