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Oak Grove Athletic Association

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Oak Grove Athletic Association?

In 1967, a group of youth-oriented parents in East Durham gathered together to form Oak Grove Athletic Association with the belief that the youth in their community should be afforded the opportunity to learn life less. That year, the OGAA introduced itself to the community and held its inaugural season with several spirited athletic programs for the youth. From this humble beginning grew the successful Athletic Association as we know it today, still proudly serving the youth of our community nearly 50 years later.

Is Oak Grove Athletic Association associated with the City of Durham's Parks and Recreation Department?

No, Oak Grove Athletic Association is a subsidiary of the Oak Grove Pirate Booster Club, an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to encouraging the development of academic and athletic skills of our children in our community.

Is The Oak Grove Athletic Association intended to compete with other youth athletic programs in the area?

No. Oak Grove Athletic Association exists as a choice alternative to other youth athletic programs in the area. Oak Grove Athletic Association aims to provide a quality, competitive program that focuses on progressive skills development.

What are the age groups and weight limits for The Oak Grove Athletic Association youth teams?

Per East Wake Football League rules, OGAA will field a mini mite (junior tackle) team for children ages 6-8 and two (2) tackle teams: mighty mite for children ages 9-10 and pee wee for children ages 11-12.

Our Basketball program consists of the following age breakouts:

Ø  Ages 5/6

Ø  Ages 7/8 (8 & U)

Ø  Ages 9/10 (10 & U)

Ø  Ages 13 & U (Middle School)

How does junior tackle football differ from tackle football?

The goal of junior tackle is to introduce the game of football to children in an environment that allows for the progression of skill and knowledge before advancing to conventional tackle football. The Mini Mite division employs the junior tackle standard and adheres to the NFHS rule book by implementing the following adjustments:

  • Ø  A 5th quarter scrimmage style format game will begin the mini mite game, where each team is given the opportunity to play offense and defense with a coach for each team on the field in a controlled format.  No score is kept in this game, as the focus is skill development and learning.  The 5th quarter scrimmage will last 30 minutes, immediately followed by the regular mini mite game.

    Ø  One coach is allowed on the field on both offense and defense.

    Ø  Games are played in four (4) 8-minute quarters.

    Ø  There are no more than seven (7) players on the line.

    Ø  Linebackers play three (3) yards off the line.

    Ø  All linemen must be down in a 3 or 4 point stance.

    Ø  There are no kickoffs.

    Ø  The game begins and restarts on the 40-yard line after a score with the ball.

    Ø  The punt is introduced, but no rush is allowed, nor are fake punts.

    Ø  The punted ball may not be returned for yardage by the receiving team.

    Ø  The kicking team shall not cover the punt nor send players downfield.

    Ø  Blitzing is not allowed.

What time commitment can I expect if my child plays for Oak Grove Athletic Association?


Football will officially commence around the beginning of August with conditioning practices every day for 1 week. Please note that the East Wake Football League allows teams to conduct twenty (20) hours of pre-season football practice before the start of the regular season. As such, Oak Grove does hold clinics and a football camp.

Once the season officially begins and conditioning has concluded, the program traditionally will require a two (2) hour practice on three (3) nights per week, Games are played on Saturdays.

The season consists of eight (8) games, with four (4) games each at home and away. All 3 teams will play the same schedule per EWFL format, ensuring that we remain together as an organization on game day.

All three (3) teams compete in their age group divisions during regular season play for the opportunity to make the playoffs and, ultimately, compete for the East Wake Football League Super Bowl championship trophy.

Basketball season follows after the completion of football season in November. Registration will take place in early December, with practices beginning by the start of the new year, typically in late December. The program traditionally requires practice on one night during the week. Games are played on Saturday.

When and where are home games played for Oak Grove Athletic Association youth football?

Home games will be played at Oak Grove’s very own facility located at 205 Stallings Road, Durham, NC 27703.  The 5th quarter Mini Mite game will start at 4:00pm with the regular Mini Mite (8U) team playing immediately after, Mighty Mite (10U), and then subsequently PeeWee (12U) games will immediately after the Mini game has concluded.  For away games, Oak Grove will communicate the appropriate details to all parents prior to the scheduled away game for that week. You may also confirm game times and locations each season with the East Wake Football league schedule by visiting

All basketball games are played at the Oak Grove gymnasium.

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