Eagles Girls Flag Football Showcase Highlights The Sport’s Explosive Growth

The league was created in hopes of catalyzing the progress of the flag to become a state-sanctioned sport in Pennsylvania. Even after just one season, it’s off to a good start.

“It’s really cool that all of these girls are playing their first year of flag football and now have this opportunity to be recognized and play at the next level,” said Daniel Levy, Eagles youth and community relations manager. .

“We are here to support them, we hope things like this will inspire the next group.”

To be considered an emerging sport, 25 schools must play at club level – and the league will likely reach that number by the start of the spring season. Although achieving this status is only one step in a tenuous PIAA recognition process, the growing number of new teams proves that the goal is within reach,

“Our Pittsburgh counterparts do a similar league, so after this year we hope to be at an emerging level sport. Then once we hit 100 we’re going to apply to be a state-sanctioned sport, which would mean that we’re recognized by the state and they help run the state championship,” Levy said.

At the event, Sue Dutka, Archbishop Ryan’s flag football coach, marveled at the group of talented athletes on the field in front of her, thinking of her own team, which had competed in the inaugural season of the Eagles league. She says her daughters are looking forward to their return to the grid after watching the Eagles’ preseason game against the Jets the night before.

“It’s grown so fast. I feel like after all of this everyone sees how exciting this sport is. It’s going to become even more important in the coming year before the season starts.” , she said.

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