Manassas Sharks Flag Football Information
Flag Football is played in the spring only, normally from the beginning of April through the middle of June and a less vigorous sport than tackle football. with only one or two practices a week and games on Sundays.
Flag football is open to both boys and girls of all abilities and is non-contact. We especially recommend Flag football for the child that has never played previously played football or any other organized sport, or for the child that loves football but is afraid of the contact that is associated with tackle football.
Flag football is also great for the traditional tackle football player that is looking to improve core skills, such as speed, agility, pattern running, throwing skills, ball control, and catching skills.
Another benefit of flag football is that it also allows kids to play other traditional spring sports since they primarily play on Saturdays.
FLAG FOOTBALL AGE GUIDELINES
Ages 5 – 15 based on a participants age on December 31st of the previous year.
(for instance, 2017 eligibility is based on a participant’s age on December 31, 2016).
There are no weight restrictions for flag football.
FLAG FOOTBALL AGE GROUPS
Our league is made up of the following age groups:
6U (Age 5-6) 8U (Age 7-8) 10U (Age 9-10) 12U (Age 11-12) 15U (Ages 13-15)
***We do permit girls at the bottom of an age group to play down one division. For instance, if a girl is 11, they will be allowed to play in the 10U age group. This is a great option for first year flag football players.
We do everything possible to split teams as evenly as possible, but it is not always possible to predict a team's potential talent on the field. If we have enough teams participating in the 10U, 12U and 15U divisions, we will divide the division in two skill divisions and allow coaches with more experienced teams a chance to play against teams of similar ability.
If time permits, we will have a flag football evaluation day before the season starts at a local indoor facility.
We do accept special request during flag football registration, but we cannot guarantee that we will be able to honor a request. An example of a special request would be a request for a coach, team placement because of transportation problem, or to be moved up to another age group.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION:
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO PLAY FLAG FOOTBALL?
To play flag football, each participant is required to provide the following items:
- Colored mouth guards.
- Pair of athletic cleats. These cannot have metal cleats, like baseball cleats.
- Black Athletic shorts – for games. If you can find them without pockets, that would be preferred.
- Pair of black socks for games.
The MYFL will provide:
- One colored mouth guard per season.
- Reversible game jersey.
WHERE DOES THE MYFL PRACTICE FOR FLAG FOOTALL?
All MYFL Flag Football teams will practice at Mayhew Park or at Stonewall Middle School, if the size of the league is large enough that we need to use two facilities.
A team may practice as many as three times per week before the regular season games begin, however coach’s may not practice more than two times per week once games begin.
Practices are held on weekday evenings from between 6 and 8pm. No practices are permitted on the weekend unless there is a special circumstance that must be approved by the league commissioner.
WHEN AND WHERE ARE FLAG FOOTBALL GAMES PLAYED?
Our spring Flag Football League participates with other flag football leagues from Fairfax and Loudoun Counties and therefore games will be played, on Sundays, at nearby fields located in both counties.
All games will be played on Sundays, however there will be Saturday games at the end of the season and if we need to make up games.
We play using modified NFL Flag Football rules. These rules were modified to meet our specific needs and to also provide a more realistic football experience.
All of our games are officiated by a professional officials organization.
DOES MYFL NEED FLAG FOOTBALL COACHES?
We are always in search of quality individuals to coach Flag Football. If you are interested, please contact Commissioner@MYFLSharks.org
WHAT IS THE REFUND POLICY?
ALL REFUND REQUEST FOR FLAG FOOTBALL MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE MYFL COMMISSIONER IN WRITING AND WILL BE DETERMINED USING THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES
A FULL refund will be issued until the date the league is scheduled to hold evaluations.
There will be NO refunds past this date.
Special Refund Circumstances
Season ending injury before the first game will result in a full refund.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact:
Brian Edwards - Commissioner
Javier Cota - Vice Commissioner