Youth NFL FLAG FOOTBALL
Thank you for volunteering as a youth flag football coach. We
have 51 teams for the 1 st – 4 th grade youth NFL FLAG Football
o 1 st Grade – 8 teams
o 2 nd Grade – 13 teams
o 3 rd Grade Rec – 16 teams
o 4 th Grade Rec – 6 teams
3 rd - 4 th Grade Mod – 8 teams
Introductions! - name, grade, team name, # of years coached
Even though you are volunteers and not paid staff, you will need
to conduct yourself appropriately at all times keeping in mind
the objectives of the program and the Department.
o Make practices and games fun and informational.
o Teach them the rules and skills of the game.
o You want them to want to play again.
o Everyone wants to win and it is fine to coach to win but that should not
be your number one priority.
Screening Process – Application, background check,
o name search – nationwide (once a year)
o NYSCA coach renewal form – (handout – sign off/make
o MSHSAA and other certifications
o NYSCA (for new coach’s)
• Clinic on August 2 – 5:45 p.m. (or on-line)
We use email a lot. If you have an email address and
have not given it to us, please let us know.
If the information is time sensitive and/or very
important, we will also mail/call you.
Manuals (each coach should have one manual)
Make sure you meet each of your parents – it is highly
recommended to have a parent meeting so the parents get
to know you and you can go over your rules/goals as well as
You are in charge of your parents and players!
If you have not met your parents or players yet, the first
contact is best by phone, not by email.
Make sure you have an assistant coach.
Set up a practice plan
Different stations to keep players busy works great if you have enough
Make practice FUN!
Recruit a Team Parent – they can make calls, update the
team website, keep the score book, make a snack list,
Parent Letter – I will be sending this out to all parents in
the league and will have at the fields in the concession
Show good sportsmanship – be a positive role model
o Recreation Leagues: ALL PLAYERS must receive EQUAL playing time!
Modified League: please see modified rules!
• If there is a discipline problem, please call me.
o www.teamsideline.com/jeffersoncity. Texting option if I have cell
phone and email.
o You can print just the schedule for your team or the entire schedule.
You can download it to you calendar if you have outlook.
o In case of inclement weather, you will need to call the hotline at 634-
6485 x 4. We will try to send out an email and/or update the
website but no guarantees.
o No more than 1-2 practices a week (depends on league)
o Practice Field Schedule (sign up if need to)
o Practice on the game fields is not allowed.
Wait List – full teams
10 players (1 st – 3 rd grade)
12-14 players (4 th grade)
o score is kept but standings are not posted for the recreation
o Score and standings are posted for the modified leagues with
league champions receiving t-shirts
o All players will receive a certificate at the end of the season
o If we receive a complaint against you, we will either call or set up a
meeting with you to discuss the complaint.
o We also may send out a questionnaire to all parents on your team.
Parks and Recreation Staff
o There will be two officials per field.
o We will also have a Field Supervisor on duty at the complex. If you
need any assistance, please talk to the Field Supervisor.
o If there is an emergency or problem that the official or field supervisor
cannot resolve, they have direct contact with me. They can call me on
my cell if needed.
o All accidents/incidents need to be reported to the official/field
Register on-line – All coaches must register on-line with the
NFL - http://www.nflflag.com/form/coach »
o Shirt size on roster – please make sure you give out the
correct size to your players
o If phone number or email incorrect, please let us know
o Please contact your players by August 3.
o Summary sheets will be emailed to you/posted on-line
o Will finalize after meeting tonight in case of any
First Aid Kit – please return at end of season
o Two New Footballs Per Team
• Returning coaches need to return both footballs at end
of season, new coaches need to return one football
o 2-3 Used Footballs Per Team
• These must be returned at the end of the season
o Flag Belts
• These belong to the players – any donated flags at the end
of the season will be greatly appreciated
All Players must wear a mouth piece.
o CMA and Wal-Mart have mouth pieces for around $1.
o I will also try to have extra mouth pieces for sale at the Concession Stand.
Soccer or tennis shoes recommended!
no metal spikes
All jerseys must be tucked in at all times.
Sizes will be based on what the parents ordered.
We will call and/or email when they come in.
Each team will receive three coach’s t-shirts – they must wear these to all
games. Officials will be instructed to only discuss concerns/issues with
All players must wear their NFL Flag belt.
The flags and sockets on the belts cannot be altered in any way.
You can use anyone you want – you need to make the arrangements
You do not have to use a professional – you can take your own pictures
if you would like or no pictures at all.
First Aid and CPR Information
Skate Night Passes
o Please give each player on your team a coupon.
Daisy Delight coupons
o Please give each player on your team a coupon.
I have set up a team web site for each of you.
www.shutterfly.com – I will email you the link to your
team. You just follow the prompts to finalize the site.
I will upload all the team contact information for you.
You or a parent will need to input your game and
practices dates on the website.
This is a restricted site and only parents/members can
access the information.
Great way to communicate with your team.
70 x 30 yard fields (all ages)
Teams need to have 1 volunteer to operate the down marker.
Only head coach and 3 assistant coaches allowed.
o 1 coach is allowed to roam length of field.
o 1 coach per team can be on the field at all times.
o All other coaches and players must remain in the designated box
(cones will mark box)
All parents, videographers, photographers, etc. that are not
approved by myself or the Field Supervisor must be on the
side lines behind the designated spectator line or behind the
endzone. (coaches are not allowed to take picture or
videotape unless they are behind the spectator line or
endzone in the designated areas.)
Please remind your parents that we do not allow tobacco
products, pets, alcohol and glass containers at the ball
Celebration is not allowed.
Coach’s Corner –
o Coaches evaluations
o Video and printable drills
Indemnification Form (parent fill out and return to you)
Coach’s Code of Ethics (for your files)
Parent’s Code of Ethics (parent fill out and return to you)
Assistant Manager Form
o I need one form returned per team so I know who is in
charge in case you are gone.
• NFL FLAG Football Rules
• NFL FLAG Modified League Rules
• NFL Flag Plays - 5 v 5
• Coaching an NFL League
• Any problems/concerns from previous years?
• Anyone need more than three shirts for coaches
and need to pay the additional $8?
• Any shirt sizes missing for coaches?
• Coach Shirt Color Choices
New Coaches - $20 certification deposit.
Practice Field Assignments
Please break out into groups by league and discuss any
rules, etc. that you may want to change.
3 rd Grade Rec – overflow game night/day (Wed or Sat)
4th Grade Rec – any changes to rushing rule?
Modified – any changes to handoffs?
1 st Grade: 5:45/6:45 game times or 6/7 game times.
2 nd Grade: Double Header or Byes – odd number of teams