Congratulations to all the players and cheerleaders on another wonderful season of Optimist Youth Football & Cheer!

It takes a lot of work by a dedicated group of volunteers to put this program together, and we want to recognize a special group within the group - our Coaches. Blood, sweat, and tears really just begins to describe what it takes to be a youth football coach, and year-after-year they keep showing up for the kids. OYF doesn't exist without great coaches, and you have our deepest appreciation.

One of the most difficult tasks a league director has is selecting one person to receive the Coach of the Year award. It really takes a lot to rise to the top of a group like ours, so a big Congratulations to this year's winners!

Senior League Sportsmanship Award: Miles Penrod, Harmon Smith Financial

Senior League Football Coach of the Year: Chuck Crum, Western Construction

Senior League Cheer Coach of the Year: Cheyenne Craig, Harmon Smith Financial

Junior League Football Coach of the Year: Joey Campbell & Ira Liburd, Brown Brothers

Junior League Cheer Coach of the Year: Annie Williams, Golden Wheel

Sophomore League Football Coach of the Year: Jeff Johnson, Play It Again Sports

Sophomore League Cheer Coach of the Year: Sandy Hambalek, McU Sports

Freshman League Football Coach of the Year: Charlie Bunn, Kryptek

Freshman League Cheer Coach of the Year: Tara Music, Western Heating

Rookie League Football Coach of the Year: Ben Archibald, A-Company Electric

Rookie League Cheer Coach of the Year: Jennifer Cannon, Big Al's


BSU Football is offering discounted game tickets to Optimist players and families. Click on the following link for more information.

Optimist Flyer


Team Harsin is a joint program between Optimist Youth Football, Boise State University and Franz Bakery, allowing select youth football players and their families to attend a BSU Football home game and be treated to a behind-the-scenes experience.

The event includes a mentor (red-shirted player) who will take the Optimist players, cheerleaders and their siblings, under the age of 12, to the Bleymeier Center, into the Team Room for autographs, a viewing of the Game Hype Video, a tour of the Honors Hallway, Training and Weight Room, and Locker Room (after the team is on the field). They may meet Coach Harsin as well. Best of all they will be on the edge of the tunnel to high-five the players as they enter the field. They then will watch the game with their parents and be announced at half time. By the end of this season roughly 400 players, families and parents will have enjoyed the benefits of the Team Harsin project.

Harmon Smith Financial was one of the teams selected for the Team Harsin program this year, and below is a link to some great photos of their experience. Thank you to all involved!

Tackle Football


Flag Football