Florala PPK program slated for Saturday

Published 12:01 am Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Florala quarterback Kyle Price draws back and lets the ball sail out of his arms with ease.

Young football fans will have the opportunity to learn how to pass as a part of the Florala Youth Education and Sports (YES) League’s NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competition on Saturday.

The competition, which starts at 1 p.m. at Florala High School’s Matthews Stadium, is free and open to boys and girls ages 6-15. Several NFL players have competed in the competition, including top former and current quarterbacks such as Dan Marina and Brett Favre.

Price said it’s important for those learning how to throw to keep a good balance.

“You’d want to get the ball and bring it up at your chest,” he said. “You want to turn your body parallel and cock your arm back and release the ball.”

The PPK competition was established in 1961. It allows young kids to put their talents in punting, passing and kicking on display. Their talents will be scored based on distance and accuracy.

Boys and girls will be separated into age divisions and will compete against each other in a fun environment. A contestant’s current age will be need to be as of Dec. 31, at 11:59 p.m. local time of the current year.

The PPK program is one of the world’s largest youth sports participation programs.

The top 10 finishers from reach age group will advance to a sectional competition. The winners of the sectional competition will have the scores compared with other sectional champions with the top four scorers from the pool of sectional champions, who will then advance to the Atlanta Falcons Team Championship.

Florala’s competition will be in conjunction with the annual Masonic Celebration, that began on Monday.