Update, July 20: This article has been updated to include the tournament taking place at the University of Iowa.
Eleven sites have been selected to serve as regional hosts for the 2016 NIRSA Championship Series flag football season. It may not officially kick off until the fall, but now is still the perfect time to start planning how your institution can get in the NIRSA Championship Series game! Mark the following dates for the regional tournaments:
October 21–23, University of Arkansas
October 28–30, University of Iowa
November 4–6, University of Florida
November 4–6, University of North Carolina – Wilmington
November 4–6, University of Nebraska – Lincoln
November 11–13, Springfield College
November 11–13, Grand Valley State University
November 11–13, University of Texas Dallas
November 11–13, Arizona State University
November 18–20, University of Maryland
November 18–20, Western Kentucky University
December 3–4, University of Southern Mississippi
We are also excited to announce that for the fourth year in a row, the University of West Florida will host the NIRSA National Flag Football Championships! The national tournament will take place from January 6–8. You won’t want to miss the action as students from across the nation battle it out for the title of National Champion!
The NIRSA Championship Series continues to uphold values such as participation and inclusivity and, as stated in the Sportsmanship Statement, “is committed to holding tournaments in a safe environment free from bullying.” With three of the regional tournaments—University of Florida, University of Maryland, and University of Nebraska – Lincoln—featuring a Special Olympics division, there will definitely be something for everyone.
Mark Comer—Chair of the Flag Football Work Team and Assistant Director of Competitive Sports at the University of Baltimore—is looking forward to chairing the work team and working with an exceptional and diverse group of NIRSA professionals from across the country. He reminds members that “the regional flag football tournaments are a great way to get involved with NIRSA. Look for the staff applications, which are set to open on Monday, August 1 and are available to student and professional members.” You can find the application link as well as information about volunteering with the NIRSA Championship Series on the NIRSA website.
For more information, please contact NIRSA Director of National Sport Programs, Valerie McCutchan.