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Fledgling flag football league still needs players

Crook County Parks & Rec. District offering flag football league for this fall


When a group of interested parents met in April, it looked like there was a lot of interest in starting a flag football league in Prineville.

“We did a community interest meeting in April to see what the community would be interested in,” said Tory Kurtz, spokesperson for the group attempting to bring flag football to Prineville. “We wanted to see is it something where we just get a team together and take the kids to Bend similar to what they do in the tackle football program. But when we had the community meeting it sounded like there was enough interest and enough kids that maybe we could have something in Prineville and that’s what we really wanted to do — get something local.”

Representatives from both the high school and middle school football programs were in attendance at the community meeting and expressed support in the program.First through fourth grade boys and girls still have until Friday to sign up for the Crook County Parks and Recreation District flag football league.

“They were very supportive and helpful,” Kurtz said.

Because of the response to the meeting, Kurtz worked to write grant requests to provide for necessary equipment.

USA?Football provided enough equipment to lay out up to 10 flag football fields as well as provide flags for the program. Dicks Sporting Goods then supplied 50 gift certificates that the program can use however they choose.

“We can use that for whatever additional things that we need,” Kurtz said. Whether that is providing some things for the kids who are going to play who can’t afford to get cleats or if we need to get some more flags or something like that.”

The fledgling league also recruited coaches and had three interested coaches lined up.

With coaches and equipment, the group then approached Crook County Parks & Recreation District, which scheduled leagues to start in September.

The league is open to both boys and girls in first through fourth grades. The goal is to have a first and second grade league and a third and fourth grade league with at least four teams in each league.

Now, after more than a month of registration, the league is still in need of players, with just 21 athletes signed up as of last Friday.

“We really hope that we can provide something in Prineville and just continue to grow and support the football program as a whole,” Kurtz said. “We have coaches and we have equipment. We just need to find all those kids that want to play. That’s where the missing piece is.”

Cost to participate is $32 for in district competitors and $42 for out of district.

The final day to sign up for the program is Friday, Aug. 8. Signups can be done at the Park and Recreation District office, which is located at 296, S. Main St. or on line at https://apm.activecommunities.com/ccparksandrec.

Games are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, Sept. 2 through Oct. 9.

Those interested in the program who would like more information may call Crook County Parks & Rec. District at 541-447-1209, or call either Bryan (541-550-6987) or Tory Kurtz (541-419-5479).

Although organizers would still like to see more players they are quick to add that there will be a program no matter how many more athletes sign up.

“We are going to start something in Prineville for football,” Kurtz said. “Yes we are. We just hope to have more teams so that you aren’t playing the same team over and over again. That's what we are hoping for.”



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