Those running the CUC Primary Football League have made changes to the game format they hope will encourage player development over competition.
For the first time, games now will be divided into quarters instead of the traditional halves.
Coaches in the under-9 division also will be required to play each player for at least one-quarter of the game.
League coordinator Neil Murray says, at that age, the ability to help players develop through game experience is paramount.
“Especially with the heat and stuff it works well with the quarters,” Murray said. “And then, again, it allows every coach to get every player in the game. You know, again, we have to give the benefit of the doubt to the players who probably aren’t on the same par as the more skillful ones. But, again, we have to understand that kids develop at a different age. So whoever is at eight-years old now may be down the rung. At 10-years old they may be the best 10-year old that we have. So we have to give everybody an opportunity.”
The under-11 league and the girls league do not require each player to get in the game for one-quarter.
League play resumes Saturday (15 October).