Flag Football? Yes, If Taught Properly
By FirstDown PlayBook on Feb 25, 2020
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What is right for my son or daughter? Every parent makes this decision on a daily basis. What type of sports program is no different. The parent must evaluate their child’s physical development before signing them up to play in any sports program. The one that gets the most attention these days is football.

We are not writing today to argue the points for or against tackle football or even what age you should enroll your son or daughter in a tackle football league. That’s a personal decision and totally your call. Some parents have decided to wait a little longer before entering their kids in a tackle program and instead, are allowing them to play flag football for a little longer as their bodies develop.

This makes sense as long as the instruction your child receives is sound and based on real football principles. Obviously, blocking and tackling will not be taught in a flag football program but the following things should be:

1. Assignment Football

2. Technique associated with:

Route Running

Flag Pulling (The same as tackling)

Ball handling and catching

-Defensive stance and movement

3. Decision making based on numbers and scheme.


If a kid is learning how to control his or her body and do it at a fast pace as they play within a football scheme based on football principles then they are getting better. If they are getting better then they are also safer, and at that point where they move up to tackle football or even 7on7 Football they are going to be much more prepared.

In order to accomplish this kids need to practice. Yes, kids need to practice flag football skills and scheme too. If your child shows up for a game and has not practiced then something is missing. Having fun is always a number one priority in any youth program but if anyone tries to convince you that learning how to play football is not fun then that should be a red flag about that program.

So as many of you are watching the NFL combine this week, you will notice there are no pads other than the hand held ones. However, there was a lot of movement, skills, and timing. These are the same things your son or daughter can get better at if signed up for a flag football program that not only teaches fun but also fundamentals.

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