CRVPWFL Readies For Another Football Season, Adds New League, Web Site

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Bellows Falls, Vt. July 20, 2011

CRVPWFL Readies For Another Football Season, Adds New League, Web Site

BELLOWS FALLS, VT.-The Connecticut River Valley Pee Wee Football League(CRVPWFL)is getting ready to start its 45th season of football. Now an institution in Bellows falls, the league was originally launched in 1967 under the direction of then, Bellows Falls Union High School football coach Jerry Curcuru.

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"Coach Curcuru saw a need for not only a feeder program for the high school team, but to also help keep the kids off the streets and out of trouble," CRVPWFL Vice President Ed Vancor said in a recent interview. Vancor has been involved with the league for a dozen years, and played as a youngster. "Others on that first league committee included Bud Cray, Hal Bushway and Lee Brown. At the time it was started, the Bellows Falls league was the only pee wee football program in the entire state.

"The original league consisted of four, 16-player rosters and the league played eight-player football for the first two seasons, before bumping the rosters to 25 players in 1971," Vancor added. The cheerleading program was then added in 1974 with Sandra Sadowski and Emily LaCroix as co-commissioners, with Simone Crosby taking over duties from there. Misty Haskell is the current cheerleader commissioner."

The CRVPWFL league is completely self-sufficient, generating all their own funds through fundraising, donations and player fees, putting no burden on local school budgets or tax payers pockets. "Everyone works very hard so our league remains self-sufficientand thriving," Vancor added.

The league will soon be holding sign ups and try outs on Thursday, August 11 and Tuesday, August 16 at 6:00 p.m. at Bellows Falls Union High School. All football equipment will be issued on Thursday, Aug. 18 at 6 p.m. and participants must wear shorts, t-shirts and sneakers(cleats optional) in order to try out. The try out is open to children between the ages of 8-11. All players must be 8 years old by Sept 1 and can not be age 12 by September 1. Also, there is no weight limit to play, all kids may participate.

Moving forward, the CRVPWFL also recently announced they will be starting a junior high-aged program for kids 12-14 years old as well, which will be coached by Casey Cota, Jim Lober and Kevin Vancor. The season will feature 7 or 8 games and kids from all area towns are encouraged to play.

All participants must attendone of the sign up nights to register, and players already participating in the league must also attend one of the dates, or make arrangements by calling Vancor, Cota or Lober.

All current and new cheerleaders(ages 8-14)must attend one of the two sign up dates, or contact Misty Haskell at 802-463-9389 to make arrangements. The CRVPWFL will again, also be offering flag football for the younger players, ages 4-7 years old. Sign ups for flag football will take place during the pee wee football sign ups. The cost for all leagues are as follows: pee wee and jr. high football-$40 per child, cheerleading is $30 per child and flag football is $15 per child.

The league will also be hosting a four-day pee wee football and cheerleading camp(grades three through eight)August 8-12 from 5 to 7:15 p.m. at the Hadley Field Complex (Bellows Falls Union High School) in Westminster. Camp registration will be held Aug 8 at 4:15 p.m. Participating players must wear shorts, t-shirts and sneakers (cleats are optional) and cheerleaders must wear shorts, t-shirts and sneakers for camp.

Each day of the camp, there will be guest speakers talking about pee wee, high school, college or professional football, and instruction at the camp will be offered by experienced football and cheerleading coaches. The cost of the camp is only $20 per child and each camper gets a t-shirt for participating. There will also be a pizza party at Athens Pizza at the end of camp.

The CVPWFL is also launching a new Web site this week, which will have all available information posted at To learn more about any of the CVPWFL programs, contact Casey Cota at 802-463-9850, Jim Lober at 802-722-4889, Ed Vancor at 802-376-5902 or Misty Haskell at 803-463-9389.