World Cup in sight

The flag football youth camp may have been about the kids but the grown-ups had much to do as well.

The Cayman national flag football team was in training last Saturday at the Cayman International School Field in Camana Bay.

The side came on at the end of the free one day flag football youth camp where many of the players helped out as coaches.

Among those that served as coaches were Brad Conolly, Jamal Young and Andrew Graham.

The camp was put on by the Cayman Islands Flag Football Association along with One 345 Designs as an introduction to The Security Centre Youth Flag Football League which kicked off last weekend.

The camp saw hundreds of kids come out to take part in basic drills that focused on passing, receiving, footwork and other fundamentals.

The kids were also blessed with the presence of NFL star Martellus Bennett. The 6ft 6in Bennett plays tight-end for the Dallas Cowboys.

About 15 players were out on the day with about nine national team members missing in action.

Some of those who were unavailable were Adrean Russell, Jon Pump and Phil Brown.

Among the noted local players present were Perry Levy, Kevin Solomon, Oliver Parker and CIFFA President Todd Hazelwood.

The players engaged in a scrimmage as the offense tested out plays while the defense practiced various schemes such as the cover three, cover two and man-to-man formations.

Past CIFFA President George ‘Teddy’ Hydes and Caybrew Farm Soldiers (this year’s men’s champion) Coach Johan Moxam oversaw the practice. Hydes explained what all the team did in the practice.

‘The guys came and did a full scrimmage. They stretched to start, ran routine drills and then the offense practiced their routes while the defense practiced their coverages.

‘One of the things the guys were working on was a blitz that involved a four man line.’

Hydes also helps organize the flag football youth league alongside Chris Moser and Kyle Broadhurst when he’s not watching over the team.

The Cayman squad is in training for their trip to the flag football World Cup, in Mexico at the end of April.

The Cayman side is expected to compete against nine other teams including the US, Canada, St Croix and Mexico.

Hydes intends to travel with the team to Mexico and says the side has been in training for some time.

‘The guys have been training for the last month or so by the George Hicks field in the mornings (on the weekends).

‘We’re just trying to make sure we’re ready for Mexico and aside from that we’re looking for sponsors.’

For more information or to enquire about sponsorship contact the association at [email protected].

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