MOUNT VERNON — Say hello to the Mount Vernon Colt Football League.
The former Knox County Colt Football League formally changed its name in a meeting on Sunday — as well as a few other things.
The MVCFL will no longer serve as a league amongst itself. The league was officially invited to join the Mid-Ohio Colt Football League.
This means the end of the Raiders, the Vikings, the Browns and the Cowboys. Instead, a set number of teams will take on teams from other areas in and around Knox County.
That number of teams will vary.
“It will depend on how many kids we have,” MVCFL board member Chris Harmon told the News. “We want to make sure we don’t turn anyone away.”
There are new age groups that players now fall into. There are three primary divisions in the MOCFL: Big Colt, consisting of ages 11 through 13; Little Colt, which will be 9- and 10-year-olds; and Junior Colt for 7- and 8-year-olds. Flag football will still be available for those younger than 7.
Harmon said there may be some wiggle room for kids, depending on a few factors.
“If an 11-year-old kid comes in and has never played before, and he’s small and not very athletic, he may be permitted to play on a Little Colt team,” said Harmon. “Likewise, a particularly bigger kid may be allowed to move up. It’s all on a case-by-case basis.”
Those cases will be decided by both the MVCFL and the MOCFL board of directors.
The MOCFL officially invited the MVCFL last month. The league, which consists of teams in Danville, Fredericktown, Centerburg, Howard, Loudonville and Lucas, will encourage Mount Vernon to contribute only an even number of teams at each level. Each team will be called Yellow Jackets and be color-coded, such as Orange or Black. Just how many teams Mount Vernon will provide will depend on the number of kids who sign up.
“To keep the competitive balance, the Mid-Ohio league wanted us to stick within a 25 player roster limit,” said Harmon. “That doesn’t mean that, if we have 52 or 53 players, they’re going to force us to have four teams with 14 players. They want to keep it so that everyone gets a chance to play.”
In Sunday’s meeting, the board also agreed to allow only players who are enrolled in Mount Vernon City Schools. Players from other communities who are already a part of the league are grandfathered in — the new rule applies only to new players. Harmon admitted the board did not discuss whether students from private schools — such as St. Vincent de Paul — would qualify.
“You have students from as far away as Mansfield going to St. Vincent,” said Harmon. “That’s a topic we still have to discuss.”
All games will be played on Saturday, instead of Sunday like the KCCFL games of the past. Home games will take place at Yellow Jacket Stadium, following the high school junior varsity game.
The vote at Sunday’s meeting was not unanimous, although Harmon is sure that everyone will be satisfied with the changes.
“Change is a hard thing,” said Harmon. “Some people are really into tradition. But I think we convinced people who weren’t sure that this is a step in the right direction.”