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Posts tagged ‘youth football’
Posted: August 31st, 2011

Erie Highlight Reel (eriehighlightreel.com) has posted video highlights from last weekend’s MYAA and Diocesan youth football season openers.

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Posted: August 14th, 2011

Below is the 2011 Erie Diocesan football schedule. All games are at the Cathedral Prep Events Center.

Aug. 28

OLP JV vs. St. George JV, noon

OLP vs. St. George, 1 p.m.

Blessed Sacrament vs. St. John, 3 p.m.

Blessed Sacrament JV vs. St. John JV, 4:30 p.m.

Aug. 29

OLC JV vs. St. Luke JV, 6:15 p.m.

OLC vs. St. Luke, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 3

St. George JV vs. Blessed Sacrament JV, 9 a.m.

St. George vs. Blessed Sacrament, 10:30 a.m.

Sept. 4

St. John JV vs. St. Luke JV, noon

St. John vs. St. Luke, 1:30 p.m.

OLC vs. OLP, 3 p.m.

OLC JV vs. OLP JV, 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 10

St. Luke JV vs. Blessed Sacrament JV, 9 a.m.

St. Luke vs. Blessed Sacrament, 10:30 a.m.

Sept. 11

St. George JV vs. OLC JV, noon

St. George vs. OLC, 1:30 p.m.

Sept. 12

OLP JV vs. St. John JV, 6 p.m.

OLP vs. St. John, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 17

St. George JV vs. St. John JV, 9 a.m.

St. George vs. St. John, 10:30 a.m.

Sept. 18

OLP JV vs. St. Luke JV, noon

OLP vs. St. Luke, 1:30 p.m.

Sept. 19

OLC JV vs. Blessed Sacrament JV, 6 p.m.

OLC vs. Blessed Sacrament, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 25

St. John JV vs. OLC JV, noon

St. John vs. OLC, 1:30 p.m.

Blessed Sacrament vs. OLP, 3 p.m.

Blessed Sacrament JV vs. OLP JV, 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 26

St. Luke JV vs. St. George JV, 6 p.m.

St. Luke vs. St. George, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 1

St. Luke JV vs. OLC JV, 9 a.m.

St. Luke vs. OLC, 10:30 a.m.

Oct. 2

St. John JV vs. Blessed Sacrament JV, noon

St. John vs. Blessed Sacrament, 1:30 p.m.

Oct. 3

St. George JV vs. OLP JV, 6 p.m.

St. George vs. OLP, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 9

OLP JV vs. OLC JV, noon

OLP vs. OLC, 1:30 p.m.

St. Luke vs. St. John, 3 p.m.

St. Luke JV vs. St. John JV, 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 10

Blessed Sacrament JV vs. St. George JV, 6 p.m.

Blessed Sacrament vs. St. George, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 15

Blessed Sacrament JV vs. St. Luke JV, 9 a.m.

Blessed Sacrament vs. St. Luke, 10:30 a.m.

St. John vs. OLP, noon

St. John JV vs. OLP JV, 1:30 p.m.

Oct. 16

OLC JV vs. St. George JV, noon

OLC vs. St. George, 1:30 p.m.

Oct. 20

Playoffs

No. 2 seed vs. No. 3 seed, 6:30 p.m.

No. 1 seed vs. No. 4 seed, 7:45 p.m.

Oct. 26

Championship game, 7 p.m.

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Posted: May 28th, 2011

If you figured it was only a matter of time before helmet manufacturers began pouring money into lobbying efforts as a reaction to the intensifying pressure to make youth football safer, you were right. The Associated Press reports that Riddell, the official helmet for the NFL, spent $80,000 in the first quarter of this year after spending virtually nothing on lobbying in 2010. Riddell has come under fire by some lawmakers for what they contend are false and misleading claims about their helmets’ ability to prevent head injuries.

The full story is below:

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Posted: February 22nd, 2011

The top-seeded Saints and third-seeded Colts won Sunday to advance to the Family First Sports Park youth football winter session Senior Division championship game, set for Sunday at 6:45 p.m. The second-seeded Eagles and fourth-place Bears meet in the third-place game at 5:30 p.m.

In the PeeWee Division, the Wildabeests and Vipers will meet in the final Sunday at 1:45 p.m. The Colonels and Wildcats play for third at 12:30 p.m.

In the Mighty Mites Division, the Hurricanes capped an undefeated season by downing the Gators in the championship game on Sunday, while the Ducks beat the Nittany Lions for third.

Complete results are below:

Senior Division semifinals:

1. Saints 40, 4. Bears 22

3. Colts 29, 2. Eagles 14

Mighty Mites final:

1. Hurricanes 53, 2. Gators 6

Mighty Mites third place:

3. Ducks 40, 4. Nittany Lions 0

Pee Wee semifinals:

1. Vipers 34, 4. Wildcats 8

2. Wildabeests 20, 3. Colonels 0

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Posted: February 17th, 2011

OK, this one is a little dated, but in the interest of generating some photo submissions to the Junior Varsity blog, I’m posting the shot below from the Family First Sports Park fall youth football session. Family First’s winter session playoffs begin this Sunday, with games in three divisions scheduled for Sunday afternoon. To submit a photo to the Junior Varsity blog, please attach it in jpg format to an e-mail and send to john.dudley@timesnews.com.

Alexander Baldi, left, looks to throw a block to spring Joey Scarabino for the Mighty Red Raiders during a Family First Sports Park youth football fall session game.

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Posted: January 14th, 2011

The federal government might be getting involved in youth football safety. According to an Associated Press report (below), the Federal Trade Commission is looking into whether enough is being done to protect players, and whether helmets promise levels of protection that aren’t consistent with reality. This is just the latest development in what has become a yearlong focus on head injuries and helmet safety at all levels of football, including the NFL.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Federal Trade Commission says his agency is looking into possible action regarding safety claims over youth football helmets.

Chairman Jon Leibowitz made the revelation in a letter to New Mexico Democratic Sen. Tom Udall, who had requested an FTC investigation into what he called “misleading safety claims and deceptive practices.”

Leibowitz says the commission agrees that there are serious concerns, and “will determine what action by this agency may be appropriate.”

In the letter, obtained Friday by The Associated Press, Leibowitz added that issues involving serious health concerns are a “high priority for the commission.”

Last fall, Udall asked the Consumer Product Safety Commission to investigate whether safety standards for football helmets are adequate to protect young players from concussions.

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Posted: January 9th, 2011

If you’ve never taken the opportunity to check out youth football during the height of an Erie winter, Family First Sports Park kicks off its winter session games today in its sports dome. The program is one of a handful in the United States that offers climate-controlled football during the winter months, and it’s grown to include three divisions of players ranging in age from 7-13.

Games begin today at 12:30 p.m.

Here’s more information on Family First’s website.

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Posted: November 24th, 2010

Pop Warner has responded to the recent flurry of publicity surrounding football-related concussions with a new set of guideline, as noted in this New York Times article. Among them: Players who suffer concussions may not return to contact without a doctor’s note.

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Posted: October 18th, 2010

The Parochial League football playoff field is set, with St. John-Holy Rosary (8-0) and Our Lady’s Christian (7-1) locking up the top two seeds. The semifinals are Thursday at the Cathedral Prep Events Center. See the official release below for more details.

Congratulations to the St. John-Holy Rosary football team… 2010 Regular Season Champions!

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Posted: June 12th, 2010

Wattsburg and Waterford tackle football sign-ups will be held at the Greene
Township Municipal Building 9333 Tate Road on Wednesday, June 16th from
6:00-7:30 PM and Saturday, June 19th from 9:00-10:30 AM. Players must be
10-13 years old and weigh between 85-130 #. For further information call
739-9598.

Union City tackle football sign-ups will be held at the Caflisch Park on
Willow Road Thursday, June 17th from 6:00-7:30 PM and Saturday, June 19th
from 11:00 AM -12:30 PM. Players must be 10-13 years old and weigh between
85-130 #. For further information call 739-9598.

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