Gridiron 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), based on league location
  • All team practices (practices are determined by our volunteer coaches) (the league does not rent practice fields or lights)

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.

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  (there is no Adult Small)

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.

 

General

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.

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.

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