Football is a go.
Organizer Sean Brown wasn’t sure until halfway through training camp on the weekend that they would have the numbers.
“People have been coming over to watch and deciding they want to play too,” says Brown. “We’ve got 18 signed up. That’s a team.”
Boys and girls will be playing together on the PeeWee team (10-12 year olds). The Atoms (8-9) may be able to play up if coaches from the different teams agree to put them in for the third quarter.
The Bantams won’t have a team but Brown would like to see them practice and help with coaching in the hopes of forming a team next year.
The idea for the team came from Michael and Judy Upward of Middleton. Michael ran minor football in New Brunswick for years. He never threw out any of the old gear. He’s now putting it to good use starting a league in the Annapolis Valley.
“It’s great to get rid of it,” says Michael. “Judy wants to get her car in the garage.”
The Upwards have convinced three teams to join the league: Windsor, Middleton and Digby. They are considering calling the league Football 101, a reference to the highway and to the fact that there is a lot for everyone to learn.
“Football offers so much to so many more kids,” says Michael. “There is a place on a football team for every player: kids with speed, kids with strength, football can use them.”
Football 101 is considering running eight to nine aside – both because the teams starting out are small and because it will be easier for the players to learn the basics.
Digby will practice three times a week starting in “very early August”.
The season, six games plus playoffs, starts in September.
The camp got off to a slow start in the rain Saturday morning, July 9 but the good weather later in the day and Sunday brought out some new athletes.
Brown says 20 would be ideal and new players are more than welcome.
Registration is $150, which includes all equipment, game officials and insurance. Players have to provide their own cleats and a mouth guard.