Who’s ready for some Pop Warner football? There are about 30 7-to-9-year-olds that have been waiting their entire lives to play organized football, and Sept. 3 will be their first chance as the Lower Sussex Pop Warner League kicks into high gear.
The Lower Sussex Pop Warner League has added the Mitey Mites team to an already burgeoning feeder program, which includes Pee-Wee and Midget divisions.
Lower Sussex just marked themselves off the list of counties in the Henlopen Conference that previously didn’t have a Mitey Mites division. Sussex Central is the other Sussex County area to have a Mitey Mites division.
The opening ceremony will celebrate the inaugural use of their new field, “The Reservation,” and facilities, which were sponsored by Lawn Cuts, the Carl Freeman Foundation and Bunting Construction. Lawn Cuts sodded and irrigated the field, while Bunting Construction built the concession stand.
The opening will begin at 9 a.m. Sept. 3 with the Mitey Mites playing at 10 a.m., followed by the Midgets at noon and Pee-Wees at 2 p.m.
Each division will play eight games with one bye. Lower Sussex drew a bye in week five.
The league is very strict on weight requirements, and the breakdown is as such: Mitey Mites, 7-9 years old and 45-90 pounds; Pee Wee is up to 12 years old, but they cannot weigh more than 95 pounds; and Midgets must weigh between 95-150 pounds, but 15-year-olds can only weigh 130 pounds.
The league now stands at about 135 players, and the league has maxed out their finances for equipment — if something breaks they may be in trouble, according to League President Jerry Kraft.
“Right now we have all the equipment we need, but we’re still tight on money,” said Kraft. “We’re looking for additional sponsors to help with the little extras.”
The “Reservation” is located on Park Street in Selbyville. Park at the Southern Delaware School of the Arts, located on Hoosier Street.
For additional information, call Peggy Dolby at 537-0536.