Creekside Intermediate Cobra Chain Crew Becomes Essential Part of CCISD Athletics

Creekside Intermediate Cobra Chain Crew Becomes Essential Part of CCISD Athletics
Posted on 12/09/2014

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December 8, 2014

Creekside Intermediate Cobra Chain Crew Becomes Essential Part of CCISD Athletics

League City, Texas – Spectators at Creekside Intermediate football games this fall have become accustomed to seeing an unusual sight: a special group of sixth graders operating the first down markers. The Cobra Chain Crew, as they are called, was created out of necessity in 2006.

Albert Perez, a sixth grade social studies teacher at Creekside Intermediate and then football coach, was having a difficult time finding someone to work the first down markers, or chains, at home games. Volunteer parents were often distracted by watching their kids play and most students were quick to lose interest. Both caused delays during games. Luckily, Perez saw a need for students who were not yet eligible to play sports to be involved. Thus, the Cobra Chain Crew was born.

The Crew is comprised of thirty sixth graders who must apply for membership. The group follows strict guidelines, including UIL eligibility requirements, which allows the future athletes to learn about the No Pass No Play rule. The Cobra Chain Crew elects their own leaders including a main captain and squad captains, holds monthly meetings, take field trips and conducts fundraisers. The members are extensively trained to operate the first down markers and to be water and ball boys, another service provided by the Crew.

The year-long club not only works football games, but also basketball and volleyball games, as well as cross country and track and field meets. While the Cobra Chain Crew has made a home for itself at Creekside Intermediate athletic events, the group is branching out. The is also working the chains for both ninth grade and junior varsity football games for Clear Springs High School. This year they also exclusively worked all four intermediate championship games at CCISD’s Veterans Memorial Stadium.

The Cobra Chain Crew gives sixth grade students more than something to do in the year before they are eligible to play sports. “They learn a multitude of things,” Perez said. “Not only how to be part of a team and organization, but about camaraderie and game play as well.” The Crew continues to grow in popularity and this year will work all of the CCISD track meets. Perez is clearly proud of the program. “I could go on and on about my Chain Crew; they are my pride and joy.”

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