Getting more girls on the gridiron

Community May 31, 2015 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

Two St. Thomas More teachers are hoping their touch football league gets more girls onto the gridiron and increases their understanding of the game.

Rob Fuciarelli and Joe Burke have organized a tournament for boys and girls two years in a row. The boys tournament is essentially part of a development program for the fall season, helping quarterbacks and receivers with their timing and help the players gel as a team.

But their hope is for the Catholic school board to pick up their initiative for the girls and turn it into a tough football league that runs each spring.

“Hopefully it will catch so by the time our girls are in high school it's like every other sport and have its own season,” says Fuciarelli.

After the first day of the girls tournament, played May 20, St. Mary was atop the standings with a 3-0-1 record. Cardinal Newman (3-0) and St. Thomas More (2-0-1) were also undefeated.

On the boys side, Bishop Ryan was in first place with a 4-0 record; Newman (3-0) was in second.

The championship day is Wednesday at STM.

“Last year, we didn’t have all the girls teams participating; this year every school has a team for both the boys and the girls,” says Fuciarelli.

There isn’t a lot of opportunity for girls to play any sort of organized football. A few have earned their way onto their school’s team, mostly as place kickers. For those who want to play another position, or just learn more about the game, the options are limited.

“The (Hamilton Touch Football Association) refs have been great. Especially with the girls, they are really good at just trying to help them understand the game, which is what this is about,” says Fuciarelli.

The referees will explain how the rules have been broken and help the girls understand where to line up.

Eventually, says Fuciarelli, there will be more girls playing on the high school contact teams.

“That’s one of our biggest goals,” he says. “You’ll see all their shirts say ‘More football.’ It doesn’t even say girls. We say automatically you’re part of the football family now.”

Getting more girls on the gridiron

Teachers organize touch football tournament, hope it becomes sanctioned sport

Community May 31, 2015 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

Two St. Thomas More teachers are hoping their touch football league gets more girls onto the gridiron and increases their understanding of the game.

Rob Fuciarelli and Joe Burke have organized a tournament for boys and girls two years in a row. The boys tournament is essentially part of a development program for the fall season, helping quarterbacks and receivers with their timing and help the players gel as a team.

But their hope is for the Catholic school board to pick up their initiative for the girls and turn it into a tough football league that runs each spring.

“Hopefully it will catch so by the time our girls are in high school it's like every other sport and have its own season,” says Fuciarelli.

Hopefully it will catch so by the time our girls are in high school it's like every other sport and have its own season

After the first day of the girls tournament, played May 20, St. Mary was atop the standings with a 3-0-1 record. Cardinal Newman (3-0) and St. Thomas More (2-0-1) were also undefeated.

On the boys side, Bishop Ryan was in first place with a 4-0 record; Newman (3-0) was in second.

The championship day is Wednesday at STM.

“Last year, we didn’t have all the girls teams participating; this year every school has a team for both the boys and the girls,” says Fuciarelli.

There isn’t a lot of opportunity for girls to play any sort of organized football. A few have earned their way onto their school’s team, mostly as place kickers. For those who want to play another position, or just learn more about the game, the options are limited.

“The (Hamilton Touch Football Association) refs have been great. Especially with the girls, they are really good at just trying to help them understand the game, which is what this is about,” says Fuciarelli.

The referees will explain how the rules have been broken and help the girls understand where to line up.

Eventually, says Fuciarelli, there will be more girls playing on the high school contact teams.

“That’s one of our biggest goals,” he says. “You’ll see all their shirts say ‘More football.’ It doesn’t even say girls. We say automatically you’re part of the football family now.”

Getting more girls on the gridiron

Teachers organize touch football tournament, hope it becomes sanctioned sport

Community May 31, 2015 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

Two St. Thomas More teachers are hoping their touch football league gets more girls onto the gridiron and increases their understanding of the game.

Rob Fuciarelli and Joe Burke have organized a tournament for boys and girls two years in a row. The boys tournament is essentially part of a development program for the fall season, helping quarterbacks and receivers with their timing and help the players gel as a team.

But their hope is for the Catholic school board to pick up their initiative for the girls and turn it into a tough football league that runs each spring.

“Hopefully it will catch so by the time our girls are in high school it's like every other sport and have its own season,” says Fuciarelli.

Hopefully it will catch so by the time our girls are in high school it's like every other sport and have its own season

After the first day of the girls tournament, played May 20, St. Mary was atop the standings with a 3-0-1 record. Cardinal Newman (3-0) and St. Thomas More (2-0-1) were also undefeated.

On the boys side, Bishop Ryan was in first place with a 4-0 record; Newman (3-0) was in second.

The championship day is Wednesday at STM.

“Last year, we didn’t have all the girls teams participating; this year every school has a team for both the boys and the girls,” says Fuciarelli.

There isn’t a lot of opportunity for girls to play any sort of organized football. A few have earned their way onto their school’s team, mostly as place kickers. For those who want to play another position, or just learn more about the game, the options are limited.

“The (Hamilton Touch Football Association) refs have been great. Especially with the girls, they are really good at just trying to help them understand the game, which is what this is about,” says Fuciarelli.

The referees will explain how the rules have been broken and help the girls understand where to line up.

Eventually, says Fuciarelli, there will be more girls playing on the high school contact teams.

“That’s one of our biggest goals,” he says. “You’ll see all their shirts say ‘More football.’ It doesn’t even say girls. We say automatically you’re part of the football family now.”