Under Armour is bringing flag football to kids in Brooklyn, as they present the “Under the Lights” football league. The co-ed league is available for boys and girls from Kindergarten through 8th grade, looking to get all those interested onto the field.
It’s the first Under Armour investment for flag football in Brooklyn, and all those involved are hoping to get the nationwide program off to a great start in New York. Under the Lights has found success across the US as the fastest-growing youth flag football league, and has done a great job of promoting youth engagement in sports and activities.
The first season will consist of a seven-game season, playoffs, and a championship game. Play will kick off in September with the playoffs coming at the start of November. Games will be held on Friday nights
Meet and greets will be held in July as the league begins registration for the fall. The first two meetings will be held on July 10th and 17th at 872 Utica Avenue in Brooklyn, in front of the Golden Krust Restaurant. On July 24th and 31st, meetings will be held at George Floyd Square at Flatbush Junction.
Parents are eagerly urged to volunteer to coach and are encouraged to sign up alongside their kids during the meetings. The fee to register is $200, with an extra $10 fee for registration after September 6th. For families with multiple kids, the league offers a sibling promotion. By using the code “SiblingDiscount” during registration, additional kids will receive a $25 discount.
Participants will receive Under Armour game shirts and shorts, with coaches getting a youth football. The games are six-on-Six on 25 yard by 50 yard fields, with nine to ten players on each roster, ensuring all kids who register get to play. There are no tryouts or drafts, with the rosters formed by “friend” or “coach” request.
For players registering alone, the league will assign them to teams with some sort of familiarity, trying to match players by school, neighborhood, or organizations they take part in. While the league will do their best to balance the teams, the goal is to get kids on the field and playing as the city starts to reintroduce youth sports leagues.
There will be food and music at games, trophies and/or medals presented to the champions, and plenty of memories to be made under the Friday night lights in Brooklyn.