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2006 WDMLPYFL Playoff Results

Posted by robert hopkins at Oct 23, 2006 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
2006 WDMLPYFL Playoff Results 21-22 October 2006 JUNIOR DIVISION: Champion - WDM Lions Runner Up - Carroll Cardinals Semi Finalist - ADM Falcons(Red) Semi Finalist - Carroll Panthers WDM Lions - 18 Carroll Cardinals - 0 (1) Carroll Cardinals - 26 (4) Carroll Panthers - 0 (2) WDM Lions - 24 (3) ADM Falcons(Red) - 0 (5) Boone Colts - 6 (6) WDM Bengals - 18 (7) Greene Co. Rams(Gold) - 0 (9) Waukee Ravens(Gold) - 12 (8) Greene Co. Rams(Blue) - 0 (10) Gilbert Eagles - 12 (11) Harlan Patriots - 13 (12) Ames Bears - 0 (13) Norwalk Vikings - 12 (14) ADM Falcons(White) - 0 (15) WDM Dolphins - 12 (17) Carroll Cardinals(White) - 0 (16) WDM Packers - 19 (18) Waukeee Ravens(Purple) - 0 (19) Atlantic Steelers(Black) - 13 (20) WDM 49ers - 0 (21) Atlantic Steelers(White) - 13 (22) Waukee Ravens (White) - 0 5th GRADE DIVISION: Champion - WDM Jaguars Runner Up - Carroll Panthers Semi Finalist - Ames Bears Semi Finalist - Carroll Cardinals WDM Jaguars - 20 Carroll Panthers - 0 (1) WDM Jaguars - 21 (4) Carroll Cardinals - 0 (2) Carroll Panthers - 18 (3) Ames Bears - 0 (5) ADM Falcons - 8 (6) WDM Lions - 13 (7) WDM Packers - 19 (8) Gilbert Eagles - 0 (9) Waukee Ravens(White) - 0 (10) WDM Bengals - 14 (11) DCG Bucs - 7 (12) Harlan Patriots - 24 (13) Atlantic Steelers(White) - 6 (14) Waukee Ravens(Black) - 25 (15) Waukee Ravens(Purple) - 0 (17) Norwalk Vikings - 12 (16) Boone Colts - 0 (19) Atlantic Steelers(Black) - 9 (19) Waukee Ravens(Gold) - 0 (20) Greene Co. Rams - 6 6th GRADE DIVISION: Champion - Carroll Panthers Runner Up - Waukee Ravens(Purple) Semi Finalist - WDM Chiefs Semi Finalist - Atlantic Steelers(White) Carroll Panthers - 19 Waukee Ravens(Purple) - 0 (1) Carroll Panthers - 7 (4) Atlantic Steelers(White) - 6 (2) WDM Chiefs - 6 (3) Waukee Ravens(Purple) - 14 (5) Boone Colts - 15 (6) Norwalk Vikings - 13 (7) ADM Falcons - 6 (8) Carroll Cardinals - 0 (9) WDM Packers - 8 (11) Atlantic Steelers(Black) - 7 (O.T.) (10) WDM Dolphins - 0 (12) Ames Bears - 12 (13) WDM Bengals - 6 (14) Greene Co. Rams - 18 (15) DCG Bucs - 6 (16) Waukee Ravens(Gold) - 13 (17) Harlan Patriots - 14 (18) Gilbert Eagles - 6 7th GRADE DIVISION: Champion - WDM Lions Runner Up - WDM Bengals (1) WDM Lions - 31 (2) WDM Bengals - 6 (3) WDM Packers - 26 (4) WDM 49ers - 8 (5) WDM Jaguars - 28 (6) WDM Chiefs - 8
2006 League Photos are now available for viewing and ordering...check out the action! Click the Action Image to the left or the headline to access the Jolesch Photography web site and view all League Photos. When the Jolesch website appears, click on the drop down box for "All Photos" and select your preference. This is a must see for all parents!image
The West Des Moines “Little-Pro” Youth Football League is proud to announce new Conference Structuring for the 2006 season and would like to welcome several new communities that will begin participation in the League this fall. The communities of Carroll, Greene County, Waukee, and Adel-DeSoto-Minburn were the first western Iowa communities to join the League last year. In 2006, the League welcomes the communities of Ames, Atlantic, Boone, Dallas Center-Grimes, Gilbert and Harlan. We are looking forward to building and maintaining a very productive and mutually satisfying youth football partnership with our neighbors to the north and west. For 2006, the League will be structured into three (3) Conferences across four (4) age Divisions consisting of sixty-six (66) teams. The Metro Conference will be comprised of teams from West Des Moines and Norwalk, as has been the case since the inception of the League. The Western Conference will be comprised of Atlantic, Carroll, Greene County and Harlan. The Central Confernce will include ADM, Ames, Boone, DCG, Gilbert and Waukee. Our new Conferences bring to the table the same high-quality coaching, equipment, and administrative standards that those associated with the League recognize and expect. This addition is consistent with and demonstrates our resolve and commitment to provide a professional, comprehensive and successful youth-based football program serving various communities in central Iowa, while continually working to ensure the same quality conscientious approach and development that has set the League apart from similar organizations. Western and Central Conference programs will be organized and managed by local advisory boards representing thier respective communities. They will play their games at venues identified within their communities (high school football fields) when feasible, or at other locations that have been endorsed and approved by the League. They participate as "member organizations" under the auspices and administration of The WDMLPYFL, Inc. Western and Central Conference member organizations are subject to the same administrative rules, guidelines, policies, procedures and regulations as thier established Metro Conference based counterparts. This provides for standardization, uniformity and consistency on a league-wide basis relative to all operational considerations such as coaches selection/training, draft procedures, weight restrictions, minimum play standards, and conduct/sportsmanship provisions to name a few. As a general rule, Western and Central Conference teams will play only each other during the regular season. There may be occasions however, when a “travel game” is scheduled between the respective Conferences based on team numbers and scheduling considerations. Post season play, as well as several scheduled league scrimmages, will involve teams from all three Conferences playing one another. As has been past practice, athletes from any community or school district may still register to play in the Metro Conference regardless of residency or school district boundaries, and the majority of the other participating communities have adopted this policy as well. League Commissioners plan on incorporating finalized Conference schedules and other relevant information into this website in the near future allowing for the dissemination of timely and accurate announcements and information to all league communities, teams, participants and parents. We welcome your input and suggestions in that capacity! Thank you for your support and assistance in welcoming the communities of Ames, Atlantic, Boone, Dallas Center-Grimes, Gilbert and Harlan to our program. We look forward to working cooperatively toward a lasting and rewarding alliance, never losing sight of what our primary goal will continue to be, providing the best program possible for our leaders of tomorrow. image
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Approved Training Options - Coaches

Posted by robert hopkins at Jan 26, 2006 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )


Thank you for expressing an interest in coaching in the WDMLPYFL, Inc. We appreciate your desire to become a valuable and integral part of our organization and would like to thank you for your willingness to volunteer your time and talents to assist in the development of our young participants.

We feel one of our primary responsibilities as a League should be to provide and assist our coaches with the resources and training necessary to assist them in effectively and safely teaching the fundamentals of football. In addition, training enhances knowledge of the game and facilitates the positive and supportive instruction of the various character building aspects of the game. While focusing on teaching the fundamentals, having fun, and instructing participants in an environment that is physically and psychologically safe, coaches should be provided with opportunities to continually expand their knowledge base, predicated on best practices principles, to assist in the development of their young participants both on and off of the football field.

To this end, formal and recognized training opportunities are identified and participation is mandated for all individuals wishing to participate in the League in a coaching capacity.

Participation and completion of any of the below listed training clinics, approved and endorsed by the League, will satisfy the mandated training requirement. If you currently possess a valid Coaching Endorsement or Authorization in the State of Iowa, you are exempt from this provision.

The League provides EXISTING coaches this training free of charge, however coaches are responsible for their own registration arrangements for the Clinic they wish to attend. Receipts will then be forwarded to the league by the attending coach for reimbursement. First year coaches that are new to the league will be responsible for thier own registration as well, but will not be eligible for reimbursement.

It will also be noted that if existing or prospective League Coaches opt to attend one of the Glazier Clinics, the full registration fee will be paid by the Riddell Corporation, the League equipment provider. Contact the League for additional information relative to this option.

Central Iowa Youth Football Clinic

12 May 2012

West Des Moines, IA


(League Sponsored in conjunction with USA Football)


Glazier Mega Clinic

Kansas City, MO

03-05 February 2012


Frank Glazier Mega Clinic

Minneapolis, MN

18-20 February 2012


Jefferson - Scranton Football Clinic

Jefferson, IA

04-05 March 2012 

Contact Info:
Dean Lansman


Hawkeye Coaches Clinic

25-26 March 2012 

Iowa City, IA


Iowa State Coaching Clinic

01-02 April 2012 

Ames, Iowa



Nebraska Coaching Clinic

March 31 - 02 April 2012 

Lincoln, NE


USA Football Youth Coaches Clinic

2011 - TBD 

Omaha, NE



USA Football Youth Coaches Clinic

2011 - TBD

Kansas City, Mo. 



IFCA Summer Coaches Clinic

23-24 July 2012

Ames, IA


There are additional Clinics available such as national programs that are not listed. Coaches are responsible for making their own registration payment of the associated fees.   


















Injuries Uncommon in Youth Football Participation, Mayo Clinic Study Reports: Courtesy of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Rochester, Minnesota. ROCHESTER, MINN. -- A Mayo Clinic study of youth football showed that most injuries that occurred were mild, older players appeared to be at a higher risk and that no significant correlation exists between body weight and injury. The study, which appears in the April issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, found that the data for athletes grades four through eight indicated that the risk of injury in youth football does not appear greater than the risk associated with other recreational or competitive sports. "Our analysis showed that youth football injuries are uncommon," said Michael J. Stuart, M.D., a Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeon and the principal author of the study. Dr. Stuart and his colleagues studied 915 players aged 9 to 13 years, who participated on 42 football teams in the fall of 1997. Injury incidence, prevalence and severity were calculated for each grade level and player position. Additional analyses examined the number of injuries according to body weight. A game injury was defined as any football-related ailment that occurred on the field during a game that kept a player out of competition for the reminder of the game, required the attention of a physician, and included all concussion, lacerations, as well as dental, eye and nerve injuries. The researchers found a total of 55 injuries occurred in games during the season a prevalence of six percent. Incidence of injury expressed as injury per 1,000 player-plays was lowest in the fourth grade (.09 percent), increased for the fifth, sixth and seventh grades (.16 percent, .16 percent, .15 percent respectively) and was highest in the eighth grade (.33 percent). Most of the injuries were mild and the most common type was a contusion, which occurred in 33 players. Four injuries (fractures involving the ankle growth plate) were such that they prevented players from participating for the rest of the season. No player required hospitalization or surgery. The studys authors said risk increases with level of play (grade in school) and player age. Older players in the higher grades are more susceptible to football injuries. The risk of injury for an eighth-grade player was four times greater than the risk of injury for a fourth-grade player. Potential contributing factors include increased size, strength, speed and aggressiveness. Analysis of body weight indicated that lighter players were not at increased risk for injury, and in fact heavier players had a slightly higher prevalence of injury. This trend was not statistically significant. Running backs are at greater risk when compared with other football positions, the researchers reported. Other authors who contributed to the study include: Michael A. Morrey, Ph.D., Aynsley M. Smith, RN, Ph.D., John K. Meis, M.S., all from the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center and Cedric J. Ortiguera, M.D., a Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeon in Jacksonville, Fla. Mayo Clinic Proceedings is a peer-reviewed and indexed general internal medicine journal, published for 75 years by Mayo Foundation, with a circulation of 130,000 nationally and internationally. Is Football Safe for Kids? by Kent Hannon: Sports Illustrated for Kids' With proper coaching and equipment, the risk is minimal. Ray McEwen is one of the men in charge of Sanford Stadium, where the University of Georgia Bulldogs play football. Over the years, he has seen college players dish out many head-jarring tackles, the kind that sports shows love to include in their highlight films. But the collision that scared McEwen the most was one that involved his son Brent. At the time, McEwen was the coach of an age-group football team. Brent, then 10, played linebacker. "One day in practice, a ball carrier shot through the line and Brent collided with him, helmet to helmet," McEwen says. "Both kids went down and didn't move. I remember someone saying, 'Those kids are really hurt." Though Brent's helmet slit in half, neither he nor the ball carrier was injured. Brent, who went on to play football through college, never suffered a serious injury. In fact, he sustained his worst football injury one day after practice. Brent and some friends were playing catch with a Nerf football when Brent tripped over his own helmet, fell, and broke his arm. Three Safety Factors Three factors helped prevent Brent from being seriously hurt when he collided with the other player. Those three factors explain why age-group football -- when taught and managed correctly -- is actually less dangerous, statistically speaking, than soccer. 1. Proper equipment minimizes the danger of serious injuries. "Brent was wearing a water-and-air-bladder helmet that was certified for college use," McEwen says. "He did split the helmet, but the helmet took most of the blow for him." 2. Proper technique helps kids avoid getting hurt. "Brent was taught that he should never use his helmet to make a tackle," says McEwen. "You lead with your shoulder. Even though this ball carrier surprised him, Brent was turning his head away at the time of the collision. That probably saved those boys from a concussion -- or worse." 3. FORCE = mass x acceleration, and kids don't generate much force. "Neither kid weighed one hundred pounds," says McEwen. "And they couldn't run very fast. So it wasn't like Lawrence Taylor crashing into Emmitt Smith." Surprisingly Few Injuries Experts believe that as many as one million kids play age-group football in the United States. (There is no national body that oversees age-group football.) Some 170,000 kids play Pop Warner, which is similar in organization to Little League baseball. Pop Warner, which is for kids ages 7 to 16, has very strict safety rules against which all youth football programs should be measured. "Safety is always a concern in our program," says Ralph Dumican, who is in his eleventh year of coaching Pop Warner teams in North Attleboro, Mass. "Our coaches attend several clinics each year, and they're well versed in coaching, conditioning, and safety. Frankly, many more of our kids get hurt riding bikes, climbing trees, or in-line skating than they do playing football." Pop Warner has never had a player fatality in its 67-year history. And studies show that most youth football programs are relatively safe. In a recent study, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission examined athletic injuries on a sport-by-sport basis. It found that organized football 5-to-15 year-olds had 12 % fewer injuries per capita than organized soccer for the same age group. Football also had 50% fewer injuries than bike riding and 74% fewer than skateboarding. Good Equipment Is the Key "Kids do get hurt paying football," says McEwen. "But if you put a kid in the right equipment, teach him proper techniques, and play him against kids who are the same age and weight, it's a pretty safe sport." Fortunately, football equipment for kids has never been better. The same companies who manufacture equipment for the colleges and pro teams make equipment for kids. Beyond the standard helmet, pads (shoulder, knee, thigh, hips, tailbone), and rubber cleats, Pop Warner requires that players wear vests to protect their ribs and long Lycra girdles over all the padding to keep the pads from slipping. "We use helmets that carry the NOCSAE (National Operating Committee for Standards for Athletic Equipment) seal of approval," says Dumican. "We send the helmets out each year to be reconditioned, pressure tested, sanitized, and re-certified." "In the end, what coaches have to remember about age-group football," says McEwen, is that it's all about providing recreation for kids in a safe environment. The score doesn't matter." imageimage