Feeder programs can make a big difference when it comes to the success of a high school sport.
For years, Byron youth interested in football could play for BKM youth football, which was made up of players from Byron, Kasson and Mantorville.
That league has since disbanded and new this year is Byron Youth Football, offered to only kids in the Byron region.
Jeff Underwood, president of the league, said there are positives to both leagues.
"I thought it was nice because kids got to play with other kids from other towns and (when they got to high school) it created a friendly rivalry," he said.
"But there's also some benefit to being able to play with your classmates who will also be at the junior high and the varsity levels."
Registration is now being accepted for Byron Youth Football, which is open to kids going into third, fourth, fifth and sixth grades.
The third and fourth grades will play an in house schedule, while the fifth and sixth graders will compete in the Southern Minnesota Youth Football League, made up of teams such as Kasson, Triton, Hayfield and Blooming Prairie.
Practice begins in the middle of August, with games being played in the fall.
Underwood said the focus of the league is to teach the fundamentals, instill school pride as the uniforms are Byron colors and to have fun.
"The goal of the league is number one, to have fun," Underwood said. "We want to promote a positive experience for the kids and let them enjoy the game of football so they will want to continue playing it down the road. Along the way, they'll learn about the fundamentals of football, as well as the importance of being a good teammate."
To register for Byron Youth Football or for more information, visit byronbearsyouthfootball.com.