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NFL Flag Football is the premier youth football league for boys and girls ages 6-15 years old. The program provides young players a fun and exciting opportunity to engage in non-contact, continuous action while learning lessons in team work and sportsmanship.
The Franklin Recreation Department is pleased to introduce you to NFL Flag Football. The league’s first national flag football program for boys and girls. Here, you will find the rules of NFL Flag Football, ideas and information on practice, games, and drills for your team. NFL Flag has been created to help you become part of a well-organized national program emphasizing football education, participation, and sportsmanship. NFL Flag provides a new and exciting recreational opportunity for kids in and around Franklin. Although NFL Flag is a non-contact activity, as with any sport there is a possibility of “incidental contact,” which is why each child is required to wear a mouthpiece.
Philosophy: Athlete first, winning second. HAVE FUN!
What to Expect
Each participant will receive:
-NFL reversible football jersey
-Mouthpiece (please note, we supply every player with a mouthpiece. For your child’s protection we ask that you impression after first practice and bring every day. We have a limited supply of extra mouthpieces.)
Each team will receive:
-Three NFL team-identified footballs
-10-15 NFL Flag identified flag belts
NFL Flag Football Website
-Our league now has their own website with schedules, standings, rosters, etc.
Also, NFL Flag participants can go online to access updated information, tips of the day, and plays of the week. http://www.nflflag.com/website/home/franklin
Flag Football Schedule 2019
August 28 Coaches Meeting 6:00pm at Rec. Dept.
September 3 First practice- (Intro to the NFL Flag)
September 5 Second practice- (Offensive skills)
September 10 Third practice (Defensive skills)
September 12 Game 1
September 17 Game 2
September 19 Game 3
September 27 Game 4 FRIDAY
October 1 Game 5
October 3 Game 6
October 8 Game 7
October 17 Game 8
October 18 Game 9 FIRDAY
October 22 Game 10
October 24 Game 11
October 29 Game 12
November 5 Game 13
November 7 Game 14
Information for Parents
On the first night, please check in directly with your team that corresponds with the schedule so that you can receive your mouthpiece, game shirt and be introduced to your coach. Players can begin warming up with a friend or parent/guardian while the team arrives. Players should be checking in directly with their team/coach, not with the front table.
Principles for Parents
Parents, athletes and coaches must work together for the best possible youth football experience and performance. The following suggestions are meant as general guidelines for parents. As a parent, you understand the daily pressures your child faces. We believe that football should be an outlet for fun. Encourage your child and allow them to have a good time.
- Remember that your child learns more from your actions than your words. Practice good sportsmanship by being respectful to players, parents and coaches on both teams.
- There is nothing wrong with applauding a good play made by the opponents. Parents can be good role models by appreciating the efforts made by both teams.
- Most coaches are volunteers and work hard at what they do. To lessen confusion, and out of respect for their position, please allow your child’s coach to be the only one coaching players on the field.
- Please refrain from loud or rude behavior.
- Offer encouragement and positive reinforcement, not criticism, to your star player.
- Encourage discipline by having your child arrive on time for practices and games.
- Belonging to a team requires commitment. Parents can help children understand this through regular attendance and preparation.
- Whenever possible, volunteer. This shows participants the value of being a team player.
Please respect the officials and their calls. It’s OK to disagree, but inappropriate to disparage.
Participants may choose to wear cleats or sneakers. Metal baseball spikes are NOT permitted. Shorts, sweatpants, or nylon wind pants are acceptable. Once we start games, players must wear their NFL team jersey, which will be handed out before the games. We will provide all necessary football equipment; footballs, kicking tees, flag/belt setup, plays, pylons, cones, lights, etc. The only thing that parents need to provide is a water bottle and make sure that players remember their mouthpieces each week. A good idea is to leave it in the glove box of your vehicle.
The NFL Flag Football program requires the assistance of good coaches that will teach kids proper mechanics and skills while encouraging team concepts and sportsmanship. Please familiarize yourself with your children’s coach and help make this a positive experience for everyone. If you are interested in helping out, just ask, we need your help. Parents should understand that like any activity your child takes part in, the volunteers are what make it a success. Make sure to attend the pre season meeting and bring your completed CORI form if you would like to volunteer. Please contact Jack Geromini, firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in coaching. He is our coach coordinator and will act as the liaison between the coaches and the Recreation Department.
A good NFL FLAG coach understands the principles of football, but also is experienced in teaching basic physical skills to young players. Participation by all players is part of NFL FLAG philosophy, so coaches must be able to make each player feel important and part of the team. Please sign up with the Recreation Department and fill out a CORI form and become part of our flag football team today.
-Listen to your coaches-Kids will be asked to sit out if they do not listen to coaches.
-Goofing around will not be tolerated-We cannot afford injuries with over 450 players.
-Parents should get into the habit of staying to watch games. Don’t leave your child unattended and expect to pick them up 15 minutes late! Please be prompt, as our coaches have families too!
-Be safe, use caution when playing. Reckless play can lead to unnecessary injuries.
For information on our NFL Flag rules, please see document labeled NFL Flag Football Rules.