PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. - While high school football had its start on Thursday and Friday, the Gulf Coast Youth Football Association had its annual jamboree on Saturday. It was the official kickoff for youth football around the panhandle.
Over 1600 kids ages 5 through 14 played games out at Pete Edwards Field. Eight areas were represented, including Callaway, Lynn Haven, Milllville, and even areas up towards Tallahassee.
GCYFA President Ty Steele says this is an important time in the developmental stages of a football player.
"When they get to high school, they don't get that chance to learn your three-point stance, learn how to get in position, learn how to make the correct tackle. Each area takes pride in their area, so the rivalry starts here. A lot of kids now at five-years-old say, 'I'm going to North Bay Haven, or I'm going to Rutherford, or Im going to Mosley.' It starts right here," said Steele.