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FAQ'S

Q. Why play flag football instead of tackle football?

A: Football is one of the most exciting and popular sports for kids. But whether it's because of limited size or ability, or the desire to keep from getting hurt, not all kids want to play tackle football and many parents are concerned about the violent nature of the game. Flag football has proven to be a much safer sport for kids that still includes the high action appeal of football with far less of the common injuries associated with tackle football: concussions, broken bones, sprains, and dislocations. 


Q.  What areas play in the league?

Fairfax County Flag Association is made up of teams from various areas around Northern Virginia. All of these areas will play against one another during the season; however, every area may not field a team in a particular division. 


Q.  What are the games played ?
All Games are played at Baron Cameron Park in Reston on Saturdays.First round of playoffs will be played on a Sunday.


Q.  Will my child play during the season?

A: FCFA believes in and enforces a player participation rule. All players will have a starting position either on the offense or defense. Players are allowed to participate regardless of whether they have attended practices or not.


Q. Is there physical contact in this league?

A. This is a no-contact league, and penalties for contact will be enforced. Tackling, blocking, stiff-arming or physical contact of any kind is not allowed. 


Q. What equipment is needed to participate?

  • Each participant will receive a league provided NFL reversible jersey and flag belt and team shorts
  • Mouth guards are required.
  • Cleats are not mandatory but encouraged. No metal cleats allowed


Q. What size football should my child practice with?

A. We recommend a junior football 


Q. What jersey size should I order?

  1. Check the jersey size chart to determine the size jersey you should order for your child

Q. How do I care for the kid's flag football uniform?

  • Machine wash cold with like colors on gentle cycle
  • Do not bleach, but use non-chlorinated detergent
  • Do not tumble dry
  • Do not iron or dry clean

Q. How much does it cost to register with My NFL Flag Football League

A. We are very competitive, especially with everything entailed in our season. Our Fee is $130.00 which includes an NFL Reversible Jersey, flag belt, game shorts interactive website and plenty of flag football FUN! Our newly created 5-6 Future All Stars is only $75 to register! 

B. No refunds are given after registration has been completed.

Combining Divisions: ***Please understand, at the discretion of FCFA Flag Football, may combine age divisions if there are not enough players in one division to be held on their own. No refunds will be given due to FCFA FLAG Football combining divisions***

Q. What types of payments are accepted?

      The acceptable types of payment are:

  • Cash,
  • Check***,
  • Money Order,
  • Credit card (MasterCard, Visa,and Discover***),
  • Youth Scholarship Program (available to Fairfax County residents only), or
  • Payment plan.

Q. How are Divisions sorted?

  1. The league is made up of five divisions. (Subject to Change)
  2. 5-6 Future Stars (Newly created division for the young athletes!)
  3. 7-8 year olds
  4. 9-10 year olds
  5. 11-12 year olds
  6. 13-14 year olds

Q. What is the length of the Flag Football Season?

A: the anticipated length of the Season is approximately 8 weeks. 7 regular season games and 1 playoff week. The 5-6 Future Stars Division runs 7 weeks with no additional games after. The spring season runs from April to June. The fall season runs from September to November. These dates are subject to change. 

Q. What kind of equipment should my child have?

  • A mouth piece should be worn during any on-field activity
  • We recommend every child wear cleats. No metal spikes

Q. Weather Condition Polices

A: Games will only be cancelled if the fields are deemed to be unplayable. Cancellations will be posted immediately on the website as well as emailed to all the coaches and parents. During the regular season, if there's a game cancellation, there will be no make-ups except for Playoffs. Playoffs are the only games that will be made up if there's a game cancellation 

Lightning/Thunder

  • Any lightning/thunder will result in the current game immediately being called. If the 4th quarter has begun, then the game will be recorded as a final score.
  • Any game scheduled to begin within 30mins of lightning/thunder delay will be cancelled and result in a tie.

Delay of Game due to heavy rain

  • If a game is delayed 15mins or more due to heavy rain and the game is in progress, then the game will be called and the game will result in a tie.
  • If a game is delayed due to heavy rain and the 4th quarter has begun, then the game will be called and recorded as a final score.

Cancelled Games due to weather conditions

  • If a game cannot begin within 15mins after its scheduled time due to weather conditions, the game will be cancelled and result in a tie.

Q. My child wants to "Play Up" into the next age group, is that possible?

A:  Yes. Playing up into the next age division is allowed. Since the registration system automatically places players into Divisions based on their age, simply add a note in the "Special Requests" field on the registration form to let us know that you would like your child to play up into the next Division and we will make the change. Alternately, you may email us your request. We do not, however, allow "playing down" into a younger Age Division, to be fair to the younger kids.

Q. How are the teams picked?

A:  Coaches draft their teams after all the assessments have been finished. All Efforts are made to accommodate siblings and friend requests and in most cases are granted. An effort is also made to put kids from the same area on the same team.

Q.  What is a skill assessment and why is it needed?
A skill assessment is a set of drills designed to assess the player’s experience/capabilities. Each player will throw the ball, be timed while they run a designated distance, and run sideways and/or back and forth.

The coaches watch the kids during the skill assessment and rate their level of skill, physical coordination, and speed. This information is used during the player draft to distribute the kids with similar skill, coordination, and speed levels as equally as possible across the teams.

Q.  When are the skill assessments?


A: The skill assessments take place prior to the start of each season. There are multiple sessions offered. Players do not have to attend every skill assessment; they are required to attend only one session in order to be placed on a team.

Q.  When are practice days and where are they located?
Coaches will determine what day(s) and location practice will be held. Each team will practice a minimum 1 hour a week and no more than 3 hours a week

Q.  When will the games be played & Where?
Games are played on Saturday. If there are any make up games, they will be determined as the season progresses. Playoffs and championships games take place after the regular season has concluded.  Games are currently played at Baron Cameron Park, Reston VA.  

Q. Do you have a copy of the Rule Book?

A: Yes, click 2018 Official Rule Book

 

Q. When will I hear from my Coach?

A: You will receive an email from the league as soon as your child has been placed on a team indicating the team information schedule and coach's information. Your coach will contact you at least two weeks prior to the start of the season to introduce themselves. If you haven't heard from your coach and the first game is less than a week away, please contact us for information. 

Q. I have other questions. Who do I contact?

A: You may contact us by email at commissioner@fcflag.org or call us at 571-485-9339 

Q: Are there any volunteer opportunities available within the league?

A: There are number of openings that we are always looking to fill no matter if you have just an hour or several hours to offer. The list below is some of the openings available:

  • At-Large Board Member
  • Coaches
  • Referees (must be at least 16 years old)
  • Team Photographers
  • Advertising Coordinator
  • Team Managers
  • Field Maintenance
  • Donations/Sponsorship Coordinator

If you are interested in volunteering for one of the positions above or in some other capacity, please contact the league commissioner at commissioner@fcflag.org.