Clawson Mavericks Varsity Team in Jeopardy, Players Needed

Coaches are seeking local youth to fill the roster so the varsity team can play this season.

The Clawson Mavericks varsity football team may have to cancel its season if at least five- to- six more players don't sign up this week.

Assistant coach Jeff Gaglio said Monday that the team currently has 13 players registered and only nine who meet the weight requirement. In order to play in the league games, players must weigh 170 pounds or less wearing equipment.

The Clawson Mavericks is a football and cheerleading organization for kids age 6-13. The varsity football team, for 12- and 13-year-olds, typically struggles with registration. League coaches say they believes kids at that age are finding interest in other activities.

The varsity team needs 15 players for a full force team that allows players to take breaks during games, Gaglio said. 

"We can play with nine... but our season would be pretty crummy," Gaglio said. "If someone gets hurt, then it's difficult for the team to play."

Mavericks general manager Todd Shattuck made a offering perks such as new practice jerseys, summer clinics and early distribution of game jerseys. But the team's roster is still falling short and the first league game is scheduled for Saturday.

"It's fun, it’s a good time, it’s a good organization," Gaglio said of the Mavericks. "There's gotta be some kids around here that wanna play football."

The Mavericks program has about 150 participants each year and teams are divided up by age group: from Flag Team, Freshman Team, Junior Varsity and Varsity. There are eight games in the season that runs from August-October.

Parents interested in signing their kids up for the varsity team may call Gaglio at 586-295-9014 or head coach Danny Gough at 248-854-5504. For more information visit the Clawson Mavericks website.

Haulin T Male August 29, 2012 at 06:32 PM
J C and c c a s, this started out as why the mavericks are having trouble filling their oldest team............. you have taken way off course... now you CC so up set she thinks I am some one else.....................
carrie chambers August 29, 2012 at 06:40 PM
LOL...OKAY THAT is a battle I refuse to take place in! But I hope no one drools or gets hurt and I hope to see Maverick Varsity with a bigger team! GO MAV's!!
Joe Clawson August 29, 2012 at 08:10 PM
My point is this exactly: Former BGSU Football Player Suing School Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 4:37 AM A former football player at Bowling Green University is suing the school over concussions he says were suffered during his college playing days. The lawsuit filed by former player Cody Silk alleges the university and five plaintiffs - including Bowling Green head football coach David Clawson - are responsible for the alleged permanent side effects he says he suffered playing football there. Silk says he suffered four concussions in an eight-week period during his freshman season in 2010. In the suit Silk alleges his concussions were partly the result of him being issued an ill-fitting helmet by Bowling Green officials. BTW: what's up with your obsession with my obsession?
Joe Clawson August 29, 2012 at 08:11 PM
This is what will kill youth football - the lawyers!
canseeallsides August 30, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Heading is not allowed in Clawson Youth Soccer until U12, as far as I know.
canseeallsides August 30, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Sorry to slow your recruitment with concerns and facts, but I was just commenting on a previous comment. I can play dumb too if it's more popular, sorry! GO MAVS! (Better?)
Haulin T Male August 30, 2012 at 03:17 AM
Generally in body development, heading heading coordination, start around u-12, some in u-10, (by accident usually) going thru Claw, Mys, and fifa, I can not find any rule of no heading, not even a local ground or house rule....... (written)
canseeallsides August 30, 2012 at 04:13 AM
In print if you need to see it. Again I don't want to ruin the curve on here and actually provide facts... sorry... but... http://www.clawsonyouthsoccer.org/Forms/CYS%20Rules%20Modification%20Summary.pdf Starts in U10. I don't know if thats a good idea or bad idea, just sharing info I can find for others to use. Maybe we should start another blog story about Youth Sports, Health, Concussions and our Kids. I agree as stated above, this thread has been hijacked. Go Mavs!
carrie chambers August 30, 2012 at 12:57 PM
I would love to see people put their real names up here. Whatcha scared of?!
Haulin T Male August 30, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Your a trip: what you spent time looking up, Heading: as I said u-10, u-12, on up but NONE in u-8, my original statement, in England no heading for youth soccer, under 16 or 14, we had an English Trainer , all conversations about diff. in game and cultures......... he was amazed that heading was allowed over here.
Thomas August 30, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Im not gonna join your arguments as Ive listened to them all since I began playing tackle football when I was 8. 10 years of playing, no injuries. Not 1. Ive coached youth football for 14 seasons and have had 2 wrist injuries within hundreds of kids. Reading arguments is the new generation of technology and intelligence apparently. Im more of a hands on verbal kind of person. To insinuate that I would ever put my child or someone else's at risk, touches a nerve. I am at Clawson Park every tuesday thru friday from 5-8pm. Im inspired everyday by what these kids are willing to do to accomplish a goal. Its not just winning. If you feel the need to be enlightened,come have a conversation with me in person. My name is Thomas Perry. Ive gone to seminars,meetings, and have educated myself about concussions and symptoms. I dont make accusations or tell people how they should feel about something. I make sure that I have all the tools necessary to give my players the safest and funnest way to play this great game. I love talking football,so again,if you feel the need to gain more knowledge,turn off the computer and stop googling arcticles and come up to the field. You never know, you might just be inspired!
Patty Hoffman Sheridan August 30, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Wow....its a wonder some of you even let your kids leave the house .....tell me...how was it growing up as a kid wrapped in bubble wrap? Go Maverick's!!!
Denice Unger August 30, 2012 at 05:19 PM
What some of you nay sayers don't understand is the way helmets have gotten better both inside and put. I have two boys that play football I don't worry about the "what ifs" if that was the case they wouldn't leave the house. The coaches and trainers in the OMYFA are very aware of concussions what to look out for and what and how to tackle so u don't get a helmet to helmet hit. As for Tom Perry my son has played for him and as a parent I thought he did a Great job on all aspects. Now adays people are to sue happy and blame everything on everyone else and not stepping to the plate and saying oh its my fault. You can get a concussion in every sport you play, he'll you can fall off a bike and get a concussion I going to sue the people that made the bike, no I am going to take the blame. The Mavericks need these players and if you are parent and your child wants to play football, let them.
Joe Clawson August 30, 2012 at 06:58 PM
DU: If you play you should assume all the risk like you state in yourresponse. Just make sure you have good insurance and/or deep pockets. I don't want to pay for these types of injuries through increased taxes b/c a child is permanently disabled. And do you really trust the welfare of your child to the coaches from HP? Really?
canseeallsides August 30, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Saying one thing does not make a disagreement with the other by default. Life is an ongoing learning experience and I use all shared view points to reach my own conclusion. This is a great conversation, not an argument. Thomas, thank you for the coaches perspective and your participation in the topic, your words sound like they come from experience. You're exactly who should join the topic. No one is saying sports is a bad thing or that it doesn't help the kids. Everyone wants what's best for their kids, obviously but if something is (or isn't) being "overlooked" to keep the game going and keep talent going to the next level of play, then it needs to be talked about. Talking can find solutions, not just point out problems, but isn't this how to start?
canseeallsides August 30, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Here's a great comparison to posting anonymously or not; http://www.problogger.net/archives/2011/06/28/5-reasons-to-blog-anonymously-and-5-reasons-not-to/ From my experience, yes it opens up users to be more abusive but it also creates more flow of ideas (good bad and abusive). There are obvious reasons for both, I appreciate that the choice is up to the individual. Can't we protect privacy but still participate?
canseeallsides August 30, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Did they get any players yet?
Thomas August 30, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Agreed, well said all sides........Mr.Clawson,FYI...of the approximate 140-160 Clawson/Hazel Park kids that played each other this weekend, all of them went home safe and came back Tuesday to do it all over again. FYI...the OMYFA has insurance for every player and cheerleader in our league. 12 teams. I sacrifice putting my kids to bed at night so that my family has 'great' insurance.I have never or will ever ask you to pay for my families medical bills.(and no I will not engage in a health care debate, or who should be president). Being involved in great programs like the Mavericks and the OMYFA,we look out for the safety of the kids first and foremost. They dont put people in coaching positions to harm kids,no matter what city...
Thomas August 30, 2012 at 07:30 PM
14 at the moment.
carrie chambers August 30, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Thomas, I may kiss you the next time I see you or wanna get married on a football field?!
Haulin T Male August 30, 2012 at 09:06 PM
I bridge the gap from leather padded no face guard, tothe pres, not sure any one else can say that, I coached for 25 yr's,does that make"time" the way to grade,I called one of the other coaches,we can not remember one player who had a concus.Either we were stronger or coached technique (?) or Dam lucky, we had ONE losing seas, we had 3 yr's of not being scored on, by the off.Yet we lost the Champ. one of those yr's, (in the first game, rival, we had a safety given up by Q Back Fumble,in the end zone,on the second series, we lost that game 2 - 0 first game second series, no points given up by the defense..not another point t rest of the season scored on us.. I don't say this to brag but to show we were in and dominated every game. Coaches get credit for the losses, players the victories. as I said above i was involved in up- grading 2 schools with the latest safety equipment avail. Try and be in some sort of activity where you are competitive for 25 yr's it is very hard to do..only Al Fracasa (50+ shrine '61), B R, and Harrington at North Farmington Harrison, Mack at Cath Cent are the tops, I say these Gents, cause they teach smash mouth hard hitting technique. I called BR and CC, one of my sons, the coaches were on the field, my son said while he was there, in the 4 yr's there was not a one. as far as he knows. u play fb at br, u don't have a social life, (till), with out-siders,they have approx.130 stud's ath on 3 team, humility? u run laps if name is in the paper. lol
carrie chambers August 30, 2012 at 09:16 PM
I get why you wouldnt want to put your real name when some of the comments you make are just digs. You speak of finding solutions as you make statements about passion for candy for breakfast, drooling and shaking and/or playing dumb (Go Mav's). These are the comments that would make me also not want to use my real name if I were you.
Haulin T Male August 30, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Thom: now the other side from what I said above, 150 kids came back, your right, but does that mean? they had the right equip., coached right, ;lucky?, I hope it continues, perhaps some of them backed off?, (don't forget the little guys can take a harder hit, then the older one's.....w/o going into...detail. I like the anal. of living in bubble wrap, when my first three were 12 and younger, The Tim King MURDERS were at their height, I could not keep them from growing up, I allowed them to walk (from Fisher Ct) to Dairy Mart (?) next to the cleaners and aco ace (?) my wife was a nervous wreck, w/o the boys knowing, gave our baby sitter a tip, (down two houses), to walk 1/2 a block behind them........ they had to experience growing......... and responsibility, w/o the worst... hopefully....... we were lucky, and they are still looking for the murderer, remember that parents...... Let life go on and tweak a little at a time.............
Haulin T Male August 30, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Tim King was from their school in B'ham ...... and nabbed in the area around krogers on Maple and woodward........ their guess........
Haulin T Male August 30, 2012 at 09:32 PM
LL foot ball, and all I have heard from C C, is drooling, Kissing, and marriage........ wth, Thomas I hope you learned from your pass ........... a dinner and a show takes care of those offers........... is the tax deduction worth it ........... lol
Haulin T Male August 31, 2012 at 12:39 PM
C C A S: I saw that (soccer) before I posted, the first time, what u r trying to show, is a quick ck off list (for the do me now generation) What I was referring to the CK off list contradicts the written rules for MYS u-10, (Prefer no heading) That is why I didn't send addresses,it appears in Claw. that heading for U-10's is OK...... O don't have a dog in the fight so don't really care to dot the eyes.
Haulin T Male August 31, 2012 at 12:53 PM
In football, they use to do best 11, for the whole game, as the game progressed, they saw that some specialist at certain post. actually gave a better result... etc etc. with 14 kids, on the varsity, are all 14 equal? of course not, it will be hard to get all 14 in? and have no deterioration? or will it be easy to put the 3 in between the pillars, that is the challenges to coaching, I am only putting into words, what a coach goes thru so don't yell and scream, parents of J R.... this isn't cheer .... get another uni. good luck ...... play hard and don't want to hear we only had 14...... cause some coaches try to only have a small number on purpose ........( to run up the score, or not be bothered with number 15 & 16
Haulin T Male August 31, 2012 at 12:54 PM
NAME CALLING, just so Clawson............ been there and done that no ignorance
Haulin T Male August 31, 2012 at 12:57 PM
patty some times some of your stuff is to the point...... bubble rap or wrap
Haulin T Male August 31, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Constitution .101 according to C C.? I guess there would be no freedom of speech, when ppl tell you what you can do or not, are (they) bloggers, within the parameters (scope) of said forum, or are they the beliefs of Pollyanna's , the Dorthy's of this Emerald city. sooner or later they wake up (Just use the same over view they have with their children,) and apply to the adults that make up this society. hummmmmm


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