NFL San Diego is on the verge of launching another season of its popular winter youth flag football league. Several years ago, we received requests from some of our young athletes and their parents for a league in between the conclusion of our fall league in November and the beginning of our spring season in early March, a time of the year when very few sports are in season and there is a natural lull in the youth sports calendar. In response, we began offering a winter season. The result has been a league that has grown each year we have offered it and that features a more limited slate of games than our fall or spring campaigns. Nevertheless, our players can keep their skills sharp in preparation for the spring season, our largest and most competitive league.
The winter 2019 league will feature play in the pre-k and kindergarten, first and second grade, third and fourth grade, fifth and sixth grade, and seventh and eighth grade age groups. The competition will be robust, as the four oldest age groups will all have at least ten teams competing against one another. Rosters for each of the teams in the 2019 winter league were just released and schedules will be released on January 5th, the same day that a coaches’ clinic will take place for all the winter league coaches. The winter league games will begin play the weekend of January 11th and 12th, with four weeks of games taking place before the winter league playoffs begin the weekend of February 8th and 9th, culminating in a championship game in each age group division to cap off the winter league on February 8th. The top two teams from each tournament division will advance to the winter league playoffs and championships. Finally, in order to maximize the geographical scope that has helped our league to achieve its explosive growth since we first started NFL Flag San Diego in 2013, we will feature games throughout the greater San Diego area at four different sites in North County (San Marcos Middle School), Poway (Meadowbrook Middle School), San Diego (Kearny High School), and Inland Valley (location to be announced).
At NFL Flag San Diego, our winter league serves as a bridge between our two most popular and largest leagues, the fall and the spring campaigns. While smaller in size in terms of both the total participation and the number of games played than either our fall or spring leagues, participation in the winter league is an excellent opportunity for participants to keep their skills sharp in the roughly four months between the conclusion of our fall league and the beginning of our spring league. Spring is always our largest league, so teams that come into the spring season having competed together as a team in the winter league will have a leg up on the competition going into our largest and arguably toughest season. This can make a huge difference, as it may take teams that have been off for four months and who did not compete in the winter league several weeks of games and practice to shake off the rust from an extended layoff, whereas the teams and individual players that competed in the winter league will begin play in the spring league without missing a beat since they just finishing competing. Thus, even though the winter season is shorter than either the spring or fall leagues, our winter league is nevertheless a great opportunity for both individual athletes and teams to maintain their sharpness going into the spring season. It also provides an opportunity for teams to work on maintaining their cohesion as a unit going into the spring league.
If you are in the San Diego area and your son or daughter is interested in participating in one of California’s top flag football leagues, then consider NFL Flag San Diego. Offering both competitive and recreational divisions in a variety of different age-group divisions, our league guarantees every player a significant amount of playing time and gives players the chance to make friends, be a part of a small, tight-knit team, meet current and former National Football League players, and participate in a sport that could land your child the chance to play in a nationally televised national championship game on ESPN. While requiring a minimum time commitment with practices only once per week and games once per week, NFL Flag San Diego offers year-round opportunities for children from kindergarten through tenth grade to participate in flag football. Games begin for our spring league will begin the weekend of March 1st and registration for our spring 2019 league is open until February 3rd. If you have any questions or your child is interested in participating in today’s hottest growing youth sport, contact NFL Flag San Diego at (760) 237-8278 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information today.