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Youth Football Program Takes First Step
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 • Posted July 23, 2008

The inaugural season of the Mason Youth Football program will get underway Monday, August 4th as the next generation of Punchers hits the gridiron for their first practice.

For years I have heard that we would have a much better H.S. football team if we had a youth football program to teach our kids the fundamentals of America's greatest game early on. With the advent of this new venture we will now find oursleves on par with other towns such as Brady, San Saba and Brownwood who have had programs such as this for years.

James Kelly Schmidt and former high school football coach Ron Binion are spearheading this program and I applaude their efforts, it’s long overdue.

The program will consist of two teams, 3rd / 4th graders and 5th / 6th graders. My son played in the SFL league in Houston from third grade through sixth grade and he would be quick to tell you that it was more exciting then Little League. For you mothers out there that may have a concern that it might be too rough, let me pass on what I learned from coaching in such a league for several years.

At the 4th grade level you should probably change the name from Football to Bunchball. The kids move slowly and they have so much padding on that they could get hit by an F-250 and still not feel it. At the sixth grade level it is flat out fun. The fundamentals that they learned in previous years kicks in and the games become just as exciting as a Friday night at the Puncherdome.

On Friday , August 25th from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., the league will be conducting its final registration at the Junior High Gymnasium. The league will issue equipment at this time and weigh in all players. The registration fee is $65.00. This does not cover spikes or socks.

During the MHS vs Ozona Scrimmage on August 16th the Puncher Club will recognize our new football league by bringing them down on the field at approxitmaly noon, where head football coach Russell Joy and the varsity players will address the kids. The Puncher Club has also extended an invitation to the league to be a part of the pregame introduction hoopla as our 2008 Punchers explode out of the Super Tunnel for the home opener against San Saba.

For further information regarding the league please contact James Kelly Schmidt at (325-258-4454) (972-921-8281) or Paul Binion at (325-347-5304). Any support that our local business community can lend to this effort would be appreciated.

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