Online registration is now open. To register, please click the link at the top of the page. Additionally, in-person registration will be held Saturday, April 26 at Orchard Park Middle School, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

So you know, Empire West instituted a new rule and there is no top-end weight for stripers. Moving forward, players can be designated stripers based on a minimum weight. But all are eligible to play in games. In the past, stripers who exceeded his division’s weight limitation were unable to play.

At this time, it’s unknown how this will affect our players, teams, league or game play. However, with so much of the spotlight on youth sports and safety, Orchard Park Little Loop Football voted against this provision.

For 2014, striper limits are as follows:

• Pee Wee: 90 lbs. (ages 6 to 8)
• Freshman: 110 lbs. (age 10 and under)
• JV: 130 lbs. (age 12 and under)
• Varsity: 165 lbs. (age 14 and under)

Participants’ ages are as of Sept. 1. Stripers are identified by a stripe or mark on their helmets, and can only play internal line positions. They can’t advance the ball or line up on kicking teams. More information may be found at the registration tab.