Believing more football involving more youth would be a good thing, the Perry Youth Football League has joined the three-year old Waukee Football League this year. Doing so ended a nine-year arrangement with the Indianola Youth Football League and means Perry will square off with any number of teams from Waukee and Greene County.
The move also generates a different format than in the past, in which the Perry Titans and Giants were both comprised of players in grades 4-6. The teams were then subdivided by age, with the groups playing alternating quarters.
This year the Giants will be composed entirely of sixth graders, with the Titans the fifth grade team. In addition, the Junior Bluejays, made up of the gridders in grades 3-4, will join the league. Each team will now play full four-quarter games, thereby doubling the playing time for each player.
Weight limits will restrict the size of ball carriers in each division. Games will be played at 1, 2:15 and 3:30 p.m. over six weekends, with some games on Saturday but most on Sundays. Perry home games will be held at Dewey Field.
Fees are $100 per player and is due at sign-up. The PYFL Board of Directors does not want to turn any child away because of cost; if necessary payment options can be discussed in confidence with board members.
There are four Waukee teams in grade six along with the Giants and Greene County while both the grade five and junior (grades 3-4) divisions feature one Perry and one Greene County team with six teams from Waukee.
Anyone with questions or seeking further information is encouraged to contact PYFL Board member Darin Steva at 515-250-1745.