Metro-Denver club football league proposed for fall

Idea follows CHSAA decision to postpone prep play until spring

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The announcement that the Colorado High School Activities Association would not play football this fall has stirred a response from those not happy with the decision.

There is a move to initiate a club fall football league for high school players.

“We’re trying to figure out how to get people involved and get them to the next level,” said Matt Frederic, a parent of a football player at Heritage High School in Littleton. “People were frustrated when they got the news (CHSAA announcement) because it has really put a lot of kids in a bad situation.

“It really comes down to how do you take care of your athletes. I’m a father and want everybody to play.”

Outreach regarding the proposed league for tackle football has been made to many schools including Fairview, Cherry Creek, Arapahoe, Heritage, Mountain Vista, ThunderRidge, Highlands Ranch, Rock Canyon, Valor Christian, Pomona, Columbine, Chatfield and Grandview.

“There are a number of teams we have contacted,” said Frederic. “Some were curious and said now is the time. Some backed off. They were more worried about their kids playing football. The rest of them were still trying to figure out if it will work out.”

Fields, insurance and officials have been lined up and the teams would follow CHSAA rules for the games. The biggest problem is determining whether schools would allow players to use equipment and helmets.

“The problem is can we find enough players and equipment for it to work,” added Frederick.

Frederick said the goal would be to have 10 teams, start play in September and “let kids play and let kids that want to play at the next level have more game films.”

“It is easier said than done,” he continued. “It comes down to people talk a good game, then we say: `OK, the time is here, what do we have?’ They wait a little bit and bend a little bit. Most of us that are doing this don’t believe there will be a spring football league. I believe kids have the right to play football, the right to play soccer or whatever sport it is.”

So club football still has to be considered a long shot.

“Most coaches are for it,” said Frederic. “It all depends on if schools will allow them to use their equipment. Equipment could be a game breaker for sure.”

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