I played flag football with Split Sea Wolves tonight. It was a nice experience, and I will do it again soon.
For those of you who don't know Split Sea Wolves are local American football team, and when they started out almost four and half years ago, they first had to play flag football.
For those of you who may not know what that is, here is what Wikipedia says about it:
Flag football is a version of American football or Canadian football that is popular worldwide. The basic rules of the game are similar to those of the mainstream game (often called "tackle football" for contrast), but instead of tackling players to the ground, the defensive team must remove a flag or flag belt from the ball carrier ("deflagging") to end a down. In most organized play, players wear a belt. These belts vary from "Triple Threat" where the entire flag belt is removed, to "Sonic Pop" where only the flag is pulled.
And here's a video explaining how game is played that I found on youtube
The yellow pieces are "Sonic Pop" flags. This is the team at a game last year taken off their facebook page.
There was 11 people show up today, and we played 5 v 5, with one substitution.
The game was 2 hours long, and intense, but altogether fun.
My team won, and I did pretty good myself, and I've been invited to come again more often.
To read more about flag football you can go to the Wikipedia page by clicking this link.
And yes, the team has tackle drills, with pads and helmetes, but they are still missing out on players, which should change soon enough, couse they plan on recruiting local kids to come and join the team by hosting an even on the main walkway in few day, and then when the school starts they will go to schools and bring American football to kids there to see what it's like.
Hmmm, I've seen both played before, NFL and flag football. Also, what we call soccer but that was a very long time ago. I know my husband enjoys playing flag football as well, but doesn't get too many opportunities. Glad you were able to play, I expect it was a blast.
Myself, I play volleyball or swim alot. I injured my ankle in HS track meet. Kind of sucks but it only hurts on occasion. That was many years ago now. :)
It looks like a wonderful sport. You are such a good athlete apparently. It is good that you take part in sports like this. Reminds me of my son. He played such hard tennis and soccer and golf through school and college.
My judo teacher told his son not to play tackle football. Sure enough he played and got injured. I prefer also flag football. Some of the twisting motions to avoid losing the flags is interesting. Also people who are fast are the stars of flag football.
@Persona_Grata - Glad you like it. Not sure how widespread American football is in Malaysia, but if it is they are very likely to be playing flag football as well, which is better than soccer. The field where we played is a soccer field, and there are two fields. So the guys on the other field kept kicking their ball over to our field. But they gave up once they saw we didn't care about their ball lol, couse our playing surface switches every minute, so we couldn't go chase after their ball all the time lol.