BRISTOL â€“ Sunday marked the very first day of games for Bristolâ€™s newly formed Flag Football League.
Friends who have been playing pick-up games together for over a decade met in an organized fashion on the field in front of Bristol Eastern High School, to play the sport they love.
All adults who live in the area, athletes brought their families with them to watch.
â€śWe wanted to make it more official; this is our first year,â€ť League organizer Kyle Lamarre explained.
Players hail from Bristol, Middletown and New Britain and three games were played in the leagueâ€™s inaugural tournament.
â€śFor the most part weâ€™ve all grown up with each other playing flag,â€ť Darence Delgado pointed out. â€śItâ€™s cool to have it organized as a real league now. This is definitely going to be exciting for all of us.â€ť
Kids, wives and girlfriends cheered them on as they scrimmaged.
Team â€śBloodlineâ€ť came out on top.
â€śWe didnâ€™t get to play last year because of covid and this was our first chance to play together this year,â€ť Malik Watkins, a player from New Britain, said.
Officially called the Bristol Flag Football League (BFFL), the roster is currently full with six teams total.
However, pending more interest from the community there is the possibility of growing in the future.
â€śIf we have people who want to join we can expand next year,â€ť Lamarre said.
He obtained the proper permits from the City of Bristol and permission to use the fields on a weekly basis.
The BFFL meets on Sunday mornings from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the fields in front of BEHS on King Street.
Spectators are welcomed.
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