Wyoming and Nebraska To Play In 6-Man Football All-Star Game
This June, graduates from Wyoming high schools that play 6-man football, will a chance to play against their counter-parts from Nebraska in an all-star border war of sorts.
Snake River head coach Michael Bates, along with a coach from Arthur, Nebraska, have drafted the first ever Wyoming vs Nebraska Six Man All Star Football Game. Bates says the idea was hatched while the two were at a summer football camp at Chadron. The coach called him back in the fall to follow up. Five of the ten Wyoming Coaches met in Casper in December and liked the idea. A sheet will be mailed to all Six Man Seniors from the past year. Bates, who was chosen as the Wyoming head coach, will then create the team with the kids who respond they wish to take part. Bates will chose two assistants, one being a head coach from the North.
The team will practice for three days, then play the game.
The plan is to make the game an annual event rotating back and forth between Wyoming and Nebraska.
The first game is scheduled for June 30th in Arthur, Nebraska, so as not to interfere with the Wyoming Shrine Bowl football game.
Funding for the event is a question mark right now. Nebraska will make their kids come up with around $250 worth of sponsorship, each, to play. Bates and other Wyoming organizers don't feel its right to make kids pay to play, so they are hopefully going to seek some corporate sponsorship to help defray the costs.
Bates thought it was great to take on the state that essentially created six man football. He added that it was born around the World War II era when enrollments were very low at a bunch of schools. Nebraska has about 40 six-man schools while Wyoming currently has 10.
Wyoming will host the game in 2013, date and location to be announced.
Thanks to Little Snake River HS head football coach, Michael Bates for the information.
Listen to the prep report from January 5th for more from the coach.