Grid Iron Flag Football (An NFL Flag Program)

Program Description

Ages 5-15

Grid Iron Flag Football has developed the nation’s premiere NFL flag football experience providing Real Kick Offs, Real Punts, Certified Coaches and we wrap these around a well organized, family oriented program as an NFL Flag Football member. Grid Iron is our flagship youth sports program and is designed to teach kids the right way to play, with rules that resemble High School Football. Ask your commissioner about the Grid Iron differences, and why its the best experience for your player and family.

Everybody plays in Grid Iron Flag Football where the focus is competitive fun and player development.

Program Variations

In addition to Season League Play, additional Grid Iron Flag Football Programming may be available in the following formats, ask your league commissioner for details.

7on7 Flag Football

For the older age groups, Grid Iron has designed a passing league program that allows participants to focus on positional skills of QB, Receiver, Defensive backs and Safeties.

There are no lineman, blocking, or tackling. The league emphasizes the passing game versus a variety of man-man and zone pass coverage.

Grid Iron Draft League

(Part of the OSN Tournament Series)

The Grid Iron Draft League gives players and coaches an opportunity to experience a draft style season with player combine, coach draft night and, abridged season for a limited number of participants. The Draft League is a highly competitive experience for those that are in it to win it.

Tournament Play

(Part of the OSN Tournament Series)

Winning is the goal for the OSN Tournament Series. Coaches, players and parents should carefully consider their athlete’s physical, mental and emotional preparedness for entering a highly competitive contest. Although the OSN Tournament Series offers a highly competitive atmosphere, Code of Conduct is still in effect during the tournament and is expected to be exemplified by coaches AND parents. Teams will participate with Grid Iron tournament rules in a tournament format established by the commissioner (single elimination, double elimination or other.)

Coach Plays QB Tournament

(Part of the OSN Tournament Series)

We encourage the Parent Coaches to get in the game with this unique 5on5 tournament series. The Coach plays all time quarterback for their own team in this all passing game variation. Coach Plays QB takes place in a fun-filled tournament setting. OSN Tournament Directors WILL NOT TOLERATE poor behavior by players, coaches or parents. Violation of the code of conduct will result in penalties, game forfeiture or dis-qualification.

Season Info

Grid Iron Flag Football offers multiple seasons of league play for those that enjoy football and want to improve their skills throughout the year. Season details can be viewed by clicking the “Register Now” button on the league page. Other Program variations are available on a customer demand basis. Contact your league commissioner to express interest or inquire about upcoming opportunities.

What's Included

Games

A full season of Grid Iron Flag Football league play includes eight scheduled games consisting of 7 regular season and your first round play-off game in the end of season tournament. All teams are invited to participate in the end of season tournament regardless of regular season performance. Our program is designed to promote player development through the regular season games so that each team has developed to their season potential for the end of season tournament.

Everyone plays in Grid Iron Flag Football league play, and our coaches are encouraged to provide fair playing time for every player that attends practice, gives their best effort and is focused during the games and practice regardless of their talent or ability. Competitive play with a focus on winning is reserved for OSN Tournament Series programs only.

Game Schedule Info

All regular season game schedules for the entire season are created by the commissioner and share with participant families approximately one week prior to Season launch. This will allow each family to make plans outside of sports during the season. Tournament games are determined by season standings, so those game times can only be shared following the end of the regular season. Game Locations and Season Details can be viewed by clicking the “Register Now” button on the league page.

Practices

Practices are determined by our volunteer coaches (that is one of the many benefits to volunteer coaching) For additional Information, please visit our FAQs.

Coaching

Our Coaches are background checked and we require all first time Grid Iron coaches to complete our league coach certification that emphasizes our youth sports focus and philosophy, reviews safety curriculum, provides practice and game day organization, rules review and coach resources. In addition, Grid Iron Flag Football provides each certified head coach with an equipment bag for their use during the season (a $100 value) that includes the basics needed to coach our teams.

Grid Iron is powered by volunteer coaches and we encourage your participation with your child. 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. There are many benefits to coaching. As the head coach for a Grid Iron team you’ll be determining the practice day(s), time and location. You’ll be choosing the team name for the NFL Branded player jerseys, you’ll get a practice bag of equipment and the joy of coaching young players, including your own.

Pro Branded Uniforms

Like all of the ONE Sports Nation Programs, Grid Iron Flag Football utilizes pro branded player uniforms as an NFL Flag affiliate. Our players will wear the jerseys of the pros on game day because when you look good, you play good. Parents are often found wearing their pro jerseys too as they support their child’s youth sport team.

Age Divisions

Please see FAQs and Program Descriptions for Age Divisions. Players can always Play Up and age division but never down.

Player Development Model

The Grid Iron Flag Football program rules have been developed to mimic high school football as closely as possible with due consideration for age appropriate skills, field dimensions and sports equipment size. We believe in teaching kids the right way to play sports so that kids don’t have to relearn game rules at a later time. That’s why the Grid Iron program includes, punts, kick-offs, QB scrambles and laterals and more. Everything about our rules and program structure is intentional, with many years of experience and game day testing to ensure the right approach to developing the players.

Our Coach Certification provides age appropriate guidance for skill development with suggested practice routines and available coach resources.

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