SilverStars Flag Football Helps Develop Younger Kids
Silver Stars Flag Football under the direction of several past area athletes, used guest speakers and teaching techniques to draw interest in the program, while also having real games during the week. Matt Wright in his second year of running the program said he felt it went great this season. ” Last year on both fields we only had 12 kids, this year we had 16 kids on the big field and 32 kids on the small field. We focused in on formations and running proper routes, and we had multiple guest speakers this year.”
Paden City Head Football Coach Zack Heasley explained to the kids that even though they go to a small school, they can still be great athletes and possibly find a place to play in college. He also talked about the hard work that you have to put in to obtain this goal.
The next speaker was Mario Alford.
He was a player at WVU and was drafted to the NFL., and is currently playing in the CFL. His speech was about execution and how to overcome challenges set before you.
The last speaker was Tyler Consolidated Head Coach Ryan Walton and 4 of his Varsity Captains- Ryan Fletcher, Caleb Strode, Ty Walton, and Case Landis. This group talked about academics first, and athletics second. They also spoke about expectations of the program and how to become successful players in the future.
The SilverStars played on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Middlebourne Park, and even got to play two Saturdays on the new Turf field at Tyler Consolidated. The kids loved playing on the turf.
Wright said he looks for the program to continue to grow, noting they have kids from Tyler, Wetzel, and Pleasants counties participating.
Coaches were mostly past players. Rob Jones, a coach for Tyler Consolidated Varsity team is the main coach on the big field. He was helped by Curtis Heintzman and Jacob Lohri. The little field coaches were Matthew Wright, Dillon Reed, Joshua Nash, and Jonas McEldowney. The kids overall had a great experience.
Wright said, “Our number one goal is to get them to love the sport of football. We try to teach the basics of football- proper handoffs, route running, angles on defense and guarding position.”
If there is anything else you would like to ask, feel free to call Wright on his cell phone at 304-771-2744. Call or text if needed.