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We're pleased to announce a new partnership with other regional communities in a 4th/5th grade padded flag league.  As many of you know, we began a strategy a year ago to offer a modified football program to our younger aged participants. This strategy was based on clear trends in youth football as more participants moved to a limited or non-contact game at the younger ages.  We support this trend, and feel it is important to maintain a program that not only matches parent expectations for the youngest players, but begins to stress and teach the fundamentals of the game at those ages.  The result was the first year of a 4th grade padded flag in 2018.  While we consider it a success for the first year, we also heard the feedback around the desire to play competitive games against other teams outside of Verona.
 
With that, we have joined an existing padded flag league, that has been in operation for a few years.   This league has grown community by community over the past few years, and continues to grow, as more schools and communities move to a change at the younger levels of the sport.
 
Communities/Number of Teams:
Fall River - 1
Columbus - 3
Jefferson - 2
Whitewater - 2
Johnson Creek - 1
Deerfield - 1
Verona - 2
 
Structure:
4th and 5th grade is combined on a team.  The teams are to be balanced, with an equal number of 4th graders (as possible).
 
Games Days and Locations:
Games are played on Saturday mornings.  Since they are played on smaller fields, this allows for multiple games on one field and a compressed schedule.  Therefore, one site will host multiple teams on a Saturday.  This will result in 1 home game, and 5 away games for all teams in the league.