FIRTH – Youth football numbers nationwide are down 15%, according to Founder and President of the Norris Screaming Eagles, Dave Cisar. Then why has his program proven to grow year in and year out?
“We’re unique, we’re very different. We practice a lot different then other people do. We aren’t five days a week practice, we only practice two days a week. Some of the select teams we play go five days a week. We do no conditioning, no calisthenics. Our team hitting is less than ten minutes of practice. We practice a unique way.”
Cisar began a youth football program in Southeast Omaha that featured about 400 kids. When his family moved to Firth, he saw a need for youth football and began the program in 2004.
“We started with two teams, and struggled to find players, with 15-16 kids a team. Now, a lot of our teams get full in November the year before, so now we have five teams and about 140 kids,” declared Cisar.
He believes that his program has great parents and great coaches. This leads to less injuries and more player safety.
“Our program last year, had one player with a concussion, and the previous year we had none. Part of it is really how you practice. We practice with our helmets off half of the time. There is a danger in playing any sport, whether it’s biking or skateboarding or basketball. Actually, there’s more injuries per capita in girls soccer than there is in youth football.”
Cisar says that there are a couple spots available to play at the third and sixth grade levels, and one or two spots in eighth grade. The Norris Screaming Eagles offer teams from third to eighth grade, with the majority of the teams filling up at the open house they hold during the final game in October.
“We play the best youth football teams in Nebraska and in the area. We play teams from Missouri, from Canada, Kansas, Iowa, all over the place. We’ve won 30 championships since 2004, so we’re the most successful youth football program in the state.”
You can contact the Norris Screaming Eagles at their Facebook Page.