Published in the August 26, 2016 edition

MELROSE — Melrose Flag Football will be held on Saturdays from 3-7:30 p.m. from Sept. 10-Nov. 5 with the exception of Sept. 24 at Fred Green Field (High School) and Cabbage Patch Field (MVMMS).

The grade groups and expected times are as follows: Grades: K-1 (Instructional Program) — 3-4 p.m.; Grades: 2-3 — 4-5:30 p.m.; Grades: 4-5 — 5-6:30 p.m.; Grades: 6-7 — 6-7:30 p.m.

There will be 30 minute practice followed by a game with two 20 minute halves. The cost is $110 per person. The registration deadline is Sept. 2.

The youth flag football leagues focus on socialization, playing skills, teamwork and basic game strategies. The leagues will include playoffs (Grades: K-1, Grades: 2-3, Grades: 4-5 divisions will not have playoffs). All practices and games will take place on Saturday afternoons on the Cabbage Patch Field and Fred Green Field. Players will have a 30 minute team practice immediately leading into their team game of two halves of 20 minutes running time. Each game will be staffed with referees. Each player will receive their own game jersey. At the end of the season all players will receive football medals for participating.

Instructional Kindergarten and Grade 1 Flag Football Program will run from 3-4 p.m. on Cabbage Patch Field.

This program is designed to introduce kindergarten and Grade 1 students to flag football. The program focuses on basic fundamentals, socialization and skill building. Students will have a 30 minute skills and drills session which will be followed with 20 minutes of fun team activities and team scrimmages. Volunteer head and assistant coaches will run the practices along with the assistance of Melrose High School football players.