Flag Football

Flag Football Academy Registration Open Now

For Ages 6 to 9

Flag football has skyrocketed in popularity among youth in the U.S. In 2023, there were over 1.6 million American youth players, including more than 500,000 girls. Flag football will become an Olympic sport for both men and women by 2028! When your child plays flag football at the Y, they’ll focus on the in-game basics like teamwork and making friends.

Academy Information

  • Skill Building: Learn the basic rules and fundamentals of football, followed by a scrimmage each session.
  • Teamwork: Promoting sportsmanship and collaboration.
  • Safe Play: A non-contact alternative to tackle football, following professional flag football rules and guidelines for 5v5.

Registration Details

  • Ages: 6-7 and 8-9 (two separate age groups)
  • Open to All Kids: Co-ed teams
  • Registration Dates: Now to July 31, 2024
  • Academy Dates: August 3, August 10, and August 17
  • Time: 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Locations: YMCA East, Hays, Northwest, Southwest, Springs, TownLake

About the Curriculum

Warm-Ups (15 minutes)

  • Agility: “T” drill, Lateral box drill, Foot fire drill, Zig zag drill, 4-corner drill.
  • Conditioning: High knees, Lunges, Butt kicks, Quick steps, Sumo squats, Karaoke, High knees + scoop, Quick feet drills.

Skills (30 minutes) 

  • Offense  
    • Quarterback Drills: 3 & 5 Step Drops, Scrambling, Throwing Technique, Reading Coverages, etc. 
    • Running Back Drills: Ball Security, Ball Handling, Footwork Progressions, Change of Direction Drills, etc. 
    • Wide Receiver Drills: Stance & Body Position, Releases, Route Tree Teach, Catching in Traffic, Motions/Sweeps, etc. 
  • Defense  
    • Age-appropriate defensive coverages (man and zone concepts). 
    • Proper stance, leverage, coverage alignments (man and zone concepts). 
    • Flag pulling drills and fundamentals. 

Game Play (35 minutes) 

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