What Exactly is Flag Football?

Ezra Hunter, Reporter

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In early November, the flag football team finished its second season at EMS. Last year, an 8th grader petitioned to add flag football to the sports options at EMS.  Flag football has been well-received by students in Morrow House.

Flag (the shortened name of flag football) is a variation of football.  Instead of tackling one another, players pull flags that hang off of belts.  Flag Football is very similar to football, but it presents fewer risks for injury.

When asked why he thinks flag football is so successful, Coach Escala responded, “I love football! I like playing flag football, and I think it’s a great way to teach the kids how to play.” Even though flag football does not contain tackling, flag football is still a difficult sport.  Coach Escala calls the game “challenging.”

The biggest hurdle for the team was not their playing ability, but instead that there are so few teams to compete against.  Coach Escala hopes that more schools offer flag football for next year’s fall season.

 

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