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Tackle Cheer
Looking to get into cheer? You can cheer for your favorite SBMSA Tackle Football Team this fall! See more details below.
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2024 Registration Opens 4/8
Our registration for this year opens on 4/8. This includes Summer 7on7, Fall Football, and Summer Camps.
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You can now watch games at Memorial Middle and Spring Forest Middle School using our live cameras! Click below to access or find the link in the "Resources" section of this page.
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SBMSA Football Alumni Group
The purpose of this group is to offer the hundreds of former SBMSA Football players and coaches the opportunity to reconnect and stay informed about the current program. By registering you will receive regular updates regarding the program and information about alumni events, SBMSA Gala’s and important dates for the football season. We are also preserving the programs history by collecting archive materials. Access to this archive will be posted here. Registration is free; please join us.
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Who We Are

About SBMSA Football

The Football Program accepts boys and girls from kindergarten through 8th grade.  Our age-based divisions use April 30th as the cutoff date each year.

Each division has rules requiring playing time for each player, limiting the amount of time a team can practice, and generally promoting good sportsmanship.

Practice locations are determined by the team’s head coach.  Typically, the head coach will practice in a location in close proximity to where they and a majority of their players live.  Traditional areas/fields in which head coaches practice are at elementary and middle schools.

FALL Practices typically begin about when SBISD school begins (i.e. mid to late August).  Games will be once a week starting in September with the regular season ending at the end of October.  Playoffs are approximately three weeks lasting through about mid-November.

Tackle Cheer Program

Cheer is offered to participants who are in 1st – 6th Grade.

If you are looking for more information about this program, visit the Cheer page here.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Players are placed in a Division based on their Age as of 4/30 of the Current Year.
 
  • Freshman Flag – 5 Year Olds (Generally Kindergarteners)
  • JV Flag – 6 Year Olds (Generally 1st Graders)
  • Varsity Flag – 7 Year Olds (Generally 2nd Graders)
Players are placed in a Division based on their Age as of 4/30 of the Current Year.
 
  • Freshman Tackle – 8 Year Olds (Generally 3rd Graders)
  • Sophomore Tackle – 9 Year Olds (Generally 4th Graders)
  • JV Tackle – 10 Year Olds (Generally 5th Graders)
  • Varsity Tackle – 11 Year Olds (Generally 6th Graders)
Players are placed in a Division based on their Age as of 4/30 of the Current Year.
 
  • JV 7on7 – 8 & 9 Year Olds (Generally 3rd & 4th Graders)
  • Varsity 7on7 – 10 & 11 Year Olds (Generally 5th & 6th Graders)
Each individual Coach determines the days, times, & locations of their practices.  Generally, a coach will try and practice at a school or park that is close to where the children of their team live / go to school.
 
Examples by League:
 
  • Flag – 1 to 2 Practices per week & 1 Game a Week
  • 7on7 – 1 to 2 Practices per week & 1 Game a Week
  • Tackle – 2 to 3 Practices a week & 1 Game a Week
Games are played as follows.
 
  • Flag – 1 Game per week.  Could be during the week or on Saturday.  Typically at the SBMSA Fields at MMS.
  • 7on7 – 1 Game per week.  Could be during the week or on Saturday.  Typically at the SBMSA Fields at MMS or SFMS.
  • Tackle – 1 Game per week.  On Saturday’s.  Typically at the SBMSA Fields at MMS (Freshman & Sophomore) or SFMS (JV & Varsity).
Players are placed in a Division based on the Grade they will be in the coming Fall.
 
  • Level 1 – Rising 3rd & 4th Graders
  • Level 2 – Rising 5th & 6th Graders
  • Level 3 – Rising 7th & 8th Graders

Games are typically played at Grob Stadium or the SBMSA Fields across the parking lot from Grob Stadium.

Below is more information regarding SBMSA’s Football Program.  For further details please see our complete rules here.

Football Seasons & Leagues
Football Gallery
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Football Health & Safety - USA Football Certification

All Football Coaches, no matter what League or Age, are required to complete the annual USA Football Certification. The USA Football Certification aids coaches in the understanding and execution of age-appropriate methods for improved safety in practices, drills and games. All of our efforts have a central focus on building the safest possible environment so that players can build their skills while fueling their passion and joy of football. Topics covered in the certification are:

Health & Safety
  • Head - Concussions Prevention & Recognition
  • Heart - Sudden Cardiac Arrest
  • Heat Related Illnesses
  • Emergency Action Plans
  • Levels of Contact (Tackle Coaches)
Tackle Football Fundamentals
  • Blocking
  • Defeating Blocks
  • Shoulder Tackling
  • Proper Equipment Fitting 
Non-Contact Football Fundamentals

Summer Football Leagues and Divisions

Summer 7on7
Football

Questions? Contact: 7on7 Director Mitch Nyveen [email protected]

SBMSA Summer 7on7 Football is for children going into the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th or 8th grades in the Fall. There will be three divisions as follows:

Level
Grade

Level 1

Incoming 3rd and 4th graders

Level 2

Incoming 5th and 6th graders

Level 3

Incoming 7th and 8th graders

Registration will be from early April through the end of May each year.

Practices start in early June.  This is a double header league. 

Teams will play two games on Friday night each week of the season.  

League games are played over 4 weeks and are anticipated to start mid-June.  No games will be played the week of July 4.  

Teams will be formed by Coach request and school to the best of the League’s ability.

Fall Football Leagues and Divisions

Fall Flag Football

Questions? Contact: Flag Director Thomas Alleman [email protected]

Each flag team is limited to three (3) hours of practice each week. Players are placed on teams according to the geographic area in which they reside.

Division
Age
Style

Freshman

5

8 Man

Junior Varsity

6

8 Man

Varsity

7

8 Man

Flag games are played on a 45 yard field with each offensive possession starting on the 45 yard line.  There are no punts or kicks offs.

Freshman Flag program has approximately 10 to 14 players per team. Games are typically played on Saturday mornings at SBMSA Memorial Middle School Fields.

SBMSA’s Freshman Flag program is very similar to our Junior Varsity Flag program with additional rules specific to the younger age.  A few examples include more coaches allowed on the field and shorter game times.

Junior Varsity program has approximately 10 to 14 players per team. Varsity program has approximately 10 to 14 players per team.

Games are typically played on weekdays and/or weekends on SBMSA Memorial Middle School Fields.

Fall 7on7 Passing
League

Questions? Contact: 7on7 Director Mitch Nyveen [email protected]

Division
Age
Style

Junior Varsity

8 & 9

7 Man

Varsity

10, 11, & 12*

7 man

*A player that is 12 years of age AND in 6th grade may be eligible to play in a varsity division.

Each 7on7 team is limited to six (6) hours of practice each week.

Our 7on7 Passing program has approximately 10 to 14 players per team.

7on7 games are played on a 45 yard field with each offensive possession starting on the 45 yard line.  There are no punts or kick offs.

JV 7on7 program places players on teams according to the geographic area in which they reside.

Varsity 7on7 Program places players on teams by a Draft.

Games are typically played on weekdays and/or weekends on SBMSA Memorial Middle School / Spring Forest Middle School Fields.

Fall Tackle Football

Questions? Contact: Tackle Directors Derek Angel [email protected] & Todd Foss [email protected]

Level
Age
Style
Max Ball Carrier Weight

Freshman

8 (Generally 3rd Grade) 

8 Man

85 Pounds

Sophomore

9 (Generally 4th Grade) 

8 Man

95 Pounds

Junior Varsity

10 (Generally 5th Grade) 

11 Man

105 Pounds

Varsity

11 (Generally 6th Grade) 

11 Man

125 Pounds

*A player that is 12 years of age AND in 6th grade may be eligible to play in a varsity division.

Freshman & Sophomore Tackle

An 8 Man Football with approximately 12 to 15 players per team. Players will be placed on teams according to the geographic area in which they reside.

Games are played on weekdays and/or weekends at SBMSA Memorial Middle School Fields.

Eight Man Tackle Football is very similar to the traditional 11 Man game.  However, it is a simpler game for both players and coaches allowing the focus to be more on the fundamentals of the game.  An example of some of the differences with SBMSA’s 11 Man Tackle Football…

No kick offs

Offense

  • Two less offensive lineman and one less back
  • Limitation on certain offensive formations (e.g. no more than two players outside of the guards on one side)
  • No quarterback sneaks
  • A forward pass play must be attempted at least every seven (7) offensive plays per possession

Defense

  • No defensive position restrictions based on player weight
  • May not have more than one less defensive lineman than offensive down-linemen
  • May not cover up the center
  • Required spacing from the line of scrimmage for all non-defensive linemen

JV & Varsity Tackle

Our Varsity Tackle programs are 11 Man Football with approximately 16 to 22 players per team.  Players will be placed on teams via a draft.  The Football Board will determine the draft pools, skills evaluation and draft process, and the number of teams in each pool after registration is complete.

Games are typically played on weekends at SBMSA Spring Forest Middle School Fields.

SBMSA 11 Man Football follows a combination of UIL and NCAA Rules with some exceptions.  An example of some of the exceptions are…

• No blocking below the waist

Fall Middle School Supplemental Season

Questions? Contact: Middle School Tackle Director Rob Christy [email protected]

Level
Style

7th Grade

11 Man

8th Grade

11 Man

  • Must be a current student at an SBISD Middle School AND a participant on the Middle School Football Team in order to participate in the SBMSA Middle School Supplemental Season (Cornerstone and WAIS Students are Eligible to participate)

Our 7th & 8th grade programs are 11 Man Football with approximately 16 to 22 players per team.  Players will be placed on teams / draft pools based on the SBISD High School they are Zoned to / Plan to attend.  The Football Board will determine the draft pools, skills evaluation and draft process, and the number of teams in each pool after registration is complete.

Teams will be taught and run the Offensive & Defensive schemes for the SBISD High School they will attend.  SBMSA 7th & 8th Grade Teams will practice once a week during the SBISD Football Season and then will be limited to 3 practices a week after the SBISD Football Season is finished.  SBMSA 7th & 8th Grade Teams will begin playing games post SBISD Football Season with the final games taking place before Thanksgiving.

Games locations & day of the week still TBD.

SBMSA 7th & 8th Grade Football follows a combination of UIL and NCAA Rules with some exceptions.  An example of some of the exceptions are…

• No blocking below the waist

• No Kickoffs

2024 Football Season Calendar

DATE
TIME
EVENT
LOCATION

TBD

TBD

Football Board Meeting

TBD

March 26th

7pm - 9pm

Huddles & Heels Clinic

The Forrest Club (9950 Memorial Drive 77024)

April 8th

-

Registration Opens for Summer 7on7, Fall Football, and Skills & Speed Camps

Online - Visit Here

April 8th

-

Registration Opens for Cheer

Online - Visit Here

April 20th

9:00am-11:00am

In-Person Registration - Fall Football & Summer Camps (includes financial aid)

Academy Sports & Outdoors- Bunker Hill

May 11th

9:00am-11:00am

In-Person Registration - Fall Football & Summer Camps (includes financial aid)

Academy Sports & Outdoors- Bunker Hill

May 31st

-

Summer 7on7 Registation Closes

Online - Visit Here

June 12th

6:00pm-8:00pm

In-Person Registration - Fall Football & Summer Camps (includes financial aid)

Academy Sports & Outdoors- Bunker Hill

June 21st

-

Summer 7on7 Game Night (SBISD High School Coaches Night)

Spring Branch Education Center Fields (SBEC)

June 28th

-

Summer 7on7 Game Night

Spring Branch Education Center Fields (SBEC)

July 12th

-

Summer 7on7 Game Night

Spring Branch Education Center Fields (SBEC)

July 17th

6:00pm - 8:00pm

In-Person Registration - Fall Football & Summer Camps (includes financial aid)

Academy Sports & Outdoors- Bunker Hill

July 19th

-

Summer 7on7 Game Night

Spring Branch Education Center Fields (SBEC)

July 28th

6:00pm-7:45pm

Parisi Speed & Agility Camp Begins (See details at Football Camps link)

Memorial Middle School (MMS) Fields

July 29th

-

Fall Football EARLY Registration Ends

Online- Register Here

TBD

TBD

Coaches Meeting(s)

TBD

August 4th

Skills Camp Begins (7on7 & Tackle)

Memorial Middle School (MMS) Fields

August 4th

-

Fall Football Registration Closes

Online- Register Here

August 10th

10:00am

Skills Assessment (JV & Varsity Tackle) & Official Weigh-in (All Tackle Divisions)

Memorial Middle School (MMS) Fields

August 10th

TBD

Skills Assessment for Varsity 7on7

Memorial Middle School (MMS) Fields

August 13th

6:00pm-10:00pm

JV & Varsity Tackle Draft Completed & Turned into Division Commissioners

TBD

August 14th

See Details Here

Tackle Practices May Begin

Various

August 16th

-

Remaining Divisions Teams Announced

-

August 17th

See Details Here

Flag & 7on7 Practices May Begin

Various

TBD

TBD

SBMSA Night - SWHS

Tully Stadium (1050 Dairy Ashford St, Houston, TX, 77079)

August 22nd

-

Make-up Weigh-ins

Memorial Middle School (MMS) Fields

TBD

-

Cheer Camp

Houston Elite Cheer (1800 Sherwood Forest St Suite B2)

TBD

TBD

SBMSA Night - NHS

Tully Stadium (1050 Dairy Ashford St, Houston, TX, 77079)

TBD

TBD

SBMSA Night - SHS

Tully Stadium (1050 Dairy Ashford St, Houston, TX, 77079)

September 7th

-

Opening Day Celebration

Various

September 15th

-

Picture Day I

Memorial Middle School

September 22nd

-

Picture Day II

Memorial Middle School

TBD

-

7th & 8th Grade Games Begin

-

TBD

TBD

SBMSA Night - MHS

Tully Stadium (1050 Dairy Ashford St, Houston, TX, 77079)

November 2nd

-

End of Regular Season

-

November 9th

-

Playoffs Week 1

Memorial Middle School / Spring Forest Middle School

November 16th

-

Playoffs Week 2

SBISD HS Turf Fields / Memorial Middle School

November 23rd

-

Non-Gold Bracket Championship Games & Middle School Rivalry Games

SBISD HS Turf Fields

November 24th

-

Gold Bracket Championship Games & Tackle Championship Games

Tully Stadium

Spring Branch-Memorial Sports Association

Football Board of Directors

Meet the Spring Branch-Memorial Sports Association Football board of directors. Primary board positions can be found in the table below and all other positions can be found at the links below.

Board Officer
Position
Email

Chris Thompson

Program Director

Ricky Ealand

Assistant Program Director

 Email

Derek Angel

Tackle Director

Todd Foss

Tackle Director

Rob Christy

Middle School Tackle Director

Thomas Alleman

Flag Director

Mitch Nyveen

7on7 Director

Stefanie Cribbs

Cheer Coordinator

Angie Lawrence

Cheer Coordinator

Kristen Hernandez

Community Outreach Director

Brandon Hernandez

Community Outreach Director

Tyler Smith

VYPE / Film Coordinator

Brent Chalmers

SBMSA Football Summer Camps & Skills Assessment

Elliott Bridger

SBMSA Football Summer Camps & Skills Assessment

Galen Dunk

Player Safety & Coaching Certification / Cards

Mike Lasseigne

Player Safety & Coaching Certification / Cards

Grant Butrum

Uniforms & Football Store

Andrea Kewekordes

Volunteer Coordinator (East Side)

Jenny Trahan

Volunteer Coordinator (West Side)

Mike Wood

Field Crew

Rob Christy

All-Stars & Bill Graham Award

Ricky Ealand

Lion Heart Coaching Award

Murphy Graham

SBMSA Football Alumni Director

Jim Mosley

SBMSA Football Historian

2024 Football Camps

SBMSA Huddles & Heels Clinic

The SBMSA Huddles & Heels Clinic for Moms is facilitated by the SBMSA Football Board. It is open to all Moms of Current or Potential SBMSA Football Players. 

Clinic Details: Tuesday, March 26th

The Forrest Club 9950 Memorial Drive 77024

7 PM to 9 PM

(Food & Beverages will be served)

Guest Speakers: SBISD Athletics Department, Orthopedic Doctor, & Parents of Former Players

Topics: League Overview, Player Safety, Testimonials from Parents of Current & Former Players.

A very special thank you to our sponsors for putting on this event: Suja Life, The Garage Total Sports Training, Vanguard Spine and Sports, RRC Construction LLC and Sunny’s Pressure Washing.

Click here to register

Click here for flyer

SBMSA Parisi Speed Agility Camp

Questions? Contact: Brent Chalmers
 brent.chalmers@amplifyenergy.com

Facilitated by the Parisi Speed School. It is open to all incoming 2nd – 8th grade athletes. The camp begins Sunday – 7/28 and continues on Monday – 7/29, Wednesday – 7/31, and Thursday – 8/1 from 6 PM to 7:45 PM.  STAY TUNED FOR A DETAILED FLYER AVAILABLE HERE

Parisi will be providing T-Shirts for the participants.

Cost of the Parisi Speed & Agility Camp is $65.

Registration will open on 4/8/2024.  Click here to register.

Attire: Shorts, T-shirt, and Shoes (preferably cleats)

SBMSA Football Skills Camp

Questions? Contact: Brent Chalmers
 brent.chalmers@amplifyenergy.com

The SBMSA Football Skills Camp is only offered to registered and potential SBMSA 7on7 & Tackle football players and will be in the evenings of Sunday – 8/4 and continues on Monday – 8/5, Wednesday – 8/7, and Thursday – 8/8. SBMSA will provide a mesh jersey to each Tackle participant to go over their shoulder pads.  Both Tackle & 7on7 participants will receive an SBMSA Football Shirt.

7on7 Players: 6:15pm – 8:00pm

Freshman Tackle Players: 6:15pm – 8:00pm

Sophomore Tackle Players: 6:15pm – 8:00pm

JV Tackle Players: 8:00pm-10:00pm

Varsity Tackle Players: 8:00pm-10:00pm

Middle School Tackle Players (7th & 8th Graders): 8:00pm-10:00pm

Cost of the SBMSA Skills Camp is $75

Registration will open on 4/8/2024.  Click here to register.

Tackle Attire:

  • Sunday:  Shorts, Shirt, Helmet, and Cleats
  • Monday: Shorts, Shoulder Pads, Helmet and Cleats
  • Wednesday: Full Pads (Pants with Pads, Shoulder Pads, Helmet, Mouthpiece and Cleats)
  • Thursday: Full Pads

7on7 Attire:  

Shorts, T-shirt, & Shoes (preferably cleats)

SBMSA Football Alumni

The following are programs listing football alumni by year:

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