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The 78PYC flag football program is divided into two divisions:

  • Recreational Flag Football
  • Flag Football Fundamentals


Our league is affiliated with the NFL Youth Flag Football Program. We use the NFL rules as a guideline for our league, with some modifications to suit our needs. For more info about this NFL program, click on the NFL Flag Football Logo below.


There are four co-ed divisions: NFC-9 & 10 year olds, AFC-11 & 12 year olds, NFL-13 & 14 year olds , and XFL-15 & 16 year olds. Our 8 game regular season commences mid-September and runs through early November. There is a two week post-season tournament season that ends the weekend before Thanksgiving. All teams qualify for post-season play, and we do not publish regular season win-loss records.

All games are played on artificial turf fields at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Van Voorhees Field and Washington Park on Saturdays and Sundays between 8 am and 6 pm. Games are 40 minutes (played in two 20 minute halves).

Each team has 10 players on the roster, and the game is played with 5 players on offense and 5 players on defense. Team practices are arranged between the coaches and players. Teams typically practice for an hour prior to their weekend game and once during the week.

Our philosophy is to balance the teams as best we can.  Players are therefore evaluated (in August) and rated, and then chosen to a team by the coaches at a draft.  As a recreational league, our focus is on learning and having fun. With that in mind, we strive to have our coaches provide equal playing time to all players. Like our other recreational team sports, coaches are volunteer parents.

Each player receives an NFL team Jersey and a flag belt. Players may wear football pants, shorts, or sweatpants, but they cannot have pockets or belt loops as they pose a danger to other players reaching out to grab a flag. All players are also required to wear a mouth-guard.  Also we suggest that you consider having your child wear goggles to avoid inadvertent scratches to the eyes. The NYC Parks Department prohibits metal cleats on the artificial turf surfaces, but rubber cleats or turf shoes may be used. The city rules also prohibit, among other things, animals, wheeled carriages and bicycles, and food on the field.  Our permits also require that we clean the fields from debris so please help keep the fields clear of debris whether or not it was yours.


The game is played with 5 players on offense and 5 players on defense. The total roster usually consists of 10 players. The game is 40 minutes: halves are 20 minutes running time but in the last two minutes the clock is stopped for usual occurrences, such as out of bounds, penalties, incompletions, and dead balls. There is no kicking game (kickoffs, punts, or field goals). The teams start on their own 5 yard line and have 3 downs to get across the mid-field line and another 3 downs to score a touchdown. The quarterback cannot run and rushing the quarterback is permitted but the rusher must start 7 yards behind the line of scrimmage (and may rush as soon as the ball is snapped). A catch is legal as long as one foot of the receiver is in bounds at the time of the catch. TRASH TALKING IS ABSOLUTELY PROHIBITED. For the rules in detail and a rules cheat-sheet, click here.


The Flag Football Fundamentals Program is for 7 and 8 year olds. They will meet for a 50 minute session every week at a local schoolyard or artificial turf field. Under the guidance of our director of training and instruction, David Robinson, and experienced trainers, they are taught the fundamentals of flag football (passing, receiving, flag-pulling, running patterns) and given drills to help them become more proficient in the game. The fundamental courses are focused on developing basic skills in a safe environment. The season culminates in modified game play. We also teach young players to learn both from winning and losing, and that working hard produces results.

Our experience in developing young players, supported by a great deal of research in the field, shows that players are better suited to compete later if more attention to development of basic skills is the emphasis during their early stages of sports development.

When you register, you will have the opportunity to select a specific time slot.

For questions, use our contact form and address your message to Flag Football.


These activities are not sponsored or endorsed by the New York City Department of Education or the City of New York.

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