With fall not too far off, members of the Greater Neponset Flag Football League started their season over the weekend.
Pictured: Finbar Brophy, a 5-year-old Dorchester resident, headed for the end zone.
The league, which calls Garvey Park in Dorchester home, has three divisions for girls and boys between the ages of four to 13.
Pictured: Pamela Carver helped register Quinn Taylor, a 4-year-old Dorchester resident, before the Saturday’s game.
Now in its third year, close to 250 youth participate league, with the majority hailing from Dorchester as well as Milton, Quincy, and Jamaica Plain.
“There’s been a league at this park for over 45 years. A generation grew up playing here and we wanted to do something like that for the kids and give them a healthy alternative,” explained Phil Carver, commissioner of the league.
Pictured: Sometimes the younger players need help lining up. Phil Carver, commissioner of the league, helped one player Saturday.
On Saturday, youth in the Leprechaun Division (4 to 6-year-olds) and Bulldog Division (7 to 9-year-olds) held their first games. Although the older players will practice during the week, the younger players concentrate on fun.
“It’s a family league and we really try to keep it affordable,” said Carver. “Regular football can be cost and time prohibitive. We’re still competitive, it’s still a sport, but we make sure it isn’t overwhelming.”
Pictured: Jack Shapiro, a 5-year-old Jamaica Plain resident, headed downfield with the ball in hand.
On Saturday as youngsters played, parents chatted with neighbors over cups of coffee and donuts.
“The league is a community building exercise as well,” explained Carver, who is also the president of the Pope’s Hill Neighborhood Association. “Not all families have the time or money and this is a chance to participate.”
Pictured: Max Ryan, a 5-year-old Dorchester resident, warmed up with some drills before his team’s game.
Representing a partnership between the Pope’s Hill Neighborhood Association and the Leahy-Halloran Community Center, snacks are donated by local businesses and the coaches and referees are local residents and teens.
Pictured: President of the league, Charlie Conners, spoke with the league’s referees prior to kick-off.
There may be plenty of boys playing, but there were a number of girls giving it their all Saturday.
Pictured: Jocelyn Ferrara, a 5-year-old Dorchester resident, headed for the end zone.
Although the concentration for the younger players is on fun, coaches also worked with players on skill and strategy.
Pictured: Mike Ryan, one of the league’s coaches and a Dorchester resident, talked strategy with his team.
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