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In this photo from a 2014 flag football game, ball carrier Garrett Christiansen shakes off one defender and tries to split two more.
dean hall/Lakeland Times

In this photo from a 2014 flag football game, ball carrier Garrett Christiansen shakes off one defender and tries to split two more.
Lakeland Union High School football coach Dan Barutha wants to bring back a flag football league for second through fourth graders.

It at one time had been part of the LUHS sports program. He said the league's focus will be on having fun, skill introduction and development and learning football strategy.

Sportsmanship and teamwork will also be taught.

Practices and games will be held on the LUHS game field and practice field.



Setup

An even amount of second, third and fourth graders will be split up amongst each team to create fair competition.

Participation numbers will dictate the number of players on a team and players will play all positions.

Parent/coaches (no coaching experience necessary) are needed and high school players will help with each team.

Barutha noted a shortage of parent-coaches could lead to cancellation of league.

The league's teams are scheduled to play four Saturdays starting Sept. 8.

There will be a break for Beef-A-Rama Sept. 29 but the final day of 45 minute games will be the following Saturday, Oct. 6.

A typical Saturday schedule for the league will be practice from 10 to 10:45 a.m., games from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m., and from 11:30 to 11:40 a.m., pep talk/meeting with the team coach.

The cost to participate in the league for players is $25 which includes all practices, games, a team T-shirt and Gatorade after each session.

Players may be registered on a walk-up basis but Barutha said pre-payment/pre-registration by Sept. 6 is preferred.

For more information, Barutha can be reached at 414-587-9665 or at his email, barutha@lakelandunion.org.