The task of managing so many youngsters - more than 6,000 football players and more than 3,500 cheerleaders - alone is quite a challenge.
Whittling those 255 football teams into nine county champions is just as difficult.
Somehow the Gwinnett Football League, the county's official feeder system for high school football programs, and its administrators manage to pull it off. The organization's playoff plan is one of the league's crown jewels and it culminates with Saturday's title games at North Gwinnett.
"The biggest thing I get from other organizations throughout the country is how with our size that we're able to have a playoff system like we do," GFL president Erik Richards said. "(Other leagues) have trouble coming up with a true champion from their county or their region. But with four rounds of playoffs we're able to name a champion in each age group."
The league for 6-year-olds up to eighth-graders has flourished over the years, fueling Gwinnett's success at the high school level and turning out a ton of college players.
"You're going to see the Ean Pembertons, the Nick Lombardos, the Joseph Champaigns, the Cody Getzes, the Dallas Lees in the GFL, the kids who are currently starring at the high school level," Richards said. "You're going to see them all in one place on Saturday."
Richards and the GFL stress balance among its organizations, opting to split the top players among each park's teams rather than stacking the best on one team to make a run for the county title. He praised Dacula's 7-year-olds for sending three teams deep into the playoffs.
Several other interesting storylines have emerged for Saturday's games.
The 10-year-old Dacula NL East team is seeking an unprecedented fourth straight county title, while Richards and his Peachtree Ridge NL North team is facing a 12-year-old Mill Creek NL South team coached by Deric Governale, his former high school teammate at Duluth.
Lilburn, a combination of feeder programs into Berkmar and Meadowcreek, has its first finalist in the 11-year-old bracket despite being a No. 15 seed (out of 16). The league also has its first No. 16 seed to ever reach a final, the 10-year-old Buford NL East Wolves.
And maybe the most unique situation is in Eighth Grade Division II, where Mill Creek AL North plays Mill Creek NL North. Both teams are coached by Rod Dollar, who has to figure out how to coach against himself.
"He's taking a very non-committal role," Richards said. "I don't envy him. He's planning to be in the box, calling the offense for both teams."
Saturday's action begins at 8 a.m. with the 6-year-old division, leading up to the eighth-grade championship game at 8 p.m. - the last of nine title games.
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What: Gwinnett Football League county championship games
Where: North Gwinnett
· 8 a.m. - 6-year-old finals
Shiloh AL North vs. Peachtree Ridge NL North
· 9:30 a.m. - 7-year-old finals
Lawrenceville AL North vs. Dacula NL East
· 11 a.m. - 8-year-old finals
Dacula NL South vs. Mill Creek NL North
· 12:30 p.m. - 9-year-old finals
North Gwinnett NL East vs. Shiloh AL North
· 2 p.m. - 10-year-old finals
Dacula NL East vs. Buford NL East
· 3:30 p.m. - 8th Grade Division II finals
Mill Creek AL North vs. Mill Creek NL North
· 5 p.m. - 11-year-old finals
Dacula NL South vs. Lilburn AL East
· 6:30 p.m. - 12-year-old finals
Mill Creek NL South vs. Peachtree Ridge NL North
· 8 p.m. - Eighth grade finals
Parkview AL South vs. Brookwood AL South
The Gwinnett Football League will hand out $21,000 in scholarship money to former football players and cheerleaders at Saturday's championships. The GFL also will honor four Kyle Maynard Courage Award winners for overcoming adversity. The honorees are as follows:
Kyle Maynard Courage Award winners
Patrick Lambright, Mill Creek
Daniel Milton, Mill Creek
Erica Gray, Brookwood
Kayla Craft, Brookwood
GFL Scholarship recipients
Jessica Wilson, Buford
Adrian Hall, Buford
Elizabeth Corbin, Buford
Hunter Jones, Buford
Wesley Holman, Buford
Kyle Martin, Buford
Landon Anderson, Buford
Celia Ann Cheatham, Buford
Ryan Reed, Buford
Lindsay Chester, Central Gwinnett
Brittney Parham, Central Gwinnett
Lori Kitchens, Central Gwinnett
Eleanor Futch, Central Gwinnett
Lauren Porterfield, Collins Hill
Gary Tiller, Collins Hill
Kristin Hash, Collins Hill
Stephanie Rary, Collins Hill
Jeremy Kien, Dacula
Cody Ames, Dacula
Katie Montelin, Grayson
Alexis Rudolph, Grayson
Madison Gaubert, Grayson
Samantha Massengill, Grayson
Kimberly Hammack, Grayson
Christie Pulliam, Mill Creek
Scott Ooley, Mill Creek
Jay McCloskey, Norcross
Zach Humphrey, North Gwinnett
Adam Gustafson, Parkview
Kimberly Farris, Parkview
Morgan Carter, Parkview
Chandler Stepp, Parkview
Shelby Flowe, Parkview
Austin Chambers, Parkview
Buck McClure, Parkview
Cara Causey, Parkview
Clayton Wilkin, Parkview
Ashley Wilson, Parkview
Andrea Bell, Parkview
Margaret Westbrook, Shiloh