Frontier Flag Football wraps up first season

MADAWASKA, Maine — On Saturday, June 22, 26 youth from both sides of the St. John Valley participated in a flag football jamboree at the Multipurpose Center in Madawaska.  

The newly formed non-profit Frontier Flag Football League put on the jamboree in partnership with NFLFlag and the Valley Mustangs.  The flag season ran for six weeks, with teams meeting in Clair, Wallagrass and Madawaska, culminating in three Saturdays of jamborees, of which the 22nd was the last.

Frontier Flag Football Coach Mike Guay explained the goals of creating the new flag football league.

“Learning to play flag football is useful because it is a sport you can play outside with your friends all life long,” Guay said. “Running, throwing, catching, juking and pursuit are basic skills that can transfer to other sports. Playing a short flag football season teaches those skills in a fun environment.”

“As soon as our last jamboree was over my Instagram was blowing up with kids wanting to extend the season. That is a great feeling. The kids really responded,” said Jesse Pettengill, also a coach for Frontier Flag Football. 

“You always hear that there is a lack of opportunity for youth in the Valley.  We wanted to do something about that,” he said. “The kids got to wear their NFL team’s favorite jersey, and play like a pro.  With the excitement we created this year, we expect big things in the future.”

Frontier Flag Football hopes to expand next year to create teams throughout the northern part of Maine and the southern New Brunswick area, capitalizing on the break in spring and fall school sports in the month of June.  

“Frontier Flag Football also provides a feeder program for our youth junior and varsity tackle programs, which start in July,” said Pettengill, who also is the head coach of the local Varsity Mustangs Tackle program.

As with all startup sports leagues, the need for volunteers committed to their community is great.  

“Anyone who loves group sports, cares about safety, and is quick to smile at even small successes can volunteer as referee or coach,” said Guay.  “You can contact us through our website,”

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