Had it not been for the gnats, the Saturday (Oct. 11, 2008) start of flag football clinics at the fields of Ringing Rocks Elementary School on Kauffman Road could have been considered picture-perfect.
The sun was shining brightly, and temperatures in the mid-to-upper-70s were uncharacteristically high for October. Acres of still-green grass beckoned to more than 60 youngsters, boys and girls alike in grades 2-5, to come and learn the fundamentals of the game. A squad of coaches, wearing tees and shorts and sweats and broad smiles, offered encouragement at every opportunity.
But just as the better-than-hoped-for weather proved to be an attraction to players and their families, it also drew swarms of pesky gnats. The tiny flying insects were more an annoyance than anything else, and then primarily to parents seated on the sidelines to watch their children practice. Adult arms and hands constantly waved in every direction in attempts to swat away the dive-bombing bugs, to no avail.
The kids hardly noticed. They were too busy having fun, and soaking in their coaches’ directions.
The six-week series of flag football clinics will continue Saturdays from 10 a.m. through Nov. 15, 2008. To register participants call supervisor John Nodolski at 484-300-2099. The clinics are sponsored by the Pottsgrove School District Recreation Board, and are organized by Pottsgrove High School seniors as part of a required project for graduation next spring.
The board provides recreational activities for Pottsgrove community residents, with funding support from Lower, Upper and West Pottsgrove (PA) Townships townships and the school district. For more information or to support board activities, call its office in the district Administration Building, 1301 Kauffman Rd., Pottstown, at 484-300-9637.