COLLEGE STATION, Texas—Upon arrival in Shreveport, Louisiana, on Wednesday, Dec. 23, Coach Sherman and the Texas A&M football team will conduct an open football practice followed by an Aggie Football Youth Experience at Independence Stadium for children ages 8-to-13. Due to NCAA rules and regulations, youngsters who are enrolled in high school are not permitted to participate in the Youth Experience but may attend practice.
Practice is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. and conclude at approximately 6 p.m. With the help of the Independence Bowl staff, fans interested in watching should enter through Gate 1 at the south end of the stadium. Independence Bowl Stadium policy does not allow video cameras. Still cameras are permitted without telephoto lenses.
Children interested in participating in the Youth Experience must sign a waiver form and can check in at 5 p.m. at a table located near Gate 1. At the end of practice, the youngsters will make their way down to the field and go through various drills and fundamentals with the Aggie football players and coaches for approximately 30-to-40 minutes.
"I am proud of our players and coaches and I like them to interact with the community and especially young people," Texas A&M Head Coach Mike Sherman said. "This Youth Experience on Dec. 23rd in Shreveport will allow youngsters from ages 8-to-13 to run some drills with our players after practice. Due to NCAA rules, we can not allow any youngsters who are in high school to participate. The Shreveport community has done a great job of supporting the Independence Bowl and we appreciate their support. The practice that day is open to the public and it is my hope the weather cooperates."
In the event of inclement weather such as sleet or freezing rain, the Youth Experience will be canceled. Fans can check the Independence Bowl website for an announcement in the event of questionable weather.
The Aggie Youth Experience segments will focus on fundamentals such as form tackling, ball skills, running, and blocking. The goal is to develop football skills in a fun, safe and enjoyable atmosphere. Youngsters are asked to wear tennis shoes or rubber soled shoes, and the participants will not wear helmets or shoulder pads.