Flag football spins off into a new form next week.
The Butterfield Spring Co-Ed Flag Football League gets going next Tuesday 3 March.
A set of games will start off the league at the TE McField Field (at GT Primary School) from 6pm to 9pm.
The matches will see a 5-a-side version of flag football with a minimum of two women being on the field at all times.
At this point in time it’s not clear how many times have signed on.
However league organizer and Cayman Islands Flag Football Association Vice President Perry Levy said the league should be a success.
‘I am confident the league will be very successful. The opportunity for men and women to play along side each other in a relaxed and fun environment is another huge accomplishment by CIFFA.
‘This will also give individuals who do not play in the more challenging summer league a chance to participate regardless of experience, meet new people and use it as another fun way to stay fit.’
For Levy the integration of men and women on the field should result in a light-hearted mood.
‘I expect to see in this league entertaining games, good competition and good sportsmanship. All in all a social network for flag football.’
The announcement of the league comes on the heels of a recent boom in flag football. This past year saw the introduction of a women’s division within the local league that was immensely popular and well-contested.
From there a youth league was announced and is set to kick off this Saturday 28 February.
The launch event for that league was last weekend via a one-day free flag football camp for kids aged eight to 14. NFL star Martellus Bennett, of the Dallas Cowboys, came down to Cayman to highlight the camp and the issue of youth diabetes.
For Levy the recent trend of events is a positive sign that flag football is making steps to being a huge sport in Cayman.
‘[For me] launching a co-ed league shows that CIFFA has proven itself. Our flag football league has proven to be one of the fastest growing and most popular leagues on the island.
‘Its fair to say that flag football is becoming one of the more dominant sports here in Cayman. The interest has grown tremendously since inception and CIFFA is very proud of their accomplishments and is very grateful to all sponsors and members who make it possible.’
As Levy notes there is still time to register for the co-ed league.
The team fee is CI $500.00 and includes registration fees, uniforms and field costs.
Anyone interested in entering a team should contact CIFFA Vice President Perry Levy at [email protected]
For more information, log on to www.flagfootball.ky.