Cartersville has opened registration for peewee flag football, football and football cheerleading. Peewee flag football is open to ages 4 to 6 for $60. Football is open to ages 7 to 12 for $90. Cheerleading is open for ages 5 to 12 for $95.
To register and for more information call Cartersville Parks and Rec at (770) 387-5627.
This season will be Cartersville’s first year as members of USA Football through the NFL. All of the coaches will now be fully trained and certified under USA Football, which puts a major emphasis on safety.
Assistant director James Gordy, along with athletic coordinator Britt McGill and youth athletic coordinator Mike Streetman, has worked to get this football season up and going.
Gordy said they hope to have at least eight teams for pee wee, 18 teams for football and 12 cheerleaders per team for each 8U and 10U teams.
When it comes to the purpose of this youth program Gordy said “first and foremost” is the players having fun.
“If they have fun, hopefully they’ll come back and want to join their middle school teams and play other sports,” he said.
Along with enjoying the game of football, Gordy said this program teaches young boys basic athletic skills as well as valuable lessons about life.
“We really feel like our football program is more than just football, but the whole package,” he said.
Stressing the importance of education and academics, Georgia Parks and Recreation recognized Cartersville for its Academic All-star Team players and cheerleaders who got all A’s in school.
Cartersville has had a youth football program for decades and one element of the season Gordy said the youth really enjoy is the Team Challenge which is similar to what a high school combine would feature, including events like the cone drills and shuttles. This weeklong event wraps up with a team tug-of-war.
Another first for the program is the introduction of “Football for Moms,” Cartersville’s first ever mother’s football clinic, teaching them football terminology and more about the game. This event is set for Aug. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at Dellinger Park