May 2, 2015
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The Richmond Steelers are “fo’ shizzle” joining the Snoop Youth Football League (SYFL) that was started in 2005 by famous rapper Snoop Dogg.

The Steelers’ football and cheer program for ages 5-14 recently announced it has joined the league, offering the local program a chance to play at the national level. SYFL will hold its first nationals in California during the weekend of Dec. 5, some of which will air on ESPN, Steelers Head Coach Will Bryant said.

“Our youth now have a chance to travel and play football against the best in SoCal, Texas and Colorado,” Bryant said.

The regular season consists of three preseason games against top teams in the Los Angeles area, followed by five regular season games against the best unlimited weight teams in the Hayward/San Jose area.

SYFL began in 2005 with more than 1,300 kids in the Los Angeles area and concluded its first season with the “Snoop Bowl.” Its all-star teams were selected to travel to various states they had never dreamed of going including Texas, Florida, Michigan and Arizona while playing in the most prestigious stadiums.

In 2011, the league expanded into Nevada and Chicago, and this year continues its expansion into Northern California.

To participate with the Richmond Steelers, the student athletes must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA in junior high school and middle school, Bryant said. The Steelers feature a Player Development coach to help educate 14-under students and their parents in transitioning them into high school, with the focus that they are students before athletes.

Ages/weights maximum:

5-6 Future max 112lbs

7-8 Jr clinic max 122lbs

9-10 Sr clinic max 132lbs

11 Jr Pee wee 142lbs

12 Pee wee unlimited 14

Jr Midets unlimited …

No ninth graders allowed.



About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.