Texas TackleBar Football League

2020-21 Spring Season

Welcome

Welcome to the 2020-21 Spring Season Registration with Texas Tacklebar Football League!

This registration session will allow you to complete contact information, sign up for participation, and submit payment.

Please read through each page carefully to ensure that all information is provided accurately. 

To complete registration through our secure site, please have your Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or ACH Bank Account information available.

 



Season Information

Practices typically begin the first week in August/September and Texas TackleBar League requires that players attend ALL practices in August. Past experience has proven that this will ensure each player's safety and development in the succeeding weeks. Texas TackleBar League mandates a given number of hours for heat acclimation and practice before players can put on their pads or participate in a game/scrimmage.

You will be practicing 2 to 3 times each week (a week is defined as Sun - Thurs) up to a max of 2 hours per practice day (break time does not count against these hours). These are Texas TackleBar League Rules. It is difficult for players missing any of these practices to "catch up" to the rest of the team in terms of development and understanding. It also places an unnecessary burden on the coaching volunteers and takes away training and development time from the players that did attend. Please be aware of any scheduling of vacations, day camps or other sports as this will likely conflict with your ability to attend ALL practices. If you have questions concerning this, contact our League Coordinator.
 
For safety and player developmental reasons, it is expected and required that each player attend ALL practices unless they are ill or have a required school event. After Labor Day, actual weekly practice time will drop from 6 hours per week to 4 hours per week max. (Week is defined as Mon - Thurs), (break time does not count against each practice)- Texas TackleBar League Rules. Games schedules usually take place on Wednesday or possible Sunday, based on field availability.
 
Games:
When the season begins, we will play our home games at all designated and local League reserved fields, and away games on fields throughout central Texas. Game times and locations are assigned by the Texas TackleBar League organization. The season schedule usually comes out just before the first game is to be played and may have changes during the season based on other teams' availability - we encourage our teams to be flexible. Regular season games are played on Wednesday’s and possibly on some Sundays depending on field availability.
 
Registration:
Registration cost for season is $189; This includes the cost of most items to run Texas TackleBar League including:  referees, practice field usage, stadium usage, game jersey, insurance and team equipment.
Registration does NOT include your child's helmet or shoulder pads, mouthpiece, practice jersey, padded practice pants, padded game pants, game socks or football cleats. Players may purchase team equipment directly through our Riddell supplier and it runs $200 - $300 depending on individual needs. Texas TackleBar League has two mandatory equipment days (check with your local Team Coordinator for these days) where players will be sized and fitted for all practice and game equipment.

There will be NO REFUNDS after registration closes.
 
The Parent's Role:
Competitive football provides many benefits to young athletes such as self-discipline, good sportsmanship, time management skills and physical fitness. Competition allows the players to experience both success and defeat in a positive environment. Parents, while not participants on their child's team, contribute to the success of both the child and the team. If you would like to coach, sign up when you register- we are always looking for good coaches. Each home game requires volunteers from your team to run the down marker, chains, announce, spot, and run the score clock. If you are a leader, become a team mom or spirit mom. Happily, volunteer and offer to help your coaches and team mom!
 

Stephen Braggs

League Coordinator

 

Stephen Lynn Braggs is my full given name. I was born in Houston, Texas and have Lived in Austin for 20 years. I've also lived in Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Georgia and Berlin Germany.
I graduated from High School in 1983 and attended The University of Texas at Austin obtaining a Business Management and Organization Communications Degree. While attending College I played and started for all 4 years on the Texas Football Team. I received many awards throughout my tenure at Texas and finished my Collegiate Career at The University of Texas as 1st Team All South West Conference player and received the D.X. Bible Team Spirit Award and Texas Team MVP honor in 1986 my Senior Year. I was drafted by the NFL in the 6th Round by the Cleveland Browns, proud to be a member of the Original Dawg Pound, my nickname was Puppy Dawg. I played 5 years with the Cleveland Browns and 2 Years with the Miami Dolphins, which I played in the Historical game for Don Shula as the All-time winningest NFL Coach.
 
During my NFL playing career and beyond I embarked on an awesome Entrepreneurial experience as an Owner Operator of 3 Burger King Franchisee Locations for many years, so I focused my efforts on coaching and teaching. My coaching career began as an NFL Professional Coach for 6 years. Afterwards, I became an Athletic Director in Florida and Austin. I believe I found my career passions while coaching Middle School and High School athletics.  I have over 15 years of experience teaching PE and over 30 years of Coaching Football, Track and 15 years with Basketball.
 
My favorite Past Times are RV traveling over the US and traveling out of Country. I enjoy Fishing, Golfing, any activity outdoors. I also enjoy binge watching series on TV. I enjoy living in the Hill Country and Near the Lake and on the Golf Course.

Philosophy: Coaching Football

“If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.”
 
Football is a game that has intrigued me ever since I was a little boy. I have always loved the game of football, and probably always will.  I feel very passionately about football, because not only is it a great game where you learn a lot about yourself and your potential, but the game also teaches you a lot about life. It is a game where you must learn to interact and cooperate with others in order to achieve success on and off the field. I could go on and on about this wonderful game, but I will stop and present my philosophy on coaching this game.
There are several points that I think are critical to stress in order to be a successful coach, to have a successful team, and to build outstanding young men in the process. First and foremost, I believe in systematic order to be successful, I strive very hard personally to set a good example to the young men I coach. Next, I believe  I have to be extremely organized in every single thing that I do. There can be no success without organization. I believe you need to be disciplined and dedicated. You need to have goals and have a plan of how to achieve them. You need to be positive and upbeat. Fundamentals must be taught at all times. During the progression of executing play, I believe you need to attack and be aggressive in all phases of the Game. Finally, I have to work as hard as I possibly can, and so must our players and staff if success is to be achieved. 

Questions

Please direct questions to:

Stephen Braggs

Phone: 1-800-888-6128

Phone: 512-903-7538


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