Flag football season about to begin

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Last year, Johnny B. Goods/Go Ask Alice ran away with the Steamboat Springs adult flag football league title.

But with a new season quickly approaching, longtime Johnny B. Good's player Bryan Sippel was hesitant to predict a repeat of last year.

"I predict that it's going to be a fun year and that I'm looking forward to it," Sippel said.

In addition to playing in the league, Sippel will act as league coordinator for the 2003 season. The league has been a part of the Steamboat Springs' fall schedule for more than 10 years.

In 2002, eight teams played in a season that stretched from late August through the first week of November.

Johnny B. Goods/Go Ask Alice wrapped up a perfect 9-0 season when they topped the Yampa Valley Dukes in a 26-0 title game on Nov. 6, 2002.

The playoff and championship games were all played in the snow. Sippel said that just made the league more entertaining.

"The more teams we get, the longer we can play," Sippel said. "I would love to see this league grow. It means more variety, more games and more fun."

Sippel will get a better idea of how the league is going to shape up after an Aug. 12 organizational meeting. Team captains, new players and anyone hoping to form a new team should attend the meeting, which will take place at 6 p.m. at the Parks and Recreational Services office at 245 Howelsen Parkway.

"Traditionally the leagues stay about the same size every year, but every once in a while we get a couple of new teams, " said Christina Freeman of Parks and Recreational Services.

Since 1994, the league has averaged six teams each year. In 2000, a record nine teams played.

Freeman said league fees and schedule information will be discussed at the meeting. Freeman said it's also a good time for individual players to meet team captains and possibly line up a spot on a team roster for the fall.

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