Month: July 2016

Updates for Wednesday, July 27, 2016


All parents should have received email communication confirming which teams their children have been assigned to. If you have not yet received notification of your child’s team assignment, please send email to to let us know.

Chin Strap Orders

When you registered your child for the upcoming football season, you were presented with an opportunity to order an optional chin strap with a harder, more protective cup. If you did indeed order one or more chin straps when you registered, and if you have not yet received them, please contact the DIFL by emailing by 4:00 p.m. tomorrow, Thursday, July 28.

Contact Information

All DIFL contact information, including organization heads and head coaches, can be found on our Contact Information page.

Equipment Pickup

Equipment pickup will take place at Green Acres Storage, 2126 Holliday Dr, Dubuque, on the following dates and times.

  • Eagles: Saturday, July 30, 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m.
  • Mustangs: Sunday, July 31, 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
  • Rams: Sunday, July 31, 12:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Practice Times

Practice begins the first week of August. Stay tuned for dates and times.

Practice Locations

  • Mustangs White – Allison Henderson Park
  • Mustangs Gold – Valentine Park
  • Mustangs Green – Resurrection School
  • Rams Blue – Eisenhower Elementary School
  • Rams Gray – Hoover Elementary School
  • Rams Red – Holy Ghost Elementary School
  • Eagles – Wahlert High School

Important Updates

Parents of DIFL football and cheer participants, please read the following important updates and pass this information on to your children who are participating. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact DIFL.

Draft is today!

DIFL’s official draft is scheduled for today—Thursday, July 21, 2016—at 4:30 p.m. This is a closed event for DIFL directors only, but information will be communicated to parents and participants who will have an opportunity to provide feedback, ask questions, etc. The purpose of the draft is to assign participants to teams in an unbiased and somewhat random manner, partly based on weight. In the days following the draft, DIFL will communicate via email to let parents know the teams to which their children have been assigned. And since parents will be placed on the various teams’ email lists, more email communications will follow as the start of practice approaches.


Practice is expected to begin the first week of August. In the coming days, expect more information via email regarding practice times and locations.


Equipment pick-up time and location will be announced very soon. Most equipment will be provided, including helmet, shoulder pads, padded pants, and mouth guard. Participants are responsible for providing their own athletic protector (cup, athletic supporter, etc), cleated football shoes, and water bottle. All non-metal cleated football shoes sold in local sporting goods stores and shoe stores will be acceptable. Some participants may choose to upgrade the DIFL-supplied mouth guard by purchasing their own. Participants may also supply other optional equipment, including gloves, arm pads, elbow pads, undershirts, etc.


Games will begin in September. The game schedule will be communicated via email and our website after the draft and as soon as YSF is able to develop the schedule for the Eagle Bluff Conference in which all DIFL teams compete.Each team will compete in six (6) scheduled regular season games, followed by one “bowl game” that will match teams based on their performance during the regular season. All games will be played on Sundays unless their are exceptions.

Questions? Comments?

If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact DIFL.

Last registration and equipment sizing event TONIGHT! (July 6)

Tonight, July 6, is the last registration and equipment sizing event. After this final event, the registration fee increases by $25 to $175. (Current registration fee is $150.) Please be sure to register as soon as possible, as late fees cannot be waived.

  • WHAT: Last registration and equipment sizing event
  • WHEN: Wednesday, July 6, 5:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
  • WHERE: Green Acres Storage, 2126 Holliday Drive, Dubuque

All who attend this final registration and equipment sizing event are encouraged to register online in advance to streamline things.

Please note this is the last sizing and registration event scheduled at this time. So please make every effort to register and have participants sized on or before this event.

Hempstead Cheerleaders Host Summer Cheer Camp on July 23

Hempstead Cheerleaders will work in small groups with the kids to teach them the fundamentals of cheerleading along with pride and sportsmanship. Cost includes t-shirt and bow. Register online at:

WHAT: Summer Cheer Camp
WHEN: Saturday, July 23, 2016, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Hempstead High School, North Gym
WHO: Grades K-5th
COST: $30 per participant
NEEDED: Participants should bring a water bottle and tennis shoes

Register Online

Register Online Before Coach Clinic on Saturday, July 9

This coach clinic will focus on youth player safety. All DIFL coaches (and other YSF coaches) are eligible for this free coach clinic, whether they have already registered or not. The clinic is required for each team’s PSC (Player Safety Coach), but all coaches are encouraged to attend. To streamline the event, please register online in advance.

WHAT: Coach Clinic on Youth Player Safety
WHEN: Saturday, July 9, 2016, 7:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: Dalzell Field Stadium, Dubuque Senior High School, 1800 Clarke Drive, Dubuque

Register Online for Coach Clinic