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Local youth football program invites players from upcounty region

WARRENSBURG Warrensburg Youth League Football starts practice Aug. 18, and its open to children from Kindergarten through Grade 6 in Warrensburg, Chester, Johnsburg, Bolton, and Horicon, local youth football coordinator Mike Irish said Friday. The Warrensburg team is open to residents of all communities in northern and northwestern areas of Warren County where no football programs are offered, Irish said. Last year, about 60 youth were involved, including a good number of players from upcounty communities, he said. Football not only offers great exercise but its terrific for mental discipline, Irish said, noting that last years team included several girls with considerable skills and dedication. The sport is a real plus in childrens lives. All those interested should show up at 5 p.m. Mon. Aug. 18 to sign up, receive equipment, and start preliminary practice. The Warrensburg football program includes three teams, two tackle football teams -- one for third and fourth graders, and one for fifth and sixth, plus a flag-football team for children going into Kindergarten through second grade. Registration fee is $45 for tackle football and $25 for flag football. Fees only partially fund the football equipment, as the Warrensburg league provides helmet, clothing, jerseys and pads. Generally, players are responsible to buy their own cleats, but the team has some available in various sizes for players that need them. In 2007, the Warrensburg program had about 20 players for each of the three teams. The Warrensburg organization belongs to the Northern Adirondack Youth Football League, which includes teams from Lake George, Glens Falls, Ticonderoga, Whitehall, Corinth, and Fort Edward as well as Warrensburg. Fort Edward joined the league this year, Irish said. The teams annually hold several practice sessions, then meet up with each other for one pre-season opener called The Combine. This year, the Combine event, with all seven teams expected, will be held in Lake George Sun. Aug. 31. Regular-season games follow the Combine event for seven weeks, Irish said. Football is a sport that develops a sense of teamwork as kids strive together towards a common goal, he said. Those seeking more information about the youth football program in Warrensburg may call Mike Irish at 623-2703.

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