Opportunity for Youth Teams to Play Inside the New PPL Center
Bethlehem, PA:

The Lehigh Valley Steelhawks Jr. Football League (SJFL) returns for its second season with games being played inside the brand new PPL Center this year. Domino’s Pizza returns as a proud founding sponsor of the league. This season St. Luke’s Sports & Human Performance Center will also host some outside arena combines for the participants and Bishop Photography will be on hand at each game to give the kids and parents professional photos of the participants in play. The league aims to give local youth football teams the opportunity to learn more about the indoor arena football game by providing a league that follows that same style of play. All games will take place during the Steelhawks’ spring 2015 PIFL season that begins at the end of March.

The league is sanctioned by the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks professional indoor football team whose mission will be helping to bring the indoor arena football experience to the Valley’s youth by offering a full contact, tackle football league using an arena rules format. The league will feature one division, of 4th- 6th grades; of tackle football teams that can now enjoy the excitement of indoor arena football inside the Steelhawks new home, the PPL Center.

The 2014 inaugural season was a huge success and it saw four teams and more than 60 kids take part. This season, there could be more than 100 players participating and a few teams have already pre-registered for it. Games will take place morning and early afternoons of selected 2015 Steelhawks home games. Players must register as part of a team with a designated coach (individuals may contact the league directors to register as an individual). There is a $140 fee per player that includes a customized youth team jersey, Steelhawks End Zone Level season ticket pass for all Steelhawks home games inside PPL Center, a scheduled team session with St. Luke’s Strength and Conditioning Coaches, a spot at the SJFL Skills Camp with Steelhawks players and coaches, and each team will play a minimum of 4 games inside the new PPL Center arena on our brand new field.

For all registered team coaches, there will be a pre-season information seminar that will go through all the relevant league information and schedules. Teams only need to consist of 12 or more members and can only practice up to 4 hours a week when the season starts. Steelhawks coaches and staff will also be conducting a short SJFL 101 crash course on the rules and procedures of the league.

Each player will be receiving one (1) Steelhawk End Zone Level Season Ticket. There is a Special Offer for SJFL families to purchase additional season tickets at a discounted price (price to be announced at a later date).

Co-League Director and Founder, Head Coach Chris Thompson, has big plans for the 2015 SJFL, “We have achieved so much in the last four years as a Professional Indoor arena football team and the upcoming 2015 season and move into the new arena allows us to grow our style of football and brand, to an even wider array of families and kids in and around the Lehigh Valley. We can’t wait for the start of our 2015 season to get here, play in the new PPL Center, and watch all of the kids, parents, coaches, and youth programs associated with our SJFL enjoy it as much as we will. There is not an opportunity out there like this for our kids.”

Similarly, Co-League Director and Game Day Coordinator Lauren Petri is just as excited for the second season of the SJFL, “This is a great opportunity for kids around the Valley to experience the game of arena indoor football. Being able to play inside the new PPL Center on a professional field is a unique experience that you can’t find anywhere else.”

To learn more about the SJFL visit If you have any questions please contact league directors Lauren Petri,, or Head Coach Chris Thompson,

Steelhawks’ season tickets are available now. We hope to everyone inside the PPL Center this season for the Steelhawks 5th season! Keep checking for the latest news and events from the Steelhawks! For further information please call Lehigh Valley Steelhawks Executive Vice President and General Manager Mike Clark at (610) 282-3100, or visit our website at for the latest Steelhawks news! 2015 Season Ticket packages are now on sale! Reserve your seat now by calling the Steelhawks office at 610-282-3100.

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