Activities board gets advice about nine-man football

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Activities board gets advice about nine-man football

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Schools with vigorous youth football programs have better participation in nine-man football. That observation was offered to the South Dakota High School Activities Association board of directors at its November 6 meeting.

During the public forum portion of the board’s agenda, Dave Schumacher, a youth football coach from Herreid, told the board that numbers are slipping in nine-man football participation. He said the 9B teams average 22 players, 9A teams average 29 players and 9AA teams average 31 players.

Back when he played, Schumacher said, there were often as many as 50 players on a team.

“When you don’t have enough (players) to practice with, games get cancelled,” Schumacher said, and players lose interest.

Getting students interested in football at an early age is the key to maintaining that interest through the varsity level, according to Schumacher.



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