Chaparral High School Welcomes Girls Flag Football

Chaparral High School Welcomes Girls Flag Football 
Posted on 09/21/2023
Girls' flag football is making a comeback! Chaparral High School has one of the newest teams with nearly 50 players for its first year as a club sport. Although many on the team are athletes who participate in other sports, anyone who expressed interest made the team, and every grade is represented. There were no cuts, and there isn’t a C team. 

“We have a position for every girl and every girl gets playing time. With no C team, the girls automatically hold themselves to a higher standard and take pride in every game,” said Head Coach Ramona LeMaster.  

Chaparral is among 96 participating Colorado high schools in girl's flag football this year. They play three 30-minute games every Saturday throughout the metro area, wherever fields are available. Chaparral played its first game on August 26 against Legend High School. Other DCSD schools with teams include Douglas County, Mountain Vista, Ponderosa, Rock Canyon, and ThunderRidge high schools.

Chaparral High School's girls flag football varsity team“Although girls flag football is a club sport, as a coaching staff we treat it as another CHSAA sport, and we have higher expectations of the term student-athlete which means our eligibility is higher and we connect with all of their teachers to ensure they are being the best student-athlete in the classroom as well,” said Ramona.

Girls flag football may conjure up memories of powderpuff football, which typically is only for seniors, and is played at the end of the year as a special occasion. With flag football, all grades participate, and at Chaparral, there’s an equal number of players from all grades on the team.  They practice together, so it allows everyone to connect to build a positive environment. Chaparral’s flag football team gets to play 18 games and the girls get more competitive as the season progresses. 

Chaparral’s athletic director approached Ramona about coaching the team, and after some consideration, she decided to give it a try. Ramona recruited girls from the track team, along with those from other sports. 

“I enjoy being a part of the Chaparral community,” she said. “So far this new experience has been amazing!”
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