Franklin, Massachusetts is celebrating twenty years of NFL Flag Football in 2020. The non-contact sport for kids is conducted at the synthetic turf field at the Beaver Pond Recreation Area in Franklin, MA.
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Flag football one of many highly successful youth sports programs in town
Franklin flag football is for children aged 6 – 15 and is now one of the largest flag football programs in the state. Participation has grown from 37 players on 4 teams back when the program got underway to today’s 470 kids competing on 36 teams.
115 coaches administer five age divisions (6 year, 7 year, 8-9 years, 10 -11 year, 12-14). The program is so large that field time is split into three shifts starting 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:15 PM, respectively).
Franklin’s flag football program has been so successful because flag football allows kids to get outside and have fun with the sport without the significant risk of injury inherent in contact football. Flag football also requires much less of a time commitment than traditional contact football youth programs. (Franklin’s flag football is played on only 2 evenings a week as opposed to contact programs’ typical 5 day a week schedules).
Residents of Franklin owe a big debt of gratitude to the Franklin Recreation Department for the wonderful job it is doing for the children of Franklin!