As the dawn of yet another season of Coral Springs Flag Football Club play is just getting underway, the sport continues to grow in the community.
Coral Springs Flag Football Club President Bryan Levin attributes much of the 43-year-old league’s success to the efforts of the volunteers who run it. This season he was pleased to announce that registration reached nearly 500 area youth players, ages 7 to 14.
“When I get out to the field for the first time each season and see all three of our fields being used for practices, it’s a true reminder of what’s involved in putting this together each season,” said Levin, as he enters his seventh year as CSFFC’s president and his fourteenth year as a Board of Directors member. “This is all happening here at Mullins Park because of our volunteers, and it’s always such a great reason to bring families together.”
For all three of the divisions, freshmen, juniors and seniors, each of the teams face a 12- to 16-game regular season schedule followed by a double elimination playoff round. The two best teams in each division face off in their respective divisions’ Super Bowl, which is in early November. Additionally, each division has their own All Star game, which showcases each teams’ talents both offensively and defensively.
While many of the nearby recreational flag football programs follow a traditional 7-on-7 format, the CSFFC instead puts 11 players on each side of the ball while offering full contact as well.
“The kids have a lot of fun out there, and it really does get quite competitive at times,” Levin said.
The CSFFC also offers a unique element of play for some of the volunteers who are still young at heart. Levin said that the league implemented a coaches and referees game five years ago, which has seemed to drum up even more participation and support in the league.
“Hey, adults want to play football too, so we make it our very own version of Monday Night Football,” Levin said. “Everyone who plays and everyone who watches it loves it every year, and it’s really just another great part of our league.”
While the adults do get their opportunity to play, those who coach take their jobs seriously when it involves the teams. It is the development and improvement of each player that takes precedence during the season.
“By season’s end, I expect the kids to gain a better understanding of teamwork and maybe get into a little better shape,” said Eric Reid, head coach of the Freshmen Giants team. “As someone who loves football but is concerned about injuries, particularly head injuries, I think flag football fills a much needed space.”
With both safety and fun as key factors for the children’s participation each CSFFC season, Levin keeps looking into the future of the program, although his own children became too old to play years ago.
“I always want every player and every parent wanting to come back next season,” Levin said.
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