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2018 GCKA Football Coaches Application

Congratulations to our 2018 Head Coaches:



James Binford - Assistant Coach with the Mini Black Knights in 2017, has coached in GCKA in the past for seasons, as well as several other areas teams. James has a son Carter who plays at GCHS.Willie Tryon - Head Coach of the Senior Red Knights in 2017, team had an undefeated regular season, and was Mini OCC Championship Runner-up. Coach Tryon has been coaching his 7th season of GCKA Football.Justin Rohm - Has been a Head Coach in GCKA for the past 6 season, was undefeated in 2017, and led the Senior Black Knights to win the Mini-OCC Championship and the PickTown Gridiron Classic.Mark Casino - Head Coach for the Junior Blue Knights in 2017, has been a top contender in the Junior division both years as a Head Coach - finishing 7-1 in the regular season in 2017

Brett Rice - Head Coach of the Mini Blue Knights in 2017 and brings a depth of coaching experience from the High School level, especially the offensive side of the ball and the Quarterback position. WILL BE THE 4TH TEAM IF REQUIRED.Josh Smith - Head Coach of the Junior Red Knights in 2017, has made the playoffs the past two seasons in both the Mini and Junior Division.Dwayne Kirk - Assistant Coach for the Junior Black Knights in 2017. Part of the staff that went undefeated in the regular season and won the Mini OCC Junior Division. Coach Kirk has over a decade of youth coaching experience.J.D. Sayre - The former head coach of the Travel Black Knights, and returns to GCKA after a stint coaching at GCCS, where he Hilliard Big Cat Tournament in 2016. Coach Sayre will continue to coach at Jackson M.S. this season.

Mini Division

Justin Endicott
- Team Color to be determined. Assistant Coach for the Mini Black Knights in 2017, and a Football Advisory Board member for GCKA.
Harold Goings - Assistant coach on Senior Black Knights for the past 2 seasons and has several years of coaching experience in the Karl J. Fulton League.

NOTE - Our goal is to have 18 players on the Mini's and no more than 25 on each Junior or Senior team - we will create additional teams as necessary.


Please fill out the application completely and email to [email protected]

Interviews for all coaches, new and returning will begin on March 3rd, 2018. You will be contacted directly to schedule a time and date.

Any questions - please email [email protected]

All interested applicants must go through the interview process in order to be considered for a 2018 coaching position, Head or Assistant, regardless of previous coaching experience or location.

 2017 GCKA

 Knights Football

 2017 Mini OCC Senior Division Champions (Senior Black Knights)2017 Mini OCC Junior Division Champions (Junior Black Knights) 
 2017 Mini OCC Senior Division Runner Up (Senior Red Knights) 2017 Picktown Gridiron Classic Tournament Champion (Grove City All-Star Team) 



Spirit wear

Spirit wear is now available! Shop by team color for both Cheerleading and Football, links below.

We have two closing dates: Orders placed by Sunday, August 6th at 11:59pm will receive their orders by the first game. The next shop will be open from August 7th- 20th and those orders will be available by the 2nd game. Get your orders in so you don't miss out on the latest gear!

GCKA Black Knights Football  

GCKA Blue Knights Football 

GCKA Red Knights Football  

GCKA Gold Knights Football  

GCKA Black Knights Cheer

GCKA Blue Knights Cheer

Cost Breakdown

Everyone asks "what are our fees used?" - $110 of the $150 is just on facility cost, referee fees, and insurance.

Here is a breakdown of the cost for one football at a very high level:

2018 Player Cost Breakdown
New ItemCostReconditioned CostCost
Schutt A3+$150.00Helmet$25.00
TPU Ear Pads$10.00Ear Pads$10.00
Helmet Decal$5.00Helmet Decal$5.00
Shoulder Pads$60.00Shoulder Pads
Game Jersey$40.00Game Jersey
Game Pants$20.00Game Pants
Practice Jersey$10.00Practice Jersey
Practice Pants$20.00Practice Pants
Insurance per Player$10.00Insurance per Player$10.00
Facility Cost per Player$70.00Facility Cost per Player$70.00
Referee Cost per Player$35.00Referee Cost per Player$35.00
Other Items$15.00Other Items$15.00
Total Cost$476.50Total Cost$200.00
Fee per Player$150.00Fee per Player$150.00

Information on some 2018 changes:

2018 Football Rules and Guidelines

Team Size:

  1. In 2016 our objective was to create as many teams as we could. Lesson learned, we had some teams that barely finished the season with enough players. In 2017, we balanced the teams and finished 46-24 overall.


  • More is not always better – but we must balance team size with Coaches and playing time.
  • The Advisory Board has agreed to target team sizes for 2017, and will attempt to adhere to that goal.


Returning Players:
The Advisory Board agreed to change the rules on returning players. At a High Level: IN DIVISION ONLY, a player can return to their previous team if they so choose to do so. If a player determines not to return to their team, they will be placed in the draft, with NO guarantee that the player will not be drafted back to their old team. A player that was a "Protected Player" in the previous season, and is staying within the division is now classified as a "Returning Player".

Players may return to the team they were on the previous year, as long as the following criteria is met:


    • The player is remaining in the same division.
    • The player has registered prior to the first scheduled evaluation period, and draft.
    • The player has selected on their registration form that they wish to return to their previous team.

Any player not meeting the above criteria, who is not a “Protected Player” is not guaranteed to return to their team and could be placed into the draft, or any future supplemental or blind drafts for selection to a team



Q.My player was a Kindergartner or a 1st Grader last year and wish to return to his from last year in the Mini Division. Can he?
A.Yes, your player may request to return to their previous Mini team as Second Grader.
Q.My player was a 3rd Grader last year and wish to return to his from last year in the Junior Division. Can he?
A.Yes, your player may request to return to their previous Junior team as a Fourth Grader.
Q.My player was a 5th Grader last year and wish to return to his from last year in the Senior Division. Can he?
A.Yes, your player may request to return to their previous Senior team as a Sixth Grader.
Q.My player was a 2nd Grader last year in the Mini Division, can he stay on the same team he was on, at the Junior Division?
A.No, unless your player is drafted to that team, a previous year Mini player cannot request a Junior team. The only way is, if that player is "protected player" or drafted to that team.
Q.My player was a 4th Grader last year in the Junior Division, can he stay on the same team he was on, at the Senior Division?
A.No, unless your player is drafted to that team, a previous year Junior player cannot request a Senior team. The only way is, if that player is "protected player" or drafted to that team.





Come join the Grove City Knights Football Program! @ GCKA
Player Evaluations:
NEW PLAYERS or those not returning to their previous team will need to attend at least one evaluation.  Please come to ONE of the following dates: July 16, 17 or 18 6-8PM at Murfin Fields. 
**Players not attending will be subject to "non-attending player" draft rules and guidelines.**
Practices: Typically Mon-Thurs until school starts then the teams will go down to 3 days a week - days to be determined by the individual coach.
Games: Home games will be played at Murfin Fields and away games will be played in surrounding areas including but not limited to: Groveport, Whitehall and Reynoldsburg.  Games will be typically played on Saturdays. Occasionally a weekday game may be scheduled or night games. Games times are normally 9am, 11am, and 1pm.
Equipment/Uniforms Provided: Helmet, jerseys, pants and shoulder pads supplied as part of your fee. 
GCKA will NOT be providing ribs pads or girdles, or any leg, knee, or hip pads.
Items Needed: Football cleats, leg pads or padded girdle are required and NOT provided by GCKA.
Honoring Requests: Teams are drafted after evaluations and the goal of GCKA Football is to assemble balanced teams.  This is based on skill, size, experience and many other things.  Requests to have players on the same team cannot be honored due to this process, unless extenuating circumstances are provided. GCKA Football does not allow players to "play up" a division. Divisions are based up on the grades (K-2, 3/4, 5/6). A player’s grade is determined by the current 2018-2019 school year. 
Draft: After registration will be evaluations, then a draft will be held.  Coaches will select players accordingly, in the same fashion as the NFL draft. The coach then contacts their teams' players/parents. If you have any questions or have not been contacted by JULY 20, 2018 please call the GCKA office at 614-871-0080 or email [email protected]
Volunteer Coaches: Email [email protected] and our Asst. Commissioner will contact you about available opportunities and answer any additional questions you may have. All coaches will go through an application and interview process along with a background check.
Sponsorship Opportunities: Email [email protected] to be sent a Sponsorship package that explains our mission and need.          

Contact Us


4570 Haughn Road

Grove City, OH 43123

Phone: 614-871-0080

Fax: 614-871-5536

[email protected]

Normal office hours @ 4570 Haughn Rd, Grove City, OH 43123.
Monday and Friday 10-2 and Thursday from 5-8pm


About Football


The GCKA football program is dedicated to provide quality training and an equal opportunity for every child interested in learning more about football. We offer divisions for kids from kindergarten through 6th grade.   GCKA plays in the Mini-OCC League, made up of teams representing, Reynoldsburg, Whitehall, and Groveport.

If you need assistance in paying fees to allow your child to play football we do offer a scholarship program for those that qualify, as well as providing the opportunity to work 3 sessions of Bingo to pay for a players seasonal fee.

Offered Programs

  Tackle Football:
Football offers three age/weight divisions. The league maintains a competitive environment with proper instruction and opportunity for every child. Our coaches are trained as part of the USA Football program and are motivated to build both quality athletic skill and character in our players. 


If you have questions or special requests, please email us at [email protected].