York Little Cougars stress safer game

genegraham@comporium.netAugust 20, 2013 

— A new youth football association, the York Little Cougars, is gaining support for the fall.

The group will be a member of the Southland Youth Football League, an affiliate of the United Youth Football League.

Peter Vacho, president of the York Little Cougars, said organizers are excited to begin a new chapter in the community.

“We are also at the forefront of making sure that we provide a safer game for our kids,” said Vacho. “That's why we have adopted the USA Football's Heads Up Football program.

He said Heads Up Football is a players safety program. “It is a comprehensive approach to player safety involving leagues, parents, players and coaches,” Vacho said.

Vacho has reveled in the excitement of hearing parents talk about how genuinely excited their child was to start playing for the Little Cougars. “The parents are happy as well, saying ‘York football is back,’” Vacho said.

He said working with York Comprehensive High School head football coach Bobby Carroll and the school’s varsity staff has had a positive impact on parents, coaches and players.

“The parents know their child is going to learn a system that works at the youth level through the NFL” Vacho said. “For the volunteer coaches, they have been given the knowledge, playbooks, planners and instruction from the varsity football staff on implementing the high school offensive and defensive schemes.

“Meanwhile, the players are going to benefit the most as they will be learning what the high school football players are, putting them and the York football program way ahead of the curve in the years to come.”

The Little Cougars are still accepting registration forms. Limited spots remain for 12U, 10U and 8U teams. Also, coaches and game day volunteers are needed

Go to yorklittlecougars@gmail.com or 803-732-1123.

The team will run an age-appropriate version of the York Cougar varsity team’s playbook.

A volunteer group has committed to lead and manage the York Little Cougars. The group has partnered with Shock Doctor to provide free mouth guards. A partnership with USA Football and the Heads Up Football program will educate coaches and ensure they are qualified.

Registration is $125 and includes all equipment except helmets and cleats. For more information, email yorklittlecougars@gmail.com.

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