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NB looking at youth tackle football league

by Nathan Arneal
Published 1/19/11

A new youth tackle football league is in the formative stages and North Bend is looking to get in on the ground floor.

NBC head football coach and athletic director Tony Allgood attended a meeting last week to discuss the league, along with representatives from several other East Husker Conference schools, including Oakland-Craig, Tekamah-Herman, West Point, Wisner-Pilger and Lyons-Decatur.

The league would likely have two divisions, one for third and fourth graders and another for fifth and sixth graders. Most rules, such as possible weight limits, have not been created yet.

Allgood will host an informational meeting for local parents tonight, Wednesday, Jan. 19, at NBC high school at 6 p.m.

Allgood, who has talked to the North Bend Optimist Club about helping sponsor the local teams, said the new league would likely replace North Bend’s flag football teams that play in Fremont.

“The thing I like as a coach and an athletic director, is not only is this an opportunity to get our kids playing in a league where they’re going to see some better competition than they’re seeing in flag football, but also I think its an opportunity for us to be involved in the process of setting up the league,” Allgood said. “You can organize it in a way you’re comfortable with rather than going to a league where rules are already established.”

Optimist president Troy Post said the club would be willing to sponsor football, whether it be tackle or flag.

“We’re there to provide opportunities for the kids,” Post said. “However that happens is really fine with us. Ultimately it’s up to the parents and what they want to do.”

Allgood said one goal is to run the league without any financial cost to the players’ families. He said he wants to make sure all interested students have a chance to participate.

Overall, Allgood said the league would be a good thing for the future of Tiger football.

“I think it’s the right thing for us to do to build a program,” he said. “We don’t want to be accidently good every now and then, we want to build a solid program that is consistently good.

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