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September 28, 2008

Cass County Youth Football League continues to grow

It has doubled in size the past five years

Football is known as a numbers game, and the Cass County Youth Football League is doing what it can to provide a large number of players with a good background in football to the area high school football programs.

The league has continued its growth spurt in recent years. In fact, according to league treasurer Craig Currier, the number of participants has doubled over the last five years. There are now more than 580 kids participating throughout the area. Logansport has six teams, Lewis Cass has four and Pioneer, Caston, Winamac and Carroll have two teams apiece.

According to league president Jon Loposser, the main reason for the rapid spike in participation across the board has been the addition of a junior division. In the previous format, 9 and 10 year olds would go up against 11 and 12 year olds which caused many of the younger kids to either not come out for the teams or quit once they did according to Loposser. A change was made to divide the league into two age groups — the junior division which consists of 9 and 10 year olds and the senior division which consists of 11 and 12 year olds. The 9 and 10 year olds are generally third and fourth graders, and the 11 and 12 year olds are fifth and sixth graders. Once the kids reach the seventh grade they enter their school’s middle school football program.

Rules changes have also made the Cass County Youth Football League more player-friendly and spectator-friendly.

“As the president of the league, I’ve really emphasized weight limit,” said Loposser, who’s in his 11th year as league president. “Three-stripers (kids who weight 135 pounds or more) have to always be in a three-point stance. And we’ve moved the linebackers and safeties back off the ball to make sure the offenses succeed. Our defensive rule is you have to play a 5-2 defense. Our kids used to just pile up with 11 kids in the middle of the line, and no one wanted to be quarterback.

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