Girl’s flag football tackling their first season at North Penn


Molly Agriss

The cheers of powderpuff inspire the official North Penn girl’s flag football program.

“You throw like a girl” is often stated as an insult but is now used as a compliment. The newly established girl’s flag football team has officially been added to the number of successful North Penn sports programs.  

The new program came about from girls within the district that are involved in flag football teams outside of school. Investigating Athena Athletics, a local organization designed for girl’s flag football, made the athletic department of North Penn realize they wanted to join the league of flag football for high schools. 

We discussed how flag football has grown in the area and what it’s like for local schools such as Lansdale Catholic to be part of the inaugural season of the league.  Everything we discussed was making us feel as if being part of the schools in the second wave this season would be a natural fit,” athletic director Mr. Donald Walsh stated.

For the first year, Nike and the National Football League (NFL) assist newly formed teams by providing materials, such as uniforms and funding for coaching. In future seasons, North Penn will take over these responsibilities as the program grows. 

About twenty-five students have signed up so far and the number will continue to grow as the start of the season edges closer. With a roster number limited to twenty-five players, tryouts may take place depending on the turnout. 

“We want it to be included in our sports program as much as possible. We will try to play games down on Crawford Stadium, we will look to practice either on the turf or on the grass just like we do with our other programs, and we want to incorporate them in just as much. It gives another opportunity for our students to be able to participate in something,” Walsh explained. 

Though this league is a commitment with a higher level of involvement and competition than powderpuff, do not fret. The annual powder puff rivalry between grade levels will still take place and will continue to be a part of the North Penn tradition. 

The season will start as late as March 6. The team is expected to start practicing earlier in order to prepare for the upcoming season. 

Looking to sign up? Email Mr. Walsh ([email protected]) or stop by the athletic office to discuss any questions. 

We’re excited to offer our students another opportunity to become involved in something outside of their academic day.  Our initial meeting at the high school brought students who have never played a high school sport together with those who have.  We cannot wait to see where this inaugural season for NP Flag Football will take us,” Walsh concluded.