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February 24, 2010 > Youth football league to tackle childhood obesity

Youth football league to tackle childhood obesity

Submitted By Chirika Gates

American Youth Football (AYF) Golden State All American Conference's football and cheer program - a league that runs all year long - which is recruiting Bay Area boys, ages 6-15, for its second spring season to begin in March, is promoting a new open-weight provision that allows previously ineligible youth a chance to play.

AYF is joining First Lady Michelle Obama's recently-announced platform to tackle childhood obesity.

"Too many of our kids are sitting on the sidelines, not able to keep up with their peers or suffering from weight-related problems," said Chirika Gates, president of the Golden State Conference which oversees teams in Oakland, Hayward, Fremont, Newark, Mid-Peninsula, Union City, San Mateo, San Lorenzo and Sacramento.

The four divisions will feature the traditional weight classes, plus the new X-man provision that allows for boys who exceed the weight limit for their specific age group to still be able to suit up.

"This is a new concept that allows bigger boys to build a foundation for a healthier lifestyle and have fun, too," Gates said. The "X-man" rule restricts that specified player to interior lineman positions and the tackle box area for contact.

Registration for the nontryout league-where everyone plays regardless of ability-continues through Tuesday, March 2.

For more information, visit, or contact Chirika Gates directly at 510-972-0668.

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