WALLA WALLA - The Walla Walla Youth Football League will hold tryouts Saturday at Drew Bledsoe Field on the Veterans Medical Center grounds.
The league is for youngsters in the third through sixth grades as of this coming school year. The third and fourth graders will play in the junior varsity league and those in the fifth and sixth grades will play in the varsity league.
League president Allyn Griffin said he is anticipating at least as much participation as in the past and is hopeful that the league can expand. Last year, there were five junior varsity teams and seven varsity squads.
Practices will begin as of Monday of next week and the first games are scheduled Sept. 10. Super Bowl weekend is slated for the second week in October.
There is a $100 registration fee and scholarships are available on a need basis, Griffin said. The registration fee covers all mandatory equipment other than shoes.
Youngsters who participated as third or fifth graders last year will remain on the same teams and are not required to attend tryouts. All new players and fourth graders who are moving up from jayvee to varsity status this season are required to attend.
Griffin said that all of the Walla Walla teams - the league also includes teams from Milton-Freewater, Dayton and possibly Waitsburg - have been assigned head coaches. Some assistant coaches might need to be identified, he said.
Also, Griffin said, the league is always looking for additional volunteers.
"We always need a lot of volunteers," Griffin said. "From concessions to game management, we can always use more help. But our parents have always been great at pitching in in the past."
Registration forms are available online at wallawallayouthfootball.com and fees can also be paid online, Griffin said.