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County youth football ready to ‘gear up’

By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
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It’s football time in Johnson County for all ages. Youth football signups are underway according to league secretary Angel Gilley.
They will be conducting signups on Thursday and Friday from 5 pm until 8 pm. at the Ralph Stout Park’s concession stand. They will also be there on Saturday from 12 noon until 4 pm. The cost to play is $35 per player for ages 5 through 12.
Parents need to bring a photo ID in addition to their signup fee and a copy of their child’s physical. Each age group will play tackle football.
The league is made up of four divisions: (Mighty Mites) ages 5-6,  (Grasscutters) ages 7-8, (Junior Pee Wee) ages 9-10 and (Pee Wees) ages 11-12. A four-year old can play in the Mighty Mites division providing that their parents sign a waiver and they’re big enough.
Johnson County is a member of the Junior Watauga Athletic League. They will participate with the likes of Unicoi County, Cloudland, Hampton, Science Hill and newcomer Daniel Boone. Gilley said it’s a great league overall.
“We’ve now got five clubs in our league and some of them have more than one team,” said Gilley. “We have already had a few signups but we could use some more players.”
Gilley was excited about the recent purchase of new equipment for the kids.
“We bought over 4K worth of equipment this year and about that much at the end of last year,” added Gilley. “Each player is going to have a new helmet, shoulder pads and practice pants.”

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