The Summerville Sertoma Club is preparing for another exciting season of youth football.
Registration for the 2019 Summerville Sertoma Football fall season for youth age 5-12 is open and will run through July. The club is also offering youth football and cheer camps, as well as training and conditioning for its new travel football program, this month.
The club has offered a youth football program since 1973. Last fall, approximately 450 children participated in the tackle football program.
“Our focus with the program is teaching the fundamentals of football,” Summerville Sertoma Club President Brian Vicars said. “We want to help kids learn how to play the game safely in a fun environment so they learn to enjoy it while they work on their skills. Our football program is also our primary fundraiser. The funds it raises are used to provide hearing aids to children and to send them to Camp Sertoma.”
The main mission of the Summerville club is helping children with hearing disabilities. Camp Sertoma is designed to nourish the minds and bodies of youth by providing challenging, meaningful and memorable experiences in athletics, camps and aquatics, thereby strengthening their capacity for leadership, teamwork, perseverance and understanding of others.
The football program will include four age divisions this fall, Mighty Mites (5-6), Bantam (7-8), A League (9-11) and B League (11-12). Registration and more information on the program is available online at www.summervillesertoma.org.
The second session of the program’s summer football camp and Rock the Bow Cheer Camp is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. July 15-18 at Gahagan Park. There, young football players will work on football fundamentals, technique, position skill drills and aggressions drills. Registration for the camps is also available at the website.
Summerville Sertoma Football is in the process of expanding. The program began a spring football program this year and, for the first time, will offer a travel football program this fall.
The Sertoma Red Storm Elite Football program will field 8U, 10U and 12U travel teams that will compete in the United Youth Football League against teams primarily from other parts of the Lowcountry.
“Last year some coaches who have been with our program for a while formed a travel team but the Sertoma Club thought it wasn’t the right time to get involved,” Vicars said. “Now we are joining forces with them so things will be under the same umbrella. All our teams are competitive but the Red Storm is meant for the more skilled athletes. Anyone can tryout and the coaches will evaluate which players are well suited for the program.”
The spring program has generated interest from a diverse group of athletes so program organizers are considering tweaking it. Therefore, details for spring football will be available at a later date.
Practice for the fall season is scheduled to open Aug. 12 and games will begin in early September.
2019 Sertoma Football Fall Season
Ages 5-12 (age cutoff date Aug. 1)
Registrations will close Aug. 1
Jamboree Sept. 7 at Gahagan Park Front Field
Sertoma July Football Camp
Ages 5-12 (age cutoff date Aug. 1)
Registrations will close July 15
Camp Dates- July 15-18, 6-8 p.m., Gahagan Park Back Field
2019 Sertoma Fall Cheer
Registrations are closed
2019 Sertoma Rock the Bow Cheer Camp
Ages 4-13 (age cutoff date Aug. 1)
Registrations will close July 14
Camp Dates- July 15-19, 6-8 p.m., Gahagan Park Back Field
Sertoma Red Storm Football
The Red Storm Elite Youth Football program is now part of Summerville Sertoma (Sertoma Red Storm).
The Sertoma Red Storm is for advanced kids who want to compete at a higher level of youth football.
Teams (8U, 10U and 12U) will compete in the United Youth Football League against Lowcountry teams including those from North Charleston, Ladson, St. George, Beaufort, Holly Hill and Monks Corner.
The Sertoma Red Storm will host free training and conditioning days throughout July before official try-outs begin.