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Metro Youth Football Association opens 2010 tackle football season

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- As the attention of most football fans turn to the NFL on Sundays and Mondays, some much smaller players are taking to the gridiron in Cedar Rapids.

The Metro Youth Football Association opened their season Sunday afternoon.

The MYFA gives kids in fourth, fifth and sixth grades the opportunity to learn the game of football.

"I think it's just such a blessing that we have a program such as this in town," Tony Lombardi, Cedar Rapids Washington Varsity Head Coach, said. "I mean, I've been here five years, I've had two sons go through the program, it's been a great experience for both of them from a learning standpoint, teaching them a little about how to compete."

"This is a complicated game, and it's got 22 moving parts. More moving parts than any other sport these kids play. So, in order for them to learn how to play this game, it takes a number of years," Lombardi said.

"The best thing any kid can say about any program is that they enjoy going to practice and they want to be a part of it, and that's exactly the way they feel about the Metro Youth Football program," Lombardi said.  "They get their gear on as soon as they walk through the door and they're ready for practice at four o'clock even though it's not until five thirty or six 'cause they just want to go play football."

"And as you can see, it's grown to the point of three lights, three lighted fields, they have a post-season tournament. It's among the best youth football programs in the nation," Lombardi said.

It's not just Cedar Rapids that is represented, Vinton-Shellsburg, Center Point-Urbana, Marion, Linn-Mar, Benton Community and North Linn also field teams.

If you want to check out a game, they play Sunday afternoons and Monday evenings.

You can find more information at their website,

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