Posts Tagged ‘Girls 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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IWFFA Invites Ellen to the 20th Annual KMC

March 15, 2010

While the 19th annual Kelly McGillis Classic is still a recent memory, the IWFFA is keeping its on eye on next year’s largest tournament. During the 4-day tournament, players from every team participated in the filming of the “Ellen Dance”.

The players of the IWFFA have invited Ellen to come play and dance in Key West Florida for the 20th anniversary of the Kelly McGillis Classic (KMC) in February of 2011.
The International Flag Football Association hosts the largest women and girl’s tournament in the world. With players from Sweden, Mexico, Canada, Finland, Denmark, Scotland, Cayman Islands, Bahamas and the United States.

The 20th anniversary of the KMC promises to be the largest tournament to date.


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


Clay County is the next in Florida to add Girl’s Flag Football

January 24, 2010

A growing number of girls in Clay County are participating in football, thanks in part to a newly formed flag football league.

Christopher White, a teacher at Green Cove Springs Junior High School, is among several educators who helped get the girls’ league started in Clay County this year as a junior high sport, according to a news release.

“I truly enjoyed coaching girls’ flag football this year. The season went really well,” he said in the release.

The teams just wrapped up their inaugural season and the program is expected to grow in the future.

“We had 20 girls on the team and they really had a lot of fun,” said Joey Williams, a Lakeside Junior High School basketball coach and exceptional-student education assistant. “I had a great time coaching them.”

Flag football is a sanctioned sport in only about four states, including Florida, according to the release.

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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.

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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


Basketball Star Found Success in New Sport

June 20, 2009

After being named MVP at Leon High School, Williams has been voted the Tallahassee Democrat’s 2009 Big Bend Flag Football Player of the Year.
Two years ago when Sharonta Williams joined Leon’s flag football team, no one knew how vital she would be to the team’s success — that includes Williams herself.
“I’m better than I thought I was,” Williams said. “It’s not just basketball that I’m good at.”

All- Big Bend FF Player of the Year
Sharonta Williams hopes that younger girls who look up to her will follow in her footsteps and break barriers in all aspects of life.
“It feels good to lead by example,” Williams said. “I hope other girls will follow their dreams and not give up.”

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Florida’s Girls Flag Football May Fall Victim to Budget Cut

May 30, 2009

FHSAA debate on cutting sports schedules will continue next week in Orlando

Five weeks after a controversial measure to cut back regular season sports schedules passed by a 9-6 vote, the Florida High School Athletic Association’s board of directors will continue to debate the hot topic when it meets next Thursday and Friday in Orlando.

Girls Flag Football season could go from 12 games down to 10. The exclusions to this proposed change would be Cheerleading and Tackle Football.

The FHSAA’s new executive director, Roger Dearing, will pitch his own amendment that would allow schools that do not have football or competitive cheer teams to designate other “revenue-producing” sports that would be exempt from the new game limits.

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2008-09 All-Broward Awards Winners Announced

May 28, 2009

Broward, Fl- Flag Football Player of the Year: Michelle Roque-Paskow, from North Broward Prep was announced as well as the award ‘Coach of the Year’ was assigned to Coach Bennett Wyche, of Stranaha High. Each year the Miami Herald chooses the top athletes in Broward County’s High Schools for the ‘Athlete of the Year’.

District 20 championship: Monarch vs. North Broward Prep
(Ginny Dixon, Sun Sentinel / April 29, 2009)
Monarch’s Katie Guttman (center) gets by North Broward Prep’s Sarah Larracuente (left) and Michelle Roque-Paskow to score a touchdown during the District 20 flag football championship against North Broward Prep at Douglas High. The touchdown was called back but Monarch won the game in overtime 12-6.

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Dr. Phillips High School Girl Makes Sentinel’s 2009 Girls Flag Football ‘Player of the Year’

May 24, 2009

Dr. Phillips High School’s quarterback Cassie Maloney made the Orlando Sentinel’s “Player of the Year”

Dr. Phillips quarterback Cassie Maloney wasn’t on Coach Anthony Jones’ radar leading into her junior year.

But after taking over at quarterback for the injured Summer Jenkins and setting several school records, including passing for 32 touchdowns for last season’s district championship squad, Maloney became the main target of opponents in 2009.

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