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Important Dates
For CFL 2014


GO HERE To Sign Up Online For Most Middle School & Dowling Athletic Camps & Clinics

August 23, Saturday
Transitional 4th Grade Player Equipment Pickup, 9-11 a.m. Helmets & Shoulder Pads Only

August 27, Wednesday
1st through 3rd Grade, 9-11 a.m.: Flags & T- shirts Issued to Coaches at Catholic Football Shed, West Dowling Campus

August 29, Friday
Celebration of 50th Anniversary of Catholic Football, 1964-2014 - "CFL Night" During Pregame of Xavier @ Dowling Game at Valley Stadium, 6:30 p.m.
All CFL Teams, Players & Coaches Gather at North End of Valley Stadium & Run Across Field - Many Past & Present CFL Leaders Recognized - CFL Players Wear Game Jerseys & Enter FREE

August 30, Saturday
1st&2nd & 3rd Grade Flag: First Practices Permitted by the Catholic Football League
5th through 8th Grade: Scrimmage Games
5th through 8th Grade: Team Pictures at Dowling Catholic South Campus

September 6 & 7, Saturday & Sunday
1st through 4th Grade: Scrimmage & Team Pictures
5th through 8th Grade: Week One

September 13 & 14, Saturday & Sunday
1st through 3rd Grade: Week One
4th through 8th Grade: Week Two

September 20 & 21, Saturday & Sunday
1st through 3rd Grade: Week Two
4th through 7th Grade: Week Four


September 27 & 28, Saturday & Sunday
1st through 3rd Grade: Week Three
4th through 8th Grade: Week Four

October 4 & 5, Saturday & Sunday
1st through 3rd Grade: Week Four
4th through 8th Grade: Week Five

October 11 & 12, Saturday & Sunday
1st through 3rd Grade: Week Five
4th through 7th Grade: Week Six
8th Grade: Championship

October 18 & 19, Saturday & Sunday
1st through 3rd Grade: Final Week
4th through 7th Grade: Playoffs
8th Grade: Westside Tournament Scrimmage

October 25 & 26, Saturday & Sunday
4th through 7th Grade: Championships

October 25, 26 & 27, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
8th Grade: Westside Tournament

L A T E S T   C F L   N E W S

Registration For 2014, Both Tackle & Flag, Is Closed

CFL Night, Friday, August 29, Xavier @ Dowling Game at Valley Stadium
The Greater Des Moines Catholic Football League Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary Through All Of 2014 | Beginning with CFL Night, Friday, August 29, at Valley Stadium | All CFL Teams, Players & Coaches Are Honored During Pre-Game of Xavier @ Dowling Game | Players Wear Jerseys & Get In Free, Arrive By 6:30 p.m., Coaches Accompany Players Who Run Across Field


Half Century of Commitment To Safety | On-Field Medical Safety Personnel | CFL & Dowling Catholic Are Leaders in Football Safety Through Fundamentals, Training & Awareness

Preparation for CFL 2014:

Please Click For 2014 Tackle Game Schedules Below (Flag Schedules Coming Soon):
5th Grade | 6th Grade | 7th Grade | 8th Grade


ALL Head Coaches & Assistant Coaches - Required: Annual Level One Certification of ALL CFL Coaches. Call Greg at 202-9562 for CFL Coach Password - Click Here To Begin Online Certification

Newly Revised (8/14) Policies & Procedures of the Greater Des Moines Catholic Football League - Click Here

New Concussion Policy: If a player sustains a concussion during practice or games, the attached return to play form must be completed by the appropriate medical professional, and each coach and parent must take the player through the progressive return-to-play policy steps. If a player fails any part of the recovery, it is required to start the policy over. In the event of a player concussion, please make sure you email a copy of the completed form to the CFL Board as well: gdmcfl@gmail.com. Please see the Catholic Football League's Concussion Medical Release Form.

Please also see the CFL's Heat Symptoms and Guidelines.

Catholic Football Re-Adopts Fourth-Grade Transitional Flag To Promote Fundamentals

View the 2014 CFL Calendar Here.
View the 2014 TACKLE Football FAQ Here.
View the 2014 FLAG Football FAQ Here.
Catholic Football & Dowling Catholic Lead In Football Safety in Central Iowa
Dowling Athletic Director & Football Coach Tom Wilson Addresses Football Safety on Iowa Public Television, Below:



Note to CFL Coaches: Value "Talent Identification" Over "Talent Selection." Click For Article Here.
Mandatory Screening of ALL Coaches in CFL - An Open Letter to All CFL Coaches At All Levels:
All Coaches, at All Levels, Flag through Tackle, Must Pass This Mandatory Screening Procedure. Please Click Here, Refer to the Form, Follow Directions and Submit to the National Center for Safety Initiatives. If Coaches Do Not Do This, They Will Not Be Coaches in the Catholic Football Leaague. The League Will Notify You with Any Concerns. Thank You.
-Greater Des Moines Catholic Football League


Policies & Procedures and Rules of the Greater Des Moines Catholic Football League - Revised 8/18/13
Policies & Procedures - Click Here
Flag Rules, Grades 1&2 and Grade 3 - Click Here
Tackle Rules, Grades 4, 5 & 6 - Click Here
Tackle Rules, Grades 7 & 8 - Click Here

Post-League & Non-League CFL Policies
Coaches & Players Participating in Tournaments After the CFL Season, Please Click Both:
1) Required: Non-CFL Football Waiver
2) League Policy
Signed Waiver Form Required of ALL CFL Coaches and Players Who Play Tournaments & More Outside the CFL


Mandatory Virtus Training for ALL CFL Coaches
Required by the Des Moines Catholic Diocese - Click for Schedule


Nutrition for Student-Athletes
"Eat To Compete" By Dr. David McAllister, DO, FACC - Iowa Heart Center
Click Here for this Quick & Easy Reference Guide to Build Lean Muscle the Proper Way


Heartfelt Thanks
To All Families, Volunteers, Parents, Players & Coaches Who Make Catholic Football League Possible


Football
Safety


Dowling Athletic Director & Football Coach Tom Wilson Addresses Football Safety on Iowa Public Television


Catholic Football is a Proud Member of USA Football and its Heads Up Safety Program for Players & Coaches

Football
Camps


Drake Football Camps

Simpson Football Camps

Buena Vista Football Camps

Nebraska Football Camps

Iowa State Football Camps

Iowa Football Camps

Notre Dame Football Camps

Midwest Kicking Camps

Mission Statement

The Greater Des Moines Catholic Football League, founded in 1964, will strive to provide young student-athletes the opportunity to develop disciplined life skills through family, friends, and the game of Football. The Greater Des Moines Catholic Football League will focus on Five Key Pillars of development:

• Sportsmanship
• Teamwork
• Commitment
• Football Fundamentals
• Lifelong Fitness

The Greater Des Moines Catholic Football League will deliver a positive spiritual experience for each player, coach, and family, regardless of the outcome of the game. Our goal is to develop strong young men who, through participation in our league, will naturally progress into Dowling Catholic High School, which develops leaders for life centered on Christ.

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