Belton’s new football league draws them in for camp
Sunday, 05 August 2012 by David Tuma
A football skills camp for athletes that signed up for the Belton Tigers Youth Football League was held at Belton Tigers Stadium Saturday at Tiger Field.
The Belton Tigers Youth Football League has set the deadline to sign up August 1st. Cost is $100 for the first child and $75 thereafter. The league is for athletes in the third-sixth grade in BISD.
With Belton's dominating position in overall sports for almost two decades it was only a matter of time before Belton started it's own league. For many of the athletes and their families who attended the camp and got a tour of the Belton Athletics Facility there simply is no question the direction the program is heading.
The league is for teaching kids the Belton Tigers system. There will be no running up the score and the offense and defenses are what they run at Tiger Field on Friday nights, just a little more basic.
Over 90 athletes showed up to the skills camp and they will be playing in a football league for Belton kids. They were taught both the offense and defense the Belton Tigers run from seventh grade to varsity. They were weighed and measured for height.
Skills were also tested from basic football drills, to position skills such as defense and offense skills needed to play the game. They were tested for vertical leap, broad jump, speed in the 40-yard dash. It was also a fantastic day to sign up for the league and 27 new players joined the league. One of the highlights was a tour of one of the top facilities in the state that has no equal in the area.
Belton's High School staff and junior high coaches were on hand and the kids appreciated the effort. "The kids love it all, you could see the smiles. Coach Southern talked to the kids and you could just see how much that meant to them. They gave the kids and parents a first hand look at Belton's dominating position in terms of facilities," said Paul Seiler.
The league also started the process of assigning positions. They where each taught how to throw, catch and do football drills. The camp was from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Player statistics are being compiled this week for the coaches of the teams. The teams will have home and away jerseys and the games will be played at Tiger Field and the junior high fields.
You can signup for the league by mail a check to Allen Evans 1301 Nolan Court Belton, TX 76513. Evans is president of the Belton Tiger Youth Football League and does not have children that play football.
You can also signup on line using pay pal on their web site www.leaguelineup.com/beltontigeryouthfootballleague . For further questions Evans can be reached at 598-8962. One of his biggest jobs during the season is to monitor the games.