Youth football launches with Twin Valley's ‘Battle in the Valley'

graphic by Justin Finneran

Twin Valley Football is hosting the first annual Battle in the Valley, a free inter-league day-long event on Saturday, August 25, at Twin Valley Middle School. Each attending youth football organization will play a series of rotating scrimmages versus matched Mighty Mites, Mites, and Midgets squads. In what equates to a pre-season finale, the players will get to test their developing skills in a friendly and competitive environment. Squads from six teams will visit host Twin Valley - four from the local BYAFL (Berks Area Youth Football League) - Berks Catholic, Blue Mountain, Hamburg and Oley Valley, and two from the neighboring PAC-10 - Perkiomen Valley and Spring Ford.

The junior varsity teams are scheduled to start at 9 a.m. and will finish at 1 p.m. The varsity teams will start at 1 p.m. and finish at 5 p.m. The event will take place rain or shine, unless there is potentially dangerous weather.

The concept for the ‘Battle in the Valley’ was suggested to Twin Valley Football President and Coach Vince Mitsky, who was inspired to set things in motion.

“This idea was actually cultivated by a couple of people,” said Mitsky. “We will have three different fields which we will split in half, so there will be plenty of action. For those people who are planning on going to the (Raise the Spirit of Twin Valley) rally at the high school later that night – be sure to come by and enjoy some football first!”

Coordination among the teams was arranged by Matt Bailey, the VP of the BAYFL and a Mighty Mites coach.

“Vince and Matt did a lot of work to get this event together,” said VP of Public Relations for Twin Valley Football Ryan Sammons, “Twin Valley Middle School has great facilities and this is a wonderful way to get teams from two different leagues to get together.”

There will be concession for sale – including pizza, shaved ice, ice cream, funnel cake, and hot dogs and hamburgers. Volunteers are still being sought to aid with the event. If you are interested in volunteering with concessions or other areas of need, visit the Battle of the Valley page at the Twin Valley Football website www.twin-valley-football.org/battle-in-the-valley/

There will also be a major fundraising event taking place at 1 p.m., Cow Patty Bingo, with the proceeds going to the purchase of Twin Valley equipment bags for the players and cheerleaders. The Cow Patty Bingo involves sectioning off of a large area, diving it into squares (which people buy for a $10 donation), and then waiting for a cow to ‘drop’ a cow patty into a square. The first square marked wins, and if multiple squares are marked at once prize the prize money will be split. Squares will be randomly assigned to a master grid. The Cow Patty Bingo prize is determined by the number of entries received – topping out at $2000. There will also be ten additional prizes of $100 awarded by kids throwing footballs onto the remaining squares. Participants need not be present at the bingo to win, and tickets are available at the Battle in the Valley information booth (get your tickets early!).

“I have seen Cow Patty Bingo before and it is a riot and fun to watch,” said Sammons.

“Throughout the day we are expecting at least 1000 people to come through,” said Mitsky, “Twin Valley Football alone is 250 strong, and we have been getting the word out and encouraging everyone to come out and be a part of this great day of football. With public support of the bingo and the concession sales we will be able to give back to the kids.”

Parking is available at the Twin Valley Middle School parking lot. The address for the school is 770 Clymer Hill Road, Elverson, PA 19520. Directions to the school can be found online under the directions section of www.twin-valley-football.org. Bleacher seating is available, and attendees are welcome to bring their own chairs and blankets for sitting in the grass.

Twin Valley Football, Inc. is a non-profit (Section 501 (c)(3)) organization that provides football and cheerleading experiences for children and families in Chester and Berks counties of Pennsylvania. Twin Valley Football was designed to instruct children from the ages of 5 through 12 on the basic skills of football and cheerleading, as well as the peripheral aspects of the two sports namely, sportsmanship, self-confidence, self-discipline, respect, team work, and finally, a sense of community.

Contact Twin Valley Football online at info@twinvalleyfootball.com, by phone at 610-913-8444, or by mail at PO Box 375, Elverson, PA 19520.

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