Kids of all ages will throw and catch a football, make interceptions, pull flags on defense and run for touchdowns – all while having a good time, making friends and getting great exercise at the Clarion YMCA.

This is YMCA Youth Flag Football, a popular youth sport for both boys and girls in Clarion County. The game is just plain fun!

A new session of Youth Flag Football for grades kindergarten through sixth will be held at the Clarion County YMCA beginning the week of September 2. Registration is underway and will continue through August 30.

A free trial day will be held Saturday, August 24, at the Clarion County Park from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Kids can learn about football and brush up on skills while having a great time. Registrations for the season will be available at the park on August 24, at the YMCA, and online at


Practices and games are grouped by grades: Kindergarten, grades 1-2, grades 3-4, and grades 5-6. Age groups will practice once a week and play games on Saturdays. All practices and game times will be announced after registration.

Along with being a fun and exciting sport, children learn football skills while understanding the importance of fundamentals and teamwork. Jesse Kelley will be leading the program for all local youth this season with the help of parent volunteers.

Flag football is a non-contact sport but requires the same focus and concentration as the tackle game on every play. Both girls and boys are welcome to register.

“This is an introduction to football for all levels and the kids learn quickly,” said Kelley. “Everyone is welcome to participate no matter what their skill level.”

The cost of the program is $25.00 for YMCA members and $45.00 for non-members.

The deadline to register is August 30. All registrations turned in after August 30 will include a $5.00 late fee. To register, stop by the YMCA, mail in your registration form, or register online at Registration forms are available at

The YMCA is looking for flag football officials. Anyone wishing to officiate should contact Jesse Kelley at


The YMCA will host a Punt, Pass and Kick Competition on Saturday, September 28, at the Clarion University Football Stadium.

Students in grades kindergarten through eighth are welcome to participate in accuracy and distance competitions. Trophies will be awarded to the top participants in each division. Cost: $5.00.

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