Kittitas County NFL Flag Football gears up to kick off

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

DaJon DeMille

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

Gavin Johnson, Staff Reporter

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

DaJon DeMille, the director of the Kittitas County league, said this year will be their first year running a season in the spring as well as a season in the fall.

While spring seasons are expected to be smaller due to scheduling conflicts with other sports, DeMille said he is hoping to have 150 players register for the fall season.

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

DeMille has been director of the league for two years now, and said the league grew 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 get enough players to have separate leagues for boys and girls.

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

The league provides the first steps for children interested in football to learn and love the game.

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

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

“The Kittitas County Flag Football program delivers fun, affordable and safe youth sports experiences fueled 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.