Kids get Security to emulate heroes

Hoopla around the Super Bowl may be
on the minds of most local NFL fans. However Cayman’s youth have a chance to
live out their NFL dreams now.

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

In fact the league is slated to
begin tomorrow at the Camana
Bay sports field. The
non-contact competition is slated to run roughly 9am-3pm.

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, refreshments are included (a special emphasis this
year is keeping kids hydrated) 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 (tomorrow and February 6) will centre on basic skills

Teams (formed after the initial
evaluations) are slated to consist of 10-15 players, with no less then two
coaches provided by the 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
says the league can help keep the kids stay healthy.

“They don’t need much to play, they
can wear typical running shoes and it burns off the excess energy they have,”
Moser said.

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 (which caters to men and women
18 years of age and older).

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

In addition a number of local flag
football stars came out to volunteer.

Among them were Brad Connolly of
the Caybrew Farm Soldiers, Doghouse Bulldogs captain Todd Hazelwood and
recently nominated flag football president Jamaal Young (who supports men’s
champion the Goldfield Hellcats).

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.