The mission of the WCYF organization will be to teach youth the basic fundamentals of football. We shall also practice good sportsmanship and learn to play together as a team.
Webb City Youth Football is where the football tradition begins...
LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
Thank you for your participation in Webb City Youth Football! I am excited about the upcoming season and look forward to meeting you as well as your young athlete. Webb City football is rich in PRIDE,CLASS,and TRADITION. These are three basic principles that I believe in very strongly. These principles are the platform that Coach Jerry Kill built upon in his two seasons as head football coach at Webb City High School. In those two years, Coach Kill lost only one game. The Cardinals finished 11-1 in his first year. This was followed by an undefeated 14-0 effort the next season, resulting in Webb City’s first Missouri State Championship as they dominated St. Louis Sumner in the title game. I am proud to say that I was along for that ride and have seen first hand what these three principles can do for a football program when everyone “buys-in” and supports the coaches and players 100%. That same philosophy, commitment, and dedication is alive and well today under the guidance and leadership of Coach John Roderique.
In 1990, Coach Kill moved on to pursue his college coaching career. This opened the door for Coach Kurt Thompson to build on what Coach Kill began. Webb City, under Coach Thompson, never missed a step. In his first year at the helm, Coach Thompson led Webb City to the state championship title game, falling short of back-to-back state championships in a hard fought battle against a much-improved St. Louis Sumner. The next three seasons yielded a semi-final appearance, followed by back-to-back state championships in 1992 and 1993. During this time period, two dominant Webb City athletes moved on to be Division I standouts. Mark Smith and Grant Wistrom continued their football careers in the NFL, bringing never before seen attention and excitement to the Webb City Football Program as well as the entire community.
Today the Cardinals are guided by Webb City native, Pitt State standout, and 14-year veteran head coach John Roderique. In these past 14 years, Coach Roderique has compiled a career record of 148-18. He has led the Cardinals to 6 state championship game appearances resulting in 5 state titles. Coach Roderique and his staff continue to dominate district play, always making a run for the ultimate prize of Missouri Class 4A State Champs!
Our young athletes have the rare opportunity to continue this rich tradition. Many of today’s varsity football players started in the Webb City Youth Football Program. During this time, Will Roderique led the program when the teams were small and community support was limited.Through hard work and commitment, Will was successful in growing the program in both number of participants and community support.What started as two teams (3rd and 4th grade combined, 5th and 6th grade combined) had grown to four teams (3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grades) and in just a few short years, was in need of even more growth. In 2005 a request to expand to two teams per grade was at first rejected by the conference. Eventually, the conference saw the need for growth and allowed the expansion. This sparked a wave of growth in which nearly all of the other seven teams in the conference added an additional team per grade.
Stepping in for Will as president for the next four years was Webb City star athlete and Pitt State Alumni Kevin Crane. Kevin’s guidance resulted in continue growth in all respects bringing the overall number of athletes in WCYF to well over 200.
Today we continue to enjoy the support and commitment of the players, parents, and community as well as the high school athletic department. This collective effort will continue to bring success and growth to WCYF. It is my hope that upon completion of the WCYF program, each athlete will be fully prepared for 7th grade football. WCYF……”Where the tradition begins!”