Tackle, flag, homerun Westlake has it all

August signals the annual approach to football season. Be it traditional tackle or the less-hectic flag, Westlake has an option for you. The Westlake Youth Football Association offers two divisions of tackle – 3rd/4th grade and 5th/6th grade. The WYFA competes in the Little SWC with teams from Lakewood to Avon, Fairview to Olmsted Falls making up the competition.

Westlake Youth Football follows the USA Football Heads Up program for player safety. Tackle football will start with conditioning the week of Aug. 3. Practices start the week of Aug. 10.  Registration is happening right now; visit westlakeyouthfootball.org for more information. 

The Westlake Recreation Department also offers three divisions of flag football. Registration for these divisions can be made at the Westlake Recreation Center or online at www.cityofwestlake.org/recreation/index.aspx. The divisions include 1st/2nd grade, 3rd/4th grade and 5th/6th grade. The 1st/2nd grade teams will practice and play in Westlake. The other two age groups will practice in Westlake and play half their home games in Westlake, but they will also play some games in other cities like North Olmsted, Bay Village or Fairview Park. Practices are held during the week with games on Saturdays in September and October. 

Volunteer coaches are needed for all teams. All flag players will be provided with jerseys and a mouth guard. Deadline to register for Flag Football is late August with practices beginning the week of Aug. 31. 

Fall is not just for football anymore.  The Westlake Recreation Department is proud to announce its Fall Adult Softball Leagues. The adult softball leagues will accept teams in the following leagues: Sunday Morning Men DH, Sunday Night Coed, Monday/Wednesday Men, Tuesday Coed DH and a Thursday Men DH.

These leagues are open to any team. Players may be residents, non-residents or any combination. The entry fee for all leagues except the Sunday Night Coed is $325. This price will get you 12 regular season games, a double elimination playoff tournament and all the game balls are supplied. The Sunday Night Coed League has an entry fee of only $175 and plays 7 total games and has a single elimination tournament at the end plus all the game balls are provided. Game fees for all leagues are $32 per game.

The deadline to register teams for adult softball is Monday, Aug. 17. Games will begin the week of Aug. 23 and will play through October. 

For more information, call the Westlake Recreation Department at 440-617-4420.

Jim Dispirito

Athletic/Events Manager Westlake Recreation Department

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Volume 7, Issue 15, Posted 9:50 AM, 08.04.2015