Flag catches the next generation

The NFL season may be in its waning
stages but youngsters have a chance for their own pigskin glory.

This month marks the return of The
Security Centre Youth Flag Football League.

Slated to begin January 30th
the non-contact competition takes place at the Camana Bay
sports field.

Already in its second year the
league is expected to take place every Saturday until late April and cater to
boys and girls seven to 17 years of age.

Uniforms and mouth guards will be
provided for all players and a modest CI$10 player fee will be in effect for
this season.

The league focuses primarily on
teaching the fundamentals of American flag football. To that end the first two
Saturdays of the league (January 30 and February 6) will centre on basic skills
evaluation.

Teams (formed after the initial
evaluations) are slated to consist of 10-15 players, with no less then two
coaches provided by the local flag football association.

Each team will play six league
games and have two playoff games. Parents are encouraged to turn out and
support their kids.

League officials like Chris Moser
are already expecting growth in the league and anticipate two more teams this
year.

“More teams allow even more kids to
enjoy our exciting game,” Moser said. “It’s all a matter of keeping it fun and
interesting for the kids.”

Under the guidance of the Cayman
Islands Flag Football Association the league acts a recreational program for
kids and a feeder program for the adult leagues.

Last year was a resounding success
as 130 boys and girls took part. Most were between the ages of seven and
15. 

Throughout last season a number of
local star players within the flag football ranks came out to volunteer with
the youth.

Among them were Brad Connolly of
the Caybrew Farm Soldiers, Ike Bush of the West Bay Hellcats and flag football
president Todd Hazelwood (who doubles as the captain of the Doghouse Bulldogs).

Adding to the fanfare was the
presence of Dallas Cowboys tight end Martellus Bennett during the one-day camp
leading up to the launch of the league.

There is still time left to
register for the league. *

Forms can be downloaded at
www.ciffa.ky and e-mailed to [email protected]

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