YMCA flag football is all about having fun, being active and learning football skills. Kids learn the fundamentals of the game including rules, skills and how to work together. Plus, flag football helps develop coordination, self-confidence and sportsmanship.  

YMCA youth sports encourage and promote healthy kids, families and communities by placing a priority on family involvement, healthy competition rather than rivalry, the value of participation over winning, team-building as well as individual development, a positive self-image and a sense of fair play and mutual respect for others. Parents are encouraged to be more than mere spectators, by contributing their time as volunteer coaches—as well as being their kid’s greatest fan.

Flag football leagues are typically offered during the spring season. 

Minis

Minis flag football is the perfect introduction to the sport for ages 3 to 5! It is an instructional and recreational 8-class youth flag football program designed for preschoolers to have fun while learning rules and skills of the game. Flag football means there is no contact or tackling. Kids practice the fundamentals of flag football like catching, passing, defense and offense and in most cases, going the right way down the field through fun drills and games.

The focus in this program is on inclusion, teamwork, sportsmanship and building confidence. Minis do not play official games or keep score, it is all about fun and learning! All teams are co-ed and led by YMCA staff. This program requires parental involvement to help encourage the most fun and participation. Practices with scrimmages are held once per week. Each player gets a YMCA uniform top to wear on and off the field.

Peewee

Calling all Kindergarteners and 1st graders who are ready to hit the turf! In this recreational youth flag football league, players learn the fundamentals of flag football, sportsmanship, teamwork and healthy habits while sharpening skills, practicing drills and having fun. Flag football means there is no contact or tackling. All genders are invited to play!

Our Peewee League practices once per week and plays six games per season against other teams, but we do not keep score, it is all about fun and learning! All teams are led by volunteer coaches. Parental involvement, whether as a team volunteer, cheerleader or a coach, is a key to success. Each player gets a YMCA uniform top to wear on and off the field.

Junior Varsity

Our Junior Varsity League helps kids in 2nd and 3rd grades take their skills to the next level and experience constructive competition. Players in this youth flag football league continue to build skills like catching, passing, defense and offense and begin learning football plays through fun drills.

This league practices once per week and plays six games per season. All teams are led by volunteer coaches. Parental involvement, whether as a team volunteer, cheerleader or coach, is a key to success. Each player gets a YMCA uniform top to wear on and off the field.

Varsity

Players in 4th to 6th grades celebrate the love of the game in this youth flag football league. This a no tackle league that focuses on learning plays, practicing teamwork and building fundamental skills. Teams participate at a higher level of competition that helps prepare them for playing throughout their entire lives.

Our Varsity League practices once per week and plays six games per season. All teams are led by volunteer coaches. Parental involvement, whether as a team volunteer, cheerleader or coach, is a key to success. Each player gets a YMCA uniform top to wear on and off the field.

Flag Football, Skills Academies, Clinics, Intro Eries

Skills Clinics, Academies & Intro Series

Get ready for the next season of flag football by fine-tuning skills in our clinics or academies, or learn the basics in an intro series! Players fine-tune techniques for catching, passing, defense and offense and practice football plays through fun games and drills. Led by Y staff and volunteers, our sports curriculum is centered on building skills, respect, teamwork and helping kids feel confident on the field.