The football sign-ups for the 2017-2018 school year have been completed, tallied, and reported to the Board of Education. The results are presented in sets of two numbers. The first number in each set represents the minimum participation rate that we were trying to achieve in each level. The second number in each set represents the actual number of students who signed up. The results are: 12th grade- 0/0; 11th grade- 0/5; 9th and 10th grade combined-15/14; 7th and 8th grade combined- 30/15; 5th and 6th combined- 18/17; 3rd and 4th combined- 18/19; K-2 combined- undetermined / 22. There were enough parents who were willing to volunteer that a Little League Booster organization could probably be formed if the parents chose to do so. LCMS/LCHS combined to have only one person volunteer to be an officer for a booster organization.
Typically, participation at the varsity level would not happen for a minimum of two seasons, or the third year of a new football program. The local interest for football, as demonstrated by the sign-ups, is not supported at the middle school level. This is the age group that would make up a significant portion of a varsity football program in four years. At this time, the football sign-ups did not provide sufficient student athletes or booster parents to support football programs at the middle school and/or high school levels. However, the sign-ups resulted in participation levels that could possibly support a little league football program if the community chose to implement one. If adequate interest is developed in the up and coming middle school students, the school district could then revisit the idea of beginning a football program at the middle school level.
Summary- The Livingston County School District will not be sponsoring a football program in 2017-2018. If the community wants a football program at the middle school and/or at the high school, the community will need to provide a feeder program with sufficient participation rates to justify the creation of a program within the school system.