Important Dates
For CFL 2015

Register For The 2015 CFL Season Here

Sign Up Here For Most Elementary/Middle School & Dowling Athletic Camps & Clinics

July 23, Thursday at Dowling, 6:30 p.m.
CFL Defensive Coaches Clinic w Dowling Coaches

July 26, Sunday, 6:30 p.m. at Little All American Fields
7 on 7 Passing & Scrimmage Camps for 7th & 8th Graders

Aug 8, Saturday, 10 a.m.
Tackle Coaches Meeting at Dowling Equipment Shed, West Campus

Aug 17, Monday
First Tackle Practices Permitted by CFL

Aug 22, Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Tackle Equipment Handout at Dowling Shed, West Campus
Flag Coaches Meeting, 1 pm.

Aug 29, Saturday, 10 a.m.-Noon
Fourth Grade Equipment Handout
First Flag Practices Permitted by CFL

Sep 5, Saturday
Tackle Scrimmages & Tackle Team Photos at Dowling

Sep 12, Saturday
Tackle Games - Week One
Flag Scrimmages & Team Photos

Sep 19, Saturday
Tackle Games - Week Two
Flag Games - Week One

Sep 26, Saturday
Tackle - Week Three
Flag Games - Week Two

Oct 3, Saturday
Tackle Games - Week Four
Flag Games - Week Three

Oct 10, Saturday
Tackle Games - Week Five
Flag Games - Week Four

Oct 17, Saturday
Fifth- through Seventh Grade Championships
Flag Games - Week Five

Oct 24, Saturday
CFL Tackle Championships
Fifth through Seventh Grade CFL Championships
Flag - Final Week

Oct 30, 31 and Nov 1, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Westside Classic Football Tournament for 7th and 8th Grade in WDM

Nov 14, Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Dowling Shed
Tackle & Flag Equipment Hand-In, Part One

Nov 21, Saturday, 9 a.m.-11 a.m., Dowling Shed
Tackle & Flag Equipment Hand-In, Part Two

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Register For 2015 CFL Here!
NOTE: 5th & 7th Grade Registrations Are CLOSED, While 6th & 8th Grade Registrants Will Be Placed On A WAITING LIST To Be Called If Team Numbers Change.

51 Continuous Years
More Than A Half Century Committed To Safety & Tradition | USA Football & Heads Up Certification Heighten Safety & Awareness | Certified First Aid Medical Trainers At All Games | USAFootball.com
Also See General Reg Flier with Pricing & Key Dates, Flag FAQ & Tackle FAQ

Dowling Catholic's New Field Turf - 8th & 7th Will Play Here in 2015!

Read More: Dowling Catholic Capital Campaign

Heads Up Tackling - Five Fundamentals:
Breakdown. Buzz. Hit. Rip. Shoot.

ALL Head Coaches & ALL Assistant Coaches - Required:
Annual Level One Certification of ALL CFL Coaches. The League Has Emailed All Coaches on How To Register. Please Call 515-202-9562 for Any Assistance.

Middle School Weight Training at Dowling Begins June 2 - Highly Encouraged for All Future Dowling Athletes:
Register Here Now

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

Please Click for CFL 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
Fourth-Grade Transitional League Players Wear Helmets, Shoulder Pads & Shorts To Promote Fundamentals. Fourth Grade Athletes & Parent Can Choose to Play Fifth Grade Tackle Football.

Note to CFL Coaches:
Value "Talent Identification & Development" 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 Head Coaches and Assistant 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. With Respect: If Coaches Do Not Do This, They Will Not Be Coaches in the Catholic Football League. The League Will Notify You with Any Concerns. Thank You for Your Work.
-Greater Des Moines Catholic Football League

CFL Game Rules
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.