COMPTON, Calif. – On Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, the southern section of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) took a vote and officially made Girls Flag Football a high school sport. As visionaries for increasing youth sports for school age girls, Optimum Speed, Inc., in affiliation with Compton Unified School District took the lead in a new initiative that brought girls flag football to district students. The league started at the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year.
While girls are allowed to play tackle football on high school teams in California, few do. Flag football allows girls to experience the sport in a way “that has all the knowledge, skills, ability and the strategy of traditional football, without some of the more violent parts of it,” said Paula Hart Rodas, president-elect of the CIF Southern Section’s Council.
“Our goal is for our student athletes to learn the game, compete, gain life skills and ultimately… HAVE FUN!”Jonathan Ligons, Head Coach and President of Optimum Speed, Inc.
Over 100 female student athletes, ages 5-18 years old, signed up to play flag football. Optimum Speed Football League (OSFL) hosted four flag football clinics at Centennial High School in Compton; teaching the fundamentals and rules of flag football. OSFL girl’s flag football league will soon divide the athletes into teams, according to age, and will compete with other girl flag football leagues around Los Angeles County.
We are excited about this great opportunity to highlight girl scholars in sports. The CIF just approved girl’s flag football and Compton Unified School District is prepared to participate due to our partnership with Optimum Speed. This reinforces the importance of our efforts to educate the whole child by staying on the cutting edge and providing athletic, social, cultural and exceptional academic opportunities to our students.Satra Zurita, Compton School Board Member.
Optimum Speed, Inc.’s affiliation agreement with the Compton Unified School District has provided district students the opportunity to participate in free after school athletic conditioning. Many students also participated in a free athletic summer camp that was open to all district students.
Optimum Speed, Inc., also operates a local athletic training facility. Their youth track club athletes recently successfully competed in United States of America Track & Field (USATF) and Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Junior Olympics.
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