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January 21, 2009

Spring tackle football season for teens in works

PLATTSBURGH — Efforts are under way to organize a spring tackle football season for area teen-agers with hopes of beginning play in April.



Fred Gagnier, who has been active with the Malone Mustangs youth program for 10 years, is serving as league director with an organizational meeting scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 24, at 11 a.m., in the Plattsburgh Days Inn conference room. Representatives from each school district are encouraged to attend the meeting.



The Upstate New York Spring Football League is in full compliance with the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, according to Gagnier.



“This will be a developmental league with teams being formed from different communities and coaches working together on teaching the players the game of football,” Gagnier said Tuesday. “It will not interfere in any way with school programs and in the case of a conflict, we will put the school program first.



“The experience and knowledge the players gain from the coaches will help them be better prepared for the upcoming school season and future endeavors at the college level. The main focus will be all players entering the football combine will be drafted on a team and league rules will require them to play no less than half of the game. We encourage coaches and players to have fun and enjoy the game of football and make new friends from the other school districts for future years.”



All varsity football coaches and their assistants are welcome to participate.



expenses.... charging entry fee per player average $100-150 per entry fee



Plans call for four divisions. The East Division will include teens from the Beekmantown, Plattsburgh and Peru areas; the West Division from Saranac, Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake; the South Division from AuSable Valley, Moriah and Ticonderoga; and the North Division from Massena, Malone, Potsdam and Tri-Town.

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