(December 5, 2012)-In the South Florida region, arguably some of the best football is played right here in our own back yard. Top talent starting as early as the super pee-wees to the top nationally ranked high schools, the South Florida region is definitely certified!
One of the organizations that has been a staple in the youth football community for decades by forging strong feeder programs to the local high schools was the South Florida Youth Football League. At one time the SFYFL proudly boasted being one of the largest youth football leagues in the country, with a thirty four program roster.
For various reasons over the years, the SFYFL’s individual programs enrollment have been on the decline. But just recently over the last two seasons, the decline impacted the league tremendously.
Even though the decline of enrolled youth football and cheer programs eventually dwindled down from thirty four programs over several years to eight programs in the 2012 season, the SFYFL was able to maintain a core of teams with the potential and hope to expand again.
But as of this week, that potential and hope to expand will be one of the SFYFL greatest challenges in the off season. Four out of the eight remaining programs recently committed to opt out of participating in the South Florida Youth Football League’s 2013 season.
Recently, Lauderdale Lakes Vikings and the Lauderhill Lions programs rendered letters to the league advising them they will not return for the upcoming season.
Lauderhill Lions President, Sam Goodman said, “It’s unfortunate that our program will be leaving a part of youth football history. The SFYFL has put a lot of kids in D-1 schools and developed a lot of positive people in our community, but there has been a lot of change over the years that we feel is just not a good fit for the future for Lauderhill. So this year our program elected to explore other options, and we moved on.”
Also, the Pompano Chiefs and East Boynton Wildcats have stated that they also will be turning in their letters of “no intent to return.” East Boynton Wildcats’ President, Mike Byrd said, “Here at the Wildcats feel we want to maximize the opportunities for our kids that participate in our program. With that being said we just feel it’s time for us to try something different. We’ll be submitting our letter on the 8th of January to the league, and we wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.”
With these significant programs deciding to move on to other leagues in the 2013 season, it truly puts the South Florida Youth Football League is a position for the first time ever, with the entire youth football community is asking, “What will happen to the SFYFL this coming year?”