Across an expansive stretch of Portland’s Payson Park, football games are being played on six fields on a brisk, autumn Saturday. Players clad in NFL-licensed jerseys check the play on their pro-style wrist bands before running slants, curls and fly patterns, juking defenders with spin moves, and scoring touchdowns. There are occasional cheers but none of frenzied, us-against-them friction football often elicits. Relaxed parents casually sip coffee from travel mugs, seated in camp chairs they’ve pulled from their cars. There are no cheerleaders, no snack shack turning burgers for booster dollars. Most of all there is no tackling. This is flag football. And it might just be the way to save tackle football. Fear over concussions has contributed to a sharp decline in youth tackle football over the past decade, but proponents of the sport see a silver lining in the rise of non-contact flag football programs. “I have a mission that (flag football) is going to impact tackle … [Read more...] about Can flag football be what saves tackle football?
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Mike Organ Nashville Tennessean Published 2:32 p.m. UTC Jun 14, 2018 Quarterbacks in the American Flag Football League Tournament include Vince Young, Michael Vick and Danny Wuerffel. And then there's Chris Hughes. The same Chris Hughes who is coach of the Fairview High football team. The same stocky 50-year-old Chris Hughes, who is 5-foot-8 and weighs 215 pounds, is not very mobile and never played football in high school or college. ► More: Fairview High players, coach takes center stage at Region Football Banquet Yet Hughes has turned out to be one of the best of the bunch in the 7-on-7, NFL-sponsored tournament. He's led the Mean Machine, a team comprised of local players, to the final eight, some big earnings and the chance to win $1 million more. To call the Mean Machine an underdog is an understatement. And Hughes was the reason it was overlooked early on. "I had to apply three separate times before they finally let us in," … [Read more...] about 50-year-old QB from Fairview leads team deep into NFL-sponsored flag football tournament
Staten Island teams have dominated in PSAL Flag Football play since the program's inception in 2012. In fact, an Island squad has captured the city championship in five of the first seven seasons, including the last three. And, when Susan Wagner and New Dorp locked horns for all the marbles last week, it marked the first time two Island squads advanced to the championship game in the same season. If you missed it, the Falcons won their second title in three seasons after defeating the gutty Central Cougars 18-8 in the title match. As we said, the Island has dominated. And now that there's another season in the books, SILive.com would like to know who you think was the top offensive player from Staten Island during the 2018 campaign. Not surprisingly, there's a host of candidates, including: Susan Wagner quarterback Jillian DeGeorge (1,626 passing yards, 195 completions, 35 TD passes); Tottenville quarterback Jamie Quadrato (1,377 passing yards, 185 completions, 23 TD passes); New Dorp … [Read more...] about Poll: Who was Staten Island’s top offensive player in flag football this season?
As fewer parents sign their kids up for tackle football in school and youth programs, Naperville Park District has joined a growing list of youth-centered organizations that will offer flag or touch football this fall.Director of Recreation Brad Wilson said the park district always is looking to add new recreational sports programs and flag football is a becoming more popular for boys and girls.“We felt there is an interest,” he said. “And it’s a great opportunity to get kids introduced to football.”Wilson said registration information for its new flag football league for kids ages 6 to 14 was posted online this week and included in the summer program guide.As the park district began weighing the possibility of adding flag football, local schools were considering a similar move.Last month Naperville District 203 and Indian Prairie District 204 independently announced they were eliminating tackle football at all their junior high/middle schools and … [Read more...] about Naperville Park District latest to add flag football as parents’ fear of concussions grows
Palo Verde's Betsy Bellinger is a member of the Las Vegas Review-Journal's all-state flag football team.Jensen Boman from Coronado High School's flag football team is photographed at the Review-Journal in Las Vegas, Wednesday, March 14, 2018. She is on the All-Star Team for Best of Nevada Preps. Heidi Fang Las Vegas Review-Journal @HeidiFangFoothill's Whitley Brow is a member of the Las Vegas Review-Journal's all-state flag football team.Destiny Bradford from Arbor View High School's flag football team is photographed in Las Vegas, Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at the Review-Journal. She is on the All-Star Team for Best of Nevada Preps. Heidi Fang Las Vegas Review-Journal @HeidiFangShadow Ridge's Jordan Ford is a member of the Las Vegas Review-Journal's all-state flag football team.Green Valley's Christina Mayberry is a member of the Las Vegas Review-Journal's all-state flag football team.Cheyenne High School flag football standout Eleseana Patterson is photographed at the Review-Journal in … [Read more...] about 2018 All-State Flag Football Team