Season two of the Cowichan Junior Girls Flag Football League is on its way and girls aged seven to 15 are once again being encouraged to join in the fun.
This year the league will tentatively run from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday nights from the first week of September until the end of October.
“We felt it was time to introduce the younger generations to the sport we all love and along with that give them the opportunity to take their new sport all the way to the Olympics in years to come,” said the league’s Chris Mann.
Last year more than 60 girls took part in two age groups: girls age eight to 11 and girls age 12 to 15. More are hoped for this year.
All you need is running shoes and shorts with no pockets.
Through the tutelage of experienced coaches, players learn all the skills of regular football, but without the contact.
“They play with a smaller ball and everyone wears two flags attached to their belt,” Mann explained. “The games are played on a smaller field with only seven girls per team, so you learn all about defence, offence, zones and pass patterns.”
According to Mann, flag football programs are among the fastest growing sports world-wide with colleges and universities now offering scholarships for young women to play flag football at post secondary levels.
The registration fee is $50 for the season.