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Are you ready for the football ???

April 24, 2010 - TRC - By Izzy Warren

Greater New England Youth Football League players and adult volunteers posed for this picture on their LaGrange Days parade float.
Never heard of the Greater New England Youth Football League before the makings of their float pulled in near the TRC team at last year's LaGrange Days parade line-up. Had heard about a football team with participants from LaGrange and nearby towns. Here's what I've learned from a newspaper article, the website, and a couple conversations with Buddy Smart.

The Greater New England Youth Football League is a relatively new league for high school aged football players. The league operates outside the umbrella of the Maine Principals Association and so is not sanctioned, or controlled, by schools. "We aren't trying to interfere with established (school) football programs." stresses GNYFL President, Buddy Smart, who grew up in Milo. He adds that, "We want to give kids something worthwhile to do after school in the fall that's a better choice than hanging around on the streets."

Just as some students are inclined towards music, art, or scholarly endeavor - some want to play football. The league offers boys aged 13 to 18 the opportunity to participate in varsity level football in areas where that opportunity does not previously exist. Players must be home schooled or in school to be eligible to play and play with the team formed by the school districts of a given team. For example the BCH Knights players are from Bradford, Corinth, and Hudson. Established teams have up to thirty players each. There is a one hundred dollar ($100.00) registration fee per player. Players and sponsors help with fundraising to meet expenses. The game rules are the same as for high school football and each team plays eleven (11) man football. GNYFL football games are played on Saturdays. Games are refereed by certified officials. In addition to the BCH Knights successful GNYFL programs are up and running in Buckfield and Erskine, and in Lincoln and Aroostook Counties.

MSAD #41 youth now have the opportunity to participate. Beginning Friday, April 30, Team Classes will be held at the Milo Town Hall between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m..

Any person, team or group interested in joining the Greater New England Youth Football League can contact Smart at 207.745.2418. The Milo Panthers Team Secretary is Tammy Johnson at 207.943.7749.

NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.