Rights for Flag Football Players
Rights for Flag Football Players
Why this petition matters
Adult Flag Football is something that’s growing especially in South Florida. It brings in so many great opportunities for our community, as well as keeping young adults out of trouble. There are state tournaments, leagues in which take place throughout the state of Florida. We are the only county which requires a field permit in order to practice on a field or have a game within players. Now the issue with this is, you can call their offices endlessly and email them and nobody will get back to you. A field permit cost $15 per hour which nobody has a problem paying for. No matter what field you try and request for a day you’re lied to. You’re told they have been reserved and when you show up there’s nobody playing soccer nor flag football. There’s been endless situations where you can ask other teams if they’ve had paid for a field permit and they simply laugh in your face and tell you “they never do, and they never get kicked off.” We feel like Football players always get kicked off and soccer players are constantly allowed on the fields. No disrespect to Soccer Players, we just demand the same respect in return. We are speaking for all football players in our county who simply want to get out and enjoy public fields. I wish things would be more organized and they would consider Football players. For example, Caloosa Park located in Boynton Beach, Fl. This public park has 3 fields in which are never used at the same time. Between some hours of the day you might be able to to get you and others on there without any issues with park rangers. We have talked to some cops from Boynton PD who haven’t given us a hard time being on any fields and some have actually came to watch and they supported that we’re staying active and having fun. The crime rate in our county is going up each year and something simple as to allowing athletes who are also trying to peruse a career in their respected sport, can’t even have their individual time to perfect their craft. We have been getting pushed to other fields that are poorly maintained, or not maintained at that, and eventually leads to injuries. As a citizen of this county, who pays tax dollars for the county to have nice fields for children, we feel like it’s unfair for the neglection we receive trying to have a few hours on a field. There are high school kids who might not get all the practice time they can at their school and need that extra hour or two by themselves. Or those who just graduated High School and would like to perfect themselves for college level football. I have witnessed Tre Mason, Park Vistas finest, Former X NFL running back, who has given back to the community get kicked off by his own high school. Athletes need the same amount of individual time to take their game to the next level and putting a permit for these Athletes only prevents them from doing so. You can try and sweep this message under the rug, but I promise you all athletes from the county are going to stand up for the right to enjoy a few hours of their own time. Broward county, Dade county, and even Martin county do not have these issues so we’re not understanding why West Palm Beach is. There are a lot of fields that are available and allowing us to participate on them should never be an issue. Money isn’t an issue, allowing us the opportunity to take it to the next step is. As we come together to watch the #1 sport in America (the super bowl) why can’t we allow these same athletes who would like to participate in these events an opportunity to better themselves without any conflict or distraction?