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Flag Football Fundamentals

FLAG FOOTBALL FUNDAMENTALS

This program is part of our continuing effort to improve the experience of our players.  It is an outgrowth of our coaches’ support programs — programs intended to help our volunteer-parent coaches enjoy their dual role as the parent of a player and team coach, and to impart meaningful lessons to all their players.

Our Flag Football clinics are run by our professional instructors on Saturdays for boys and girls ages 7-8 to prepare them for game play at the age of nine. The clinics teach basic football mechanics and the many physical competencies required for any athletic endeavor (coordination, balance, agility, endurance, flexibility, quickness, muscle stamina, and so on)

The clinics are structured to provide the building blocks of athleticism and to layer on the core football skills, while the kids are having fun and building confidence and self-esteem. Through the use of fun drills and games, the clinics will teach skills that apply to all athletic endeavors – balance, weight transfer, gross motor movements, and flexibility. The drill and games will then target football-specific actions.

Indirectly they will learn how to take direction and execute progressively more complicated tasks. The games will also provide the opportunity to teach strategy, teamwork and healthy competition. (We do not believe in avoiding competition, but rather teaching it in a positive environment where the competition occurs in the context of group competition or competing against one’s previous accomplishments. We do not believe in pitting individuals against individuals at an early age.)

Also stressed will be the importance of rest, proper warm up, proper hydration, a proper diet to attain the body’s proper chemical balances and to avoid obesity, and how to gain mental control through visualization and other proven confidence-building techniques.

The sessions are once per week on the weekend for 8 weeks (50 minutes per week).

Registration is announced by mass email, local community listing, and a listing on our website. Schedules are posted on our website’s Schedules pages.

Registration is through this website (click on the “Register/Pay” option in the header of any page). The clinics are available if listed in the “Active Programs & Events” menu option accessed from the “Register/Pay” option. We suggest you act promptly as these sessions are in high demand and slots fill quickly.

We provide each player with Flag Football Fundamentals t-shirt. Children will not be allowed to participate unless they are wearing pocketless pants and a mouthguard. We suggest they wear turf shoes, protective eyewear and that boys wear a protective cup. Do not bring a ball, we will provide all the necessary equipment. Please bring only water or vitamin water, no sugary or caffeinated drinks.

Parents and Players Responsibilities:

Parents Must Assist: We expect all parents to help. Although we will have professionals running all the sessions, they will still require assistance. You will be asked to assist at every session. Please do so.

Parent Attendance: We expect someone to attend or be responsible for your child at every session. Parents or those responsible for your child who are not assisting the instructor may leave the field during the session but must return at least 15 minutes prior to the end of the session and must leave a cell phone number with the instructor.

Health and Safety: Parents must disclose any health and behavioral issues when registering and to the instructors as they arise. In the event of injury: the parent or person responsible will be asked to take control of the situation. If it is serious and the parent is not present, the parent will be called. If the parent does not respond 911 will be called.

Behavioral Rules: Players must follow our code of conduct so that the sessions run smoothly and effectively. The rules will be explained at the first session. If a player repeatedly disregards the rules, he or she will first get a time out, then be asked to sit with the parent, and finally removed from the sessions altogether with no refund.

Finally, for your child to reap the most from our session, please spend some time at home working on different aspects of what we will be teaching. The instructors will be giving you suggestions as the season progress. We want all our players to learn and have fun. The best way to accomplish that is through incremental successes. Just a homework is important for success in school, so too is practicing physical skills if you want success and fun on the court.

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

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

Character, Teamwork, and Sportsmanship.