Player Requirements for the Snoop Youth Football League

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Snoop Youth Football League
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Ali Mesiwala, MD, is an experienced neurosurgeon in San Bernardino, California. Acting as the chief of the St. Bernardine Medical Center’s Department of Surgery and Division of Neurological Surgery, he oversees patient care and services. Dedicated to helping others, Ali Mesiwala, MD, also serves as the medical director for the Snoop Youth Football League.

Founded in 2005 by Snoop Dogg, the Snoop Youth Football League (SYFL) provides youth with the opportunity to build character and discipline regardless of color, race, and economic background. The league is divided into six divisions: Future League, Jr. Clinic, St. Clinic, Jr. Pee Wee, Pee Wee, and Jr. Midget. Regardless of the division, all SYFL players must be amateurs. Any previous sports involvement must have been solely for physical, mental, or social benefits and for enjoyment. They cannot have a past of playing for any monetary benefits and cannot compete on any outside tackle football team while participating in SYFL.

In most cases, Future League players are ages five and six, Jr. Clinic players are ages seven and eight, and Sr. Clinic players are ages nine through 10. Once players are age 11, they are eligible for the Jr. Pee Wee division. Players who are 12 are part of the Pee Wee division and the Jr. Midget division welcomes players between the ages of 13 and 14. Players in Jr. Pee Wee through Jr. Midget can play up one division, but no player can play down. SYFL players also must prove that they are of a sound physical condition before they can join the league.

Snoop Youth Football League Featured on Reality TV

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Snoop Youth Football League
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A neurosurgeon at Chaparral Medical Group, Inc., Ali Mesiwala, MD, graduated from medical school at the University of California, San Francisco. In a nonprofessional capacity, Dr. Ali Mesiwala devotes his time to charitable pursuits and serves as the medical director for the Snoop Youth Football League.

The Snoop Youth Football League was founded by rapper Snoop Dogg 10 years ago to teach kids how to play football. More importantly, the league’s main purpose was to get kids off the streets.

The league has been quietly operating for the past decade, but the initiative and its achievements were publicly shared on “Coach Snoop,” a reality show that chronicles Snoop Dogg and a team of 12-year-old players.

The goal was to make the team one of the best in the U.S. youth leagues, but the show also shows the challenges the kids faced as Snoop Dogg guides them, as well as the lessons they learned throughout the experience.

Fitting a Child with a Football Helmet

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Ali Mesiwala, MD, joined the Chaparral Medical Group, Inc., as a neurosurgeon and its medical director in 2005. Beyond his professional activities, Ali Mesiwala, MD, gives back to the local community as a medical director with the Snoop Youth Football League.

The helmet is the single most important piece of equipment a young football player owns. In order to reap the full protective benefits of a helmet, children and their parents must find a helmet that fits properly. The fitting process begins by making a general inspection of a helmet to ensure that both the exterior and interior of the helmet are clean and in good working order. Gathering pertinent information about the athlete is equally important, if not more so. Children who have experienced concussions or broken noses in the past should receive added attention, as should any athlete who has previously struggled with helmet fits.

Once general information has been processed, parents and coaches can begin taking helmet and athlete measurements. Measurements should begin at the side of the head, roughly one inch above a child’s brow. Helmet sizes range from medium to extra-large, accommodating cranial circumferences between 20 and 25.5 inches. Parents may need to contact specialty manufacturers if they cannot find an adequate match.

After finding a helmet with compatible measurements, parents and coaches must review the helmet as the player wears it during physical activities. To check the helmet’s fit on a child, adults can pull the helmet directly down to ensure evenly distributed pressure. The helmet should also be worked from side to side and rolled from the back of the head to the front. In both cases, the helmet should grip the player’s head firmly without sliding in any direction.

Kids Learn Sportsmanship and Have Fun at SYFL Events

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Snoop Youth Football League
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As volunteer medical director for the Snoop Youth Football League (SYFL), neurosurgeon Ali Mesiwala, MD, serves a community organization focused on giving children from the ages of 5 to 13 the extra support they need to thrive in an inner-city neighborhood. The league, a project of Long Beach, California-born rap star Snoop Dogg, is now more than a decade old. Thanks to Ali Mesiwala, MD, and other volunteers, the organization helps at-risk young people develop vital character traits such as teamwork, resilience, and self-determination, while having fun and staying fit.

The several Los Angeles-area SYFL teams include those in Pomona, Compton, Crenshaw, and Long Beach. Other teams in the state play in Northern California communities like Stockton and Richmond.

The league hosts regular-season play throughout the state, with affordable seating for fans at only a few dollars per guest. At the close of 2015, announcements went out for a new national championship program.

Recent events sponsored by the league or its teams include free spring and summer camp sessions, as well as camps for learning cheerleading. Family fun days often tie in with camp, as in a summer 2016 event for the Pomona-based Diamond Valley Steelers.