ORYA football places the most emphasis on learning, playing, and enjoying the sport while helping kids become leaders and teammates. ORYA football strives to prepare players to face the future with sportsmanship, teamwork, honesty, responsibility, self-discipline and confidence.


ORYA’s football program strives to be a leader in the area for its focus on development and safety. All players begin the season with fundamentals and fitness leading slowly into full contact practices. Once full contact sessions begin coaches ensure safety via the heads-up approach to tackling and matching size, weight and ability level in head to head contact.

  • Flag Program

    This program focuses as an introduction to the game of football for boys and girls. In partnership with Dover NFL Flag Program, ORYA is offering this flag opportunity to players entering grades 1 and 2. Players will practice once per week as an ORYA team and play on weekends against the Dover teams. Scores are not reported and there are no playoffs – remember, this is Rec!

  • Grades 3&4

    ORYA’s first tackle program begins by getting players accustomed to playing in full pads, understanding the proper techniques of each position and learning the heads-up tackling & blocking approach. Building the foundations of a good player is vital to future success so the judgement of success is not number of wins but how much each player improves by the end of the season.

    Registration Deadline August 1st

  • Grades 5&6

    Building on what was learned within the 3rd and 4th grade program players are now able to expand their offensive and defensive understanding as well as what separates each position on the field. Play calling is slowly expanded to include more throwing plays while players are still in the mastery phase of basic techniques.

    Registration Deadline August 1st

  • Grades 7&8

    Players are now able to utilize their understanding of football fundamentals in the learning of different team tactics, play calling and formation variations. Players are now able to prepare for game play as a team and focus on working together tactically now that individual roles and responsibilities have been established and developed.

    Registration Deadline August 1st


The Oyster River Youth Association provides inclusive, fair, diverse and developmentally appropriate recreational programs to the youth of Durham, Lee and Madbury, NH. ORYA meets the changing needs of the children and families in our community for sports and recreational activities by acquiring and maintaining facilities, promoting volunteerism and seeking collaborative and strategic partnerships.