SW Panthers Inc. was established in 2001 to help provide the youth of South Windsor with the principles of good citizenship, sportsmanship, and knowledge in the competitive fundamentals of football and cheerleading. It is the purpose of the South Windsor


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Age and Weight Requirements  (Top)
(weight is only for football players)

(Weight requirements are for football players only)
  A Team B Team C Team MM Team
Age 13 & 14 11 & 12 9 &10 7 & 8
Grade 7th and 8th 5th and 6th 3rd and 4th 1st and 2nd
Maximum Weight 191 lbs 161 lbs 135 lbs 115 lbs

Age calculations: age is based on how old the player will be on Dec 31st of the playing year

* A Team age appropriate players may not play down on B as an over lighter. New CTYFL League Rule 2019

Questions can be directed to:

Refund Policy - Full Refund until the first day of practice.
Partial refunds will be given at a reduced rate of $50 per week or part of a week after the start of practice. 


*Frequently Asked 
Football Questions

Resource links provided in the table below


1. What equipment is provided? (FAQ)
SWP provides almost everything you need to play. Your helmet, needed pads, practice pants/jersey, game pants/jersey.
2. What equipment do I have to provide? (FAQ)
  • Football cleats they must be molded.
  • Athletic cups and supporters are required.
  • Mouth guard - have an extra handy at all times.
  • Practice pants with built in pads are strongly recommended by not required.
3. When will we get equipment? (FAQ)
An email will go out in regards to equipment pick up.
4. My helmet hurts - can I get a different one? (FAQ)
It is very common for your helmet to feel uncomfortable and even hurt your head for the first week. Helmets must fit tightly to ensure a correct fit. We recommend that once you get your equipment, that you wear your helmet at home before practice in order to break it in and get used to how it feels. When you put it on, remember to pull it all the way down, hard. If you continue to have discomfort, please let your coach know.
5. What kind of cleat do I need? (FAQ)
CTYFL rules require that our players wear football molded cleats that are designed for youth football.
6. How do I take care of my equipment? (FAQ)
  • Practice jersey and pants - remove pads (if applicable) and belt (if any) and wash in warm water. These can be washed in hot water if particularly dirty. Do not bleach. Air dry or use low heat in dryer.
  • Game jersey and pants - Remove pads and belt (if any) and wash in cool water with like colors. Pre-treat stains if necessary. Do not bleach. Air Dry. You may even wash jersey inside out. Do not wear game jerseys or pants to practices and do not wear to play in. Game jerseys may be worn to school on Fridays to promote games.
  • Shoulder and other pads - wipe off with clean, damp cloth. Allow to air dry.
  • Helmet - Hand wash off dirt and clean interior pads with clean, damp cloth. Allow to air dry.
. Maximum number of players? (FAQ)
The maximum of players on a team is between 30 and 35.
1.When is the first day of practice? (FAQ)
The first practice is typically during the first week in August.
2.How many practices per week? (FAQ)
In August practice will 4 or 5 times per week -  Once school starts practice is 3 days a week for all teams.
3.How long are the practices? (FAQ)
Practices are 2 hrs. long and are usually held from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm.

4. Where are the practices held ? (FAQ)  
All practices will be held at Rye St. Park.
5.Do I have to stay for practice? (FAQ)
No. You must have your child at practice 5 minutes before your scheduled practice time and you MUST arrive 10 minutes before the end of practice. By arriving 10 minutes before the end of practice, coaches will have ample time to discuss with you any concerns regarding your child. Think Safety!  - Be there on-time or contact your coach when needed to advise them of a delay. Especially the younger children in our program. We're sure any coach would take a few extra minutes to stay with your child in the event of a delay in arrival.Do not leave siblings at the field unattended. Coaches are responsible for the supervision of players only. You are welcome to stay at practice if you would like to.

1. What is the schedule? (FAQ)
Game schedules are determined by the CTYFL. Players are required to arrive at the game site one hour before the game time to warm up and weigh in. The schedule should be availible the middle of July. The first game will be the weekend after Labor Day.

Regular season game times are as follows, or as schedule dictates:

B Team                  9:00 AM

A Team                11:00 AM

C Team                  1:00 PM

Mighty Mites          3:00 PM

2. How long are the games? (FAQ)
Games are made up of four 16 minute quarters at the C and MM level and four 18 minute quarters at the A and B level. With a running clock, except for the last 2 minutes of the half and game. Most games last nearly 2 hours. In addition, players are expected to be at the field at least 1 hour before the game to warm up and weigh in. So plan on spending a minimum of 3 hours at a game. If the game ends in a tie,  there may be a "Kansas Plan" tie breaker to determine the winner. You will also have to calculate travel time to and from the game.
3. How many games are there? (FAQ)
All teams will be scheduled for 8 regular season games. 8 Teams will make the playoffs at the A, B and C levels. Mighty mites do not participate in the playoffs. The playoffs is a single elimation tournament. If a team makes it to the championship game the season will last 11 weeks.
4. Is there Equal Playing time? (FAQ)
The CTYFL is a very physical and competitive league. CTYFL has a minimum 6 play rule. This means the each player must play at least 6 plays each game. Additional playing time can be earned in practice. Depending on the position, skill - and the especially the willingness to work hard, may earn a player more playing time. But, ultimately playing time is at the head coaches discretion.
5. What are the rules? (FAQ)
A.     All games shall be played in accordance with the National Federation rules as they pertain to high school football. Each team must have a minimum of    14 eligible players at the start of the game. Any team not able to field the 14 eligible players automatically forfeits the game.
B.     Each team has three timeouts per half with no carry-overs.   At MM level there will be a maximum of one (1) minute in between plays to call a play in the offensive huddle. This rule must be enforced.
C.    Game Clock:
1.      A & B teams shall have 18 min running quarters.
2.      C & Mighty Mites teams shall have 16 minute running quarters.
3.      For all games, the only clock stoppage shall be time outs and injury time outs and the last two (2) minutes of each half shall be standard stop clock.
4.      For all games, halftime shall be 10 min maximum.    
  5.      After halftime of C and Mighty Mites games there shall be no meeting of the captains at mid-field, teams shall simply line up for the kick off.
     D.   Scoring will be as follows: 
    Touchdown                                  6 points
    Conversion – run or pass              1 point        
    Conversion - kick                         2 points
    Field Goal                                   3 points
    Safety                                         2 points
E.     Mighty Mite Game Procedure:
1.      Two (2) coaches from each team will be allowed on the field at any given time, and on defense, must be behind the Safety at the beginning of the play.
2.      Kickoffs are from the fifty (50) yard line.
3.      A team must declare when it will punt. This will be a free kick with no rush or returnallowed. No player will be allowed down field. Once punted the ball is considered dead, the ball will be placed at the spot the ball comes to rest, or at a minimum of 10 yards from the line of scrimmage, which ever is further from the original line of scrimmage. A Coach may also just request the 25 yard mark off without punting, but the spot cannot be placed within the opponent’s 20 yard line.
4.      There will be four (2) warnings per half for minor violations and the referees will explain all violations to the players.
5.      All Major Violations will be enforced during the entire game. Major violations are as follows: face masking, clipping, blocks to the back, pass interference, unsportsmanlike conduct and holding.
6.      All other violations will be considered Minor violations and the down will be replayed.
7.      All other game and CTYFL procedures will apply.
8.      A no huddle or hurry up offense will only be allowed in the last four (4) minutes of each half.
9.      PAT kicks will be a free kick from the 7 yd line.
10.Offensive plays must be run in 60 seconds or “delay of game” will be called.
11.Teams will switch end zones at halftime only.
 F.     C Squad Game Procedures:
1.      No (0) coach from each team will be allowed on the field
2.      Kickoffs will be from the forty- (40) yard line.
3.      All violations will be enforced during the entire game as per NFHS rules.
4.      A team must declare when it will punt. This will be a free kick with no rush allowed. No player will be allowed down field until the ball is kicked. A Coach may also just request the 25 yard mark off without punting, but the spot cannot be placed within the opponent’s 20 yard line.
5.      All other game and CTYFL procedures will apply.
6.      Teams will switch end zones at halftime only.
6. Who will we be playing against?(FAQ)
CTYFL determines the schedules. These are active youth football programs that we may be playing:

Windsor Giants
East Hartford Hornets
Vernon Vipers
Bloomfield Raiders
Simsbury/Granby Raiders
Rocky Hill Terriers
Wethersfield Eagles
Durham/Middlefield Falcons
New Hartford Wolverines
Haddam Killingworth Cougars
Berlin Bears


South Windsor Panthers