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Flag Football

Flag football is a non-physical approach to the game of football. Instead of tackling an opponent, you pull the flag attached to the person with the ball's belt to cause a stoppage in play. This was designed so that people can enjoy football without worrying about injuring themselves due to contact.

Flag Football - Basic Rules

Although rules for flag football may vary, here is an example of a typical league's rules.

  • A flag football field is usually around 60-80 yards long and 20-30 yards wide. The end zones are 10 yards long.
  • In flag football there are no kickoffs. Whoever wins the coin toss will start with the ball from their own five yard line and will have three plays to cross midfield. Once a team crosses midfield it has another three plays to score a touchdown or else the other team takes over possession from its own five yard line.
  • A flag football team consists of six players. Five of those players are allowed on the field at a time.
  • When a team is within five yards of a touchdown, they are not allowed to run the ball. They must use a passing play.
  • The flag football game consists of two halves that are 10-25 minutes in length.

Flag Football - Equipment

Unlike normal football, a lot less equipment is necessary to play flag football. Most participants wear non-metal cleats. The only other required piece of equipment is a special flag football belt where you place the flag. It's also a good idea to have good hands and fast feet!

Flag Football - Getting Involved

There are many different leagues for those interested in playing flag football. Youth leagues are open to kids five to 17 years old.

  • Click here to head to the NFL’s sponsored flag football league website.
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  • It's an awesome sport!
  • No tackling or hitting? What a lame sport!
  • It's OK.
  • I'll play it but not watch it!

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unicornsrule626
"rainbowpoptart" wrote:I hate to be that person who pulls out the dictionary, buuuuut let's look at the definitions for sport (athleticism wise).competitive physical activity: an individual or group competitive activity involving physical exertion or skill, governed by rules, and sometimes engaged in professionallyDoes cheerleading fit under this definition? Yes.pastime: an active pastime participated in for pleasure or exercise Oh look, cheerleading fits under this definition too.Being a cheerleader requires a certain amount of physical fitness. You need to be strong, flexible, and energetic, which are all things not everyone has.It is a form of exercise and entertainment.It is a sport.Is one variant more challenging than the other? Yes, but that does not devalue anything.Not everyone is going to be able to understand the difficulties cheerleaders go through, and that's perfectly fine. Every sport is dangerous, some are just more obvious than others. When people are good at what they do, they make things seem easy. very well said! I was a cheerleader for 2 years until  I aged out, but let ,e tell you, they were 2 of the best,sweaty and most fun years I have ever had
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rainbowpoptart
I hate to be that person who pulls out the dictionary, buuuuut let's look at the definitions for sport (athleticism wise). competitive physical activity: an individual or group competitive activity involving physical exertion or skill, governed by rules, and sometimes engaged in professionally Does cheerleading fit under this definition? Yes. pastime: an active pastime participated in for pleasure or exercise  Oh look, cheerleading fits under this definition too. Being a cheerleader requires a certain amount of physical fitness. You need to be strong, flexible, and energetic, which are all things not everyone has. It is a form of exercise and entertainment. It is a sport. Is one variant more challenging than the other? Yes, but that does not devalue anything. Not everyone is going to be able to understand the difficulties cheerleaders go through, and that's perfectly fine. Every sport is dangerous, some are just more obvious than others. When people are good at what they do, they make things seem easy.
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angelover4
CHEERLEADING IS LIKE DANCE GYMNASTICS MIXED TOGETHER WITH WORDS. AND DANCE AND GYMNASTICS ARE CONSIDERED SPORTS.
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angelover4
I BELIVE ITS A SPORT JUST LIKE I THINK GYMNASTICS IS A SPORT.
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angelover4
I BEL ITS A SPORT JUS TLIKE I THINK GYMNASTICS IS A SPORT.
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