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The DeKalb Youth Football League is a competitive league offering tackle football for 1st - 6th grade and cheerleading for grades 1st - 8th.  We promote heads up football, safe stunting, good sportsmanship and community PRIDE in all of our young athletes.  We are a feeder program for the DeKalb School District, meaning we teach fundamentals and teamwork that align with the DeKalb Barb philosophy.

Age/Weight Requirements

The 2019 DYFL Season will be operating under age (as of August 1st) and weight based rules.  Player eligibility will be based on the following criteria:

FLYWEIGHT Age: Max of 8 years old ~ Weight Restrictions: 100 lbs. Max~ Ball Carrier Weight: 85 lbs ~ Game-Day Max Weight: Non-Petitioned - 107 lbs; Petitioned – 110

LIGHTWEIGHT Age: 9 years old (and under) ~ Weight Restrictions: 125 lbs. Max ~ Ball Carrier Weight: 110 lbs ~ Game-Day Max Weight: Non-Petitioned - 132 lbs; Petitioned - 135 lbs

MIDDLEWEIGHT  Age: 10 years old (and under) ~ Weight Restrictions: 135 lbs. Max ~ Ball Carrier Weight: 120 lbs ~ Game-Day Max Weight: Non-Petitioned - 142 lbs; Petitioned - 145 lbs

HEAVYWEIGHT Age: 11-12 years old (and under) Grades: 6th and under ~ Weight Restrictions: 165 lbs. Max ~ Ball Carrier Weight: 140 lbs ~ Game-Day Max Weight: Non-Petitioned - 172 lbs; Petitioned - 175 lbs

Our Sponsors

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Please contact us at to find out more information on how to support our Jr. Barbs!


Contact Us

Contact Us

DeKalb Youth Football League



Come to our meeting and find out how you can help! 

The DYFL's next scheduled board meeting is on:


Board meetings are open to everyone.  Please come be a part of setting up the upcoming 2020 season!

Any Questions Email:

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DeKalb Jr. Barbs is a competitive youth league offering Tackle Football and Cheerleading for grades 2nd - 6th (ages 7-11) in the DeKalb, IL area.  

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A few dates we want everyone to be aware of: 

    TBD: 2020 Football & Cheerleading Registration



A new fundraiser that some people may not know about can make a real difference to the DYFL.  Amazon supports 501C3 organizations like us.  BUT..... to have Amazon apply a donation based on your Amazon purchases you MUST use the Smile.Amazon.Com (do not use www) website instead of the standard  One at Smile.Amazon.Com log in and search & select DeKalb Youth Football League as your charity and shop normally!  Prime rates apply and all their normal deals are in tact.  The only difference is that Amazon will make a donation on select items to the DYFL in the amount of .5% of your purchase....  Yes I said only 1/2 percent.  it may not seem like much but collectively that can add up to several hundreds of dollars throughout the year that comes straight to the DYFL.  Make the switch and start using Smile.Amazon.Com, search & select DeKalb Youth Football League as your charity and that it is.  Once again please keep in mind that the donations do not apply unless they specifically come through Smile.Amazon.Com. (Using the app does not count either)  Amazon applies the donations quarterly to the DYFL account.  Send this link to family and friends so they can do the same.  DYFL Smile.Amazon Link

USA Football Parent Guide

A short parent guide to help wrap your head around things associated with youth athletes.

USA Football Parents Web Course

This is a web course from USA Football for parents whose sons or daughters are involved with youth football. The course is free but you must register with USA Football.

Refund Policy

Registration refunds will be granted if requested in writing by 06/1/2018. Note: This refund date also applies to anyone registering close to the 6/1/18 deadline). After the 6/1/18 deadline, no refunds will be given unless it is due to medical reason and a doctor’s note is given.  If for medical reason, refund will be registration fee paid minus administrative fees, jersey cost and amount of raffle tickets sold (un-sold raffle tickets must returned).