Christina Freeman's advice to young football hopefuls and their parents is not to wait.
"Come in early," Freeman said "Our youth programs fill every year."
Registration is open for Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Department's youth football programs on a first-come, first-served basis. Freeman said children would be allowed to sign up until Aug. 11 or until the programs fill.
The programs, which are open for children in third through sixth grades, will run from late August through mid-October.
Children entering third and fourth grades would play NFL flag while those in fifth and sixth grades would play tackle. There will be four tackle teams and six flag teams. The two programs combined can hold about 100 young football players.
The flag program costs $45 and the tackle league will cost $65.
"We've had the tackle program for the last four seasons and we've been doing the flag program for at least nine years," Freeman said.
Freeman said the programs have always been very popular and are a few of several youth oriented programs that are run through Parks and Recreation during the year.
In the summer, Parks and Recreation offers t-ball and coach pitch baseball. Football is offered in the fall, and children can take part in youth basketball leagues in late winter and spring.
Freeman said players and their parents could stop by the Parks and Recreation office, 245 Howelsen Parkway, to register or call 879-4300 with questions.