DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Girls flag football will be an AHSAA sanctioned sport in 2021.
Student athletes at Dothan High are excited for their opportunity to play on the gridiron.
“I’m so excited and so ready for that,” sophomore Arianah Limnick said. “I feel like it’s a great opportunity to have here in Alabama, and I think it just opens up a lot of new windows for girls sports in general.”
The AHSAA is partnering with the Atlanta Falcons and NFL FLAG to bring girls flag football to Alabama schools.
Dothan High School athletes and the Dothan City Schools athletic director think this is a great opportunity for female athletics.
“The fact that it’s adding more opportunities for students to develop emotionally, socially, and physically through sport, this is just another opportunity to do that and reach more athletes and more students,” Athletic Director Jessica Noble said.
Noble said there’s already been a lot of buzz from female athletes around campus and that the school hopes it has enough interest to field a team.
Dothan High is encouraging other schools to start a program as well.
“I just hope that other schools in the community take this chance and just run with it and build teams,” sophomore Peyton Preston said. “That way, we won’t have to travel nearly as far, and it’s just kind of like community rivalries.”
Noble also said coaches of other sports have expressed interest in coaching the girls so finding a coach won’t be a problem for the wolves.
The girls are already thinking about their role on the team.
“Wide receiver, I’ve already planned this out,” Lomnick said.
Lomnick is especially excited about who will be cheering in the stands.
“I feel like it would be cool to see the actual football players and boys support us,” said Lomnick.
As the AHSAA provides more information, Dothan High will likely move forward with getting the girls playing pigskin soon.
Dothan High plans to have a meeting in the next few weeks to find out how many girls are interested in starting a team.