Changes are in store for Rush County Youth Football, but those involved are excited about the new elements and about the future of Rushville football.
President of the league Paul Barada said that RCYF will be joining the Southern Indiana Youth Football Association. This is comprised of many of the same teams that are in the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference, in which the Rushville Lions compete.
“We are excited about the change. I want to express this is not a travel league,” Barada said. “We will have four home games and four road games, much like what the kids will be playing in junior high and high school.”
“Another exciting aspect is that, weather permitting, our home games will be played on Hinshaw Field,” Barada said. “I think that will be exciting for the kids.”
Rushville will have teams for grades 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 and they will all play tackle. The kindergarten and first grade will play flag football.
All of the teams from RCYF will be named “Rushville Lions.” The uniforms will be modeled after the high school jerseys and the teams will get an “R” decal on their helmets.
RCYF is looking to build the program for the high school. Many of the things done at the high school level will be brought to the youth teams – this includes offense, defense, terminology, drills, etc.
“Coach Scott McMurray has been great. I can’t say enough about how much we appreciate his support. He has been a great help,” Barada said.
As the new season gets underway, all the teams will practice together and all will get instruction by the same coaches. The drills, plays, terminology and instruction will provide cohesion among all the teams. The hope is that with this integrated approach, these young players will be better prepared for the system when they get to BRMS and RCHS.
“The big thing is that we want the kids to have fun, enjoy it and learn the fundamentals and team work. We want them to get a good taste of football,” Barada added.
Sign-up forms can be obtained at the RCYF fair booth this week, on the RCYF Facebook page or at the Rush County Boys & Girls Club.
Contact: Aaron Kirchoff at 765-932-2222, ext. 114