MAC hopes to get new league off the ground in a big way

In an effort to grow the comuunity sports landscape, the Madras Aquatic Center is offering up a new approach to an old game this fall.

Registration for a Madras youth flag football league is underway and MAC?Exeuctive Director Joe McHaney hopes it is the first in a line of successful events the MAC puts together over the coming months and years.

As a safer alternative to tackle football, the new league is open to kids in grades one through eight and costs $40 for those in district and $45 for those out of district, if registered by Aug. 15.

“We haven’t had flag football for a long time,”?McHaney said. “We understand that it is kind of a new concept, but basically, what we are trying to do is get kids interested in football without the contact. We want to get them to understand what it feels like to run into the endzone, to score as a team and work as a unit.”

Divisions will be determined by grades, first and second in one division, third and fourth in another and so on. The plan is to field teams of five during games.

Games will be played Saturday mornings from Sept. 13 through Nov. 1, giving those who would like to play in the Bend tackle league the ability to do both.

“This is more of a fun, very laid-back league,”?McHaney said. “We understand we have a lot of hurdles to overcome because we’ve never done it before, but we feel like there is just not a lot of interest in football right now. But we think it’s a good time to get into this. It’s safe and it kind of fits with the time of year, with college and pro football going on."

The last day to signup is Aug. 22, at $50 per player. For more information, check out the website at or call the MAC at 541-475-4253.

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