Start an official NFL FLAG Football league (or recruit teams from your school to join if one exists) in your area.
How Does It Work?
Flag Football is a great way to get students — both boys and girls — involved in a fun physical activity that will really keep them moving!
The following steps are suggestions for how to complete the Play — but they can be done in any order or combination and can be altered to fit your needs. If you find ways to adapt this Play to fit your school, share it with us through the Tips section!
Work with your school’s P.E. teacher and parent organization to find volunteer coaches.
Have volunteer coaches train on how to teach flag football in a fun and safe way through USA Football’s online coaching courses.
Locate a place where practices and games can be held, and work with the community to secure times for both.
Meet with volunteer coaches to set up practice times and begin recruiting players. Remind coaches about the NFL Coaching Resources that provide coaching tips, plays and other information so they feel comfortable getting started.
Promote the football league in classrooms by asking teachers to let you present briefly on the fun and physical activity benefits students will get from joining the league.
Consider asking local businesses or organizations to help fund the equipment fees for the league, or provide volunteer referees or other needed resources. See the Tools and Resources below for ways to reach these organizations.
Keep It Going
Create a schedule of NFL FLAG Football league games for the entire school year!
Spread the Word
Spread the word about NFL FLAG football. Create posters to put up in high-traffic areas, distribute flyers in classrooms, send information home to families and advertise your program during morning announcements. Consider putting up a bulletin board display highlighting the different teams formed in the school. After each game, highlight student efforts and successes in the school’s morning announcements.
Get Others Involved
Everyone can help:
- Promote the league and recruit students to give it a try
- Find and secure a location
- Ask adults to help coach the teams
- Secure donations from local businesses to pay for equipment and other needs
- Encourage their friends and classmates to join teams
- Focus on the fun rather than competition
- Be physically active and track their choices
Involve the community. Schedule a meeting with your school's parent organization and let them know what they can do to help.