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Welcome to Young Warriors Football

The Young Warrior Football Program is a Volunteer program. We appreciate all of the time and energy that is donated to this program. Please respect that commitment as we all work towards providing opportunities for our youth to have positive experiences. The program is again open to interested children who will be in the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, or 8th grades in the fall term.

The program will concentrate on football basics and will be open to all children meeting the medical and registration requirements. Although we will play teams from other communities, the emphasis of the league will be on instruction and fundamentals.

Our Mission

The Young Warriors Football program is dedicated to teach basic football skills to all children meeting the medical and registration requirements. Games will be against teams from other communities, the emphasis of the league and Young Warriors Football is on the instruction and fundamentals of the game of football.

Deerfield & Highland Park High Schools Support

The entire athletic staffs of the high schools has been most supportive of the Young Warriors. Coaching clinics will be under the direction of the DHS & HPHS football staffs. Techniques will be taught to prepare players to play at the next level. All Young Warriors are encouraged to attend the DHS & HPHS football games. 

About Us

Youth tackle football has a long and distinguished history in our communities.

The Deerfield Young Warriors were started in 1991 by a collaborative meeting of members of the Deerfield community and the High school head coach. We have just celebrated our 31st anniversary.

The Highland Park Junior Giants were started in the 1970’s by the park district. They ceased operations in 2017.

In 2018 a meeting was held between the park district of Highland Park, the Deerfield Young Warriors, and the head football coaches of Deerfield and Highland Park high schools. A co-op was formed, and Players from both towns began to play together as one. In four years, the number of Highland Park participants have tripled.

Former players that played in high school and above are : Junior Giants, David Lindquist, Scott Smith, Daniel DelMonte. Young Warriors, Alex Loukas, Jason Handel, Joseph Suhey, Markus Jordan.

Our head coaches are former high school coaches and are certified in first aid and CPR. Completed and certified by ASEP, USA football, and Positive Coaching Alliance.

We work closely with the football staffs at both high school, and their players and coaches are at practices and games when their schedules permits.

Our practice sites are: Clavey field in Deerfield, and Sunset park in Highland Park. Home games are played on the varsity fields at Deerfield and Highland Park high schools.

Player placement on teams is determined by weight and age as of September 1st.

We have been part of two of the bigger Illinois youth football leagues in our history. From 1991 until 2020 we were members of the Central Suburban youth football league and were league champions 12 Times. In 2021 we joined The Chicagoland Youth Football League, which has 44 different communities as members. In our first season in this league we had three of our four teams qualify for the playoffs.


Registration for the 2022 fall tackle season is closed.

Registration for the 2023 fall tackle season will open in March 2023.



- Contact Us

Terry Leske, Head of Football Operations

Phone: (847) 431-1817

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