MILLBURN/SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Registration for the fall season of youth football and cheerleading is now open.
As in the past few years, registration for football will run through the Springfield Recreation Department. This year, the cheer program will also fall under Springfield's administration. The registration deadline for football is July 15, while cheerleading has a cutoff date of May 17.
Millburn Recreation will also run their own cheerleading program in the Winter of 2019-2020 during the travel basketball and wrestling season.
In an interview with TAPinto Millburn/Short Hills, Millburn's Recreation program Supervisor Chris Myers said that the decision to remain with Springfield was made based on player turnout.
"It comes down to numbers," Myers said. "And it's not just us, Springfield was in need of [players]. They were struggling with numbers. I think it's better to have four, maybe five teams with healthy numbers as opposed to us struggling to get maybe two or three football teams together."
The one program that will be staying separate from Springfield is the flag football program for second through eighth grade. That will fall under Millburn Recreation, and sign-up schedules will be sent out. As the email sent to parents notes, children should be able to balance their schedule, playing both flag and tackle football if they so choose.
"I would think so," Myers said. "Especially with the close proximity, that's where it's really helpful. Even though Millburn and Springfield aren't in the same divisions from a high school standpoint, the relationship that we have with Adam [Springfield Rec. Director Adam Lieb] and with the Junior Dawgs has been great."
"I can see it being a long-term thing, mostly because of the numbers [of players] in football in general. It's the way it is for a lot of towns...but it's a good partnership to have because at least we have somewhere for our kids to go play."