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Alabama girls high school flag football has started inaugural season

The Alabama High School Athletic Association is offering girls flag football for the first time this fall. The season has been under way for a couple weeks, and the first participants were ecstatic.

The Birmingham and Tuscaloosa areas are home of most schools offering the sport, which is now in seven states. Alabama joined Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Nevada and New York in offering the sport.

“‘Coach, we want to play football too,'” Greensboro coach Willie Ray said girls in his school had expressed to him.

“I had some very enthusiastic, highly-motivated girls. As you can see, their first game was 23-7, all of them are athletes. I’m just happy to be a part of it. Historic for us because it’s our first year having it around these parts.”

Girls have played boys varsity football before in Alabama, like Northridge starting kicker, Aileen Charles. Greensboro quarterback Tamia Lewis said a few of her teammates have tried playing on the boys team, but girls flag football is a chance to have their own sport.

“My brothers always played football and I grew up with them, so I always liked the sport of football,” Chadyn Gatewood of Central said.

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Nearly eight months of planning by the AHSAA, and three years of work by NFL Flag and the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, led to anticipation throughout Alabama. Jeff Segars wanted to see it himself. 

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Travis Burnett

A pioneer in the flag football community, Travis helped co-found the Flag Football World Championship Tour, FlagSpin and USA Flag. Featuring 15+ years of content creation for the sport of flag football, creating and managing the largest flag football tournaments on the planet, coaching experience at the youth and adult level as well as an active player with National and World Championship level experience.

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