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Fall Captain Applications Due Monday, July 24
The 2017 fall season is just around the corner and we are looking for leaders to step up and become captains.
Do you have a strong desire to step up and lead others both on and off the field?
Do you want to influence your 2017 fall team?
Do you think you can show more poise than Kevin Costner in Draft Day?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then why not step up and be a captain this fall?! Email Jason Tarzia at email@example.com by Monday, July 24, 2017, if you are interested.
All new and returning captains must include an answer to the following question in their application:Why are you interested in being a captain?
Once all names have been submitted, the board will select new captains based on the following criteria:
Demonstrated ability to represent FLAG Flag Football in a positive manner at all times
Demonstrated ability to communicate well with others both on and off the field, including their team, their fellow captains, and the board
Demonstrated ability to lead by example, including – but not limited to – good sportsmanship, character, and the ability to place league values of inclusion, inter-league community, participation, and fairness above winning
Demonstrated ability and willingness to promote and attend a majority of league-sponsored events, including games, during the season
Demonstrated ability and willingness to promote and attend volunteer events to enhance the mission and vision of the league
Familiarity with league rules and a general understanding of the game of football through your time spent playing and/or refereeing in the league
Demonstrated ability to inspire, motivate, and raise team morale
You do NOT need to be an “expert.” Football is a team sport and we are here to help! If you have any questions or if you are wondering if being a captain is right for you, don’t hesitate to email Jason at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gay Bowl XVII Sponsor: The Patriots
We are thrilled to announce that the New England Patriots will be a title sponsor of Gay Bowl XVII in Boston! Read the full announcement on Outsports.com.
The Patriots are the first NFL team to sponsor the annual tournament. Approximately 40 teams from around the nation will come to Boston on October 5-8, 2017, to compete.
If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor, please see here for more information.
Congrats to the 2017 Spring Season Champs!
What do corn hole, Coldplay, and FLAG Flag Football have in common? Sunday Funday at Dorchester Brewing Company, of course! Mark your calendars for April 30 from 2pm – 4pm for Sunday Funday at Dorchester Brewing Company (1250 Massachusetts Avenue).
DBco will be revealing a beer dedicated to our league that Sunday afternoon. What could it be? The ALE Mary? The Ref-BEER-ee? QuarterBECKS? (We hope it’s not the second one either.)
There will also be corn hole, a BBQ food truck, and 2 Coldplay tickets for raffle. DBco is even donating a percentage of all proceeds from the event to FLAG Flag Football.
Come out and drink with us and have a great time! We hope to see you there. Cheers!
Spring Season is here!
18 teams will compete for the prestigious Rosie Bowl title this year. The first games will start this Saturday, April 15, at 8:30 am. View the full schedule of games here.
We are excited to roll out a new spring format featuring two conferences: the American conference and the National conference! This format ensures that each team plays every other team in its conference before the Rosie Bowl. It also provides captains the opportunity to let players try different positions on opening weekend as part of an effort to enhance player development. Teams will be seeded by conference on their side of the tournament bracket, with the two conference champions meeting in the finals.
In Week 1, each team will play two games against two opponents from the opposite conference. These two games will be part of the team’s overall record, but will not count towards its conference record, the latter determining seeding for the Rosie Bowl. The only way Week 1 records will come into play is if there is a three-way tie.
From Week 2 through Week 5, every team will play the other 8 teams in its conference. The addition of the non-conference weekend also allows all teams to play together in real game situations before their conference games begin the following weekend. This will give teams time to gel before conference games.
At the end of the season, the conferences will be seeded 1-9, respectively, based on their conference record. Any ties will be broken using head-to-head results. In the event of a three-way tie, the team with the best overall record, including non-conference results, will be granted the higher seed. If there is still a tie, it will be broken by which of the teams beat the highest seed in the other conference. For example, if A beat B, B beat C, and C beat A, and all three teams beat the remaining teams in their conference and also went 2-0 against the other conference, the tie would be broken based on who beat the highest seed in the opposing conference. In the highly unlikely event that a tie is still not broken, we will flip a coin as we usually do.
The Rosie Bowl bracket will consist of a #9 v. #8 matchup from each conference. The winner of that game will then be matched against the top seed from their conference. The rest of the conference will be matched up #2 v. #7, #3 v. #6, and #4 v. #5 on their respective side of the tournament bracket. What should be fun and will help create rivalries is that all of the playoff games will be rematches from the regular season except for the championship (which may be a rematch if the two conference champions were randomly assigned to play one another during non-conference weekend).
The FLAG Flag Football League is very proud to award its fifth-annual $2,500 youth scholarship to Chris Morse from Lexington High School.
Chris is an openly gay swimmer who captained his team to a Middlesex League championship while being named a League All-Star and a sectional and state championship qualifier in the process. He is also an accomplished musician who has played first seat tenor saxophone in his school’s jazz ensemble, jazz combo, and wind ensembles, winning numerous competitions on the state and national levels, including the Mingus Festival, Berklee Jazz Festival, UMass Jazz Festival, and the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association Festival.
Like many LGBTQ+ youth, Chris did not begin his athletic career at Lexington as an openly gay student. “I spent the first three years on my high school swim team in the closet,” Chris explains, fearing that “sharing this part of me would isolate me from others who would be uncomfortable around me in the locker rooms.” With the confidence that comes from being selected as the captain of his team, and knowing that he had earned the respect of his fellow swimmers, Chris was determined to come out and be a role-model for other students. “After three years spent feeling like I was walking on glass, I was determined in my final year to make sure that other teammates would not have to feel the same way.”
Part of Chris’s self-assurance came from his initiative as a junior, when he, along with a fellow student and school counselor, created Navigating Identity, a group for closeted, questioning, and newly out young men who did not feel that the existing systems of support were enough. While there was a Gay-Straight Alliance at school, Chris felt strongly that there was a need for these male students to have a confidential space for open conversations in which they would not be in the minority. Chris reflected, “From these [weekly] meetings, I gained a sense of community and acceptance that I had never felt before.” This gave Chris the confidence to begin speaking openly about his sexuality to students at the middle and high school, to 9th grade health classes, and at faculty trainings.
Once he came out, Chris soon realized the power that comes from living authentically and the impact it can have on others. He tells the story of his team’s celebrating a recent victory at a local pizza restaurant, as he began to tell a friend “the most recent updates in a long chronicle of confusing interactions with a boy I liked.” This one-on-one conversation soon became the group discussion. “Before I knew it,” Chris shared, “I had everybody’s attention and was receiving boy advice from a group of 20 guys on the swim team. This was strange and unfamiliar to me, but it felt great to be so open.”
Far more important to Chris than any of the advice he received, or how good it made him feel to be able to communicate so openly, is the affect his coming and being out has had on others and the culture of his team. Soon after the celebration at the restaurant, Chris was approached by a younger swimmer who shared that he, too, was gay and had his own “boy problems.” As a result of Chris’s example, he now felt comfortable speaking openly with the other members of his team who embraced and supported him as they had Chris.
As Chris’s school counselor with whom he began Navigating Identity wrote, “Chris’s kindness and understanding approach have helped smooth the pathway for students who face similar challenges to the ones that he experienced just a few short years ago.” He concluded, “The impact he has made is immeasurable.” We, at FLAG Flag Football agree, and are very proud to support the education of this most-deserving young man.
Spring Registration is now closed.
Registration for 2017 Spring Season closed in record time. All confirmation and waitlist emails have been sent out. If you have not received one (and have already checked your spam folder), please email us at email@example.com.
Now accepting applications for the 2017 FLAG Flag Football Scholarship
The FLAG Flag Football scholarship was established to recognize and honor a Massachusetts graduating high school senior who has made high school and/or community sports programs safer for and more inclusive of LGBTQ student-athletes, as either a role model or ally. In line with our mission, students of all athletic skill levels, contributions, and achievement are encouraged to apply.
Applications must be post-marked no later than Friday, March 3, 2017.
Calling All Potential Spring Captains!
Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence…If you’re in control, they’re in control. — Tom Landry
- Do you have a strong desire to step up and lead others both on and off the field?
- Do you want to influence your 2017 spring team?
- Do you think you can show more poise in the draft room than Bill Belichick?
- Do you think you can replicate the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history?
If you answered ‘yes’ to ANY of these questions, then why not step up and be a captain this spring? Your 2017 Board of Directors is interested in expanding the pool of potential fall captains and would love to continue to promote the successful idea of co-captains this spring season — especially for any new player interested in leading a team! Don’t worry, if you are interested in captaining but don’t quite feel ready to do it alone, we will team up any new captain with an experienced captain who is interested in providing a mentoring opportunity. This gives both of you a chance to enjoy the season along with giving the new captain a chance to see what fun it is to play the role!
Please email Jason Tarzia at firstname.lastname@example.org by TUESDAY, February 21, 2017 if you are interested. All NEW AND RETURNING captains MUST include answers to the following questions in your application:
- Why are you interested in being a captain?
- Would you be willing to captain by yourself?
- Are you willing to co-captain a team?
- If so, what areas do you need assistance with when the Board matches you up with another captain? For example, someone who is not as focused on the social coordination aspect would want to be teamed up with a captain who is stronger in this area.
Once all names have been submitted, the board will select new captains based on the following criteria:
- Demonstrated ability to represent and promote FLAG Flag Football in a positive manner at all times;
- Demonstrated ability to communicate well with others both on and off the field;
- Demonstrated ability to lead by example including — but not limited to — good sportsmanship, character, and the ability to place league values of inclusion, interleague community, participation, and fairness above winning;
- Demonstrated ability and willingness to promote and attend a majority of league-sponsored events, including games during the season;
- Demonstrated ability and willingness to promote and attend volunteer events to enhance the mission and vision of the league;
- Familiarity with league rules and a general understanding of the game of football through your time spent playing and refereeing in the league; and
- Demonstrated ability to inspire, motivate and raise team morale.
You do NOT need to be an “expert.” Football is a team sport and we are here to help! If you have any questions, or if you are wondering if being a captain is right for you, don’t hesitate to email Jason Tarzia at email@example.com.
Snow Bowl 2017
The Pats are going to the Super Bowl and we are going to the Snow Bowl! FLAG Flag Football’s Snow Bowl is Super Bowl Sunday, February 5th from 10am-12pm at William Walsh Playground in Dorchester! This year, it’ll be Millennials vs. Generation Xers & Beyond and with enough players to field four teams, teams will advance to a championship contest that will give half of our age spectrum bragging rights for another year! Following our games, we’ll head over to The Blarney Stone to continue festivities. We hope to see you there!
Would you like to be involved planning Gay Bowl XVII?
We are in the process of forming several committees to help plan and execute the BEST Gay Bowl ever! Please use the button below if you are interested in joining any of the following committees:
- Operations/Project Management
- Volunteers (Registrations, fields, etc.)
If you would like to contribute in any other way, please let us know that too!
About the ScholarshipIn November 2017, FLAG Flag Football’s annual youth scholarship was renamed the Marc E. Lewis Youth Scholarship. Marc was notified with this news when he announced his retirement from our Board at the Fall 2017 season-end celebration. We cannot think of a more meaningful way to honor Marc and recognize his ten years of service on our Board.
The Marc E. Lewis Youth Scholarship is presented annually to a graduating high school student who has made school and/or community sports programs safer for, and more inclusive of, LGBTQ student-athletes, as either a role model or ally. In line with the mission of our organization, students of all athletic skill levels, achievement, and contributions are encouraged to apply. Marc first envisioned this scholarship five years ago, and, under his leadership, we have been proud to award this $5,000 scholarship ever since.
Marc, as an educator and advocate for LGBTQ+ youth, has brought this passion to FLAG Flag Football, and, as the longest serving Board member in our history, transformed our organization.
In addition to our scholarship, Marc has envisioned and led multiple other youth initiatives over the years. Our LGBTQ Youth Field Day, first organized by Marc in 2011 as the first-of-its-kind event, in which teens throughout the state were invited to join other LGBTQ high school students for an afternoon of games, food, music, and networking, has blossomed into a partnership with the Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students, an anti-bullying initiative of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth. We are so proud of this collaboration and annual tradition.
In June 2017, FLAG Flag Football, under Marc’s leadership, replicated this field day at Camp Lightbulb, a weeklong summer camp in Provincetown, Massachusetts for LGBTQ young people between ages 14 and 18. Marc encouraged us to go one step further and we presented our first annual “campership,” funding a young person’s camp experience. We provided a second campership the following summer.
We hope that this scholarship will forever honor a leader and friend who has dedicated his professional life to education and personal service to improving the lives of others. A public school social studies teacher for nearly 20 years, Marc led his local teacher’s union for a decade, and prior to that, was the president of GLSEN Boston, the founding chapter of the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network, an organization dedicated to ensuring safe and affirming schools for LGBTQ students.
This scholarship, we believe, best honors Marc’s passion, commitment, and service — to his students, our league, and community.