Iowa Youth Club Earns Gold Level Status in USA Football Program

By Jacob Letourneau | Posted 12/1/2021

The Metro Youth Football club located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa has earned Gold Level status through USA Football’s  League Excellence Program for the 2021 season.

USA Football’s League Excellence Program is a way for youth football organizations to earn recognition for a commitment to raise operational standards and provide a great environment for athletes and their families. 

Metro Youth Football has been setting the standard for youth football dating back to 2013 when it was one of the original Heads-Up Football pilot organizations. That dedication has continued through today as they are a gold level LEP. With over 1700 kids participating in youth football between their fall and spring seasons, the club has set a great example for any club. Metro is helped run by Board President Brian Hughes. Now in his seventh season with the club, Hughes has helped to mold the system in place that has propelled Metro to where it is now. 

The organization has three game types that span grades 1-8. In the fall, the club provides flag football for grades 1-2, and tackle football for grades 4-8. For third grade, Metro offers a limited contact game type they like to call “Flackle”. 

Metro Youth Football
Pictured: The Metro Youth Football Club

“We wanted to provide our kids with an opportunity to bridge the gap between flag and tackle.” Hughes said. “It gives us the opportunity to teach fundamentals like blocking while keeping the kids off the ground.” 

Along with their investment in player development, Metro has also taken great pride in player safety. 

“We’ve taken time to make sure that the equipment we are using is properly taken care of, so that our kids are safe.” Hughes added. 

In addition to player safety, the club has also done its due diligence with coach certification. 

“In order to coach with us our coaches need to be certified before they can step on the field.” Hughes said. 

Metro’s activity within the community is something to admire as well. The club recently celebrated its 50th year, showing its longevity within the Cedar Rapids area. 

“We are one of the oldest non-profit sports leagues in the Midwest.” Hughes added. “We pride ourselves on making sure all of our kids are playing and having a great time.” 



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