Football Program

Our programs are available to youth in The Bronx as well as New York

Tackle Football Registration

Program Guide:

Code of Ethics & Code of Conduct for Participants

  1. Play for fun
  2. Work Hard to Improve your skills
  3. Be a team player; get along with your teammates. Never verbally or physically abuse your teammates or opponents
  4. Learn teamwork, sportsmanship, and discipline, be on time for practice
  5. Learn the rules and play by them, always be a good sport
  6. Respect your coach, your teammates, your parents, your opponents, and officials
  7. Never argue with an officials decision
  8. Zero tolerance policy – failure to comply with the code of ethics and code of conduct will result in the dismissal of your child without a refund.

Parent/ Guardian, Administration, Coach, Team Parent communication guide

Parent/guardian/coach relationship:

The communication you should expect from the coach:

  • Expectations for your child and all players on the squad
  • The philosophy of the coach
  • Locations and times of practices and games Team rules

The communication you should expect from the program administration

  • Weekly communication on events, activities, practice times, and location
  • Status on equipment handouts
  • Status on fundraising

The communication we expect from parents/ guardians

  • Discipline from home that may result in your child’s non-participation
  • Academic issues in school that will affect participation
  • Express any concerns about the coach’s philosophy and/or expectations directly to the coach
  • Notify the coach of any schedule conflicts well in advance
  • Time the participant may need to be away from the program

Appropriate concerns to discuss with coaches:

  • The treatment of your child both mentally and physically
  • Ways to help your child improve
  • Concerns about your child’s behavior
  • Any health issues

Issues/concerns not appropriate to discuss with coaches or team parent:

  • Amount of playing time
  • Team strategy
  • Other players
  • Program fees – coaches or team parents are not allowed to accept any payments or documentation from parents/guardians
  • All program business is to be handled by designated administrative personnel including but not limited to fees, documentation, payments, fundraising, etc.

Procedure to discuss concerns with coaches:

  • Choose an appropriate occasion [immediately before, during, or after a game is not an appropriate occasion]
  • Discussions should always be even-tempered. [no none should be made to tolerate foul or abusive language]

Inclement Weather Policy

Please note that football is an all-weather sport.  In season, games will be not be canceled or called due to rain.  The official referee is the only person that is allowed to call a game due to weather, not a coach or parent.  This means that regardless of the weather conditions all players must report to the field on a game day.  As a result, we must practice in the rain to prepare for playing in the rain. We will take precautions for the safety of the participants. All participants should have appropriate apparel to protect them during inclement weather.  If there is heavy rain before practice begins the meeting place will be the hallway of the community center 135 Einstein Loop Rm 52 Lower Level Bronx, New York.


  1. All participants for all age groups are required to have a NYS non drivers ID by August 1st - The non drivers ID will be required to certify all players with the League that we will play in to be in the appropriate age group.
  2. Participants are expected to be consistent and regular in attending practices. Coaches will determine p[ositions and playing time based on practice commitments.
  3. All participants must be committed to academic improvement while in the program
  • - Participants must show commitment to improving academically by attending the necessary homework help, tutoring academic support provided by their school
  • Participants with marginal grades will be required to have a scholastic monitoring form signed each week for each class

Experience the thrill of the game with the North Bronx Cowboys! Our competitive football program is rich in history and tradition. For over 16 years, we have been teaching the fundamentals of the game that promote teamwork and camaraderie among our players.

Our organization provides athletic opportunities for beginners to experienced players:
  • Flag Football for children ages 5-7 years

  • Tackle Football for youth ages 7-13 years

Safe & Age Appropriate Playing Standards
To ensure a safe and positive playing environment, each player is placed in a division based on the age of their peers. Our programs have no cutting of rosters.  
All Coaches are USA Football Certified

The North Bronx Cowboys are highly committed to player safety. Our coaches are properly trained and certified by USA Football to provide the best development experience in our players while reducing the risk of injuries. We teach Heads Up Football℠, the new standard for football leagues that is focused on four key areas:

  • coach education

  • safe tackling

  • concussion awareness

  • proper equipment fitting

This teaching model provides our coaches with the right materials and teaching techniques for different age groups.

Child Safety is Our Priority
All coaches, assistant coaches, and any volunteers in direct contact with players have completed a criminal background check and child abuse clearances.
Football is considered one of the most rewarding, yet demanding of all little league sports. Therefore, it requires a strong commitment to the program. The success of the program is driven by the level of support delivered by our coaches, players, parents, volunteers, and the community. 
COVID 19 Recovery Relief - COVID Scholarships

Based on a grant from the COVID – 19 Recovery Relief registration fee is reduced to $200.

Registration covers – T-shirt and shorts, Practice Jersey and Practice pants, Game Pants

  • Game Jerseys will be provided at each game. Parents have the option to purchase home and away game jerseys

FREE cleats to the first 75 participants who register (While supplies last)

To get FREE cleats the following conditions have to be met

  1. Attend practice consistently for 30 days
  2. Upload all report cards for the school year

There will be back to School giveaways prior to the start of the school year for Fall 2021

Has your family been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?  You may be eligible for full or partial scholarship.

To be eligible for the COVID 19 Recovery Relief scholarship you must provide the following:

  1. Copy of a filed 2019 Tax return indicating the Head of Household
  2. Copy of Death Certificate indicating the Head of Household has passed
  3. Medical record that the Head of Household had COVID-19

For those who have lost a job or business due to the Pandemic provide the following:

  1. Copy of notice from a job that the person was let go as a result of loss of business due to the pandemic
  2. Copy of unemployment filing and certification
  3. Record that business has ceased operation as a result of the Pandemic


The above information will be reviewed by our Board of Directors for consideration for Full or Partial scholarship.

The above documents are required for audit from the sponsoring agency. All documents are to be uploaded to the Parent portal account. All documentation provided is kept confidential and is not shared with the public.

For Football there is a deposit of $125 required for rental of the helmet and shoulder pads. At the end of the season we will refund $100 when the helmet and shoulder pads are returned. $25 is kept for cleaning and sanitizing the helmet and shoulder pads for use for the next season.

The helmet and shoulder pads are the property of the North Bronx Cowboys and are not to be loaned or shared with anyone not affiliated with our program. The participant is responsible for returning the helmet and shoulder pads in the condition that it was given. The participant is responsible for lost or stolen equipment.

Tackle Football Equipment will be distributed on Saturday June 5th. This includes helmet and shoulder pads, practice jersey and practice pants. After this date all practices are in Full Equipment.

Practices start Saturday April 3rd at the Ballfield at Einstein Loop and Elgar Place in Section 5 of Co Op City.

Tackle Football practices start out Thursdays (6/10) 6-8pm and Saturdays 10am-12pm

As the school year draws to a close practices start on Tuesdays beginning June 1st 6-8pm, Thursdays

6-8pm and Saturdays 10am-12pm

Beginning Tuesday, July 27 through Saturday, August 28th practice schedule will be Tuesdays 6-8pm, Wednesdays 6-8pm, Thursdays 6-8pm and Saturdays 10am-12pm

Scrimmages against other teams will begin in July/ August. We will travel through the Tri State area to conduct scrimmages most weekends.

Season officially starts around Labor Day weekend. Most games will be on Saturdays. Some games will be on Friday nights. Some opponents can only get their playing field on a Sunday. There may be some Sunday games. We will post the official game schedule when it comes out.

The Cowboys will be playing in the Metro North AYF League against programs in Poughkeepsie, Peekskill, North Yonkers, Yonkers, White Plains, Mt. Vernon, New Rochelle and Bridgeport as well as any other programs joining this League for the 2021 season.

Teams with a winning record will participate in post season play. Depending on the teams record and position in the League standings travel can be as far away as Florida for multiple days in December, or a mid Atlantic State (Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, etc.) for a weekend Tournament.