Stingers have three leagues


Stinger, flag football teams getting new helmets

By Derik Vanderford - dvanderford@civitasmedia.com



Courtesy photo Union County Stinger and Flag Football players will each have new helmets this season.


By Derik Vanderford

dvanderford@civitasmedia.com

UNION COUNTY — Changes to Union County Stinger and Flag Football will have more to offer players this season than ever before.

This week is the last official week for Union County Stingers sign-ups, and this year the program will offer three leagues. Flag football will be for five- and six-year-olds, making this the first time five-year-olds have had an opportunity to play.

Also, a new Stingers Minor league will be for seven-, eight-, and nine-year-olds, allowing that age group to play tackle football with pads for the first time. The Stingers Major league will be for 10-, 11-, and 12-year-olds.

“A lot of people wanted this,” said Dolton Williams of Timken Sports Complex (TSC), who will head up this year’s program since TSC took over for the Union County Recreation Department. “We wanted to do what a lot of other towns are doing.”

Williams said players will have all new equipment to start this season.

“A lot here was outdated,” he said.

Williams said all helmets have been replaced.

“Every player signing up will have a brand new helmet,” he said.

Williams explained that the new helmets will be safer, as they include an inflatable bladder inside to allow a perfect fit for each player. He said it is part of a new technology from manufacturer Riddell, which supplies helmets to the top leagues throughout the country.

In addition to the new helmets, Williams said shoulder pads have also been ordered.

“Some were still good, but we replaced a good bit of them,” he said. “Some will be new designs. They will allow for more movement with the same amount of protection.”

Williams said uniforms will also be sleeker looking as jerseys will be better quality and have a darker color scheme.

Williams said pants are the only thing that won’t be provided with sign-up, but they have been ordered and will be sold at cost, which will be less expensive than at any store.

Williams said those involved with the program have also talked with Union County High School Head Coach Steve Taneyhill, and they plan to run a spread offense like the Yellow Jackets run. Williams said this will help players become better prepared by the time they get to Sims Middle School.

Another first for this season will be an official team draft, which will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday at Union County Stadium. He said the draft will be done by age.

“Team should be even, so you won’t have one team with more seven-year-olds and another team with more nine-year-olds,” Williams said.

Williams also said players will be able to play both Stinger and travel football if they want to since travel games are on weekends.

Anyone who is interested in signing up may do so by visiting The Union County Recreation Department or Timken Sports complex between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday this week.

Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-762-4128 or dvanderford@civitasmedia.com.

Courtesy photo Union County Stinger and Flag Football players will each have new helmets this season.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_helmet.jpgCourtesy photo Union County Stinger and Flag Football players will each have new helmets this season.
Stinger, flag football teams getting new helmets

By Derik Vanderford

dvanderford@civitasmedia.com

Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-762-4128 or dvanderford@civitasmedia.com.

Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-762-4128 or dvanderford@civitasmedia.com.

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