Posts Tagged ‘flag football’


Flag Football Popularity Rockets because of Girls

March 16, 2010

Flag football is rapidly becoming one of the fastest growing girls’ high school sports across the country.
In Broward County, Florida the sport has evolved from recreational leagues to middle and high school programs. And the teams feature talented players who are out to prove that football is not just a sport for boys.

“Flag football has become real popular,” Stranahan coach Bennett Wyche said. “We’ve been taking some girls away from the track programs.”
Since the Florida High School Athletic Association first recognized flag football as a varsity sport in 2003, Broward County has been a dominant force.
The county has produced two state champions (Fort Lauderdale in 2003 and Miramar in 2006) and two state runners-up (Fort Lauderdale in 2004 and Dillard in 2007).

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San Fran Needs A Few Good Women

February 23, 2010

The Newest Team on the San Francisco Women’s Flag Football League circuit, The Blaze, is recruiting.

The season will start March 14 and continue every Sunday through Mid-May. The Blaze will join the 8 other teams in the Spring 2010 season. Fall Champions, The Mustangs, defeated the Rebels, November 22, 2009, 38-0, in the championship game. Additionally, Latrice Johnson of First String was awarded the League’s Most Valuable Player for the Fall 2009 season.

The SFWFFL is Celebrating 20 years of bringing women’s flag football to the Bay Area!

If you’re interested in joining the league as a team, or as a player contact


England Offers an Opportunity to Coach

February 22, 2010

The BAFA is delighted to announce a series of Level 1 coaching clinics and new initiatives which form part of the Impact and Improvement programme funded by Sport England.
President of the Coaches’ Association, Jim Messenger said, “This is a fantastic opportunity to boost the sport with more Level 1 qualified coaches. We are delighted to be able to offer these clinics at just £17. Additionally, whilst these clinics are occurring, the Coaches’ Association coach education team will be working with BAFA’s consultants, Press Red and Oaks Consulting, to finalise the new Level 2 coaching qualification, which we plan to launch in late spring this year.

These activities will support the newly developed Flag football and Youth football strategies, all of which have been funded through the Impact and Improvement Award”.
The clinics will be held on Saturdays over the coming months:
6th March 2010 – University of Hertfordshire (Hatfield)
13th March 2010 – University of Birmingham, University of Essex (Colchester) and Prudhoe High School, Newcastle
20th March 2010 – Filton College, WISE Campus, Bristol
In addition, to further support coach development BAFA and the Coaches’ Association will be staging three more clinics at the same cost.
27th March 2010 – St James School, Bolton
17th April 2010 – Scotland (Venue to be confirmed)
24th April 2010 – University of Leicester

More details can b found on the BAFL Website


Happy National Girls and Women in Sports Day!

February 3, 2010

“Each year as we celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day, we are reminded of the importance of maintaining a focus on, and creating an awareness of, the important issues facing women and girls in this country and beyond.The powerful combination of sports, health and education found in programs administered by organizations like the Women’s Sports Foundation not only directly benefits women and girls today, it lays a foundation for growth for generations to come.” — Women’s Sports Foundation Founder Billie Jean King

A IWFFA Blog affiliate, Women Talk Sports, put together some remarkable photos of women and girls in sports. Check it out.


Dates Released for the 19th Annual Kelly McGillis Classic

November 19, 2009

Ket West, FL hosts the Largest women’s flag football tournament in the world. Players and teams from the USA, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, Mexico, Finland, Norway and Scotland meet in paradise to compete.

Dates for the Women’s events start February 7, 2010 with games beginning the 11th. The World Challenge and all other final games end on February 15, 2010.

The girl’s events are February 13-14, 2010

Register without penalties, by December 15, 2009
Closing registration by December 31st, 2009.

Don’t have a team? Join the Loose Women. A team composed of women who do not have a team but still want to compete.

Want more info? e-mail


What’s in a Name? Powderpuff vs. Girls Flag Football

September 8, 2009

Our last post about an Iowa girl wanting to play flag football, but initially wasn’t allowed, drew up some core issues. Incase you missed it, a 4- year old Iowa girl’s father attempted to enroll her in the Mason City Park and Recreation Department’s Tiny Tot Flag Football program, but was denied because the Director said this program was for boys only.
After the girls father’s relentless fight, including contacting the city’s Human Rights Director, she was allowed to participate in this season’s program. Following the first news story the Director of the Mason City Park and Recreation Department told a local news paper this:

The question of allowing girls to play flag football came up at least once before, Brown said. “A few years ago, we had a little older girl that wanted to play and we let her play.”
He said the Recreation Department is considering offering a Powder Puff program — flag football for girls.

The gaining popularity of girls flag football nationally has brought up a good question:

Is the name “Powderpuff” derogatory?
WIkipedia describes powderpuff- “Some female participants of a sport deem the term “powder puff” as derogatory since the name connoted frivolity of the division, that it is at best an auxiliary and should not be taken seriously.”

In Bicycle Motocross (BMX) the term powder puff referred to the female class of racers up until approximately 1982 when pressure from the girls class influenced the sport’s sanctioning bodies to drop the term. As this quote from one of the sport’s leading magazine illustrates:
“…We don’t say “powderpuff” anymore because it has male Chauvinist pig connotations. And we sure don’t want to get all them moon babes mad at us.”[1] —-Bicycle Motocross Action September 1981.


In last years’ IWFFA Forward Pass featured a story about The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The recreation department’s Women’s flag football program named “powderpuff” but some students and professors, demanded change.
Donna M. Bickford, Ph.D., Director of Carolina Women’s Center Program Advisory Council was alarmed when she
became aware of the program’s name. “Surely the players are strong and committed athletes. Referring to their intramural sport as ‘powderpuff ’ however, would lead to the opposite conclusion.” said Bickford in her letter addressed to the Director of the Carolina Campus Recreation Program.

A short time later, UNC at Chapel Hill re-named the program to “Women’s Flag Football”

We will feature an in-depth article on this subject in the Summer Forward Pass


4-Year Old Iowa Girl is Granted the Right to Play

September 7, 2009

MASON CITY — A 4-year-old Mason City girl will play flag football after all.

Sabrina Holland’s father, Ronnie, was told only boys could play flag football when he attempted to sign her up last week for the Mason City Park and Recreation Department’s Tiny Tot Flag Football program.

“They told me she could play soccer,” Holland said. “But that’s not what she wants to do. She wants to play flag football. I don’t think it’s fair.”

On Thursday, Mason City Human Rights Director Lionel Foster told a meeting of the Human Rights Commission that Sabrina has been granted permission to play by Mason City Recreation Director Dan Brown.

“My recommendation was to let her play,” Brown said. “She would still have to pay the regular fee, but would not have to pay the late fee.”

Holland said he was happy at the news.

“That was my goal, to get my daughter to play,” he said. “Hopefully this will bring it to light so that this won’t happen to another family.”

The question of allowing girls to play flag football came up at least once before, Brown said. “A few years ago, we had a little older girl that wanted to play and we let her play.”

He said the Recreation Department is considering offering a Powder Puff program — flag football for girls.

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