EYAA administers the Eastside Blaze (formerly known as Harding Area Knights) youth football program in cooperation with the City of St. Paul Parks and Recreation Department. The Eastside Blaze play in the Capital City youth football league, with teams in the 9U, 10U, 11U, 12U and 14U age divisions. Practice generally begins the first week of August, games begin the first week in September and playoffs for 11U, 12U and 14U begin the last week of October.
Registered tackle football players are provided a helmet, shoulder pads, jersey and padded pants. Our equipment is NOCSAE certified by Riddell and has been inspected, cleaned and serviced. Players are required to provide their own cleats, mouth guard and protective cup.
All Eastside Blaze practices are held at Conway Recreation Center, 2090 Conway Ave in St. Paul from 6-8 PM, Monday through Friday throughout the regular season (August to October).
Registration for 2015 fall football is now open! Online registration activities are handled by the City of St. Paul – click here to register your child beginning June 1. If you prefer, you may also go to Conway or Battle Creek Recreation Centers to sign up your child in person. The 2015 fee for Eastside Blaze football is $70 (limited fee scholarships are available through the City of St. Paul).
Why do I have to register with St. Paul Parks and Recreation for Eastside Blaze football?
Though EYAA is a stand-alone organization, there are a number of advantages to partnering with the City of St. Paul, including free background checks, reduced insurance rates, preferred equipment purchasing credits, fee scholarships and scheduling.
Why do I have to register so early?
It takes a lot of money and logistical effort to field 5-6 football teams. By registering early, we’re able to take advantage of pre-season equipment credits from manufacturers and plan for the upcoming season. Also, if your child is registered late, it may take longer to order and issue equipment, causing them to miss out on valuable practice time.
What should I do if I have registration issues?
The City of St. Paul and EYAA work hard to make your registration process as smooth as possible. However, if you’re having difficulties getting your child registered, please contact a member of the Board of Directors and we’ll try to resolve your problem.