Last Sunday, the Mesivta Football League (MFL) kicked off the season opener of their eighth season. After starting the only high school interschool flag football league eight years ago with four local schools, the league now boasts 10 participating schools.
The MFL is the brainchild of Mr. Richard Altabe, principal at HALB, and Rabbi Yossi Bennett, assistant menahel at MAY, who serves as the administrator of the league.
“I can’t express how excited I am that the league has become a staple in many of the local high schools’ athletic programs,” commented Rabbi Bennett. “I believe it’s due to the professional and efficient manner in which the league is managed. The consistent growth of the program, adding new schools almost every year, demonstrates that the league has already gained popularity in the high school athletic arena.”
Flag football has become an increasingly popular sport, specifically among yeshivos. In Eretz Yisrael, the AFI Football League played at Kraft Stadium is widely popular, and draws out over 60 teams from a wide variety of yeshivos and other post-high-school institutions in two separate divisions. The majority of post-high-school yeshivos, which many local graduates attend, field teams in the Kraft League.
The goal of this program is to provide a healthy, kosher outlet for mesivta boys, while maintaining a high level of competitiveness, intensity, and professionalism. The league is established with a Torah hashkafah about sports. With that being the case, it goes without saying that proper sportsmanship and menchlechkeit is a top priority. Head coverings must be worn during games, and no female fans are permitted at the games to ensure the focus on a healthy athletic outlet.
This season, the league welcomes back teams from the following schools: DRS High School, Yeshiva Darchei Torah, Yeshiva of Flatbush, HAFTR, Mesivta Ateres Yaakov, Magen David Yeshiva, Yeshiva Shaare Torah, Rambam Mesivta, Mesivta Netzach HaTorah, and Yeshiva Darchei Eres.
We wish all the teams good luck in this year’s season.