This spring, for the first time, Morgan Recreation offered a flag football season for participants from first through eighth grade. Games were played under the lights of the Wilkinson Recreation Complex throughout the month of April. With just over 312 players, Dave George, program director, is happy to call the inaugural season a success.
“We had a lot of people in the community request flag football, and we were able to get it starting working with NFL Flag,” George explained. “It is a lot to squeeze in one month, but it worked out well and we plan to continue flag football next year.”
“To have 38 teams our first year was great. Each team played two games a week for the four weeks of April,” George continued. “It was intense, but everyone enjoyed it.”
Gwen Romero, along with husband Phillip, coached her 5th grade son’s team. “The kids were a lot of fun,” she shared. “I am proud of how they improved and worked together as a team. It was a great first season!”
During April playground conversations at the elementary schools were dominated by talk of flag football as the eager players shared their successes and challenges with each other. Some mentioned playing under the lights while others worked to learn plays from each other. One parent commented, “I love that my daughter had an opportunity to try out a new sport. It is so great to have another option.”
It appears that flag football is here to stay in Morgan after its inaugural run. Parents, start making room in your calendars for another spring activity for next year!
Soccer concludes season
Also sharing the Wilkinson Recreation Complex fields with the flag football, and high school baseball and softball teams, were the Morgan Recreation Soccer teams! Over 550 kids from age three to high school populated several teams in different age divisions. From the three year olds following the ball around in moth-like action, to the oldest players executing passes and carefully scoring goals, recreation soccer is flourishing in Morgan. Parents continue to volunteer as coaches and eager players show up at the pitch on brisk spring and fall mornings to score goals and “earn” the coveted half-time and after-game treats.
“Morgan Recreation is so grateful for the volunteer coaches and parent support that make our programs possible,” George declared. “Without them, it wouldn’t be possible.”
“Registration for soccer for the 2018-19 fall/spring season is now open,” he instructed.
“We are working for find field options that will give soccer their own space,” George explained, “as we have pretty much maxed out the available field space.”
Congratulations to the over 800 kids who participated in Flag Football and Soccer and good luck to those currently playing softball and soccer!