Marshall ISD Approves Cancellation Of Seventh-Grade Football - KYTX CBS 19 Tyler Longview News Weather Sports

Marshall ISD Approves Cancellation Of Seventh-Grade Football

Posted: Updated:

MARSHALL (KYTX) - According to the Marshall ISD school officials, the school district is canceling the seventh-grade contact football program at Marshall Junior High School.

The decision was made and approved by the School Board of Trustees during Monday's regular February meeting. The recommendation was presented by Athletic Director Clint Harper in January

The change goes into effect for the 2014-2015 school year.

Citing several factors -- including player safety, skills development and overall budget -- Harper outlined the proposal during the January board meeting. Prior to the Board's final vote on the proposal on Monday, Harper gave a detailed plan on the communication of the issue with parents and student-athletes who will be entering seventh-grade athletics next fall.

"I will be visiting both our middle school campuses (Price T. Young and Sam Houston) in May to discuss the athletic program with our sixth-grade student-athletes," Harper said Monday. "We will also have a parent meeting in late May to go over the specifics of the seventh-grade athletic program and to discuss exactly what their child can expect as a seventh-grade student-athlete."

The only sport to be affected by this change is football. During the fall, student-athletes will be taught expectations as a member of the Maverick football program, and will be evaluated by coaches with their skill level. Coaches will divide players into teams that will play regular non-contact football, or  ''flag football,'' during their athletic period to further evaluate and develop skills, Harper said.

Marshall will be the third program in the current District 14-4A alignment to drop seventh-grade football, joining Texas High and Sulphur Springs.

Harper stressed that the change will not affect other competitive seventh-grade sports such as basketball and track, and that contact football will begin once the player moves to the eighth grade.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • East Texas mother's bond set at $2 million dollars in daughter's death

    East Texas mother's bond set at $2 million dollars in daughter's death

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:45 AM EDT2014-07-22 14:45:28 GMT
    UPDATE: An East Texas mother's bond is now set at $2 million dollars. Stacie Marie Parsons was arraigned in the Henderson Co. jail this morning. She is charged with the capital murder of her 4 year old daughter.More >>
    UPDATE: An East Texas mother's bond is now set at $2 million dollars. Stacie Marie Parsons was arraigned in the Henderson Co. jail this morning. She is charged with the capital murder of her 4 year old daughter.More >>
  • Explosion destroys home in Willis; at least 3 injured

    Explosion destroys home in Willis; at least 3 injured

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 8:08 AM EDT2014-07-22 12:08:18 GMT
    An explosion and fire was reported at a home north of Conroe early Tuesday, the sheriff’s office said. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said the explosion leveled a one-story home. More >>
    An explosion and fire was reported at a home north of Conroe early Tuesday, the sheriff’s office said. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said the explosion leveled a one-story home. More >>
  • Six arrested in Smith County last week have drug-cartel ties, sheriff says

    Six arrested in Smith County last week have drug-cartel ties, sheriff says

    (TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH/KYTX) - Six people arrested in Smith County last week on drug trafficking, illegal gambling and money laundering charges have drug cartel ties, according to Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith.More >>
    (TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH/KYTX) - Six people arrested in Smith County last week on drug trafficking, illegal gambling and money laundering charges have drug cartel ties, according to Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

CBS19, MYTX & KCEB
2211 ESE Loop 323
Tyler, TX 75701
Phone (903) 581-2211
Fax (903) 581-5769

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KYTX. All Rights Reserved. Users of this site agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Notice/Your California Privacy Rights, and Ad Choices.