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Roswell Youth Football League reschedules 2020 season

Action from last season’s Roswell Youth Football League All-Star game. The RYFL South Raging Red defeated the RYFL North Blue Thunder, 28-20. (Daily Record File Photo)

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The Roswell Youth Football League has announced it will reschedule its 2020 season due to concerns posed by the coronavirus pandemic.

The RYFL has stated it wants to adhere to both state and New Mexico Activities Association guidelines. With those in place, the league will look towards a new start date in February or early March.

“The executive committee got together and we decided to cancel the season,” explained RYFL President James Edwards. “We have been ahead of the curve and we saw what was happening in the state and with other leagues. There were dates that were set and then their dates got moved and for us, we wanted to be consistent with the message we delivered. We’re just trying to be fair with our parents. We don’t want to give them hope and then crush their hopes.”

In anticipation of a quick restart, the league will be recruiting coaches early as well as launching an early online registration and will not collect fees until there is a definitive start date in place.

During a normal season, the RYFL operates with 18 to 22 teams split up across three age divisions. In order to limit confusion, the league will use the same birth date cut-offs they would have used in the fall. That way those 12-year-olds that would have graduated won’t miss out on their final season of eligibility and those groups of players are able to stay together as much as possible.

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“As New Mexico’s second-largest football league we have always been for the kids,” said RYFL Registrar Robert Chavez. “We like to think we played a big development in how Roswell has always presented itself in middle school and high school football, the core of where their passion starts is with us. This is the card we have been dealt and that is what football teaches us to do, you get up from when you fall. It’s not only about us or the New Mexico Activities (Association) but it’s also about our parents and players.”

League officials have looked at many different possibilities over the last few months but ultimately decided that the community’s safety was most important.

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