Hundreds of young Hamiltonians hit the field for flag football season

Community Apr 30, 2016 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

Nearly 800 young players hit the field last weekend as the Hamilton Mighty Football Factory kicked off its flag football season.

“We started with 100 kids and now we’re up to 800,” says Jaime Mota, who founded the league seven years ago along with Gian-Franco Mele. “The league is just growing like crazy.”

The flag football house league started at St. Thomas More Secondary School but added a second site, Cardinal Newman in Stoney Creek, to accommodate the increased number of players. The league runs Saturdays at STM and is split between Friday and Saturday at Newman.

The emphasis in the league, which has divisions for ages 4 to 16 is on fun, say the co-founders. 

That is clearly laid out in the league’s rules, on display at the field, which remind players and parents to remember:

1. We are kids.

2. The referees are human.

3. Parents and coaches should cheer for everyone.

4. We are here for fun.

“The biggest compliment we get is how organized it is and the convenors are on site and we follow the rules,” says Mota.

He notes that with fears about concussion in traditional football, parents also like the limited contact in the flag version of the game.

“The fundamentals of getting a flag are no different than tackling,” he says, so players are still prepared if they want to pursue full-contact football later on.

With help from the league’s sponsors, says Mota, the league has been able to fund the registration fees of more than 150 players whose families can’t afford it.

“That’s what we’re most proud of.”

Hundreds of young Hamiltonians hit the field for flag football season

Hamilton Mighty Football Factory kicks off season

Community Apr 30, 2016 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

Nearly 800 young players hit the field last weekend as the Hamilton Mighty Football Factory kicked off its flag football season.

“We started with 100 kids and now we’re up to 800,” says Jaime Mota, who founded the league seven years ago along with Gian-Franco Mele. “The league is just growing like crazy.”

The flag football house league started at St. Thomas More Secondary School but added a second site, Cardinal Newman in Stoney Creek, to accommodate the increased number of players. The league runs Saturdays at STM and is split between Friday and Saturday at Newman.

The emphasis in the league, which has divisions for ages 4 to 16 is on fun, say the co-founders. 

That is clearly laid out in the league’s rules, on display at the field, which remind players and parents to remember:

1. We are kids.

2. The referees are human.

3. Parents and coaches should cheer for everyone.

4. We are here for fun.

“The biggest compliment we get is how organized it is and the convenors are on site and we follow the rules,” says Mota.

He notes that with fears about concussion in traditional football, parents also like the limited contact in the flag version of the game.

“The fundamentals of getting a flag are no different than tackling,” he says, so players are still prepared if they want to pursue full-contact football later on.

With help from the league’s sponsors, says Mota, the league has been able to fund the registration fees of more than 150 players whose families can’t afford it.

“That’s what we’re most proud of.”

Hundreds of young Hamiltonians hit the field for flag football season

Hamilton Mighty Football Factory kicks off season

Community Apr 30, 2016 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

Nearly 800 young players hit the field last weekend as the Hamilton Mighty Football Factory kicked off its flag football season.

“We started with 100 kids and now we’re up to 800,” says Jaime Mota, who founded the league seven years ago along with Gian-Franco Mele. “The league is just growing like crazy.”

The flag football house league started at St. Thomas More Secondary School but added a second site, Cardinal Newman in Stoney Creek, to accommodate the increased number of players. The league runs Saturdays at STM and is split between Friday and Saturday at Newman.

The emphasis in the league, which has divisions for ages 4 to 16 is on fun, say the co-founders. 

That is clearly laid out in the league’s rules, on display at the field, which remind players and parents to remember:

1. We are kids.

2. The referees are human.

3. Parents and coaches should cheer for everyone.

4. We are here for fun.

“The biggest compliment we get is how organized it is and the convenors are on site and we follow the rules,” says Mota.

He notes that with fears about concussion in traditional football, parents also like the limited contact in the flag version of the game.

“The fundamentals of getting a flag are no different than tackling,” he says, so players are still prepared if they want to pursue full-contact football later on.

With help from the league’s sponsors, says Mota, the league has been able to fund the registration fees of more than 150 players whose families can’t afford it.

“That’s what we’re most proud of.”