Grid Iron Flag Football Frequently Asked League Questions

We’ve compiled some of the most common questions we receive concerning our leagues.  If you’re looking for franchise opportunities, please visit our franchise section.

Registration Questions

  • NFL Flag Reversible Jersey & Flag Belt
  • 8 scheduled games (end of season tournament included)
  • End of season tournament trophy or medal (only age division champions receive a trophy)
  • All team practices (practices are determined by our volunteer coaches) (the league does not rent practice fields or lights)


Available for additional cost are:

  • Grid Iron Black pocketless shorts
  • Grid Iron Practice T-shirt
  • NFL Flag Football
  • team and individual photos
  • jersey personalization
  • mouth guard

Every player must have a mouth guard to play. Grid Iron sells mouth guards on game days. Cleats are recommended but not required.

ALL SALES ARE FINAL – Grid Iron has had to adopt a no refund policy. Much like a ticket to a concert event, when you sign up for our league we are expecting your full commitment to participate in a team roster position that was secured for your player.   We build rosters through out the registration process and order the appropriate equipment. If for some reason your player chooses or otherwise can not participate, we will remove them from the assigned team and send their player equipment (team jersey and flag belt) as ordered by you on the registration form, but we WILL NOT issue a refund.

Yes! – At ONE Sports Nation  – the earlier you register for our programs, the more you can save. Early registrations not only secure your roster position, it helps the league commissioner plan for the upcoming season and we reward you for that patronage with a discounted rate. The best player rate of the season will always by on the opening day of the preceding season. Stop by our Game Day or register on-line!

Once you register, you’ll receive a confirmation from the league. There is a significant amount of planning and organization to prepare for the upcoming season. You should hear from the league or coach 2 or 3 weeks ahead of the first scheduled game. If you have any concerns – feel free to call the league commissioner.

Great! – We love the opportunity to teach the game of football to a new player. The Grid Iron Development model will help your coach teach the fundamentals needed to develop your players skills within your age division. The Grid Iron philosophy is to “offer competitive fun with the focus on developing players for their next level of competition while keeping them excited about playing sports.”

Your player is age eligible for the season based on the their age on opening day.

For example, if you player is age 8 on the opening game day of the season, he/she is eligible for the 7-8 age division.  Your player may celebrate an 9th birthday on the following day, but is age eligible for the season based on the their age on opening day.

Players are allowed to “play-up” an age division if you feel they are ready for the next level of competition, but NEVER down – NO EXCEPTIONS.

Age Divisions are as follows:

5-6 year olds

7-8 year olds
9-10 year olds
11-12 year olds
13-15 year olds
On rare occasion the league may have to play a younger age division up to the next age division in order to provide more variety of teams.  If that is necessary, the league will balance the ages on each team so no team is lopsided.  Example: if there are not enough teams in the 7-8 age division we may play those ages up to 9-10 and make sure that there are equal amounts of ages on each team.  This is not a common practice within our ONE Sports Nation leagues.

Your player may receive a slightly larger player equipment size than ordered due to inventory levels with our suppliers.  We will do our very best to supply you with the size ordered but in some instances it is not possible.  It is always better to go up in size rather than down in size.

5-6 Age Group – Most kids wear a Youth Small or Youth Medium

7-8 Age Group – Most kids wear a Youth Medium or Youth Large (very little difference in size)

9-10 Age Group – Most kids wear a Youth Large or Youth XL

11-12 Age Group – Most kids wear a Youth Large, Youth XL or Adult Medium  (Adult Small is not available)

13-15 Age Group – Most kids wear an Adult Medium or Adult Large, however XL and 2XL is available

NFL Flag game jerseys run a little small… here is a sizing chart to help you understand the differences in sizes.



At One Sports Nation we will not charge you extra fees after your registration fee is paid.

We do not charge a ‘door fee’ or ‘entrance fee’ to attend any of our seasonal games.

We will not ask you to fund raise or find sponsors for your team.   Our leagues may hold outside optional events that part of proceeds may go to the league.

For example: a league may coordinate at a local restaurant for a particular night where some proceeds from your purchases are giving to the league by the restaurant.  You are not required to attend such events.  We will not ask you to fund raise or get sponsorships on your own.

All Grid Iron locations are independently owned and operated under the Grid Iron Activity Standards. For information on your league, please contact your league commissioner.

The coaches will receive all game day equipment from the league and distribute them prior to your first game.

Yes – all players need to submit a birth certificate to the league office to prove age division eligibility. All birth certificates are kept on file so you’ll only need to submit the proof on your first enrollment.

Parents/fans are not entitled to see another player's birth certificate, that is a violation of our privacy policy and requests for age verification will not be honored.  Age eligibility is the sole responsibility of the league commissioner.

Once teams are formed and released to the coaches, we can not make a team change without a fee. The reason for the fee is that once players are placed on a team, that teams jerseys are ordered and can not be returned.  The fee will be determined by the league at the time of change.

Practice schedules will be largely influenced by the coaches availability to conduct practice.  When you register to participate in a ONE Sports Nation Program, you are making a 10 week (+/-) commitment to participate.

You can note any personal schedule conflicts at the time of your registration and we’ll do our best to accommodate you, unfortunately we can’t guarantee that your requests can be met.  There are hundreds of events for hundreds of families – we simply can’t accommodate everyone’s unique schedule.  Life Happens – its okay to miss an occasional game or practice if you have a conflict.

Rosters are formed by each league commissioner.  We will try our best to honor your friend or coach request.  To help us honor your request please register as early as possible in the registration process.

Sometimes requests can not be honored due to the late registration or there may be too many requests for the requested coach.  We do limit our football rosters to 10 players, on rare occasion we will allow 11 players on a roster if the coach is okay coaching 11 players. BUT never more than 11 players on any one football team.

Our programs are based on volunteer parents or family members to step up and volunteer to coach a team, if your child is placed on a team without a volunteer coach the league will reach out to all parents on the team to find a parent to volunteer. Someone must volunteer to coach the team as we do rely on parent involvement in our program to keep our players fees reasonable.  We do not hire coaches to coach in our programs.

Once a volunteer coach has been identified they will reach out directly to you with your team's practice details.

Practice & Game Days

Practices are determined by our volunteer coaches (that is one of the many benefits to volunteer coaching)

We can not answer this question until your player is placed on a team and your coach contacts you. However here are some guidelines per age division that most of our coaches follow:

  • 5-6 age division – 1 – 60 minute practice per week
  • 7-8 age division – 60 or a 90 minute practice once or twice per week
  • 9-10 age division – 2 – 90 minute practices per week
  • 11-12 age division -2 – 90 minute practices per week
  • 13-15 age division -2 – 90 minute practices per week

Games have a 40 minute game clock with a 2 minute half time.   We allow 1 hour for each game to be played. The game schedule for the entire season is posted one week prior to opening day on our website. Games start in the morning and could run into the early afternoon. We schedule our games on the hour or the half hour depending on the season.  Game times vary by location and venue availability – contact your league commissioner for more info.

In the event that games are canceled due to weather, the League commissioner will communicate the ability to play make-up games to all of the teams. The ability to make the games up may be dependent on factors outside of the commissioner’s control, such as venue availability, event staff availability etc. We can guarantee that there will be 8 games scheduled each season – unfortunately we can’t guarantee that the weather will allow us to play all of them.

The league commissioner will post the season schedule at least one week prior to opening game day. The availability of the schedule will be communicated to all current players. Be sure to sign up for the weekly league communication to keep current on league activity, discounts and promotions.

Yes, Of course! – 65% of all youth athletes participate in sports because they want to be with their friends. However, be sure to register early because there is a limited number of roster positions for each team. We will do our best to accommodate coach and friend requests but can not guarantee requests due to roster limitations.

Yes – Grid Iron is powered by volunteer coaches. We require all first time Grid Iron coaches to complete the league coach certification to instill the focus and philosophy of our program, and provide valuable resources to get you started. Grid Iron provides all coaches a coach practice bag for your use during the season (a $100 value).

At ONE Sports Nation programs, we expect our players, coaches and parents to abide by our code of conduct and support the entire youth sports community.

The OFFICIALS are the only ones that make the calls on game day and your admission to OUR event does not include the right to yell at or argue with our officials.  If your behavior at OUR event is deemed inappropriate, you may be warned or asked to leave the event.  Failure to do so WILL result in penalties to your team, up to and including game forfeiture.  We do not tolerate poor behavior on the sidelines.

This program is for the kids.

Once you have selected which of our ONE Sports Nation leagues is closest to you, scroll to the bottom of league page to find your game day location.

Sometimes we find it necessary to schedule travel games with a neighboring ONE Sports Nation league to provide competition and variety depending on the amount of teams in each age division.

League Commissioners will not know if there will be travel games for your team until the schedule is published one week prior to the first game day.  Game schedules will reflect travel games and the game location.  Travel games are typically less than 20 miles away from your HOME game location.

We do our very best to keep travel games to a minimum if they are necessary.  You can rest assured you will get the same program at our other ONE Sports Nation leagues, just a different game day location.

There are numerous ways that seeding is performed, and mathematical justification behind each seeding theory.  Algorithms for seeding theory are discussed in "A theory of knockout tournament seedings" by Alexander Karpov found here:

First and foremost, as the Tournament organizer, we are not bound to ANY predetermined theory or algorithm for bracket seeding.  ONE Sports Nation reserves the right for its franchise operators to organize and conduct end-of-season or any other tournaments in any fashion they choose so long as it follows the franchise agreement and standard requirements as may be modified from time to time by OSN.
Nearly every season, we receive a question from one of our leagues nationally regarding the structure of the tournament brackets at the end of the season.  Typically, the question is coming from a parent or coach who has a participant on a team that is looking to gain (what they perceive to be) a more favorable seeding in the effort to manipulate the probabilities of knock-out during the tournament.   To that, we say,
1. The seeding really shouldn't matter.  All teams have developed and improved throughout the season, and if the coaches have embraced the focus and philosophy that we preach throughout the season, all of their players have improved and the team is stronger and optimized for tournament competition.  We have seen many 1st seed upsets because lower seeded teams spent time developing their players during the season rather than focusing on the team standings during the regular season games.  Those that come to an OSN tournament with an expectation of winning because they had a great season and bracket seeding, should also plan for disappointment.
2. To the extent that seeding does matter, the brackets are designed to preserve tougher matches for semi-final and final rounds, as most sports tournaments are.  The method used to determine the seedings is always a right reserved by the organizer.  Our operators use a modified standardized seeding that "creates pairs in the first round that preserves stronger participants from competing head-to-head before the later rounds of a knock-out tournament.  The manner in which this goal is accomplished is completely the decision of OSN.