WATSONVILLE — As summer winds down football season is getting back on its feet, and as always the Watsonville Jr. Wildcatz teams are ready to kick off the 2013 season.
The mini-footballers will start their season in Hollister at San Benito High School in the Monterey Bay Youth Football League Jamboree this weekend.
The Jr. Pewees (8-10) and midgets (12-14) will play on Saturday, and the Pewees (9-11) will play on Sunday.
And even though they open up the season soon, the Catz are still welcoming additions to their football family. Both coaches, and football players of all levels are welcome.
“We have coaches,” said president of the Jr. Wildcatz Ana Hernandez, “but we could always use more. It’s additional support for the kids, and I think that all of them are doing great. The way they have the program lined up, they do it as a team.”
First-year vice president Mirna Guerrero believes the coaches that are on staff are doing an excellent job as well.
“There’s not a lot of them,” said Guerrero, “but they are so united and connected. Every day they’re here and they stay as late as they can to help these kids. They’re always collaborating and always working out what ever they need to work out. Just for the sake of the program. They want to make sure it’s running smoothly.”
Guerrero is on the same page with Midgets head coach Jesse Torres. They both said they want this program to be better.
“I want to bring the program back,” said Torres.
The goal of every program is to become a feeder program for the nearest high schools, and the Jr. Catz are no different.
“I think it’s very important to start this early,” said Guerrero, “because what ends up happening is they end up transitioning to the high school program. So whatever they are being taught out here is to build their skills and fundamentals that they’re going to need to have by the time that they get into high school.”
Both Guerrero and Hernandez say that attendance in both cheerleading and football has been getting higher every year. Hernandez said she believes it’s communication between the parents.
“We do our very best to communicate with our parents. We always keep them informed of what we’re doing. We’re always trying to let them know that what we’re doing out here is a positive thing for their children, and that’s why they keep coming back and also why they keep volunteering with the program. They want to help and make these kids succeed.”
The Catz will open up their season officially at home against Salinas on August 25 with games starting at 8 a.m. For more information visit their website sites.google.com/a/watsonvillejrwildcatz.com/www/
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