Kittitas County NFL Flag Football prepares for kickoff

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Da Jon DeMille

Flag football players talk with CWU football players before a game held at Tomlinson Stadium

Kittitas County Flag Football, a recreational league of the NFL’s flag football organization, has opened registration for its spring season.

Kittitas County league manager DaJon DeMille said this year will be their first year with a spring season as well as a fall season.

While the spring seasons are expected to be shorter due to scheduling conflicts with other sports, DeMille said he hopes 150 players will sign up for the fall season.

“The first year, we only had about 20 kids,” DeMille said. “We are hoping for 150 or more players in the fall.”

DeMille has been the league’s manager for two years now and said the league has grown from the Cle Elum area in 2016 to cover all of Kittitas County.

“So many people were asking if we could open a league in the Ellensburg area,” DeMille said.

The league is run entirely by volunteers. For now, the league is co-ed, but DeMille said he hopes to sign enough players to have separate leagues for boys and girls.

The organization allows children between the ages of 5 and 17 of all experience levels to join teams, practice and participate in the co-ed league. Registration is open until February 28 and the membership fee is $70.

The league offers children interested in football the first steps to learning and loving the game.

“With fewer restrictions due to full football gear, kids can focus more on learning the game,” according to their website.

The league also provides opportunities for passionate people in the community to volunteer as staff and coaches.

“The Kittitas County Flag Football program provides fun, affordable, and safe sports experiences for young people powered by our passionate volunteers,” according to their website.

According to the organization’s Facebook page, the season will run from March 28 to May 18.

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