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Gearing up for another season of junior high football

The Woodbury Athletic Association will offer both seventh and eighth grade football this fall and the program is open to those students who will eventually attend Woodbury High School.

Participants on WAA teams will have the ability to play in the North Suburban Football League against competition from nearby East Ridge, as well as North St. Paul, Oakdale, Mahtomedi and the Upper East Side of St. Paul. WAA squads will also have the opportunity to play teams from Anoka, Champlin Park, Mounds View, Forest Lake just to name a few.

"I am exited for WAA Jr. Royals Youth Football to extend our high quality developmental youth football experience to the Jr. High level as we continue our part in developing a positive youth sports culture in our Community," WAA Jr. High Program Coordinator Michial Mularoni said.

The cost of the WAA 7/8 program is the same as the third- through sixth-grade program, which is $190. This fee includes two $20 cards per player as part of the annual football fundraising program and participants' families are encouraged to sell the cards as a way of reducing the final participation fee to $150. The cost of the program includes the same high-quality equipment that WAA provides to all teams.

Financial assistance is available on an individual need basis through WAA Football.

Sign-ups can be arranged through the WAA online at Questions may be directed to Mularoni at or (651) 459-5171.

WAA will continue to use certified volunteer coaches consistent with the present third- through sixth-grade developmental model and those interested in coaching are encouraged to contact Mularoni.

Also continuing to offer football is District 833 Community Education. The two differing programs should not be confused with one another and have many differences.

Comm. Ed. Practices will run after school at Woodbury and Lake middle schools, with games to be played at 4 p.m., while WAA practices and games will run in late afternoon and evening at various fields around the community. Comm. Ed. will use busing to and from its games, while WAA will not provide busing.

WAA football will be one league with evenly-distributed teams as mandated by both the WAA Football Board as well as the North Suburban League. Comm. Ed. will play in lightweight and heavyweight divisions at the seventh-grade level, with eighth-grade split into an "A" and a "B" team.

Both programs seek to provide a fun experience for participants to compete in and develop fundamentals.

"We now have two avenues for our football participants. Regardless of their choice, we want kids to play ball."