Tigers kick off season of youth football
Sunday was a big day for local football fans: Not only were the Patriots playing the Steelers, but all three Wareham Tigers teams faced off against Plymouth in their first game of the season.
“We’re off to a good start,” said Jared Chadwick, the president of the Wareham Tigers organization. About ninety kids are on the three teams, which are split up by age: Second through fourth graders are Mites, fifth and sixth graders are Peewees, and seventh and eighth graders are midgets.
All three teams played Plymouth, but only the Mites won with a final score of 20-0. The Midgets lost 16-8 and the Peewees lost 26-0.
The teams are facing a significant challenge this year.
“Our biggest problem so far is the EEE,” said Chadwick.
Due to the threat of EEE, no one can use the fields after 6 p.m. Since the Tigers only have access to the field after the high school teams finish up at 5, that means their practices are only an hour long on the three weekdays they practice. The teams are able to get in three-hour practices on weekends, but that still leaves them with significantly less practice time than any other team, as Wareham is the only participating town with the 6 p.m. curfew.
The Tigers also offers a free co-ed flag football program for kids ages 5 to 6, which allows younger kids to learn the fundamentals of the game and work on their skills before joining a tackle team.
Although registration for tackle football is now closed, kids can still join the flag football program.
The Tigers also offer a cheerleading program.
The teams’ first home game will be on September 22. The Mites play at 11:30 a.m., the Midgets play at 1 p.m., and the Peewees play at 2:30 p.m.
For more information about the Wareham Tigers, go to www.warehamtigers.com.