Important Dates
For CFL 2014

GO HERE To Sign Up Online For Most Middle School & Dowling Athletic Camps & Clinics

Middle School Weight Training
8th & 7th Grades, Boys & Girls
Starts Monday, January 5, 2015
Ends: Thursday, March 12, 2014
Held Mondays & Thursdays
Register Here Before Jan 5 & Pay Only $80.
Highly Encouraged for Incoming Dowling Athletes & All Others - Call 202-9562 For Any Other Arrangement

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50 Years of Catholic Football
Catholic Football Has Committed A Half Century To Safety | On-Field Medical Safety Personnel | CFL & Dowling Catholic Are Leaders in Football Safety Through Fundamentals, Training & Awareness

Congratulations To All Teams As Catholic Football Closes Its 50th Consecutive Season

Equipment Return - All Families Need To Return Equipment (Helmets, Pants & Pads - Keep Your T-Shirts & Jersies) - Please Contact Your Coach About Returning CFL Property. Thank You.

Please Click For 2014 Rules Per Division:
1st/2nd Grade Flag | 3rd & 4th Grade Flag | 5th, 6th & 7th Grade Tackle | 8th Grade Tackle

ALL Head Coaches & Assistant Coaches - Required: Annual Level One Certification of ALL CFL Coaches. Call Greg at 202-9562 for CFL Coach Password - Click Here To Begin Online Certification

Newly Revised (8/14) Policies & Procedures of the Greater Des Moines Catholic Football League - Click Here

New Concussion Policy: If a player sustains a concussion during practice or games, the attached return to play form must be completed by the appropriate medical professional, and each coach and parent must take the player through the progressive return-to-play policy steps. If a player fails any part of the recovery, it is required to start the policy over. In the event of a player concussion, please make sure you email a copy of the completed form to the CFL Board as well: gdmcfl@gmail.com. Please see the Catholic Football League's Concussion Medical Release Form.

Please also see the CFL's Heat Symptoms and Guidelines.

Catholic Football Re-Adopts Fourth-Grade Transitional Flag To Promote Fundamentals

View the 2014 CFL Calendar Here.
View the 2014 TACKLE Football FAQ Here.
View the 2014 FLAG Football FAQ Here.
Catholic Football & Dowling Catholic Lead In Football Safety in Central Iowa
Dowling Athletic Director & Football Coach Tom Wilson Addresses Football Safety on Iowa Public Television, Below:

Note to CFL Coaches: Value "Talent Identification" Over "Talent Selection." Click For Article Here.
Mandatory Screening of ALL Coaches in CFL - An Open Letter to All CFL Coaches At All Levels:
All Coaches, at All Levels, Flag through Tackle, Must Pass This Mandatory Screening Procedure. Please Click Here, Refer to the Form, Follow Directions and Submit to the National Center for Safety Initiatives. If Coaches Do Not Do This, They Will Not Be Coaches in the Catholic Football Leaague. The League Will Notify You with Any Concerns. Thank You.
-Greater Des Moines Catholic Football League

Policies & Procedures and Rules of the Greater Des Moines Catholic Football League - Revised 8/18/13
Policies & Procedures - Click Here
Flag Rules, Grades 1&2 and Grade 3 - Click Here
Tackle Rules, Grades 4, 5 & 6 - Click Here
Tackle Rules, Grades 7 & 8 - Click Here

Post-League & Non-League CFL Policies
Coaches & Players Participating in Tournaments After the CFL Season, Please Click Both:
1) Required: Non-CFL Football Waiver
2) League Policy
Signed Waiver Form Required of ALL CFL Coaches and Players Who Play Tournaments & More Outside the CFL

Mandatory Virtus Training for ALL CFL Coaches
Required by the Des Moines Catholic Diocese - Click for Schedule

Nutrition for Student-Athletes
"Eat To Compete" By Dr. David McAllister, DO, FACC - Iowa Heart Center
Click Here for this Quick & Easy Reference Guide to Build Lean Muscle the Proper Way

Heartfelt Thanks
To All Families, Volunteers, Parents, Players & Coaches Who Make Catholic Football League Possible


Dowling Athletic Director & Football Coach Tom Wilson Addresses Football Safety on Iowa Public Television

Catholic Football is a Proud Member of USA Football and its Heads Up Safety Program for Players & Coaches


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Mission Statement

The Greater Des Moines Catholic Football League, founded in 1964, will strive to provide young student-athletes the opportunity to develop disciplined life skills through family, friends, and the game of Football. The Greater Des Moines Catholic Football League will focus on Five Key Pillars of development:

• Sportsmanship
• Teamwork
• Commitment
• Football Fundamentals
• Lifelong Fitness

The Greater Des Moines Catholic Football League will deliver a positive spiritual experience for each player, coach, and family, regardless of the outcome of the game. Our goal is to develop strong young men who, through participation in our league, will naturally progress into Dowling Catholic High School, which develops leaders for life centered on Christ.