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Local football leagues are encouraging their players to take part in flag or touch football while they wait for a return to tackle football.
Players who don’t keep up with training or playing will lose out on the benefits of physical activity.
Participating in flag football is an opportunity to keep in shape while engaging in a fun and exciting activity.
It is a fun way to keep toned for regular season ball and promotes a healthier lifestyle.
Playing flag or touch football re-quires athletes to effectively communicate with both teammates and coaches.
Teamwork is an important skill in football that challenges athletes in drills and team activities.
It also translates to vital skills used in the classroom.
Over the past year, players have been away from classmates and teammates.
Being surrounded by supportive team-mates and coaches can add a sense of mental well-being for athletes.
Studies have shown that athletes in-volved in team sports tend to have better work ethics, organizational skills, and problem-solving abilities.
There are many positive effects that can come from being involved in flag football.
Most importantly, flag football is fun. It allows athletes of all ages to come together and strive towards a common goal.
Football clubs are focused on creating an engaging atmosphere for athletes through games, practices and tournament events.If a youth has never participated in a gridiron sport, flag football is a good way to get started.
It doesn’t require a lot of experience.
In its basic form, flag football can be played by anyone.
With different positions available, there is a spot on a team for someone who is completely unfamiliar with the sport.
While teams and leagues in the province wait for a return to regular tackle football, flag and touch football is a good way to keep active, and work on the skills players need when the regular season returns.
Brian Lockhart, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, New Tecumseth Times