Flag Football; a safer alternative to learning American Football

May 8, 2016

The National Football League brings in more revenue than any of the other major sports. The NCAA is also thought to make billions of dollars from College Football so it's safe to say people love football.

 

For decades young students learned to play through pop warner contact football leagues but the rising concern with injuries like CTE has led to an interesting conversation. If full grown adults suffer these injuries, what problems may arise from children who haven't developed fully? The debate amongst sports lovers is "would you let your child play tackle football?"

 

This is where flag football comes in. We teach the same skills you will need to learn to compete in contact football but in a safer environment. Offensive skills like route running, handoffs, throwing and catching, and eluding defenders are valuable in any league. Defensive skills like where to line up, defensive angles, breaking down before tackling, are easier to learn if you don't have to also worry about tackle form.

 

I have learned coaching youth for several years that you may tell them a hundred times how to do a task but they don't usually get it the first time. Tackling is a skill that performed wrong only once can be fatal. 

 

In flag football you can't run full speed at player to stop the ball. To tackle you have to have your head up, position yourself at the right angle to first slow the runner down, gather your feet, locate their flag and pull. Learning how to do this is important because the first three steps are not only the same in tackle football but imperative to bringing the runner down safely.

 

We teach children ages 5-14 the fundamentals of football and give them a foundation to take with them into tackle football if they wish. Playing flag football gives children an opportunity to learn in a fun and safe environment. 

 

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