Truckee youth football returning to Pop Warner
Ryan Summerlin June 8, 2013
After a four-year experience with the Sierra Youth Football League, Truckee’s youth football league has returned to Pop Warner football.
Founded in 1929, Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc., (PWLS) is a non-profit organization that provides youth football and cheer and dance programs for participants in 42 states and several countries around the world. As the only national youth sports organization that requires scholastic aptitude to participate, Pop Warner is committed to developing America’s young people on the field and off. Kids compete with kids of similar age and size. Pop Warner is the only youth football program (local, regional and national) that sets and enforces a strict age and weight matrix that reduces the risk of injuries.
The current board of Truckee Youth Football and Cheer (TYFC), citing safety concerns for current and future players and cheerleaders, decided to return to Pop Warner Little Scholars in March of this year. After seeking information from officials at Sagebrush Empire Pop Warner, Reno’s Pop Warner affiliate and Sierra Youth Football League, TYFC choose to make the switch back to an age and weight based playing matrix. This matrix of using player’s age and weight and assigning them in a division that has no more than a 55-pound weight difference between the top of the weight limit and bottom will fit the majority of the current players better than the unlimited weight classes in the American Youth Football league they were playing for the last four years.
Also, the Sagebrush Empire league in Reno has a reputation of placing emphasis on making sure the younger levels in their league strive to be an instructional atmosphere. This emphasis on large amounts of instruction at the younger levels will benefit all involved. Teaching good fundamentals to the young players or cheerleaders will help them to progress through the program at a quicker pace. The goal at TYFC is to get the youth football players and cheerleaders prepared to continue the history of excellence at the high school level.
TYFC has completed their formal registration process holding registration on May 22 and 28 at Truckee High School. Anyone still interested in playing youth football is encouraged to visit the TYFC website at www.truckeeyouthfootballandcheer.com for more information. The season starts Aug. 1 with opening ceremonies and first day of practice is Aug. 5.
Anyone interested in learning more about the game of football from the four-time Nevada State Championship program at Truckee High School, join them for their Youth Football Camp.
The camp will be held July 29-31 at Truckee High School practice fields from 9 a.m.-noon.
The cost of the camp is $80. Sign up at www.truckeeyouthfootballandcheer.com.
TYFC will be putting on their first cheerleading camp this summer. The camp will be held June 24, 26 and 28, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. with a cost of $60, which includes participation in the July 4 parade. For more info go to www.truckeeyouthfootballandcheer.com.
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