Jr GAC Youth Football League History

The Junior GAC

football league officially started on December 14, 2012 by the ten charter member clubs (i.e., Fort Zumwalt North, South, East, and West, along with Timberland, Holt, Francis Howell, Francis Howell North and Francis Howell Central) located in the St. Charles County metro area. Prior to the formation of the Jr. GAC football league, a majority of the feeder football clubs in St. Charles County were members of the Suburban West Jr. Football League, which consisted of schools in both St. Louis and St. Charles counties. After many years of participation in the Suburban West League, several St. Charles County public school coordinators believed that a new junior football league should be created to mirror the high school Gateway Athletic Conference and to also provide better representation for the feeder teams in the St. Charles County. In early 2012, Fort Zumwalt South Coordinator, John Wiemann, organized a meeting with all the St. Charles County feeder football coordinators to discuss the idea of leaving the Suburban West League. After several meetings, ten feeder teams in St. Charles County agreed to form a new league named the Junior GAC. The new board of directors elected Dan Femmer of Fort Zumwalt East to become its first President. In addition, John Wiemann of Fort Zumwalt South was elected as Vice President, Brent Gossett of Francis Howell North as Secretary and Doug Brown of Fort Zumwalt West as Treasurer. Since its formation, the league has created a logo, website, and extensive league rules. The board meets on a regular basis and is actively pursuing efforts to market the league throughout St. Charles County. It is the goal of the organization to provide a structure where youth football clubs that serve as high school feeder programs can compete in a safe, healthy, and good sportsman-like environment and to be the premier junior football league for grades 5th through 8th.