Cookeville Youth Football & Cheer to Host FREE 1-Week Camp

Free 1-Week Camp

Cookeville Youth Football & Cheer (CYFC) will be hosting a one-week FREE Football and Cheerleading Camp on June 22, 23, 24, 25, 26th. The camp will be held each night from 5:30 to 7:30PM at the Putnam County Sports Complex located at 2341 Whiteaker Springs Rd., next to Cookeville High School on the old airport strip.  The complex’s name, formerly the Upper Cumberland Soccer Complex, was recently changed by the Putnam County Commission to include other sports, as football and lacrosse teams have joined as participants and users of the fields in recent years.  The CYFC Board of Directors is excited to announce that we have changed leagues. We are now part of Middle Tennessee Youth Football. Which means closer ball games.  The league is also still working with Parks and Recreation to continue making improvements at the complex so it can become CYFC’s “home” for the future, a goal that CYFC has had for many years.  The league is also investing in lots of equipment upgrades to maximize player/cheerleader safety for the upcoming season, and all coaches and assistant coaches will go through a league certification and criminal background checks.  In addition, all football coaches will be Heads Up certified through USA Football’s “national initiative to make football better and safer.”  This certification includes education on equipment fitting, concussion recognition and awareness, heat and hydration, and heads up tackling.

The one-week free camp is a kickoff to the 2015 Cavalier season, which officially begins July 13th. Players and cheerleaders may attend any number of nights free of charge!  All children ages 6-12 (by April 4) are welcome, regardless if they will be playing for CYFC during the regular season.
Football players can expect to learn basic fundamentals of football as well as advanced training skills, while cheerleaders will be learning motions, cheers, basic stunts, jumps, and a fun camp dance.  This year, the camp will be the only opportunity for coaches to observe players/cheerleaders before the 2015 draft date, so it is important that your child attends if they will be playing/cheering this season, but it is not mandatory.  Parents must register and sign a waiver for camp even if their children are not registering for the season.  Tables for camp registration will be set up at CYFC’s red equipment building at the sports complex each night of camp.

The camp is also a great way for children to try out the league to see if they want to sign up for the season.  CYFC is now part of the Middle Tennessee Youth Football league, which includes teams from Monterey, Baxter, Livingston, Crossville, and Jamestown.  Practice begins July 13th, and the season consists of a pre-season Sportsman Classic and jamboree, 6-8 regular season games, playoff/championship games, and 2-3 recreational league cheer competitions.  Anyone interested in registering for the 2015 season may do so any night of the camp in front of CYFC’s red equipment building.  The registration cost for the season is $110.00 per child, but anyone who registers and pays in full by the last day of camp, June 26th, will receive an early bird special rate of $90.00 per child.  The league also offers payment plans, sibling discounts and scholarships.  Parents may request more information on financial assistance at registration.  Parents may also pre-register at Sports House or print forms online at

Anyone interested in coaching this season may contact Jon Rathunde (Football) at or
Steve Williams (Commissioner) or
Kristi Allen (Vice Commissioner) at