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Riverton Junior Football League registration is on; first practice set Monday
Aug 14, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
Riverton Junior Football League co-president Brett Watson has a target of four teams at the fifth- and sixth-grade level.
Football players interesting in joining the league can register at Teton Athletic Club, 911 Flag Drive, or at the R Recreation Office.
Preseason practice for the league starts Monday, Aug. 19.
In 2012, the senior tackle league had four teams after having fielded five squads the past several years.
Watson and his brother, Danny Watson, spearhead the league.
Brett Watson said the league will be divided this year into the senior tackle league (fifth- and sixth-graders), junior tackle league (third- and fourth-grade), flag league (first- and second-graders) and ultimate (kindergarteners).
"It's always exciting to get things going," Brett Watson said. "Football is a great sport. We always look forward to this time of the year, and we are excited to see what the kids can do. We had 19 kids last year that were in the fifth grade."
Registration fee for the flag league is $25 per player. The junior and senior leagues are $35 per player.
Senior tackle league players are required to have a physical exam by a doctor before the season starts.
"We have had the same prices for 15 years," Watson said. "We want the kids to register as early as possible for our draft."
The draft for the senior tackle league is for Sunday night.
At the draft, the coaches will make their roster. The first three days of practice for the senior league will be combined with the other teams at the RJFL field. The start time is 5:30 p.m.
"We usually have about two weeks of practice before the first games," Watson said.
The first set of games will be early September.
Lander will field two teams for the regular season.
Ryan Carey and Tom Massey are in charge of the Lander program.
"There is an outside possibility that Lander might get three teams," Watson said. "Ryan and Tom have been pretty aggressive.
The Lander teams play the Riverton squads during the regular season.
The top two teams advance to the title game.
Watson has been impressed on the way new Riverton High School football head coach Pat Patterson has been involved with the RJFL.
"The new head coach has really reached out to us," Watson said. "He wants to have his coaches have a chalk talk with the RJLF coaches. That would help us. He is pretty excited about it."
The weight limit to carry the football in the senior tackle is 110 pounds and under. If a player weighs more than 110 pounds then the athlete can't carry the ball and will be assigned a lineman position.