Youth Flag Football
Open to children ages 10-12, our Youth Flag Football program teaches the fundamentals of flag football while also instilling essential life skills that extend far beyond the field. The Y offers an inclusive, fun, and positive environment for your child to play, no matter what their age or experience level. Flag Football isn’t just a sport—it’s an opportunity for your children to learn, grow, and create lifelong friendships and memories. Gear up and get ready to watch your child unleash their inner champion!
Benefits of the YMCA Youth Flag Football Program
Introduces Football Fundamentals
Whether your child is brand new to flag football or already has some experience, our program offers a natural entry point to the sport for children of all ages. From learning proper throwing techniques to practicing drills, your children will be taught all the fundamentals of flag football in a friendly, positive environment.
Teaches Sportsmanship & Teamwork
Sportsmanship and teamwork are essential skills to learn, and they can be applied on the field and in everyday life. As your child gets to know their team, they will learn to work together and problem solve. Plus, they’ll get to celebrate wins and reflect on challenges as they participate in healthy competition. We strive to instill values of sportsmanship and fair play in all of our players.
Creates Lifelong Friendships
YMCA Youth Flag Football leagues offer a unique opportunity for your child to develop lifelong friendships. As your child spends countless hours with their team, they will share experiences, create connections, and support each other through challenges and successes. As part of a Youth Flag Football team, your child will find a supportive community that will last for years to come.
It’s Inclusive—And Just Plain Fun!
Flag football is a non-contact sport, so there is no tackling, blocking, or diving allowed on the field. Players don’t have to wear any heavy equipment, which creates an inviting environment for children to play no matter what their experience level is. And because flag football is a no-contact sport, it’s open to boys and girls of all ages, making it a game that everyone can play and enjoy!
Improves Confidence & Self-Esteem
Many children struggle with their confidence and self-esteem. After all, growing up is tough! By participating in a Youth Flag Football team, your child will get the support, encouragement, and feedback they need to perform their best. Our coaches are dedicated to providing the very best experience for your child so they feel included and accepted no matter their age or experience level. It’s our goal to help your child grow in their confidence and self-esteem.
Promotes Physical Activity
Physical activity—especially for kids—is more important than ever. Participating in our Youth Flag Football league will encourage physical activity for your child, helping them to create lifelong health and wellness habits. Here are just a few benefits of regular physical activity for children:
- Builds strong bones and muscles
- Boosts energy levels
- Helps to maintain a healthy weight
- Increases cardiovascular health
- Can help alleviate feelings of depression and anxiety
- Encourages healthy habits for life
- Improves hand-eye coordination and motor skills
Develops Personal Skills & Character
Aside from its physical benefits, our Youth Flag Football league also helps children develop lifelong personal skills as they grow as individuals. Your child will learn a variety of personal skills, such as communication, discipline, critical thinking, cooperation, honesty, and much more as they navigate challenges, celebrate wins, and participate in some healthy competition.