LIHUE — School is out and now the kids can play, said Brent Amoy, coach for the Lihue Warriors second- and third-grade flag football team, Wednesday evening at Isenberg Park.
“This Saturday is our first game,” Amoy told the team of 16 players. “We start at 10 a.m. so you need to be at the North Vidinha soccer fields at least a half an hour before that.’
Kauai Police Department Lt. Mark Ozaki, newly-promoted Wednesday, said the flag football games get underway from 8 a.m. at the North Vidinha fields. The league features teams from Koloa, Lihue, Hanapepe and Waimea playing in three divisions — the Cubs, Bobcats, and Troopers — depending on the players’ age.
“I just signed up my older son for basketball,” a parent queried during practice. “Now, I need something for my younger son to do.”
Unfortunately, the Warriors were maxed out at 16 and the parent was encouraged to show up during the opening games to see if there is room on other teams.
“We have two, or three teams in this age group,” said Amoy, entering his third year of coaching. “I don’t know for sure, but I know we have at least two teams in this age group.”
Amoy, working through the different drills, told the players they need to be faster.
“When you’re on the field, things happen quickly,” he said. “You need to be able to react and act.”
The public is invited to view the aspiring young players at no charge starting at 8 a.m. The final games are scheduled to start at 1 p.m.