The Flag Football Fad

Malika David

Malika David

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Take a stroll behind theStudentActivitiesCenterduring free hour and you might notice a bunch of people playing on the President’s Field, NYIT’s turf playing field. Half of the players wear brightly colored pinnies, but all of them wear the red and yellow flags at their waists and keep their eye on the football that’s thrown from one player to the other.

Flag football is the most popular intramural sport at NYIT. The tournament for flag football is hosted by the Office of Recreation that is located in the SAC. Shelly Schneider says that the tournament, as of this year, “is very popular.” Mr. Schneider is one of the three supervisors of the Office of Recreation along with Robert Sinckler and Carlos DelCid. The supervisors manage the whole tournament, with Mr. Schneider often keeping score and Mr. Sinckler refereeing every single game. This semester, fifteen teams are signed up for the tournament, the most Mr. Schneider has ever come across. When asked about the popularity of the tournament, Mr. Schneider says, “We’re happy to have so many teams. The weather’s great, and we have a great turf field to play on. The only thing is that we are limited by the time we have to play, because we can only play during free hour, since we know no one has classes at that time.” He also says that fans are welcome to come to any and all of the games.

The students who play flag football range from freshmen to medical students at NYCOM. One player, Abdul Samad Mirza, says that, “We have some very talented athletes in this tournament, I can’t speak on behalf of others but my team loves to play football.” When asked if the people on his team were using the intramural sports program as a way to make up for not playing sports in college, he said, “no, we’re not using this as a way to make up for not playing a sport in college, we’re playing because I believe that there should always be an activity going on along with studies. It’s just a great way to get together and have a great time.” The players of the flag football tournament are from diverse majors, of the fifteen teams playing, two are of NYCOM students, and one team is made up of the Lacrosse players at NYIT. This diversity makes the tournament not only competitive and interesting, but also a way for the NYIT community to get together in friendly competition.

Those interested in playing for any of the numerous NYIT intramural athletic tournaments can sign up by going to the Office of Recreation. Everyone is allowed to participate, since the tournaments are open to all NYIT students and faculty and are also co-ed. “The only problem is, boys can be a little aggressive,” chuckles Mr. Schneider. After signing up, each team has a representative who is notified by phone 4 to 5 days before there is a game. That person is then required to “R.S.V.P.” whether they will be playing in the game. At the end of each tournament the winning team receives a trophy, so be sure to catch one of the many tournaments. Other sports tournaments hosted by the Office of Recreation are soccer, basketball, tennis, softball, volleyball, table tennis, billiards, video games, and board games.

 

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