WARRENSBURG - The Warrensburg Youth football teams are launching their 2009 season Monday, and young football players from all over northern Warren County are invited to participate.
Warrensburg football program coordinator and coach Mike Irish said this week that all young athletes in the region are urged to join the three Warrensburg teams, which build fundamental skills while running plays based on standard football formations.
Young athletes from Chester, Johnsburg, Horicon, Bolton and Hague are welcome to join the players from Warrensburg in filling out the teams to optimum strength, he said.
Players are asked to show up 5 p.m. Monday Aug. 17 at the Warrensburg Town Recreation Field off James St. and Library Ave.
At that time, players will be signed up for the season and practice will begin. For the first two weeks, practice will be held each weekday, 5 to 7 p.m., and thereafter, probably three times per week.
Warrensburg youth football has three teams: a 5th-and-6th grade tackle team coached by All Perrone, assisted by Mike Irish, Mike Turner and Chad Rounds; a 3rd and 4th grade tackle team coached by Gary Baker, assisted by Brian Winchell, Christian Frasier, Larry Olden and Greg Shambo; and a 1st and 2nd grade flag football team coached by Henry Steves and Dan O'Sullivan.
The teams will compete against Corinth, Fort Edward, Glens Falls, Lake George, Salem, Whitehall, and Ticonderoga in the Adirondack Youth Football League.
This year the annual "Combine" scrimmage featuring all the teams will be held in Corinth on Sept. 6. New this year, a Punt, Pass, and Kick competition will be featured.
The Warrensburg teams' first games of the year will be held Saturday Sept. 12 at home versus Glens Falls for the senior team, and against Corinth for the junior team. The season play extends through October.
Last year, the Warrensburg teams demonstrated considerable skill and enjoyed a competitive, fun season, coaches and fans said. Three girls were active on the squad last year, and fans are expecting them back, along with the many other young star players, for an action-packed season.
Those with questions may contact Irish at 64-6631 during days, or evenings at 623-2703.