Local youth football enrollment numbers down

Channel 6 reporter Kurtis Quillin reports

TROY - The start of high school football is just a month away and exciting time in the state of Texas.

Surprisingly in Bell County, enrollment numbers in a youth football league are to the point where they league’s board isn’t sure it will be able to field teams in two age groups.

They believe the low number area result of a growing nationwide concern over injuries in youth football, but some of the bigger steps they’re taking to combat that aren’t exactly new.  

"We're just having trouble filling the rosters and i think it's because of the negative stigma that football is a dangerous sport," Stephanie Galford, Secretary for Troy Youth Football and Cheer, said. 

League president Joseph Galford said coaches have been required to be heads up certified through USA football in the three years he’s been involved with Troy Youth football.

That training teachers coaches proper techniques to teach the kids and safe football drills for practices.

The enrollment numbers in Troy leave no subs in flag where they play 7-on-7, four subs in peewee and not enough seniors to a field team.

Galford explained why they have their minimum number where they do. She said they would like to have at least 14.

“That gives a couple subs, a few kids to scrimmage against during practice,” she said. “and that’s on the low end of where we want to be.”

If they can’t get enough players in flag and seniors, Galford said Troy would not be able to field teams in those divisions.

Troy Youth Football said if anyone would like to join their league, reach out to them on Facebook. Any other Lone Star Youth football signups (Temple, Nolanville, McGregor, Lorena, Bruceville-Eddy, Hewitt) can be made at their Facebook page as well. 

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