SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Flag football comes to Crestview

Published: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 01:24 AM.

In two years, local teams will be able to compete in state-sanctioned events and the playoffs. For now, coaches, players and local officials are learning the game's finer points.

I have yet to develop an opinion about flag football.

I think I like it.

It almost would go against everything in my being not to like something football.

Girls flag football reminds me of the 7-on-7 passing leagues varsity football teams have in the summer, only without the contact associated with the guys.

Having covered most of the girls on the Crestview team in some other sport, I wasn't surprised by their athleticism or toughness. Many of basketball, volleyball and soccer's skill sets transition well to the flag football field.

Perhaps the best thing about flag football is it gives more young women an opportunity to compete and embrace athletics for the first time or to discover a new sport.

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