By Ryan Yousefi
Registration for the 2023 Parkland Flag Football League is now officially open, but limited spots are available this year.
The fast-growing Parkland Flag Football is officially accepting registration applications for the boys’ and girls’ divisions for all grades from Kindergarten to 12th grade.
This season’s league will start with evaluations beginning the week of August 20, 2023, and ends with the evening Super Bowl Extravaganza on November 3, 2023.
Last season, the league had over 1,000 children participate, but this year due to field space availability, the league will be capped at 1,000 participants.
Parents interested in signing their kids up for the league are encouraged to do so as soon as possible. A waitlist will be available for those not in the first 1,000 entrants, but a space on the waitlist does not guarantee an opportunity to play.
Parkland Flag Football League President Todd Link tells Parkland Talk one of his favorite parts of the season is watching the children make new friends while enjoying a sport they love.
“Many of our kids meet for the first time at their first practice, and by week 2 or 3, they are so bonded and together and engaged in their team goals,” Link told Parkland Talk.
“For the upcoming season, I’m so excited to see the kids having fun, making friends, bonding over flag football, and see the continued development of our girl’s leagues.”
The league says Kindergartners are assigned to teams and may request to be placed with friends. In all other divisions, kids participate in an evaluation where they perform three to four easy drills and are then drafted to teams by division coaches.
Each league team will consist of nine to eleven players, and every team plays nine to ten regular season games plus a double-elimination playoff.
The conclusion of the Parkland Flag Football League season includes each division playing its Super Bowl, followed by a carnival that includes rides, games, bounce houses, food trucks, and trophy presentations.
League President Link says the NFL’s investment and marketing of flag football over the years and girl divisions seeing a skyrocket in interest have helped the sport take off, but it’s the safety factor that comes with playing flag football versus tackle that seems to have truly played a major factor in it’s increased popularity.
“Flag football is just as exciting and action-packed as a tackle league, but the risks associated with the sport are much less than what is involved in the tackle version of the game,” Link said.
- Ryan Yousefi has lived in Coral Springs for over 30 years. He has worked as a writer for multiples outlets over the years, including the Miami New Times where he has covered sports and culture since 2013. He holds a Bachelor's Degree and a Master's Degree in Business Healthcare Management from Western Governors University.
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