Middle-School Aged Conference (MAC) league

 
Our Farragut 8th grade and 7th grade teams participate in the MAC conference.

The MAC (Middle-school Age Conference) is comprised of eight Knox County Schools (Bearden, Carter, Farragut, Gibbs, Halls, Hardin Valley, Karns, and West) and one Blount County school (Alcoa).  14U Teams are comprised of players based on where they are zoned to attend high school.  These teams have mutually agreed that we will adhere to this zoning rule and not recruit players out of their school zone.  The purpose of the zoning rule is develop players for their respective high schools.  Each program is closely aligned with their high school, and we share their facilities with approval from Knox County.  Games are played on Thursday nights on the high school fields.  We had great attendance at games and it was a very exciting atmosphere.

The 2019 was a great success and every team came back for a second season.  Plus, West has now joined the MAC.  West won the 14U and 12U Knox County championships, so they are a great addition to the league.

Farragut Youth Football is committed to developing players so that they can be ready for high school football.  The Farragut High School coaches are involved as much as possible. They watch our games and are aware of our players and help us develop these young players. Our practices are timed and scripted.  We have dedicated position coaches and have skill development based on position.  We video our games, have a Hudl account, watch film, scout our opponents, and develop game plans.  The program is much more similar to high school football than youth football in preparation and execution.

Our Purposes

  1. Prepare players for high school football
    • Everything is earned
    • Football is hard work and requires lots of discipline
    • Team over individual (TOI)
    • Long-term over short-term (LOS)
  2. Help them reach their full potential
    • Athletically – learn to push yourself beyond what you thought you were capable of
    • Personally – worth as a person is not based on your performance
    • Perseverance through adversity
    • Accountability (it’s a team sport and we all rely on each other)
  3. Enjoy success
    • Expect to win
    • Fear no one

Varsity and Junior Varsity

We practice with all players at same time but we divide out based on size and skill level.  We are careful to be safe and not put a player at physical risk.

All 8th graders play varsity, and a few 7th graders also play varsity if their skill and size allows.  If a 7th grader starts on the varsity, then they normally do not play on the JV team.

The JV team is comprised of 7th graders and some 6th graders depending on ability.

Some 7th graders play both Varsity and JV, but are only allowed 6 quarters of football per week.  The JV game is played prior to the Varsity game.

Cost and Equipment

Players are required to provide cleats, girdle, and mouth piece.

Registration costs cover practice pants and jersey, game pants and jersey, shoulder pads, and helmet.  These belong to the program and are returned at the end of the season.  Registration costs also cover the cost of field usage and officials for our games.

 

Calendar

Preseason conditioning begins June 8th and runs to June 21st.

Dead period (no practices or conditioning allowed) is June 22 to July 5.

Practice begins July 6th.

Season begins Aug 6th.

Championship game is October 8th.

We finish the season before fall break and before the start of middle school basketball.  The calendar was developed to eliminate conflicts with either of these.