YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The Youngstown Youth Flag Football Association NFL kicked off its 2016 fall season Sunday at Mill Creek Park.
Over 700 kids – ages 3-12 – are signed up to play this year, as players learn the importance of sportsmanship and discipline, as well as other life skills.
Additionally, the non-contact game still teaches the basic fundamentals of football – just in a safer way.
“I think that’s what appeals to most moms,” League President Elliot Giles said. “The fact that, ‘OK the chances of my child getting a concussion is significantly decreased because it’s flag football and they are not actually banging heads with a helmet.'”
The fall season wraps up with two playoff games, before the winning team then goes to nationals.
Earlier this year in January, two Youngstown teams placed second overall in their age groups at the 2015 NFL Flag Football National Championships in San Francisco.
For more information, check out the league’s official website.