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Registration for youth football open at Memorial Stadium

The Selma City Recreation Department is gearing up for its next season of youth football. Registration for the 2018 youth football league has opened, and kids ages five through 12 are encouraged to sign up to play.

The recreation office at Memorial Stadium will be open for registration Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday registration will be on Aug. 4 and Aug. 18 from 9 a.m. until noon.

There is a $10 registration fee per player, and players will need to bring a copy of their birth certificates. The registration period is scheduled to end on Wednesday, Aug. 22.

Curtis Wimberly from the Recreation Department will be leading the youth league this year.

“We’re trying to get as many kids as we can sign up for our 5/6-year old league, 7/8-year old league, 9/10-year old league and 11/12-year old league,” he said. “First and foremost, as the recreation specialist, I want to make sure our kids are safe and learning the key components of sportsmanship as well as the game of football. I think it’s imperative in our situation now that our kids have resources to be active other than the negative things.”

Last year, the youth football league introduced a draft to select the teams. The plan is to stick to that model and the league is expecting a high turnout for kids interested in putting on the pads.

“It’s a point where all of our kids can come together and play the sport of football and have fun,” Wimberly said. “It just brings the city of Selma closer together, as one. Right now, we’re trying to fill at least four teams in each age group. I would like to do at least six teams in each, but I’m shooting for four right now.”

Players will need to have their own helmets and football pants to participate. The youth league is also accepting donations of equipment to help outfit as many players as they can.

“If there’s anyone out there who has equipment that their child is not using anymore, then feel free to drop it off at the city rec department. We can make sure that some deserving young child gets it,” Wimberly said.