Flag football is continuing to attract more skilled youngsters.
The Security Centre Youth Flag Football League recently staged skills evaluations prior to the start of regular season play this month. Dozens of kids turned out to showcase their passing and receiving skills at the Camana Bay Sports Field.
Several volunteers turned out to assist with coaching, including track and field star Carl Morgan, who said he was concerned with the fitness aspect of the league.
“I know about American football through playing intramural flag football in school,” Morgan said. “My favourite NFL team is actually the New York Giants and Eli Manning is my favourite quarterback.
“Basically, I was just helping out doing warm up and fitness drills with the kids. It’s good to see kids active in sports like this.”
Among the more impressive kids were hockey player Will Edwards, who showed good ability tossing deep balls, volleyball player Ileann Powery and Eric Wight, younger brother of Little League legend Justin Wight.
Some of the youngsters who played last year are making a return such as Jonathan “Woody” Whittaker and John Sperandeo, who brought out his brother, Tommy. All were under the watchful eye of league coordinator Kyle Broadhurst and coaches like Jon Pump, David Taylor and Josh Merren. Most coaches are veterans of the national men’s league.
Entering its fifth season, the league is organised by the Cayman Islands Flag Football Association and caters to boys and girls from age 7 through 17. League matches run until early May.
News of the youth league comes as the association braces for a one-day tournament this Saturday, 2 March. The T.E. McField Sports Centre (popularly called the Annex) will serve as host from 11am to 4pm. Action will be split up into eight-man (aimed at women) and nine-man (designed for men) categories.