St. Mary's Youth Football League Launched

Informational Meeting Set for Dec. 9

LEONARDTOWN, Md. (Nov. 30, 2009)—St. Mary's County Department of Recreation and Parks and the Southern Maryland Youth Football League (SMYFL) have formed a partnership to build on the success of SMYFL's 2009 season. The new program will be called the "St. Mary's Youth Football League" and will begin play next fall.

In the new league, volunteer run youth football clubs will be established in communities throughout the County to handle player registration, fundraising, recruitment of coaches, and the formation of teams. Each club will enter their teams into age/weight divisions within the League. These existing SMYFL clubs - the Mechanicsville Braves, the Hollywood "Blue" Raiders and the Lexington Park Hornets -are all planning to participate in 2010.

League operations will be managed by Recreation and Parks staff working closely with a Board of Directors comprised of the presidents of each football club. Recreation and Parks will manage administrative functions such as scheduling, contracting with game officials, providing game day supervision, conducting player weigh-ins, and setting standards for sportsmanship.

Phil Rollins, Director, Recreation and Parks Department, believes this partnership will provide the needed long term stability and sustainability for a countywide youth football league. "Our Department is pleased to join an outstanding group of volunteers in offering a youth football program that provides a safe and positive sports environment for participants and their families," he said.

An informational meeting for the St. Mary's Youth Football League is scheduled for Wednesday December 9, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. at the Hollywood Recreation Center located in the old Hollywood Elementary School at 24400 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood, MD 20636. All interested coaches, administrators, and parents are encouraged to attend.

Source: St. Mary's County Government

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