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What is Sprint Football?

"This is how football was meant to be played, with 11 guys flying around with reckless abandon!"   
Major Joseph R. Clearfield, USMC, Navy 2006 sprint football coach

What is sprint football?

Simply put, it’s the same as any college football!!

Helmets, Shoulder pads, cleats, funny looking balls, 100-yard field, field goal posts, sidelines, end zones, the list goes on and on.

You name it and it’s in the game.

The only difference is that the players who compete in sprint must weigh no more than 172 pounds 48 hours prior to kickoff.

But don’t be fooled by size, because we play football for keeps here!!

The History

The evolution of sprint football was started in the early 1930’s by the president of the University of Pennsylvania. He wanted to assure that the smaller, talented student-athletes still had opportunities to compete in football on the intercollegiate level.

Founded as the Eastern 150-Pound Football League in 1934, the original league had seven members: Cornell, Lafayette, Penn, Princeton, Rutgers, Villanova, and Yale. Throughout the years, a number of teams have either joined or left the league. In 1946, Navy fielded its first squad, with army following suit in 1957. Mansfield started sprint football in 2008 and in the spring of 2009, was admitted as a member, the first new member in over 50 years!!!

During the first 25 years of the league, athletes became bigger, forcing the league to increase the weight limit from 150 to 154 pounds initially, then later to 159 pounds. At that time, the league was called the Eastern Lightweight Football League. Just two days prior to the 1996 season, the ELFL increased the weight limit again, this time to 165 pounds. In 2004, the weight limit was increased to 166 pounds. The current weight limit of 172 pounds was established in 2005.


During the 1998 season, the word "Lightweight" was replaced with the word "Sprint." This word better expresses the quickness, speed, and caliber of play in the league. Sprint also gave the league a better marketing tool to attract new teams, of which Mansfield is the first. The league was renamed the Collegiate Sprint Football League(CSFL). Six teams make up the current CSFL: Army, Cornell, Mansfield, Navy, Penn, and Princeton.

The league has produced some big-time alums, including former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld(Princeton) and former President Jimmy Carter(Navy). The league also produced NFL coaching legend George Allen, who started his coaching career as an assistant coach for the now-disbanded University of Michigan 150-pound team. Allen later was the head coach of both the Los Angeles Rams and Washington Redskins.

The Student-Athletes who choose to play Sprint Football

At weigh-ins, which are done both 4 and 2 days in advance of kickoff, players must weigh less than the maximum allowed weight of 172 pounds. Sprint Football is very similar to Wrestling in that the players constantly watch their diets. In addition to all the football drills that take place during practices, athletes may run several times throughout practice and in their free time to help keep their weight in check.

However, after the last weigh-in, players can eat what they want as most reach 175 pounds or more by game day. The average weight for the athletes during the season ranges between 155 and 175 pounds.

During the off-season, players’ weights fluctuate with some going as high as 185-190 pounds!! However, as fall camp approaches, players go through their own training programs to make weight safely and get ready for the upcoming season. Height does not matter in the CSFL. Most of the players are generally between 5’6" and 6’0" tall, there are always exceptions to the rule as some are as tall at 6’3".

The CSFL is a perfect opportunity to players to continue to compete in a sport they love. Most players in the league were told throughout their careers that they were too small to play intercollegiate football. However, sprint football gives student-athletes the chance to fulfill their dreams!!!

Because of the players’ size, proper technique and execution are taught rather than simply "bulking up." Due to this element, sprint teams regularly beat Division III junior varsity teams that have 300 pounders scattered throughout their roster