Many youth football teams struggle to compete because they just don’t have enough players. When you only have 14-16 kids per team and you have injuries it becomes tough to field teams. When you get down in numbers it also sometimes emboldens parents to make unreasonable demands or even not attend practice, because they know they have you over a barrel. The time to start recruiting players for next season is right now. There are several ways you can recruit youth football players to your program without breaking the bank.
Last weekend we had our Reunion and Open House Weekend at our home stadium
We invited all the kids and parents back who have played for us the 7 years we have been here. We sent out fliers and e-mails to all of our parents, letting them know about the event and asked them to invite their friends, relatives, neighbors etc. We took out a display add in the local paper and put a coupon in there for a free hotdog and soda for any boy in the 2-7th grade. At the stadium we brought out and displayed all our championship banners and trophies from seasons past. Our parents went crazy making signs, they had the stadium plastered from top to bottom with signs and posters. We did really well concession wise, more than enough to pay for the added expense of the open house.
The open house gave kids and parents an opportunity to see a game in person. Seeing the coaches and players in action probably made some of those on the fence decide that our program was a safe and reasonable option for their children. Our announcer made several mentions of the sign up forms being available at the concession stand. We had a good turnout, with a big crowd of former players and new players in attendance.
We use a first come first served rule on the sign ups and it was in the paper, on our web site and on all the flyers and e-mails. When my daughter and I got to the stadium on Sunday to set up at 10:30 for a 12:00 game, there were moms with checks in hand waiting for us. I kind of felt like one of those Walmart employees opening the doors up at 5:30 am the day after Thanksgiving. Needless to say, the open house was a huge success.
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