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Montgomery Flag Football League Starts New Season

Montgomery Flag Football is a successful, independent sports league which has been in town since September 2005. Today, the league supports nearly 200 girls and boys from Montgomery and nine surrounding towns.

There are four age divisions playing in both the fall and spring, with players ranging from Kindergarten to 10th grade. This fall, Montgomery Flag Football began offering a new option to our community: a co-ed Adult Flag Football division that meets on Sunday mornings at Van Horne Park in Rocky Hill from 9 - 10 am. During this inaugural season, thirty-two individuals from Montgomery and three surrounding towns registered to play. They ranged in age from 27 to 67 years old.

When asked why he decided to start an adult division, league commissioner Matt Rosenthal said there had been several parents of youth league participants who wanted to play themselves. After finding out that there definitely was an interest, Matt promoted the idea of a three week "trial season" in August. He quickly received over 20 responses. Everyone during that trial period enjoyed the game so much that he decided to create a full seven-week season starting in September.

One of the adults who played both the summer and fall seasons is Stephen Kimm (43, Skillman). Stephen, who has been a coach for his son's team for the past six seasons, said "I coach my son's flag football team and see how much fun they're having. Flag football is my chance to run (often limp) in their shoes. It's fun, I get exercise and feel like a school kid again, even if only for an hour per week."

Ryan Murray (37, Skillman) also played both sessions, and added "I joined to get out, get some exercise and be social while competing against old and new friends."

Maryam Young (43, Skillman) decided to participate for few reasons: "I thought to myself - this is going to be so much fun and I wanted to show my children that 'mom' can still compete at the ripe age of 43."
Maryam also stated "I also hope to get out of it an hour of laughs, meet new friends, a good Sunday morning workout and use muscles I haven't used in a long time."

Maryam joins her husband Kevin on the playing field this fall after watching him play in the summer season.


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