Football signups almost over

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 21, 2007

DEMOPOLIS &8212; The newly formed Pop Warner Football League is winding down signups and looking toward beginning play in August.

Registration for the league at Omni Sports began June 24 and runs through Tuesday for children ages seven through 12 looking to play organized football. Teams formed after the end of sign ups will begin play in late August.

McVay said he was interested in the Pop Warner league because of its nationwide following. He said it also supplies a set of rules for play within its various organizations and provides insurance in case a child participating gets hurt.

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After deciding on joining the league McVay said he had to apply for a charter from the organization as well as a form a local board for the Demopolis league. After filling out the board of five members the group went about deciding some of the ground rules for the Demopolis group.

McVay said the groups will play on the soccer fields at the back of the complex. He also said the teams will be broken down into a seven through nine age group, who will play on Tuesdays, and a 10 through 12 age group, who will play on Thursday.

McVay said though the league is limited to Demopolites, children enrolled in a school in the city of Demopolis and home school children who can provide proof that they live in the city limits, children enrolled in schools in the city that don&8217;t necessarily live within the city limits may also play in the organization. He said the reason the group decided to limits who is eligible to play is to keep coaches of the league from recruiting players to give their teams an edge.