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All coaches and players must complete the online NFL FLAG Participation Agreement in order to be eligible to participate in NFL Flag football. It only takes a minute and completion of the agreements provides free NFL Flag player insurance coverage and gives coaches and parents a free membership to the USA Football website which provides lots of information, tools and many online resources for coaches and parents regarding flag and tackle football.


Please follow the links below to complete your online NFL Flag agreement and receive your free player insurance & USA Football membership. Thanks for your support of NFL Flag football!!


1) Concussion Training: 
Please follow the link below and complete the free online concussions course. In order to complete the FREE course you will need to set up an account and purchase the FREE concussion course at no cost to you. After you complete the course you will receive a certificate that you can email or fax back to us at the number below. This is a State requirement and must be completed before you have your first practice.
If you have completed the concussion course within the last year you do not need to complete the course again. We will still need a copy of your certificate. If you have any questions about your current status, reprinting your certificate or setting up a new account please call NFHS Learning Center at 317-565-2023 or email  If you coached in the Fall of 2014,  I have a copy of your certificate on file. 

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Coaching Tips

Coaching Tips


NFL FLAG games were designed to make it easy for every player to participate in their team's success. While size and skill certainly come into play when the action starts, your coaching should emphasize this aspect of "working together.”


Don't let your practices dissolve into a giant pile of rambunctious kids. For both their safety and your sanity, make sure to discourage any tackling or roughness early on. Remind them that they won't help their team in a game by tackling or being rough.


Help your players be good sports. After a game, shake hands with or do a cheer for the other team. Applaud good play by both sides. Treat officials with respect. While imitating you, your team won't even recognize the good lesson they’re learning.


The temptation to be another Don Shula or Bill Walsh will have to wait. This is NFL FLAG. While teaching football skills and strategies is important, keep your lessons as simple as possible. As your team grasps the basics, move on to more advanced ideas. Overloading young players with too much information too early can cause confusion for them and headaches for you.


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Coaching Resources FAQs

Coaching Resources FAQs

Why is it important to be the best coach you can be?

The children you teach will remember you and be affected by everything you have taught them forever!! The children you teach will remember you and be affected by everything you have taught them forever!! The children you teach will remember you and be affected by everything you have taught them forever!! The children you teach will remember you and be affected by everything you have taught them forever!!

Do players have to receive equal playing time?

NFL FLAG recommends you do your best to provide equal playing time for each child. Remember, NFL FLAG is a platform for young athletes to learn the basics of football and every player should have the opportunity to better their skills equally.

Ten Coaching Guidelines

Ten Coaching Guidelines

  1. A coach should be enthusiastic without being intimidating. They should be sensitive to the children's feelings and genuinely enjoy spending time with them. A coach should be dedicated to serving children and understand that football provides physical and emotional growth for its participants. Remember, NFL FLAG is for the children.
  2. A coach needs to realize that they are a teacher, not a drill sergeant. They should help children learn and work to improve their skills. Personal gains are never a consideration. The job does not depend on winning. The best interest of the child transforms into the best interests of the game.
  3. The safety and welfare of the children never can be compromised. A coach will consider these factors above all others.
  4. Be patient. Don't push children beyond limits in regards to practice. Children have many daily pressures – the football experience should not be one of them. Playing football should be fun.
  5. Care more about the players as people than as athletes. The youth football program is a means to an end, not an end in itself.
  6. A coach should encourage players to dream and set lofty goals. It is important to remain positive and refrain from discouraging remarks. Negative comments are remembered far more often than positive affirmations.
  7. Remember that the rules of the game are designed to protect the participants, as well as to set a standard for competition. Never circumvent or take advantage of the rules by teaching deliberate misconduct. A coach who puts his or her opponents' team at risk should not be involved with children.
  8. Be the first person to demonstrate good sportsmanship. Take a low profile during the game and allow the kids to be the center of attention.
  9. Parents and players place a lot of trust and confidence in the coach. The coach has an important role in molding the athletic experience of the child.
  10. A coach can measure success by the respect he gets from his or her players, regardless of victories or defeats. Children who mature socially and physically while participating in sports are the best indication of good coaching.

Plays Examples - 1

Plays Examples - 1

Based on the passing tree routes, and using our formula of calling your receiver routes from left to right followed by the running back route then the center route, the following play would be called:


Split T – Left Fly – Right Fly – H Flare Left – Center Stop


If we stick with our formula, the same play in a different formation will look like this:


Twins Right – Single Back – Left Fly – Right Fly – H Flare Left – Center Stop

Plays Examples - 2

Plays Examples - 2


Trips Right – Left Fly – Middle Fly – Right Fly – Center Arrow


If we stick with our formula, the same play in a different formation will look like this:


Twins Right – No Back – Left Fly – Middle Stop – Right Fly – Center Arrow

1 – Quick Out, 2 – Slant, 3 – Deep Out, 4 – Drag/In, 5 – Flag, 6 – Curl, 7 – Post Corner, 8 – Post, 9 - Fly

If you are using the numeric play calling system from the passing tree we would call these plays:

Trips Left – 222- Center Arrow or Trips Right – 222 – Center Arrow

The goal of this play is to isolate your center for an easy completion. This play works well in a man-to-man cover situation with one safety and one rusher, where you are able to run all the defenders out of the area you want your center to go. The key to this play is to have your center delay for a count of two to three seconds to allow your other receivers the chance to cross the centers face at a deep angle (hopefully drawing the safety into the coverage) and take their defenders at full speed away from the play. Once the rusher is focused on the quarterback, the center can then release to the play side and should find himself/ herself wide open.

Advanced Play Calling

Advanced Play Calling

Now this play would be called:
Trips Right – 999 – Center Arrow

Instead of:
Trips Right – Left Fly – Middle Fly – Right Fly – Center Arrow

The key to using this numeric system is to ensure that each receiver knows their position within the formation.

  • The first number is the left receiver
  • The second number is the middle receiver
  • The third number is the right receiver

Important Reminders:

  • You will continue to call the routes (without using numbers) for the running back (when necessary), and the center.
  • If you are using a two-receiver formation, then the play call should only be two digits rather than three.

Passing Tree

The Passing Tree is a numbered system used for the passing routes. The passing tree system is designed so that all even-numbered routes (2,4,6,8) are run towards the middle of the field and all odd-numbered routes (1,3,5,7,9) are be run towards the sideline. These routes are used for all positions on the field. The running back has extra routes that are always be referred to by name. Since the ball is always placed in the middle of the field, the center faces the dilemma, and all of the center’s routes should be based on the play design.

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