South Greensburg Bulldogs Football Association (“SGBFA”) is a parent run organization that is in charge of the affairs of the youth football team in South Greensburg Borough. Any child ages six to 12 years of age, as of July 31, 2014, and a student in the Greensburg Salem or Hempfield Area School Districts, is eligible to play for the SGBFA for the 2014 season.
The SBFBA consists of three teams:
Development Team (“D-Team”) for players ages 6 to 8 year olds weighing 110 pounds or less;
Junior Varsity Team (“JV-Team”) for players ages 9 to 10 year olds weighing 130 pounds or less; and
Varsity Team for players ages 11 to 12 year olds weighing 150 pounds or less.
D-Team and JV Team players over the weight limit for their age group are permitted to play on the older team provided the weight limit for the next age group is not exceeded.
Registration will be held at the South Greensburg Municipal Building/Hirst Hall located at 1515 Poplar Street (directly behind the fire hall) in South Greensburg on the following dates:
Saturday, June 21, 2014 from 9:00am to 1:00pm Wednesday, June 25, 2014 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm Saturday July 5, 2014 from 9:00am to 1:00pm
If you are a new player for the SGBFA, you will need to turn in a copy of your child’s birth certificate when you sign up. If you do not turn in a copy of your child’s birth certificate to the SGBFA, your child will not be able to play in the football games.
Registration Forms are posted on this wesite in the Handouts & Important Docs tab or can be obtained by contacting President, Jim Horchak, phone number 724-493-5568 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer refundable deposit: Each parent/guardian of children who register for the regular season will be required to volunteer twice at the concession stand, admission gate or 50/05 ticket sales during games, or working the first down markers during games. To encourage participation, there will be a $50.00 volunteer refundable deposit which will be collected on the day that you register. If the volunteer fee is paid by a check, the SGBFA will not cash the check unless parents/guardians fail to meet their volunteer requirements. The volunteer refundable deposit will be returned at equipment return day to those parents/guardians who have fulfilled their volunteer requirements. The volunteer deposit will be forfeited to the SGBFA by those parents/guardians who have failed to meet their volunteer requirements.
Additional Information about SGBFA can be obtained by contacting President, Jim Horchak, phone number 724-493-5568 or email email@example.com.
South Greensburg Bulldogs football is a parent run organization. We need everyone to volunteer at least twice. We need volunteers to work the concession stand, run the chains and work the gate at games. We also need help painting the lines on the field and setting up the fence around the field. Please report to the concession stand during practice to volunteer. Failure to do so will result in a $50.00 non-volunteer assessment.
This historical information was comprised from A Town Grows Up 1891—1941 Life of South Greensburg a History of Sports, Allen Smudski 1941, 75th Anniversary South Greensburg 1891—1966, Jack Roache 1966 and Bridges to Tomorrow, South Greensburg 1891—1991, 1991.
The borough of South Greensburg has always been known as a sporting town. From the time it came into existence in 1891, it has been producing athletic teams that have earned the respect of the entire district. The borough has had the type of community spirit necessary to put out real teams.
Adult Independent Community Team:
South Greensburg borough organized its first independent community football team in 1908. Samuel P. Hammer, Sr., then principal of the local grade school, had considerable football experience as a varsity player at the University of West Virginia and he taught the locals the elementary tricks of the game. Players on the team consisted of adult men of the community. Most of the players were big, husky fellows. The men seldom trained, perhaps the day before a game, but they knew enough about running, blocking, kicking and slugging (definitely a part of early independent community football) to come through most of their games on top. South Greensburg played other independent community teams, such as Altoona, Latrobe, Penn, Manor, Irwin and Alverton. However, early on, South Greensburg had little success against the famed “semi-pro eleven” from the McKeesport Olympics and the Greensburg All-Stars.
The South Greensburg Borough independent community football team was financed almost entirely by passing the hat at the games. Early on, times were good, people were generous, and there was little trouble finding enough cash to meet the needs of the team.
Rules in the early days were different than those in use today. One notable rule, that has since been discarded, concerned calling a man down. That particular task belonged not to the referee, but to the player. The play was not officially completed until the ball carrier himself yelled “Down!” So if his face was buried in a water hole or a mud puddle, there was little chance of him preventing the whole opposing team from piling on.
Headgears were scarce, but most players had shin and nose guards. The nose guard got its main use in the frequent fights, when the guard was whisked off and used as a weapon.
Between 1915 and 1923, the borough’s independent community adult team had a lot of consistency, with many players, coaches and its manager returning year after year. In three seasons, during this time period, the team won all of its games except two. One loss was to United and the other loss was to Derry. One of the outstanding triumphs was a 20-0 Christmas day victory over the Greensburg All-Stars on what is now Offut Field. The football team played other independent community teams such as Jeannette, United and Mount Pleasant. During 1915 and 1923, the rivalry was intense between South Greensburg and United.
Later on, independent community football consisted of two types of teams. There was the lightweight team, consisting of younger lighter players. The second type of team was known as the “varsity” team or big team. For several years, South Greensburg had a fast lightweight team, known as the Tigers, from which the better players “graduated” to the varsity team.
With the increased emphasis upon college and semi-professional football, the South Greensburg big team disbanded after 1923 and the lightweight Tiger team disbanded shortly thereafter. In the early 1930’s South Greensburg reentered independent football in the 150 pound class. However, there was no football team during World War II. After the war ended, the South Greensburg Tigers competed for several seasons in the late 1940’s and was undefeated.
Junior High School Team:
In 1926 the junior high school (formerly known as Sheridan Avenue elementary school, now known as Noah’s Ark Child Center) was erected. South Greensburg’s sporting spirit continued in the junior high school as the school choose as its permanent motto: “The School with the Spirit.” It was in that same year that South Greensburg organized a Junior high team, the first of its kind in the district. The team played other teams, such as Latrobe High School junior varsity, Manor three-year high school, Connellsville, Cochran Junior High School of Johnstown and Rostraver. The South Greensburg Junior High School team was undefeated in 1927 and 1930. In 1931, the junior high team was christened “The Bulldogs.” After the 1933 season, junior high school football ended because the Department of Health declared that football should not be played by junior high boys, it was difficult to raise enough money to pay for equipment and problems with transportation. In the eight seasons, the junior high team had a record of 53 wins, three losses and seven ties. The South Greensburg Bulldogs scored 1,015 points while allowing their opponents to score only 67 points. South Greensburg junior high football resumed in 1946 after a 12-year absence. However, the team disbanded five years later.
Midget football started in 1952 with four teams under the sponsorship of the Greensburg Recreation Board. Frank Lehman, Jr., Bob Lehman and Ralph King coached the South Greensburg entry from 1952 to 1957. Vic Koenig and Gary Lyons took over between 1958 and 1960 and won two championships. Tom Carnes acted as coach between 1961 and 1964.
To this day, South Greensburg continues to compete in youth football. We are a parent run organization and compete in the Western Pennsylvania Athletic Conference “WPAC” 6 Youth Football League with six other organizations: Bishop Bosco Center Athletic Association of Norwin, Derry Area, Greensburg Recreation, Hempfield Area Recreation, Pitcairn, Westmoreland Catholic
You still have time to register your child to play for the Bulldogs. Please call Jim Horchak at 724-493-5568 for details.
SGBFA is a self-funded association which generates funding primarily through registration fees, fundraising, concession stand sales, and game-day revenues. The revenues are used to pay for: new player equipment, inventory and equipment for the concession stand, items for the players handed out at the year-end banquet, field maintenance costs, game-day referees, insurance and other costs. This year we will be conducting the following fundraising events:
Candy Bar sale: Each child who registers for the regular season will be required to sell one box of candy bars which will be handed out on the day that you register. SGBFA will be requiring a $50 check to be handed in at registration to pay for the box of candy in advance. The money you collect thereafter from selling candy bars, you get to keep.
Game Day Program Book: Each child who registers for the regular season will be required to obtain two program book advertisements from local businesses or dedications from family members. Information about the program book will be available on the day that you register.
50/50 Strip Tickets: We will be selling strip tickets that will go off through out the season.
Monthly Cash Prize Ticket: Each child who registers for the regular season will be required to sell approximately 10 monthly cash prise tickets.
Ticket Sale: Each child who registers for the regular season will be required to sell approximately 10 tickets.
GREENSBURG SALEM YOUTH FOOTBALL CAMP AT OFFUTT FIELD
On Tuesday, July 23rd and Wednesday, July 24th, the Greensburg Salem High School football coaching staff and high school football players will conduct a FREE football camp for the participants of the Greensburg and South Greensburg Youth Football Programs. The camp will start at 6:00pm and end at 8:00pm on both days.
The boys should wear a t-shirt, shorts and football or athletic shoes. Bring water for your boy to drink.