Flag football’s last competition for this year is set to begin.
The annual International Cup (commonly called the I-Cup) is expected to take place this weekend 2-4 December. The Ed Bush field in West Bay was slated to host the action 25-27 November.
Among the organizers is Cayman Islands Flag Football Association board member Perry Levy. A player for the Hellcats men’s team, Levy states the tournament will be a launching pad for new endeavours.
“Next year there are plans to get the sport into the school curriculum,” Levy said. “I don’t have solid information at this point but I know something will go down shortly that will allow us to include flag football during Physical Education classes, the after-school programme, etc.
“We want to be active all year round, this is what we’re trying to achieve as a board. We’ll have national trips, a junior league in January, the co-ed league in February. People seem very keen on it.”
This weekend’s tournament begins with matches Friday night at 7pm. Team USA battles Jamaica in the ladies ranks while Cayman East faces the US on the men’s side. From there games take place all day Saturday and Sunday from noon.
The competition features local players suiting up for their respective countries. The men play a seven-a-side format with everyone, including linemen, being eligible receivers. The ladies compete in the traditional five-a-side format. The officiating crew will be headed by Rob Duty and Sean Glidden.
Prior to the I-Cup, the last flag football competition was the third annual Caribbean Regional Cup in Nassau, Bahamas. Cayman sent squads representing the Cayman Islands association and the Grand Cayman Flag Football Association. Both women’s teams made the finals while the men’s side lost in the finals. Players like Bobeth O’Garro and Leslie Harvey starred for Cayman.