NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – The New Rochelle Youth Tackle League is seeking aspiring football players looking to hone their skills with the esteemed coaches of the city's oldest youth sports organization.
The league, which has been a New Rochelle institution since 1957, is accepting pre-registration for prospective athletes between the ages of 5 and 13 years old for tackle and flag football teams.
The New Rochelle Youth Tackle League consists of four divisions – Mitey-Mite, Jr. PeeWee, PeeWee and Junior Midget – that separate children by age and size. Last winter, the league enjoyed unprecedented success, winning several state titles.
Participating in the Pop Warner playoffs for the first time in 30 years, the Junior Midget and PeeWee teams each claimed titles. The Junior PeeWee team also reached the finals, but were toppled by Syracuse in an overtime thriller.
Several future professional football players have earned their stripes wearing the white and purple New Rochelle Youth Tackle League jersey.
Pat Morrison and Johnny Counts, who were drafted by the hometown New York Giants, and the Baltimore Ravens' Ray Rice each logged minutes playing at Flowers Park and around the city.
Registration can be completed online for $100 (flag teams) or $200 (tackle). Those who register before Thursday, July 31 will be treated to a discounted price. Regular priced registration will begin Friday, Aug. 1, through the rest of the month, at Joe Fosina Field at Flowers Park.
Registrants must provide a photocopy of the child’s birth certificate, sign a contract, and bring medical history and physical fitness forms.
Additionally, the New Rochelle Youth Tackle League requires a copy of the end of school year report card indicating marking period and final grades from the school year.