POINT PLEASANT — Football season is almost here, and not just for the “big kids.”
The Point Pleasant Youth Football League will begin its season soon and a kickoff event is planned for 6:30 p.m. this Friday in front of the Pleasant Valley Hospital Wellness Center. There will be food, activities, inflatables and a DJ. The kickoff event is also an opportunity for players and cheerleaders, as well as their families, to meet with coaches. It’s also an opportunity for children to sign up to participate.
The PPYFL is open to boys and girls who will be in kindergarten through sixth grade in the fall. The league is open to students at Ashton, Beale, Point Primary, Point Intermediate, Roosevelt and Leon elementary schools. Kids in kindergarten through third grade play flag football, while fourth through sixth graders, play tackle football.
Those who join the league play games on the football field at Point Pleasant Junior/Senior High School each Sunday through the fall, with the league’s season culminating in playoffs and ultimately, a PPYFL super bowl. Teams and cheerleading squads are formed to represent the schools.
Organizers of the league say it was formed with guidance from the varsity football coaching staff at PPHS and league coaches are taught by that staff as well. In addition, this year, children who sign up will have a community service project to complete as a team. This could be anything from picking up trash, to volunteering – the sky is the limit but the goal is to instill giving back to the community, according to organizers.
This year, the PPYFL is expecting around 250 kids to participate in its football and cheering programs.
For parents who are interested, they can sign up their kids online at www.ppyfl.com. The league can also be followed on Facebook.
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