The Fort Bend Youth Sports Association (FBYSA) is pleased to announce registration is now open for FBYSA’s GridIron Football League, which began a competitive tackle football program for boys ages 7 to 12 in the fall of 2010. In 2011, cheerleading for girls ages 5 -12 years has been added. Online registration will continue until May 31 at www.fortbendgridironfootball.com.
Teams are now forming for the areas serving Ridge Point High School, Austin High School, George Ranch High School and Lamar High School.The GridIron Football League provides a new tackle football opportunity to Fort Bend County residents based on three fundamental principles:
Zoned League System – FBYSA believes that football at any level has a unique ability to bring communities together. Therefore, teams in the GridIron Football League will be made up of players that all live within the same area as their high school zone. Our goal is for GridIron teams to become a source of community pride within these zones, just like the local high school team. Therefore, team names and colors will correspond to the high school’s mascot and colors.
Players in the GridIron Football League will have the chance to play with the boys who could be their future teammates in middle school and high school — and to play against the players they might one day line up against on Friday night. This model is used by the Katy Youth Football League. That league has helped produce both great rivalries as well as football players that have excelled at every level of the sport. Each zone will have a “Zone Manager” who will coordinate the formation of teams and activities within that zone with the league. There will be 4 “participating zones” for the 2010 season (Austin, Clements, Dulles, and Ridge Point).
The GirdIron League has partnered with USA Football, the official youth football organization for the NFL and the NFL Players Association. This partnership will help ensure that our league, the coaches, players, and officials participate in the game of football in accordance with the national standards of USA Football.
Games will be played based on USA Football’s model rules for youth football. These rules, the results of years of work, are the first national standards of its kind for youth football.
By adopting USA Football’s national standards, the GridIron Football League will provide the premier youth football environment in Fort Bend County for players, coaches, and parents alike.
Participation for All – The GridIron Football League will offer open registration on the website, and all applicants within the “participating zones” will be placed on a team assuming availability of coaches and practice fields. Team sizes will be minimum 15 and maximum 24 players.
The Fort Bend Youth Sports Association was created in 2010 to address the growing demand for youth football in Fort Bend County. For more information, visit us online at http://fortbendgridironfootball.com or email us at info@FortBendGridIronFootball.com.