Baldwin will have JV football, looking to reinstate rocket levels

BALDWIN — It looks like rocket football might be back in Baldwin.

That’s the word from high school athletic director Shawn Williams.

“We’re in talks with 4-H to reinstate our rocket football league,” Williams said. “We had it going for a couple of years, then it stopped so we’re going to redo the league.

“Also this year, we’ll have a JV football team.”

Summer football workouts are currently taking place at the Baldwin football field and the Panthers are gearing up for various 7-on-7 passing events. Practices officially start Aug. 11 for JV and varsity, Williams noted.

He recently said a coaching staff for the JV was being finalized. All coaches for the 2014-15 season are slated to be named Tuesday at the Board of Education meeting, Williams indicated. That also includes junior high coaches.

Williams noted that the numbers will be more than enough to stock varsity and JV teams. As for a JV schedule, Williams said Traverse City Christian is on the slate.

“We’re looking to schedule Reed City, Vestaburg and Hart,” Williams said. “We’re looking for a five-game season for our JV team. We’ll try to schedule two home games at least, maybe three if we can.”

Games are set for Thursday night.

Negotiations are ongoing for the rocket league, Williams said.

“If we can’t get going this fall, then definitely by spring, we’ll start up spring practices and will have summer practices,” Williams said. “We’ll get the season going next year. They can practice here and utilize our fields or go to the public park. We have to get into a league and that would involve paperwork.”

Rocket football would start with the fourth grade and go to the eighth grade.