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SPR is now taking registrations for Start Smart Flag Football.  In light of circumstances regarding COVID-19, we are following all recommendations from the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development and guidance from the Maine Principals Association.  We are thrilled to offer a program this season, and want to make you aware of the changes this year that will be required to offer this program in a safe manner.
Registration is open through September 4th, or as space allows

Start Smart Flag Football Program Info 2020
  • SPR Staff: Marc Paquette
  • Season Dates: September 12th, 2020 through October 24th, 2020
  • Grades: Start Smart Grades K-1
  • Day/Time: Saturdays, 9:00-10:00am
  • Location: Recreation Complex at Foss Rd., Sandy Brook Fields
  • Division Max: 16 participants – this is a finite max. Programs offered this season will be smaller to limit potential exposure to the Coronavirus. Minimum of 8 registrations to hold program.
  • Season Format: This is a parent/guardian participation program. Every child must have a partner who is ready to participate. Siblings over 13 may also help.
  • Season Fee: $40.00—open to Saco and Dayton residents. Dayton residents please contact the SPR office at 283-3139 to register.
  • Equipment: We will provide all equipment in the starter kit which contains one rule book, one football, one flag belt, 4 cones and one kicking tee, and one t-shirt

COVID-19 Prevention Protocols
For Players & Participating Family Member
1. Upon arrival, players & parent will report to the coach for a health screening and temperature check. Masks will be required during the health screening process.
2. Players and Parent will utilize hand sanitizer at the health screening station before joining the group.
3. During active practice and gameplay – masks can be off.
4. During instruction– masks must be on for players/parents, coaches and spectators.

For Spectators Not Participating:
1. Only 1 spectator per player permitted.
2. Spectators must stay on the sideline unless you are the participating parent.
3. Spectators must wear masks and stay 6 feet apart.

Equipment Procedures:
1. Start Smart participants will receive a full kit of all equipment required in this program. This kit will be dedicated equipment, utilized by participants and family members only.
2. Any shared equipment will be cleaned and sanitized between practices using the same cleaning agents utilized in SPR summer programs.

League Update for 2020
For those of you that have participated in our NFL Flag League in recent years, please see the following update: This season, the Maine Flag Football League has made the decision not to operate for fall 2020. Contributing factors to this decision included limited inter-town play and field restrictions. To that end, we have decided not to offer our older divisions of flag football this year. This league was a significant part of their season and without it, we did not feel we could offer the type of program our players have come to expect. We will look to resume league programs in the future if conditions are favorable. Thank you for your support of this program and please stay tuned for updates!

Start Smart Flag Football Fall 2020
  • Start Smart Programs, created by the National Alliance for Youth Sports, help kids get ready for sports…and succeed in life. It is an innovative step-by-step approach that builds confidence and self-esteem in a fun and safe sports environment.
  • Start Smart Football teaches children the basic motor skills necessary to play organized flag football while they work one-on-one and spend quality time with their parents. The program focuses on teaching children, and their parents, skills in throwing, catching, kicking/punting, and running/agility without the threat of competition or the fear of getting hurt.
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Start Smart Flag Football: Kinder-1st Grade Division Fall 2020 
N/A  K - 1  Sa  09/12/2020 - 10/24/2020
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$40.00 R, $40.00 NR
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Meets on Saturdays at 9:00am. This is a parent/guardian participation program. Every child must have a partner. Siblings over 13 may also help.

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