GREENSBURG – The North Decatur Youth Football League recently held its annual awards banquet to celebrate the closing of the 2013 football season.
This season held substantial changes to NDYFL, including a new league, a new championship for one division, and a once-in-a-lifetime experience for another. The players and parents all had an opportunity to relive the fun and look forward to the beginning of work for the year to come.
One of the most significant changes for the 2013 season involved a change of leagues. This season, the NDYFL joined the Central Indiana Banta Football League, one of the oldest and most established leagues in the state of Indiana. The CIBFL is composed of teams of players from Kindergarten through sixth grade from programs in Beech Grove, Bartholomew County, Edinburgh, Indian Creek, Brown County, Decatur County Nightmares, Triton Central, Indianapolis Lutheran, Trader’s Point Christian Academy. For the 2013 season, NDYFL fielded teams in the C league (K-2), B league (3-4), and two teams in the A league (fifth and sixth).
While all of the North Decatur teams fared well in their inaugural season with the CIBFL, two teams had the opportunity to play in championship games this year. The fifth grade JV team lost a close-fought battle to perennial favorite Indy Lutheran Jr. Saints in the JV championship game. Earlier in the season, the fifth grade team delivered the Junior Saints their only defeat in the past three years and the young Chargers held their own throughout the championship tournament. The NDYFL C team, comprised of players in Kindergarten through second grade, dominated their league and ultimately won the CIBFL championship for that division. The C-team went 10-0 through the regular season and playoffs and outscored their opponents 230 – 64. The 21 player squad scored on every possession except one and gave up only one turnover for the entire season. The championship trophy for the C-team now sits in the North Decatur Elementary School trophy case.
In addition to the great play on the field, the league also celebrated a once in a lifetime experience for the players. The NDYFL A-team, comprised of players in fifth and sixth grade, had the opportunity to play at Lucas Oil Stadium before the match-up between the Indianapolis Colts and the St. Louis Rams. The team arrived early and played an exhibition match against a team selected from the Evansville Bosse youth football program. Following the exhibition game, the players, parents, and coaches attended the game. Additionally, the Colts organization offered the players and coaches the opportunity to attend the pre-game activities on the field and hold the flag during the national anthem. Players had the chance to greet and wish good luck to their favorite Colts players and Indianapolis Head Coach Chuck Pagano personally greeted each player. The whole team greatly enjoyed the experience and the NDYFL Board hopes to be able to offer similar experiences for future teams.
Overall, the North Decatur Youth Football League had a great deal to celebrate and preparations have already begun for the 2014 season. The NDYFL will be hosting its camp later this spring and will hold open enrollment at the end of the school year and prior to next year’s season. More information about the NDYFL program and schedules can be found by emailing the Board at firstname.lastname@example.org or on their Facebook page.
– Daily News