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Women’s flag football is Section Four’s new spring sport with help from the NFL and Nike

BINGHAMTON, NY (WBNG) – There’s a new spring sport in section four. On Saturday night, several local schools gathered at Chenango Valley High School for the opening night scrimmage for women’s flag football.

“It’s great to see these young women competing. It’s a learning curve for coaches, athletes and officials. But that’s the first step,” NYSPHSAA Deputy Director Todd Nelson said. “A single group can be the first of something. And these young women are the first to have women’s flag football in section four, so we are very proud of them.

The idea for the sport began about a year ago when the New York Giants, New York Jets, and Buffalo Bills approached the New York Sports Public High School Athletic Association. Since then, teams have funded high school programs and Nike has even donated specialty uniforms to all schools.

“We saw that there was a disparity between boys’ opportunities for tackle football, and girls not really having those opportunities. So we got together with the Jets and the Bills with the State of New York, to make sure we provide that opportunity and the girls really get it, they’re excited, they’re curious, they ask questions, they’re doing everything they can to learn how to be the best footballers they can be. I think it’s special for them,” added Tara Belinsky, manager of community relations and youth football for the New York Giants.

This is the inaugural season with fifty-one teams across the state including local schools such as Binghamton, Chenango Valley, Union-Endicott, Norwich, Owego and many more competing in a regular season of six to eight games.

The sport is still in the pilot stage, but officials are hopeful that after this season flag football can achieve emerging sport status, which will put it on track to become a sanctioned sport with a state championship. in a few years.

“I have a daughter who is ten years old. So when Ethan from the New York Giants asked me to come here today, it was a no-brainer. To see all these young women smiling and playing football, a sport that I love,” said Rich Seubert, former guard for the New York Giants. “I think it’s a great opportunity for all these young women, and they’re having fun here.”

The regular season begins next Saturday with a full slate of games.

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