SOUTHERN MARYLAND – Just weeks before the start of the youth football season, several club presidents and coaches are trying to set the record straight about a rule that’s causing concern for parents and may keep some athletes from taking the field.
According to the Southern Maryland Youth Athletic Conference (SMYAC) website, the rule states that “Organizations may only accept three players per age group a year from another SMYAC youth club.”
SMYAC President Greg Disney says this rule is nothing new. It has been in place for several years, and every club in the league, whose president is on the board, makes the rules, votes, and enforces them.
“This rule is in effect in every major league in the state of Maryland. It’s for competitive balance. You can’t have a coach – who doesn’t get his way – get an attitude with the organization and leave and go somewhere else and…