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Flag Football

The “Capital District” region of the New York State encompasses a large area running from approximately Lake George in the north to the Catskill Mountains in the south, the stateline in the east to the city of Amsterdam in the west. Four major cities anchor it’s corners: Albany, Saratoga Springs, Schenectady, and Troy. Always a hotbed for H.S. football, unorganized “touch football” began popping up during the 1960’s and 1970’s in the major cities. An area that is flush with colleges, local players also became familar with flag football from their intermural programs. During the mid-1980’s, informal flag football leagues consisting of 4 to 8 teams each became popular in Albany and Scotia, a suburb of Schenectady. In 1990, George Higgins decided to hold a “New York State Flag & Touch Football Championship” that August. His league on Long Island had grown during the 1980’s and his teams were hungry for out-of-town competition.