Cana­dian flag play­ers get pro back­ing

Windsor Star - - SPORTS - — John Kryk, Post­media

TORONTO In the lat­est NFLCFL joint ven­ture, a new flag foot­ball pro­gram for girls and boys launched Friday will al­low a Cana­dian cham­pi­onship team to com­pete against Amer­i­can coun­ter­parts at the Pro Bowl in Jan­uary.

Lo­cal play­downs in­volv­ing hun­dreds of chil­dren across Canada will be held over the next six weeks in each of the CFL’s nine mar­kets. Each will fea­ture eight coed teams of 11- and 12-year-olds. All play­ers al­ready have been se­lected by CFL teams and lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Each lo­cal win­ner will ad­vance to the CFL/NFL Flag Foot­ball na­tional cham­pi­onship in Ottawa dur­ing Grey Cup week with the Cana­dian ti­tlist ad­vanc­ing to the NFL FLAG Cham­pi­onships dur­ing Pro Bowl week in Or­lando, Fla., in the last week of Jan­uary.

It will be the sec­ond time a Cana­dian team will com­pete in the NFL FLAG Cham­pi­onships af­ter teams from north of the bor­der rep­re­sented Buf­falo in 2010.

CFL.ca says the pro­gram will ex­pand in 2018 not only to in­clude more age brack­ets, but “in­di­vid­u­als will be able to cre­ate and run their own CFL NFL Flag Foot­ball league.”

In flag foot­ball, ball car­ri­ers are “tack­led” when ei­ther of two flags are pulled off a player by a de­fender.

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