Parents looking for a summer activity for their kids have a new option this year, as Maricopa Super Elite football will offer a summer season. The non-contact, competitive league is a part of NFL Flag, which is sponsored by the National Football League.
According to league co-founder Jourdyn Wigg, there will be three co-ed age groups: 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. Each team will field five players at a time. Registration is open now at maricopasuperelite.com. Fees are $110 for the first child per family through July 6, and additional children are $75 each. After July 6, fees rise to $120 and $85. Each participant will receive two jerseys and a flag belt.
All children who have registered in advance will be sent an invitation to a July 6 “Show Your Skills” workout at the fields at Copper Sky. Parents of registered players will receive an email with the time and location of the event. Coaches and league officials will evaluate the players at that time and on July 10 teams will be selected and the players notified. All children who want to play will be assigned to a team – there are no cuts.
The league is looking for coaches, and those interested can sign up on the web site.
There will be a minimum of two practices per week leading up to the first games on Saturday, July 24, with the season running through Aug. 27. Once games begin teams will practice twice per week, and games will take place Saturday mornings. All practices and games will be at Copper Sky.
Wigg said organizers are hoping for a strong turnout.
“We would really like to get at least 100-150 kids signed up so that we can have about 50 kids per age group,” she said. “Then we’ll be able to divide the teams accordingly and have enough kids on each team.”
Maricopa Super Elite is a new league in Maricopa, but Wigg said her fiancée Jeremiah has been involved in flag football for 15 years, playing competitively around the country with a variety of clubs, and coaching several youth flag football teams.
“With this experience, we know the importance of running a league and what makes it a great experience for the children and the parents,” Wigg said.