Hatchet coach Joe Morris has begun to put his personal stamp on the Hatchet high school football team and he is now looking to help make an impact on youth football as well.
Morris said the league will be known as the Washington Youth Football League and will work as a feeder system of the high school and junior high. The program will be administered by the Daviess County Family YMCA but the Hatchet coaching staff will be more involved in the operation.
“We have a 50-year partnership and collaborative with the Y. It means something to me because I was part of that program,” said Morris. “We are changing from top to bottom and want to have football people leading it. We will have a first and second grade team, a third and fourth grade team and a fifth and sixth grade team. Our youth coaches will be dialed in to what we are doing at the high school and junior high level. Everything from team flex, to fundamentals to creating a football IQ are things we hope to instill.
“However, we also hope to create a culture of good citizenship, academic achievement, character, discipline and setting, achieving personal and team goals," he said.
Morris added that he wants to create a whole new look for the program. He said that a coaches call-out will be announced soon.
“We will ask that coaches follow our Hatchet coaches code of conduct, be part of our vision and take part in our ‘coaches coaching coaches’ program. In that program, we are going to teach them what we are doing at the top and our program will be vertically integrated. We have had some good people like Gary Isza and David Stowers and they will be on the football committee. I guess the best way to put it is to say our youth program will have a direct link to our high school program.”
Daviess County YMCA Executive Director Tom Danehy is pleased with the involvement from the football staff.
"There are so many areas that the coaching staff can help us with. They have access to so many things, like concussion protocols and other safety measures. It is great that you can start getting coaches teaching tackling in the safest way at an early age," said Danehy.
"We are excited that Joe is taking a greater role and showing a real interest in expanding the game and helping to grow it our community. The first and second grade team is one-year trial right now, so hopefully we will get a good turn out."
To get registered, visit the Daviess County Family YMCA or call 812 254-4481 for more information on getting signed up.