Frequently Asked Questions

We have put together a list of commonly asked questions that we hope you find helpful as you continue your journey with us this season. 

Q: Who Can Play?

A: This program is open to Boys and Girls, 4 years of age (as of the registration deadline date) - 8th grade.  Participants from any city can register for any of our programs.  

Q: How are Individual Players Placed on Teams?
A: This is a league designed to keep schoolmates and friends playing together.  Therefore, individuals are placed on teams determined by school, buddy request, and grade.  Our goal is for each elementary and middle school to have their own flag football teams. Teams are formed using a combination of the following criteria (listed in no specific order):

School affiliation
Current Grade/Age
Buddy Request (We try to accommodate requests however, refunds are not provided due to an unfulfilled request)

Most teams will have 8-10 players.  If there are more than 12 players registered in the same grade/age division at the same school, those players will be divided into multiple "School" teams and then the remaining spots could be filled with players from other schools.  

Q: If my child and his/her classmates do not have enough players to form a team? 
A: No worries! We will always try to keep classmates together but if needed we will combine players from other schools to form your team for the season.  

Q: Do we accept team registrations?
A: No, we use the procedure above to form teams.  This ensures parity within the league and prevents stacking. Our buddy request philosophy is just that, a buddy request. This does not mean a coach can request 10 players. It is used for children to request to be placed on a team with one or two friends.   

Q: How many teams can one school have?
A: It depends.  We will not turn any players away.  As many teams that can be formed from each school by grade/age division will be accepted. Everyone who wants to play is welcome.  

Q: How many players are on a team?
A: Most teams have 8-10 players.  However, we do reserve the right to stretch these guidelines if the league deems necessary.  

Q: Can the team have additional practices during the week?
No, additional practices outside of the one hour dedicated on game day is not allowed.  All families have committed to a single practice and game each week. 

Q: Does the league supply uniforms?
A: Every Flag Football player in our program receives an NFL reversible team jersey and a flag belt to keep with your registration.  

Q: What qualifications are needed to be a coach?
A: The volunteer positions are mostly filled by parents, relatives or friends of the players on the team.  We do not require coaches to have experience prior to joining the team. All coaches will be background checked, attend the mandatory coaches meeting/training and complete the concussion training. 
Q: What are the responsibilities of the volunteer coaches?
The coaching staff can be made up of a Head Coach, Co-Coach/Assistant Coach or a team manager. Not all teams will have a Head Coach, two Co-Coaches/Assistant Coaches can make up a complete staff.
Head Coach - This position take on the leadership role of the coaching staff
Co-Coach or Assistant Coach - This position will work with another coach during the season. This may include a Head Coach or another Co-Coach.
Team Manager - This position is a coach support manager. He/She may assist the coaching staff with family communications, snack schedules, managing sideline players and helping the team in any way. 

Q: Who are the coaches?
A: Parent volunteers. National Flag Football does not hire coaches. Once teams are assembled, parents will be recruited to coach their team. Training is provided for all parents who wish to be a coach. No experience is necessary. If we are unable to secure a coach for a particular team, that team may be disbanded and refunded.  

Q: Who are the Officials and are they Qualified?
A: Most of our referee's are High School Athletic Association certified. These are the same guys who you would find officiating local High School games.  Each official is trained, licensed, insured and certified through the state.  They are very good at what they do and will call a fair game for both sides.  

Q: How much playing time can my child expect?

A: All of our programs promote participation, fun, and fundamentals. Coaches are required to fairly allocate playing time equally among all players on the team. We will do our best to ensure all players receive equal playing time.

Q: What do I get for my Registration Fee?
A: A seven-week season including practices, use of well groomed fields, certified officials, NFL FLAG reversible team jersey, flag belt and flags, interactive website, organized administration, and a lot of FUN for you and your child!

Q: Are there playoffs?
A: For our Madden divisions only (4th grade and up).  The top 4 teams in each Madden division will participate in playoffs the last week of the season.  The top 2 teams will then play an additional game the same day for the Championship.  All other divisions (3rd grade & under) will not have playoffs.

Q: What types of awards are given?
A: Each player will receive an individual participation award in the Lombardi and Shula Divisions.  Awards will only be given to the winners and runner-ups in the Madden Divisions.

Q: Do all flag football players need mouth pieces?
A: It is absolutely mandatory that all players are wearing a mouth piece before stepping on the field.

Q: How do I register?
A: All of our registrations are taken online through our website.  

Q: How does the refund policy work?
A: Click here to view our refund policy.

Contact Us

National Headquarters

2240 Greer Blvd 
Keego Harbor, Michigan 48320

Phone : 877-866-FLAG
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