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
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
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
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
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."