High school and middle school girls who want to develop their flag football skills will now have an opportunity to do so. The National Flag Football program is starting a girl’s only league that will prepare girls to compete at the high school level. The co-ed league for young people aged four to fourteen will continue as well.
The new program will be offered to girls age four to fourteen. “Flag football is new to South Florida and we are offering girls an opportunity to play the game before they get to high school,” said Francis Meram executive director for National Flag Football.
“We received quite a bit of interest from the high school and middle school athletic departments on offering a program for middle school and high school girls to help prepare them for the high school girls flag football season,” said Meram. “We are excited about this new program within National Flag Football as this is the first of its kids within our organization. If it goes well in South Florida we would look at launching it nationwide.”
The program had more than 300 players during the past spring and Meram is hoping for a bigger turnout this fall. The season will begin on October 18. It is the largest NFL affiliated program in the nation.
“The biggest advantage to our program is that kids can learn to play football in a safe environment. They can work in the mechanical and technical components of football. They can refine their game. When they are physically ready, they can play tackle football,” said Meram.
During the past year, the flag football program was offered at Brian Piccolo Park. The program is looking for an additional field in east Hollywood. The goal is to have two locations in Hollywood.