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BJSA Tackle Football

BJSA Tackle Football

BJSA is committed to teaching the fundamentals of football to all age groups. Football teaches good sportsmanship, teamwork, discipline and the importance of physical fitness. We have an incedible group of all-volunteer coaches who work tirelessly throughout the fall with our football teams.


BJSA's Tackle Football Program fielded 13 tackle teams in 2015, with approximately 18-22 players on each team. Ages for this program are: 8U,  9U, 10U, 11U, 7th grade, & 8th grade. Ages for the various teams are determined as of June 1st of that year. The BJSA Jr. Chieftains & Jr. Thunderbirds 7th and 8th grade teams will play in the Metro Youth Football League (

Games are played on Sunday afternoons at BJSA's home field at Haworth Park and at both East/West High School Stadiums. Away games for our traveling teams are played in the Metro area. Registration fees include the use of practice and game equipment with the exception of shoes and socks.

2018 Tackle football information:

2018 Tackle Football Registration

2018 Tackle Football registration is now OPEN!!

2018 Area Youth Football Camps:

Football News

Click here to begin your 2018 Tackle Football registration.

Click here to begin your 2018 Flag Football registration.


Tackle Football Coaches (2017)

Age Group Team Name Phone Email
8U Warriors Steve Johnson 402-309-9485
9U Flyers Mike Zimmerman 402-812-6332
10U Cowboys Bob Blaha 402-510-6344
10U Bruins James Adams 402-960-6264
11U Jets Mike Ridley 402-686-4904
Jets Chris Merrick 402-960-2391
7th Grade Jr. Thunderbirds Petey Tollez 402-214-8674
8th Grade Jr. Thunderbirds Dale Ponec 402-616-1570

Concussion Awareness Overview

Effective July 1, 2012, sports organizations, including youth leagues such as the Bellevue Junior Sports Association (BJSA), are required to comply with the Concussion Awareness Act passed by the Nebraska legislature.

The bill affects athletes 19 years old or younger, sports organization, including youth leagues, club sports, or any organization sponsoring a sporting activity where there is a cost to participants or where such costs are sponsored must follow the law.

We are all responsible for complying with this new Act.  After all, our goal is to keep our young athletes safe.  In an effort to meet the requirements of this new legislation, we are doing the following:

  1. A 30 minute on-line training program is available at  We strongly encourage everyone to take this program.
  2. Become familiar with this informational fact sheet regarding concussions: Although there is a signature block, the law currently does not require this form be signed.  For your convenience, this document is available below on this page, as well as two documents dedicated to athletes and parents respectively.
  3. Anytime a player, in practice or in a game, is suspected of having a concussion or is showing the symptoms of a concussion, the player must immediately be removed from that practice or the game.  The athlete may not return to practice or play in a game until written clearance is provided from both a physician and the parent(s).

Please take some time to review this material.  We have a responsibility to take care of our athletes, and this is an important step.

Fast Facts

  • A concussion is a brain injury and all are serious.
  • Most concussions occur without loss of consciousness.
  • Recognition and proper response to concussions when they first occur can help prevent further injury or even death.

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. Concussions can also occur from a blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly back and forth. Even a “ding,” “getting your bell rung,” or what seems to be mild bump or blow to the head can be serious.
Concussions can occur in any sport or recreation activity. So, all coaches, parents, and athletes need to learn concussion signs and symptoms and what to do if a concussion occurs.