News Football to Nampa

Idaho Press Tribune 24 May 2000 - Pg 1A

Youth football league comes to Nampa

Nampa Optimist Club

The Nampa Optimist Club is pleased to announce that Optimist Football has come to Nampa. The inaugural year of Nampa Optimist Youth Football (NOYF) will kick-off with sign-ups from 6 to 8 p.m. May 4, continue on Saturday, May 6, 10 to 12 a.m. and conclude on Tuesday, May 9, 6 to 8 p.m. for all flag and tackle football teams. Sign-ups will be held at West Middle School, 806 C. Midland Blvd. in Nampa at the gym parking lot.

Flyers will also be delivered to local schools with information about the program.

The registration fee will be $45 for the year and includes jerseys, helmets and shoulder pads. Pants and mouthpieces can be purchased at registration. The players need to be present at sign-up as sizes will be taken at that time.

The Optimists have been very happy with the support the program has received from local businesses and individuals as all of the teams already have sponsors.

There also is a Founders Club that has been set-up. This allows other businesses and individuals to support the NOYF at different levels.

Registrations will be limited to a first come, first served basis as the teams will be limited this year. This first year there will be a limit of 10 teams. Teams are as follows: (4) 7-8 year-old Flag teams, (2) 9-year-old Tackle, (2) 10-year-old Tackle, (1) 11-year-old Tackle, (1) 12-year-old Tackle teams. The 11 and 12 year old Tackle teams are limited to 25 kids per team.

Commissioner Ken Wilson states "We are limited by field availability, funds and volunteers this year. But the limitation is somewhat of a blessing in that it is important to build a quality, manageable program to expand upon for years to come."

The teams will be competing in the Boise Optimist League, which includes teams from Boise, Meridian, Emmett, Horseshoe Bend, McCall, Kuna, Idaho City, Mountain Home and Hailey.

Practice starts Aug. 14 with the Jamboree at BSU on Aug. 26. The season will consist of seven games, five at home and two games on the road.

The Optimist hope to build a great foundation for a successful football program with a goal to have a football complex here in Nampa similar to Boise’s 25-acre Football Park.

For more information, please contact Ken Wilson at 880-1099, Curt Gashler at 465-6621.

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