07 September, 2011
How to Start a Men's Flag Football League
Flag football allows sporting enthusiasts of all ages the opportunity to play with a lowered risk of injury. Each player is given a flag that is worn at the waist. Instead of tackling, the flag is removed to signify the play’s end. Take your enthusiasm for flag football a step further by creating your own league. Before the first ball is thrown, there are several points to consider including fund-raising, field rentals and player recruitment.
Recruit players, coaches and referees for the flag football league. Start a website or advertise through local newspapers and radio stations. Spread the word through friends and family members.
Hold a fund-raiser for the league. Ask players to pay “dues.” Hold a raffle. Ask for donations or have a car wash. Determine the amount of money required to run the league, which includes money for uniforms, field rentals, equipment and insurance.
Locate a field to play the games. Ask the local high school to allow your league to use its football field on off-days or speak to a private landowner about renting a portion of his empty field. Determine if you will have to rent the field or if your league can use the space free of charge.
Hold tryouts for the teams. Discover each player’s strengths and weaknesses and place him on a team accordingly. Assign each player a position. Group experienced flag football players with rookies to make the teams more even. Divide the players into teams of five, seven or 10 players. Assign each team a name and logo
Give each player, coach and referee a rule book that outlines the rules of the game. Decide whether some light contact is acceptable in the game. Determine possible penalties and their punishments.
Purchase equipment for the teams. This includes footballs, plastic or cloth flags, jerseys and knee and elbow pads. Locate the items in bulk for a discount or purchase used goods from online auction houses to save money.
Schedule the games on weekends, weeknights or whenever the players are available. Play a regular season that ends with playoffs and a final game to determine the league champions.