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Flag football hopes to resume in spring

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Brantford Youth Flag Football went dormant this year but the organization is “still alive and anxiously awaiting a new season,” says president Tony Martell.

“Look for us in the spring,” he said in an interview.

Providing the opportunity for children to play football without contact since 1981, the organization felt the full extent of the COVID-19 pandemic this year.

In March, BYFF had paid its insurance and was within days of sending out other payments and firming up plans for its upcoming season before being shutdown by the pandemic.

“We were on the brink of ordering uniforms, paying for fields and finalizing registrations and rosters,” said Martell.

“It would have made a reasonable impact on us financially.”

Normally, the organization’s spring program is for players, aged 12 and younger, but something different was in the works for 2020.

“This year, we were intending on running the spring program for ages five through 17, just like we do for the fall,” Martell said.


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When the season was cancelled, all those who had signed up were given refunds and BYFF began looking towards its fall program. However, Martell was not optimistic.

“I didn’t think it was a reality, personally, by looking at how things were progressing,” he recalled.

“Obviously, we were hopeful . . . but there wasn’t a lot of hope.”

With some sports resuming, it wasn’t out of the question that flag football would return but, in the end, it was deemed too risky.

Martell noted that players come in contact with each other and touch the ball.

“There’s certainly a lot of close proximity,” he said.

“We thought there was a risk.”

Martell said he has seen the number of players fluctuate during his more than five years with organization. But he thinks the sport will gain in popularity because it is non-contact and a good way to learn football skills.

“I think there’s a lot more attention to alternatives of tackle, especially with the removal of tackle at some of the younger ages,” he said.

“Looking for opportunities to develop skills without the impact, it’s certainly growing in popularity, at least in the mindset of parents we interact with or parents I know personally.

“There’s still an appetite for it.”

Martell said BYFF now is  looking at the 2021 season.

Playing games on turf at Kiwanis Field means an earlier start to the season than when players played on grass.

“The kids get a great experience on the turf and under the lights some days,” he said.


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“We’re trying to do as much as we can to make it as fun and exciting for these kids as it can be.”

Although the spring season is still a winter away, Martell said he hopes numbers will be strong when minor sports registration takes place early in 2021.

“If all things point towards it being safe and a comfortable situation for the players, the parents and the volunteers that we have come out, then we’ll be alive and running an exciting program in the spring of 2021.”

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EXTRA POINT . . . The Brant and District Football Club (Bisons) also didn’t have a spring or fall season this year. That organization is planning on a tackle season in spring 2021 but it’s also looking at an alternative. “We are going to proceed with two options,” Bisons president Jason Nagy said. “If tackle football is not allowed by the province in the spring of 2021, then we’re going to proceed with a flag option.” Visit for more information.


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