Central Junior High Mustang Brandy Padilla prepares for a tackling drill.
Lawrence Youth Football Hurricane J.R. Hensley takes a breather during practice last week at "Dad" Perry Park.
Southwest Bulldog Jamal Brown watches practice last week. Brown missed earlier practices because of a family vacation.
Braden McDaniel, left, gets instruction on the proper blocking stance from assistant coach Ben Mellen friday afternoon at football practice. The Southwest junior high eighth-grade football team has been practicing since Monday Aug. 14.
Kaw Valley soccer player Regan Kinsley looks to cross the ball to a teammate during practice at Youth Sports Inc.
Southwest Bulldog Jake Henley adjusts his pads during practice last week.
Baldwin Bulldog Justice Zabala tries on his helmet during Lawrence Youth Football's equipment checkout day.
Members of the Lawrence Youth Football Twisters wait in line to pick up equipment. Teams gathered Saturday at Youth Sports Inc. to try out the new gear.
Baldwin Bulldog Justin Christie tries on shoulder pads during his teams turn to get its equipment. Christie and many players from Lawrence Youth Football gathered Saturday at Youth Sports Inc.
Lawrence Youth Football Hurricane Riley Buller listens to a coach's instrucitions during practice at "Dad" Perry Park. Buller went out for football only after his friends persuaded him.
Quenton Todd, left, practices blocking on Braden McDaniel Friday afternoon at the Southwest Junior high school eighth-grade football practice.
Central Junior High football player Tyler Campbell gives a "thumbs-up" during practice. Campbell is waiting for an injury to his toe to heal.
Members of the Central Junior High eighth-grade football team wait for practice to begin.