Warren County Pioneer Youth Football is hopeful the football frenzy going on locally will carry over to the youth programs. The youth teams, which will play in the Southern Middle Tennessee Youth Football Association, will continue holding sign-ups throughout June.
“We’re stoked. We’ve had more sign up to date this year than we have had in the past 4-5 years,” said Steve Weeter, who serves as a coach in the league and on the board.
Registration will be held each Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon at the Bobby Ray football field concession stand. Division one is open to children ages 5-7, division two will feature kids ages 8-9 and division three consists of players ages 10-12.
The teams will begin practice in July. The SMYTFA features teams from Columbia, Fayetteville, Franklin County, Giles County, Liberty, Manchester, Marshall County, Shelbyville and Tullahoma. Home games for the Pioneers are held on Saturdays at Bobby Ray.
The cost per player is $100 through June 29. Late registration will be $125.
Parents are asked to bring a copy of a birth certificate and health insurance at sign-ups.
Much like the rest of the community, the league has been quick to embrace new school football coaches Matt Turner and Ben Matheney. Both are trying to work hand-in-hand with the youth league.
“We had a chance to meet with Matt and Ben. Coach Turner was adamant that the process starts with the youth,” said Weeter. “That’s what we want to do here. We’re working to teach the fundamentals and get these kids excited and loving the sport.”
Cheerleaders may also sign up at the same times. League officials are hoping to have enough cheerleaders to have full squads for each of the three football teams.
The first day of official practice is set for July 8. Games will begin in August with a jamboree in Giles County.
Warren County will get the opportunity to host the Super Bowl in each division this year. The date for the season finale is still being set and talks are being held about a potential location, perhaps even the use of Nunley Stadium.