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City youth football registration begins

Fall is in the air and in the world of sports that means one thing…football season is upon us.

High schools throughout the county have begun practice and so have the youth football teams.

Registration has now begun for youth football in the Camellia City through the area YMCA.

Executive Director Amanda Phillips said things are in full swing for youth football.

"We have already started registration and they are already practicing in the afternoons," said Phillips. "Things are in full swing."

Though practices have already begun Phillips said children would still be able to register.

"They can still register with the YMCA," said Phillips. "Parents can come by and do the paperwork and get them out there."

There will be three teams for children ages six through 12.

Children ages six, seven and eight will play on the mini-mite team. Ages nine and 10 will compete on the termite team. Eleven and 12 year olds will play with the peewee team.

Phillips said the teams would ccompete with other squads from all over the area.

"We will compete in the tri-county football league," said Phillips. "We will play teams from Georgiana, McKenzie, Fort Deposit, Red Level and two teams from Evergreen."

This year the teams will open the season on Sept. 11 against the Evergreen Aggies. Kickoff times have yet to be set.

The Greenville team will use the Tiger as their mascot as well.

The YMCA will also offer cheerleading as part of their recreational package. Girl's ages five through 12 will be eligible.

For those who are not interested in football or cheerleading the YMCA will offer soccer.

Soccer will be open to boys and girls with games taking place on Saturday's throughout the fall.

Phillips said all the recreational leagues keep them very busy, but it is worth it.

"We have as many as 300 kids at the YMCA on Saturdays for recreational activities during the fall," said Phillips. "We stay pretty busy. It is great though. The kids have a lot of fun and the parents get to come out and see them play. Everyone really enjoys it."

The cost to register for football is $40 for nonmembers and $30 for members. A certified copy of the child's birth certificate is also required.

Registration for soccer will also cost $40 for nonmembers and $30 for members.

Cheerleading registration will cost $30 for nonmembers and $25 for members.

Aside from the fee all parents have to do is come to the YMCA and fill out the proper paperwork.

Parents who plan to have their children participate are encouraged to register as soon as possible if they have not already done so.