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S.A. gay flag football league gears up for next season
QSanAntonio, July 10, 2013

The San Antonio Gay Flag Football League is gearing up for the Fall season by sending out an invitation to the community to come out and play on one of the teams in the league.

In a press release sent out this week, SAGFFL organizers say that their focus is to provide a positive and welcoming social environment while capturing the athletic and competitive nature of flag football.

As a predominantly gay and lesbian organization, the league officials say they seek to promote self-respect for it members and mutual respect and understanding within each team, the league and the community.

"To achieve these these goals, we believe it is a fundamental principle to be open and inclusive in all activities, social and competitive," they write. No one who wants to play will be turned away, no matter their gender, athletic ability or sexual orientation.

"We welcome everybody and all levels of play. Our players range from people who have never played before to players who played through high school and collegiate level. Skill levels will vary by player, but most importantly we all have fun! Remember to bring a friend and you can have fun together," says league spokesman Pablo Cruz.

Registration for the league starts on July 14. On July 20 and 27, there will be a flag football clinic to help those who need to learn the game or for anyone who just wants to brush up their skills.

On August 3, there will be a team draft where players will be selected for each team. On August 10, players will meet their team mate and get ready for season play which begins on August 25.

For registration and information visit the SAGFFL web site at www.DiablosFootball.com.

Diablos bring gay flag football to San Antonio
QSanAntonio.com, June 3, 2009

A band of local athletes who first organized last year have started San Antonio’s first and only gay flag football team. The Diablos now play in the San Antonio Flag Football League and the team has its eye on attending the Gay Flag Football Super Bowl this October in Washington D.C.

In addition to participating in the local league, the Diablos schedule games with gay teams from Houston, Tyler, Dallas and Austin. "Our push right now is for new members, as well as being much more visible in the local GLBT community," says Darren Claus who plays on the team.

Flag football is a version of American football that is popular worldwide. The basic rules of the game are similar to those of regular football, but instead of tackling players to the ground, the defensive team must remove a flag from the ball carrier to end a down. Players wear a belt with hanging "flags."

The Diablos outline their mission statement in a new brochure: "The San Antonio Diablos Flag Football Club endeavors to utilize the social, athletic and competitive nature of flag football to create a positive and welcoming environment for its members fans and sponsors. As a predominantly gay organization, it seeks to promote self-respect within its members and mutual respect and understanding within the team, the league and general community."

Claus says that a lot of the team’s extra efforts are aimed at raising money to attend the gay "Super Bowl" in Washington D.C. this fall. To that end the team is hosting fundraisers and hoping to attract sponsors who are willing to help with that goal.

In July, the Diablos will host all of the Texas teams that belong to the National Gay Flag Football League for a scrimmage in San Antonio. The weekend will include a dinner and a pub crawl.

Membership in the team is open to anyone who wishes to participate regardless of athletic ability. "Women are welcome on the team," says Claus. "They can practice with us and play in our scrimmages with the other NGFFL teams and at the Gay Flag Football Super Bowl this October in Washington D.C., though women cannot play in the San Antonio league games as the local league is for men only."