CFL veterans Andrew Harris, DJ Lalama launch Pro Pep Flag Football League

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Canadian Football League veterans Andrew Harris and DJ Lalama have launched the Pro Prep Flag Football League, which will begin play September 30, 2020.

Offering two divisions, varsity (high school athletes) and pro (junior, university, college and pro athletes), the league will strive to provide the safest and most competitive alternative to tackle football through certified officials, turf field locations, exclusive membership benefits with individual and team awards, and scholarships.

“The Pro Prep Flag Football League was created to fill the gap that currently exists in the Province of Manitoba due to COVID-19,” Montreal Alouettes’ linebacker DJ Lalama said.

“With many student-athletes unable to compete in regular fall sports, tackle football specifically, Pro Prep offers a safe and competitive alternative for the fall of 2020 so that student-athletes can still complete and develop their skills.”

Games will be played Wednesday and Friday evenings at Murray Field and will follow all COVID-19 rules set by Manitoba Health, Football Manitoba and Football Canada. More information on coronavirus protocols and screening can be found on the league’s website.

“This is a great opportunity for players of all ages to continue playing the game they love while leagues across the country are on hold,” 2019 Grey Cup MVP and star Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ running back Andrew Harris said.

“All players will have access to game film at the end of the season to compile highlight tapes and each team will play 10 regular season games and up to two playoff games.”

Registration for the fall league closes Sunday, September 27, 2020. Waiver and registration forms can be found at the PPFFL’s website.