In its first year as a sport club, the USF Men’s Flag Football team made its mark, taking home the Southern Atlantic Championship in North Carolina. After winning the tournament and being crowned the regional champion, the team moved on to compete in the NIRSA National Flag Football Championship, bringing back a tenth place finish in the nation.
Vice President Tyler Chacon was impressed with the team’s performance at the national tournament and recapped this season’s accomplishments.
“We performed very well,” Chacon said. “This year was one of the biggest national tournaments in a long time, with the men’s college division alone having 32 teams from all over the country. We went undefeated in pool play and did not lose until the elite eight round of the playoffs, giving us a 3-1 record for the tournament. We finished as a top ten team in the country.”
Chacon said he and his team were honored to represent USF on the national stage and take pride in their finish, especially considering this is the team’s first year as a sport club.
“It was awesome, he said. “To be able to represent USF and end with a top ten performance in our first year was great.”
Chacon credited the national ranking to the level of dedication each member has and the amount of work they have put in.
“It is a tribute to the practice we have put in and the resources we have been given by our university,” he said. “Going into the tournament, we had a record of 20-2 and were the regional champs in North Carolina. Finishing the season at 23-3 is extremely strong and says a lot about how great the club is.”
The Flag Football club also offers a women’s team that competes in tournaments alongside the men’s team. The women’s team took the field in the national tournament as well, but did not advance past the first round of the playoffs.
While many may not be familiar with the club, Chacon assures students that it is not only competitive, but has a family feel to it as well.
“The club is a great group of guys and girls,” he said. “If you want to be a part of a tight knit group of friends that really strive to succeed athletically, this is the place for you.”
Interested students can register to be a part of the Flag Football Club at https://orgsync.com/87490/chapter. The Flag Football Club practices on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 – 7:45 p.m. on Sycamore Field 2.