Competitive Flag Football

For some kids, this may be their first experience with football or with any organized sport. For such youngsters, you won’t be able to teach them every concept of the game of football in a short season. Instead, the goal should be to teach players the fundamentals of the game.

Teams travel throughout North Georgia and compete against other North Metro Football Teams

1st -2nd Grade Flag Football Teams

3rd -4th Grade Flag Football Teams

5th Grade Flag Football Teams

6th Grade Flag Football Teams

For more information on North Metro Football League (The Scheduling Agent of Jamborees, Games, Playoffs and Championship please visit www.northmetrofootball.com)

The basic concepts to teach players are:
The Center/QB Exchange
The Proper “Ready” Stance
The QB/RB Exchange
How to Carry the Football
How to Properly Throw The Football
How to Properly Catch The Football
Flag Pulling and Basic Defensive Concepts

Congratulations to NMFL Milton Steelers White Team

Head Coach Micheal Hardee
Assistant Coaches
Bob Catanach
Joe Cua
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Congratulations to NMFL Milton Steelers Gold Team

Head Coach Mark Lazzara
Assistant Coaches
Jason Petrovich
Roman Stephens
David Lakin
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Excellent video on teaching the fundamentals of the Center/Quarterback Exchange and shotgun snap

Proper Stance Prior to the Snap

The 2 point stance is the proper stance for all positions in flag football except the QB and Center (who must execute the exchange). The 3-point and 4-point stances are not legal in NFL Flag Football Leagues.

The two point stance: Players stand with their feet about shoulder width apart or a little wider if it’s more comfortable for them. Put the palms of the hands on the knees and hunch over a bit more so that the arms are slightly bent. The player is now in a two point stance and ready for the play.

Receivers need to get down the field fast so Receivers should utilize a modified 2-point stance with one leg further back than the other, with knees slightly bent. This stance will enable your Receivers to explode off the snap and head down field.

2-point-stance

Receiving the Ball

How to Properly Grip and Carry the Football While Running

Have a firm grip. Having a firm grip on the ball will help you hold onto the ball when you are running fast. If you hold it loosely, it it easier to lose your grip while running and fumble.
 

 
Throwing the Football
 
1. Grip the football. The most common way to grip the football for throwing is with the ring and little fingers crossing the laces and your thumb underneath. The index finger should be over a seam, and your thumb and index fingers should make an “L” shape.

  • Don’t “palm” the football. Hold it lightly with the fingertips and try to keep space between the center of the palm and the ball.
  • Don’t grip the ball too tightly. Keep your hold firm enough to keep control, but not tightly – adjust your grip as needed

2. Position your body in the throwing stance. Face perpendicular to your target. If you throw with your right hand, turn to the right, and vice versa if you throw with your left hand. Turn your pivot foot (opposite your throwing arm) so that it’s pointing toward your target. Keep your eyes on the target.

3. Hold the ball near your ear. Before throwing the ball, keep it up near your ear, stabilizing it with your non-throwing hand. This allows you to be ready to throw the ball quickly

4. Wind back. Release your non-throwing hand from the ball. Wind your throwing arm back, stopping just behind your ear.

5. Throw in a half-circular motion. Quickly swing your throwing arm forward in a circular arc. Release the ball mid-way through the circle. Your empty hand should then head toward your non-dominant hip, palm facing away from you. Practice this motion a few times before you let go of the ball.

  • Use the rest of your body to build momentum for your throw. The hips, legs and shoulders can add great power to a pass.  Step forward with your non-dominant (or pivot) foot, and move your non-dominant elbow down toward your back. Rotate your hips and shoulders in the direction of the pass.

Catching the Football

Catching a football can be difficult for inexperienced players. One of the keys to catching a football that the Receiver should start by giving the QB a good target with hands out-stretched. Receivers should try to catch the ball with their hands, then bring the ball into their body. Many young players will try to catch the ball by trapping it with between their arms and body, which often results in the ball bouncing off their chest. Instead, try to emphasize catching with the hands. The most important thing is for players to keep their eyes on the ball. Many young players will take their eyes off the ball at the last moment (searching for the defender, looking to run, etc.)

The Defense

“Defense wins games” – this is the philosophy of many professional, college, and high school coaches and is also a good philosophy for Flag Football. If you can prevent your opponent from scoring, you have a better chance of winning. Don’t just focus on the offense in your practices. Dedicate enough practice time to the defense and your team will be rewarded.