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FLAG FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT GIVES IT ANOTHER TRY.

Byline: Jim Inghram Special to the Daily News

Weather won last weekend when Let-It-Fly, the four-on-four flag football tournament formerly known as NFL Air-it-Out, was postponed because of heavy rains.

Today and Sunday, weather permitting, the only winners will be on the fields of Balboa Park.

Although there is the possibility of showers in the next few days, the event is expected to proceed, said Tom Patrique, management analyst for the Los Angeles Parks and Recreation District.

``We reserve the right to make a last-minute decision,'' Patrique said. ``We can't do anything that is detrimental to our fields. People use the park 365 days a year, so we can't knock them down.''

The two-day tournament, which begins today at 9 a.m., will have 2,300 participants featuring teams of all ages and abilities. The winner of the highest division - Top Gun - advances to the national playoffs in Orlando to face winners from 15 other cities, including Austin, Dallas, Jacksonville, Phoenix, San Diego and St. Louis, where the tournament has already been held.

Attendance is expected to be about 10,000 for the ninth-year tournament, which has grown steadily after starting with about 200 teams in 1992.

Expected to compete for the Top Gun title are Fact Action Posse, Playmakers, Defcon 5, Hurricanes and TMT. Back 2 Basics, which has captured the past two Top Gun titles, will not participate in this year's tournament because team member Angel Martinez suffered a serious injury last month at a tournament stop in San Francisco.

Aside from the high-profile Top Gun level, there are divisions for coed, female and youth (ages 8 to 14) teams.

Teams with the best records Saturday advance to the playoff round to determine Division Champions. The Top Gun final is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday.

AT A GLANCE

--What: Let-It-Fly four-on-four flag-football tournament

--When: Today and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free

--Where: Balboa Park in Encino

--Special events: An obstacle course where participants go against the clock to check speed and agility; a field goal challenge that involves three chances to split the uprights; a fastest man 40-yard dash and a punting competition.Box: At a glance (see text)

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Date:Mar 4, 2000
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