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Youth Flag Football
Flag football is fun for everyone and a safer alternative for parents who might hesitate letting their children start tackle football. The YMCA promises no tryouts, no getting cut and no bench warmers! Your child will learn how to throw, catch, run routes and all of the positions of the game. We use the YMCA Games Approach in our coaching methods where your child will learn the sport and have fun. Every child plays at least half of every game while making friends and learning new techniques. We want to help cultivate our youth into becoming outstanding people just as much as helping them become outstanding players. Our youth sports are open to Y members and non-members; members receive the lowest program fees.
Youth Flag Football League
(Grades K-8*) - Our league features:
- Games on Saturdays
- Six games per session (some sessions offer a bonus game for a total of 7 games)
- One practice per week
- Trained volunteer coaches
- YMCA trained and screened officials
- Good sportsmanship and core values modeled and promoted
- Focus on fundamentals and new skill development
- All players receive equal play time
- Team jerseys and end of season awards
*Programs and program ages may vary by branch. Branches may offer this program during additional sports sessions, may offer skills clinics and may offer leagues for other age groups. Please check with your branch for offerings. View branch locations.
Fall I 2018
Early Bird Registration: May 22 – August 6 (fees increase $15 on August 7)
Registration: August 7 – August 20
Practices Begin for League Play: Week of September 3 | Season Dates: September 15 – October 20
Early Bird Registration: December 17 – February 18 (fees increase $15 on February 19)
Registration: February 19 – March 4
Practices Begin for League Play: Week of March 18 | Season Dates: March 30 – May 18
Fall I 2019
Early Bird Registration: May 21 – August 5 (fees increase $15 on August 6)
Registration: August 6 – August 19
Practices Begin for League Play: Week of September 3 | Season Dates: September 14 – October 19
Uniforms and Equipment: What Players Need to Bring
Each player will receive their team jersey/shirt before the first game of the season. These will be handed out to the coaches, and it will be their responsibility to distribute these to each of their players. Athletic or sport-appropriate shoes and shorts and/or sweats should be worn in addition to the uniform shirt. Mouth guards and eye goggles may also be worn but are not mandatory.
Youth flag football players should bring water in spill-proof, non-breakable container. We recommend that they wear mouth guards. Optional equipment is their own ball and cleats (no metal cleats.) Grades 1-3 use a pee wee ball. Grades 4-6 use a junior ball.
The Gateway Region YMCA partners with Cardinal Glennon SportsCare to give kids a healthy advantage through educational programs and support for parents, coaches and athletes. Cardinal Glennon representatives visit sports programs at our YMCA branches to share information on injury prevention, proper technique and overall athletic health. Here are tips for Flag Football Safety. Click here to view more Sports Safety and Injury Prevention sheets from Cardinal Glennon SportsCare. If you need help finding an expert physician for your young athlete, contact a local SportsCare representative at 314-577-5640 (this is a Cardinal Glennon phone number.)
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