Fernando Herrera and Quincy Griffin serve as president and vice-president of Taylor Youth Ducks Football. Over the years they have worked tirelessly to provide a positive avenue for the youth of Taylor through the game of football.
The Taylor Youth Ducks Football program has been in Taylor and surrounding communities for more than 25 years. The program is a part of the Tri-County Youth Football League, which consists of longtime rival Rockdale as well as Thrall, Thorndale, Cameron, Lexington and Caldwell.
“It is simply good 'ole country town football,” Griffin said.
This past season was big for the Youth Ducks as they brought the game of football to about 60 kids. The undermanned junior varsity squad competed hard all season. The varsity squad made it to the semi-finals and the Flag Duck team advanced all the way to the championship.
Last season the league hosted a free program for players 5 to 12 years old. This year, the league offers Flag football (5-7 yrs.), J.V. tackle (8-10 yrs.), and Varsity tackle, 10 to 12 years old, with a small fee of $35 per player for flag and $60 per player for tackle. The small fee will go towards helping the program offset operational costs to start the season.
“We will never turn a kid away that is not able to afford the fee. If we could do a totally free program again, we would, which is our goal one day,” Griffin said.
This year the league plans to form a partnership with Taylor ISD to vertically align the youth program with the school program. Already with two successful early registrations the next registration is scheduled and approaching quickly.
The next registration will be Tuesday, June 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Fannie Robinson Park pavilion. All players in addition to filling out a registration form, will also need to bring a copy of their state issued birth certificate and a copy of their end of the year report card. No original documentation will be accepted
For more information, visit the Taylor Youth Ducks Facebook page.