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“Our mission is to set the highest standard in youth sports for our communities, empowering each child in our program to become the best athlete, teammate, and person on and off the field. We take a hands-on approach in providing a fun and safe environment for every family, with the goal of creating memories that last a lifetime.”

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FAQs

General

Does my child have to wear a mask?

All Gridiron Football events will strictly follow the guidelines and protocols set forth by local and state governments to ensure the health and safety of our participants, parents, coaches, and officials. For further information on our COVID 19 safety protocols, please visit our COVID-19 Safety Procedures / Return to Play.

How do I change my password?

During Registration there are a couple of places to do a password reset.

  1. On the Main Page in the Sign In box, you can select Forgot Password
  2. Go to this direct link https://gridironfb.com/forgot-password and enter a registered email address

Programs

Are your football programs Co-Ed?

All of our programs are co-ed, unless noted.

What is the difference between recreational and competitive flag?

Recreational Flag is for players new to the game, looking for a fun and safe introduction to the game of football.

Competitive Flag is for players with previous flag experience, or players seeking a higher level of competition.

What is the difference between 7v7 and Flex?

7-on-7 Football is non-contact and highly competitive. Designed to develop the passing and pass defense aspects game for all players, 7-on-7 Football starts from each team’s 40 yard line with no tackling, no linemen, minimal gear and soft-shell helmets.

Designed by NFL players to replicate the NFL practice regimen, Flex Football focuses on technique and an understanding of the game in a fast paced, limited contact environment where hands-first blocking is allowed. Flex improves skill positions players as well as linemen — and is the safest, most complete limited contact option available for off-season tackle programs.

Coaching

How can I become a coach?

Select the “Game Info” tab at the top toolbar of the website, then select “Team Sign Up”. Here you can sign up as a coach and either register a full or partial team of players, OR individually register as a coach by leaving the player information empty.

Steps:

  • Fill out your roster
  • Sign your own child up
  • Call, text, or email each parent and let them know the following:
    • Location
    • Style of Play
    • Please be sure to put my name in the COACH REQUEST field as you register

***We are cleaning up the automation process. Right this second, this a manual process. We will get you a list of who has registered within 5 business days.

Schedules/ Rosters

How do I find my players' game schedule?

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Can I purchase a mouth guard on gameday?

Yes, mouth guards are available for purchase on game day. Cash will not be accepted on site, only credit or debit card payments.

What happens if our game is cancelled due to weather?

If your game is cancelled due to weather conditions or other reasons, you will be notified by your team’s coach or local league operator. They will then work to get them rescheduled and update you when a new date is confirmed.

Registration

How do I register?
  1. Go to www.gridironfb.com
  2. Scroll down to add your zip code
  3. Select the style of play
  4. Select what location and day
  5. Complete the registration

***Don’t forget to check out our new offerings (Academies, Clinics, & Tournaments)

Why can't I find a league near me?

Start by searching your Zip Code in our search bar, as well as selecting your desired maximum distance (20, 30, or 50 miles). If you don’t see a league near you, send us a message on our Facebook page (Gridiron Football), and tell us where we should start a league. We’d love to bring Gridiron Football to your area!

Do you offer early registration discounts?

Yes! The earlier you register for our program, the more you save! You do not need a promo code.

How do I get my refund/credit from my cancelled season?

We are outside of our refund time frame on this matter, and will no longer be distributing refunds for previous seasons. To receive a pre communicated credit from a previous registration, send an email requesting your credit to support@gridironfb.com with your name, player’s name, and the legacy league you were previously registered with.

I signed up for the wrong league, how can I switch?

Please contact our Customer Success Specialists, either via the chat on our website, email support@gridironfb.com. A member of our team will be able to help you through getting your player placed into the right league.

Do I get a discount if I sign up more than one child?

If you register more than one player in one transaction, you will receive a $20 discount off of your registration total.

If I can't participate anymore, can I get a refund?

We are only able to offer refunds if you purchase the “Season Protection” plan during your registration process. How does the plan work?

  • If you cancel before the season starts and your equipment has not shipped, you can be refunded for your season charges.
  • If your equipment has already shipped, you can still get your registration cost minus equipment cost and Registration Protection.
  • Season started? Registration Protection will allow you to get a prorated amount back.
Can my kids sign up for the same team?

Yes! When completing the registration process, there is an option to “request a buddy”. Here you will enter the name of your teammate request. You must type the buddy requests for each player, even if you are registering multiple players on the same transaction.

Ages

Do I need a copy of my child's birth certificate to play?

No, you do not need to provide a copy of your child’s birth certificate to play.

How do I know what age group my child should play in?

Age groups are broken up into 6U, 8U, 10U, 12U, 15U, and 17U, with the cut off birthday being August 1st. Players can play up in age groups, but will not be allowed to play down an age division.

What is the cutoff birthday?

For our age divisions: The cutoff birthday for age divisions is August 1st

For our grade divisions: There is no cutoff, as you play with your schoolmates

Equipment/ Merchandise

If my child's jersey doesn't fit, how can I return it?

We are not processing returns or exchanges. Please review the sizing charts and directions before you finalize your uniform selection.

Does my child have to wear a helmet?

Helmets are currently recommended for all Spring Flag leagues, and are required for 7v7 and Flex. In the Summer and Fall, we will require ALL competitive leagues (Competitive Flag, 7v7, and Flex) to transition to using soft shell helmets. We do everything we can to give our players the best and safest experience possible.

What gear is required for my league?

Rec flag

  • Mouthpiece
  • Pocket-less shorts
  • Gloves (COVID-19 Safety Regulation)

Comp Flag AND 7v7

  • Mouthpiece
  • Pocket-less shorts
  • Cleats
  • Rocksolid soft shell helmet
  • Gloves (COVID-19 Safety Regulation)

Flex

  • Mouthpiece
  • Pocket-less shorts
  • Cleats
  • Rocksolid soft shell helmet and shoulder pads
  • Gloves (COVID-19 Safety Regulation)

Officials

5 on 5 Flag Football FAQs

Will my team need a punter?

No, there is no kicking in any Gridiron style of play.

Can the quarterback run the ball?

Yes, the person initially taking the snap can run the ball if a defender crosses the line-of-scrimmage in pursuit of the passer.

How many downs does a team have to earn a new set of downs?

Teams have four downs to achieve the line-to-gain. On the fourth down coaches must decide to “go for it” or surrender the ball to the other team on the 5-yard line.

What options do coaches have on penalties?

The offended team’s coach can either accept or decline the penalty. At times it is an advantage to decline and take the result of the play instead.

Can ball carriers leave their feet?

Yes, ball carriers are allowed to leave their feet slightly, jump, and spin as evasive maneuvers in order to advance the ball as long as they do not put another player’s safety at risk. No hurdling.

Are backward laterals allowed?

Yes, ball carriers may legally use backward passes and legal pitches behind the line-of-scrimmage. They may not pass the line-of-scrimmage.

Can boys and girls play on the same team?

Absolutely, our program seeks and encourages inclusive participation.

How long are the games?

Our 5 on 5 flag games are two twenty minute halves with a halftime.

Do the kids wear helmets?

Yes, we recommend all players wear helmets. Only our recreational flag leagues are not required to wear helmets but it is suggested. Helmets may be purchased at https://shop.gridironfb.com.

Can the kids tackle?

No, flag football is a finesse game, not the brute strength game of tackle football.

How much contact occurs?

5 on 5 flag is a minimal-contact sport but contact does occur on occasion. Most instances are unintentional and insignificant and usually the product of bodies moving in space simultaneously. It is the job of each player, coach and official to keep contact to a minimum through self-control, training, and enforcement.

Do the players need mouth guards?

Yes, players must properly wear a protective mouthpiece in their mouths while on the field-of-play. Coaches, officials, and players share responsibility for safety.

After the snap, how long does a team have to get rid of the ball?

An audible 7-second “sack clock” is administered by an official.

What is the Gridiron Policy for misconduct?

Players, coaches, spectators, and officials must avoid profanity, disrespectful language; racist, sexist, homophobic remarks; obscene or threating gestures/ behavior; and bullying. Foul play will not be tolerated. If a player or non-player fails to comply with our requests, we have the authority to forfeit the game and have that individual(s) removed from the rented complex. Alcohol, intoxicants, tobacco products, vaping, weapons and drones are prohibited at our events.

What is the Gridiron Policy on fighting?

Fighting will lead to an immediate ejection form the game, possible suspension, or even a lifetime exclusion from future Gridiron events.

Can an official sit a player out for poor behavior?

Yes, all unsportsmanlike conduct and egregious personal fouls will be accompanied by a cool down period at a minimum.

Before, or instead of, disqualification or ejection an official may order, but is not required to, a player a “cool down” period if the official chooses.

Players should think of this “cool down” as a warning before being disqualified or ejected and be thankful for it.

Can teams celebrate after a play?

Yes, celebrations are fine but keep them short, conservative, and not directed at an opponent.

Players cannot “showboat”, taunt, spike the ball or flag belt toward an opponent, or be excessive in any way. Use of force against or to verbally attack or harass another player will not be tolerated.

What is ``preventative officiating``?

We encourage our officials to use the “preventative style” of officiating which allows them to talk to, remind and help players avoid violations whenever feasible. Cautions and teaching points are appropriate most times.

Is there a ``mercy`` rule?

Yes, the mercy rule will be invoked if the score differential is 27 or more points in the second half.

Can a coach challenge an official's call?

Yes, but only procedural issues may be addressed, not an official’s judgment call or no call.

If the ball carrier trips, can they get back up and run?

No, the ball will be declared dead if any portion of the ball carrier’s body other than his hands or feet (knee, elbow, buttocks, or ball-in-hand, etc.) touches the ground.

Can players block for the ball carrier?

No, physical-contact blocking (as seen in traditional football) and non-contact blocking “screen blocking” (as seen in basketball) are not allowed even if unintentional.

Are fumbles live balls?

No, the ball becomes dead when it hits the ground.

Can ball carriers stop defenders from pulling their flag?

The ball carrier’s flags must be accessible to the defense throughout the play. They may twist, turn, dip, hop etc. but the ball carrier can’t cover his flags with his hands or the ball, stiff-arm an opponent or swipe an opponent’s hands away.

What options do officials have when contact occurs?

On any given collision or contact, an official has several options to use at his discretion that range from making “no call” if the contact was incidental to ejecting players if he feels the contact was intentional or egregious.

Flex Football FAQs

Will my team need a punter?

No, there is no kicking in any Gridiron style of play.

Can the quarterback run the ball?

The passer is allowed to carry the ball past the line of scrimmage as long as he leaves the notional tackle box before crossing the line-of-scrimmage.

How many downs does a team have to earn a new set of downs?

Teams must gain 10 yards within 4 downs to be awarded a new set of downs (unless the team is awarded an automatic first down by penalty).

After the snap, how long does a team have to get rid of the ball?

There is no “sack clock”. Just like “real football”, a natural rush and pursuit by the defense will dictate how the QB proceeds with the play.

Are there designed runs?

Yes, traditional football running plays can be used.

How is the ball carrier downed by a defender?

Flex Football is a 2 hand “tag off” league. There are no flags. The defender must come to balance, break down and tag off below the head & neck area. Tagging off is a 2 hand “touch””and not a 2 hand shove (shoving can and will be penalized).

Can ball carriers leave their feet?

Yes, ball carriers are allowed to leave their feet slightly, jump, and spin as evasive maneuvers in order to advance the ball as long as they do not put another player’s safety at risk. No hurdling.

Are backward laterals allowed?

Yes, ball carriers may legally use backward passes and legal pitches anywhere on the field. Illegal forward passes are not allowed. If legally lateraled and fumbled (dropped) the ball is dead at the spot the ball landed.

Can players block for the ball carrier?

Yes! Proper blocking is a foundation of the game. Our coaches teach (and rules are enforced) for the blocker to “come to balance”, engage with the hands only and not finish to the ground.

Are fumbles live balls?

No, the ball becomes dead when it hits the ground.

Can boys and girls play on the same team?

Absolutely, our program seeks and encourages inclusive participation.

How long are the games?

Flex games are two twenty minute halves with a one minute halftime.

Do the kids wear helmets and shoulder pads?

Yes, we recommend all players wear helmets and soft shell shoulder pads. Only our recreational flag leagues are not required to wear helmets but it is suggested. Helmets and soft shell shoulder pads may be purchased at https://shop.gridironfb.com.

Can the kids tackle?

No. Rules and enforcement are in place to ensure all players understand that this is a developmental game.

How much contact occurs?

Flex Football is a controlled and limited contact sport but contact does occur while legally blocking or getting off a block. Everyone is coached to “stay up” – no one should end up on the ground. Most unintentional instances are insignificant and usually the product of bodies moving in space simultaneously. It is the job of each player, coach and official to keep contact to a minimum through self-control, training, and enforcement.

Do the players need mouth guards?

Yes, players must properly wear a protective mouthpiece in their mouths while on the field-of-play. Coaches, officials, and players share responsibility for safety.

What is the Gridiron policy for misconduct?

Players, coaches, spectators, and officials must avoid profanity, disrespectful language;racist, sexist, homophobic remarks; obscene or threating gestures/ behavior; and bullying.Foul play will not be tolerated. If a player or non-player fails to comply with our requests,we have the authority to forfeit the game and have that individual(s) removed from the rented complex. Alcohol, intoxicants, tobacco products, vaping, weapons and drones are prohibited at our events.

What is the Gridiron policy on fighting?

Fighting will lead to an immediate ejection form the game, possible suspension, or even a lifetime exclusion from future Gridiron events.

Can an official sit a player out for poor behavior?

Yes, all unsportsmanlike conduct and egregious personal fouls will be accompanied by a cool down period at a minimum.Before, or instead of, disqualification or ejection an official may order, but is not required to, a player a “cool down” period if the official chooses. Players should think of this “cool down” as a warning before being disqualified or ejected and be thankful for it.

Can teams celebrate after a play?

Yes, celebrations are fine but keep them short, conservative, and not directed at an opponent. Players cannot “showboat”, taunt, spike the ball toward an opponent, or be excessive in any way. Use of force against or to verbally attack or harass another player will not be tolerated.

What is ``preventative officiating``?

We encourage our officials to use the “preventative style” of officiating which allows them to talk to, remind and help players avoid violations whenever feasible. Cautions and teaching points are appropriate most times.

Is there a ``mercy`` rule?

Yes, the mercy rule will be invoked if the score differential is 27 or more points in the second half.

Can a coach challenge an official's call?

Yes, but only procedural issues may be addressed, not an official’s judgment call or no call.

If the ball carrier trips, can he get back up and run?

No, the ball will be declared dead if any portion of the ball carrier’s body other than his hands or feet (knee, elbow, buttocks, or ball-in-hand, etc.) touches the ground.

What options do officials have when contact occurs?

On any given collision or contact, an official has several options to use at his discretion that range from making “no call” if the contact was incidental to ejecting players if he feels the contact was intentional or egregious.

What options do coaches have on penalties?

 

The offended team’s coach can either accept or decline the penalty. At times it is an advantage to decline and take the result of the play instead.