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“Although hitting and tackling are definitely a part of the football game, there’s a whole lot beyond the brute force. With flag, kids can learn all the technical skills of the game without the fear of being clobbered. It doesn’t matter what position you play, strength, speed and footwork are extremely important.” Chandler PTA players train with partner Don Beebe’s House of Speed to increase their overall speed, strength, explosiveness, agility and other football abilities. They will work with former pro-football players like Norris Thomas, also head track and field coach at Hamilton High School. And when the Arizona weather makes outdoor sports training dangerous, PTA children will be indoors at the speed facility.


“We are making this a fun, family, competitive sports venue,” says Gaylen. “We have a tent with music going the whole time and food vendors selling everything from coffee and hot dogs to delicious barbecue. The whole family can come out and enjoy themselves.”


Families also like the affordability of the sport, especially compared to tackle football. PTA provides the jersey and flags. Suzy says Dick’s gives coupons for the minimal gear kids do need – a pair of shorts, mouth piece and some cleats. They don’t need football pads, helmets or pants.


“We are huge on sportsmanship and education,” Gaylen adds. “We emphasize that without putting


CYF enrolling for 2011 season Dinner spotlights scholarship recipients, CYF teams


Registration for Chandler Youth Football and Cheer’s 2011 season is held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., April 9 at Tumbleweed Recreation Center in Chandler. Youths ages 7 to 14 can register for flag football, tackle football and cheer. The registration fee for tackle football is $135 if registered by April 9, plus an additional $125 administration fee that includes two game jerseys players can keep. CYF provides helmets and all necessary pads.


Tumbleweed Recreation Center is located at 745 E. Germann Rd. in Chandler. To download registration forms, visit www.chandleryouthfootball.com.


Spotlight Dinner


Chandler Youth Football hosts its 5th Annual Chandler Spotlight Dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. Mon., April 18 at Chandler Center for the Arts.


The dinner honors seniors from the four Chandler public high schools and Valley Christian High School who received scholarships to four-year colleges or universities to play football.


The event will also recognize CYF teams who earned the opportunity to participate in the AYF National Tournament and eighth-grade players chosen to play on the PHX AYF All-Star Team that won the National Tournament for their division. A special “Giving Back” award will be given to Nancy Wagner on behalf of the


Chandler Youth Sports Association, an organization of the Chandler Parks Department made up of specially qualified youth sports programs that serve Chandler youths.


Players, VIP guests, City of Chandler dignitaries and CUSD officials and their guests are invited to attend. Additional guests and the public are welcome at a cost of $10 per person.


Dinner will be donated by Texas Roadhouse, and awards for honorees provided by Marty’s Trophies of Chandler.


Chandler Center for the Arts is located at 250 N. Arizona Ave. in downtown Chandler. For more information, visit www.chandleryouthfootball.com.


forth the effort in the classroom, you’ll never be a competitive athlete at any level.”


To further their community outreach, PTA is working with Chandler schools so whenever students from the district sign up, a percentage goes back to their educational institution.


Registration for the spring season is underway. Contact Chandler PTA at 480-619-8797, ptachandler@gmail.com or visit www.ptathletics.com.


Joan Westlake is a longtime journalist and East Valley resident. She can be reached at Joan@SanTanSun.com.


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