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NY Jets, Nike launch 8-team NJ high school league - FlagSpin

NY Jets, Nike launch 8-team NJ high school league

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Thanks to the New York Jets and Nike, eight Super Football Conference programs will field girls flag football teams this spring playing a seven-game regular season, one game a week, ending with a championship tournament and the final rounds possibly at MetLife Stadium.

The eight schools involved are: Ramapo, Indian Hills, Passaic Tech, Shabazz, Dickinson, Irvington, East Orange Campus and Morristown. The goal stated by the Jets is to add schools in the coming years, with the hope that the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association sanctions the sport by 2024.

“We really want to grow the game of football,” said Jets community relations vice president Jesse Linder, “and make it more accessible to females, specifically high school girls. We feel the benefits derived from playing football should be available to all genders. It shouldn’t just be a boy-only sport.”

Florida, Georgia and Alaska (yes, Alaska), are the only states that currently offer girls high school flag football. The Jets also partner to sponsor a league in conjunction with the PSAL in New York City.

USA TODAY file photo: Florida is one of the states that sanctions girls flag football as a high school sport.

For the immediate future, girls flag football will be a club sport for New Jersey high schools, meaning that girls who participate in another spring sport are eligible to play. The first New Jersey girls flag football game is scheduled for the week of April 19, with practice starting April 1.

“What we want to be able to tell, this year and the next couple of years, is tell [NJSIAA chief operating officer] Colleen Maguire and the rest of the state how successful this league can be and that there is an appetite for high school girls to make this a sport,” Linder said.

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