Sep 092012

Amity Spartans Youth Football League

Jason Moon, Billy Choiniere, Tyler Vallie, Cole German — all former Amity Spartan Football Players that we won’t soon forget. How do these boys learn the game? Where do they get that thick skin to take a tongue lashing from a coach when a play didn’t go as planned?

Amity Youth Football, a part of the Shoreline Youth Football Conference teaches Bethany, Orange and Woodbridge youths the game starting in 3rd and 4th grade and moving up to the Junior Team 5th and 6th grade and then the Senior Team made up of 7th and 8th graders.

Now in its 25th year, the program has had more than 2,000 boys, ages 8-14 participate. Many have gone on to become Spartan stars and compete at the college level.

According to the website, the Amity Shoreline teams “have participated in the playoffs every year and as a result, have won 12 Conference Championships with several runner-ups.”

The 2012 Senior team is comprised of 6 Orange teens, 6 Bethany youth, and 4 Woodbridge players.

The boys practice at the Bethany Airport and High Plains Community Center fields. Their home games are played on the William Johnson Football Field at Amity High School.

Head Coach Craig Neal has been with the program for 17 years. He played for Amity High School and in College. He is pasionate about teaching the players about football and developing thie skills as they prepare to become the next Spartan star player.

This league is all about the kids, enjoying the game is a very important part of the program..

Assistant Head Coach is Kevin Neal and the Assistant Coaches are Michael Butler, Doug Stock, Michael Keyes, Jr. and Zak Leibowitz.

Amity played its first regular season game against Cheshire on Sunday at 11 a.m.

Cheshire won 29-8, but it was a big day for Amity Captain Stephen Butler who scored his first career touchdown (See photo collage). “It felt good,” he said.

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