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CONGRATULATIONS DANIEL PETERMANN ON YOUR 1st CFL PRO TOUCHDOWN

To see Daniel Petermann first touchdown

click link https://www.bluebombers.com/2018/09/08/recap-saskatchewan-32-winnipeg-27/

It's around the 4:30 mark of video.

Congratulations Daniel, we are proud of you.

 


2019 SPRING REGISTRATIONS

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             FOR BOYS AND GIRLS AGES 5-17

$100 FOR 8 WEEKS MAY AND JUNE SPRING SEASON

IF YOU LIKE TO BE PUT ON OUR MAILING LIST

 REGARDING 2019 SPRING SEASON  EMAIL US fpbbcg@gmail.com

 


HAMILTON'S NFL FLAG 5 on 5 FOOTBALL LEAGUE WHERE EVERYONE PLAYS...EVERYONE WINS

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  $100 FOR 8 WEEKS MAY AND JUNE SPRING SEASON


2018 SEASON BREAKDOWN OF OUR LEAGUE EXPENSES PER PLAYER

WE ARE NOT GOING SAY WE ARE THE BIGGEST OR BEST LEAGUE IN ONTARIO BUT I WILL SAY OUR VOLUNTEERS ARE HERE TO GIVE THIS COMMUNITY THE BEST VALUE THAT YOUR CHILD WILL RECEIVE. IT'S ALL BECAUSE FOOTBALL IS FAMILY AND WE LOVE THIS GAME. REGISTRATION FEES WERE $100 AND NEXT YEAR FEES 2019 WILL REMAIN $100

 

INSURANCE             $5.07

FIELD COSTS           13.29

REFS                         17.35

JERSEYS                  38.87

YEAR END HOODIE  27.07

PIZZAS                        3.30

BANK CHARGES          .15

TOTAL COST           $105.10

THE WATER WAS PROVIDED BY THE COACHES. THANK YOU COACHES. THE EXTRA $5.10 WAS COVERED BY THE SAVINGS WE HAD FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR. YOU WILL NOTICE OUR FIELD COST WAS HIGHER THAN PREVIOUS YEAR BECAUSE WE BOOKED EXTRA FIELD TIME IN CASE WE WANTED TO USE IT FOR PICKUP FOOTBALL. 

 NFL FLAG 5 on 5 FOOTBALL  IS NOT AN EXPENSIVE SPORT TO OPERATE. WE BELIEVE THAT NO ONE SHOULD  PROFIT FROM KIDS SPORTS ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY ARE PROMOTING NFL PLAY 60. EVERY NFL FLAG 5 on 5 FOOTBALL ORGANIZATION HAS THE SAME EXPENSES. 

WHEN YOU SEE OTHER FLAG LEAGUES CHARGING  $150-$275 IN OUR COMMUNITY, ASK THEM WHY. WHY DO THEY WANT TO MAKE MONEY OFF OUR YOUTH ESPECIALLY FROM THIS COMMUNITY. 

NFL PLAY 60 MISSION IS TO MAKE THE NEXT GENERATION OF YOUTH, THE MOST ACTIVE AND HEALTHY. NOT FOR PEOPLE TO MAKE MONEY FROM.

IN OCTOBER 2007, THE NFL LAUNCHED NFL PLAY 60, A NATIONAL YOUTH HEALTH AND FITNESS CAMPAIGN FOCUSED ON INCREASING THE WELLNESS OF YOUNG FANS BY ENCOURAGING THEM TO BE ACTIVE FOR AT LEAST 60 MINUTES A DAY.

 


Which sport is best for a young athlete’s future and safety?

So you’re a mom or dad who believes in the varied physical and mental benefits sports can deliver to your son or daughter.

Ultimately, your child’s devotion or lack thereof will decide which sport, if any, will light his or her path.

But parents have been known to place a ball, puck, racket, club or some other sports instrument in their child’s crib in an effort to nudge them in a particular direction.

The question is: Which sport is most likely to lead to a college scholarship? Which sport is most likely to lead to a pro contract? And which sport is most likely to get a young athlete seriously hurt, as in a traumatic brain injury?

For boys, 16.9 percent of those who compete in fencing or gymnastics in high school earn Division I college scholarships, which is an extremely high rate relative to other sports.

For girls, 23.2 percent of high school fencers earn Division I scholarships.

But before you head out to find equipment for your prospective little swashbuckler, remember that fencing isn’t offered as a high school sport in Florida.

So let’s focus on the more popular sports, those with more than 100,000 high school competitors nationwide.

▪ Football: It’s the most popular boys’ sport in the nation with more than 1.1 million high school athletes, and 2.4 percent get to Division 1 (8 percent to college at any level). But the concussion issue may give parents pause.

According to headcasecompany.com, 47 percent of all sports concussions occur during football practices or games.

▪ Track and field: More than 650,000 boys and 545,000 girls compete in this sport. The percentage of those who reach Division I are 1.7 in boys and 2.3 in girls (5.2 percent boys, 6.1 percent girls at any college). Unlike football, which has a vibrant pro league in the NFL, the best track athletes are mostly celebrated just once every four years in the Olympics.

▪ Basketball: More than 540,000 boys and 430,000 girls play this sport in high school, with just 0.9 percent in boys and 1.2 percent of girls making it to Division 1 (6.1-6.4 percent any college). As for opportunities beyond college, basketball is played almost all over the world for men and women.

▪ Baseball/softball: More than 480,000 boys play baseball and 370,000 play softball. Division I rates are 2.1 for boys and 1.6 percent in girls (11.5-8.3 percent any college). As for next-level opportunities, few Americans make a living outside the U.S. And even the best college players usually have to spend a few years in the minors before getting a chance at the majors.

▪ Soccer: More than 410,000 boys and 370,000 girls play high school soccer. The Division I rates are 1.4 percent for boys and 2.4 percent for girls (9.1-10.1 percent any college). Soccer is a perhaps surprisingly dangerous sport due to head collisions as players rise up to strike the ball in the air. Only football, hockey and lacrosse — in that order — lead to more concussions. And in terms of pro contracts, it helps that soccer is truly the world’s game. Opportunities are abundant, with salaries varying depending on skill.

▪ Volleyball: It’s the third-most popular girls’ sport, with more than 420,000 in high school and 1.2 percent getting to Division I (6.2 percent any college). It’s much less popular among boys (52,000), with 0.9 playing Division I.

▪ Wrestling: More than 260,000 boys wrestle in high school, and the Division I rate is 0.9 percent (3.6 percent any college). Next-level opportunities are mostly in the Olympics.

▪ Tennis: More than 190,000 boys and 215,000 girls compete in high school tennis. Division I rates are 1.4 percent for both genders (5.3-5 percent any college). However, the competition here is fierce because there is the highest percent of foreign-born athletes coming to the U.S. and taking scholarships than in any other sport. That rate is 32.3 percent for foreign-born men and 30.4 percent for women. Among sports played in Florida high schools, the next most popular sport for foreign-born athletes coming to the U.S. is golf (12.2 percent).

▪ Swimming: More than 135,000 boys and 160,000 girls swim in high school. Division I rates are 2.8 percent for boys and 3.3 percent for girls (7.9-8.3 percent any college). And for girls who love the water, why not let them try synchronized swimming (only 603 girls compete nationwide but 12.9 earn D1 scholarships) and water polo (19,000 compete and 3.6 go D1).

▪ Lacrosse: More than 105,000 boys and nearly 82,000 girls play this sport in high school. Division I rates are 2.8 percent for boys and 3.4 percent for girls (13.0-13.3 percent any college). Concussions are a concern, ranking behind only football and hockey. And pro opportunities are relatively scarce.

▪ Golf: More than 150,000 boys and 70,000 girls compete in high school golf. Division I rates are 2.0 percent for boys and 3.1 percent for girls (8.1-9.2 percent any college). Obstacles include the financial cost of this sport and the foreign-born competition.

So what does all this info mean?

A lot will depend on your particular child. For example, what body type does he or she have? Certain sports such as basketball and volleyball offer better opportunities for long and lean athletes. Other sports such as soccer can boast that their greatest star, Lionel Messi, is just 5-foot-7 and 160 pounds.

 

Ultimately, though, it usually comes down to something quite simple: What sport does your son or daughter truly love?

 


VIDEO OF THE 2018, 12-13 YEAR OLD DIVISION PANTHERS

 




Here is a little highlight video that a parent from the 12-13 year old's Panthers team put together for their coaches, players, families, and friends. Click youtube link below

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xy6zA13-Blw&authuser=0

 


Flag Football Championship Highlights: Pro's vs. Amateurs for $1 Million Dollars | NFL

CONGRATULATIONS TO FIGHTING CANCER.

THE 2018 AMERICAN FLAG FOOTBALL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

Click Link

https://youtu.be/CRMfnwiCV7w

 


2018 LEAGUE UPDATE

 

 

THERE WERE 66 GAMES PLAYED ON OUR FINAL WEEKEND AND I WANT TO SAY BEFORE WE TALK ABOUT OUR CLOSING DAY WE DID HAVE SEVERAL INCIDENTS IN ONE OF OUR  FRIDAY NIGHT GAMES COMMITTED BY A FEW MEMBERS OF ONE TEAM THAT RANGED FROM VERBAL AND PHYSICAL ABUSE. ONCE THE REFEREE STOPPED THE GAME THESE FEW PLAYERS CONTINUE THEIR UNRULY BEHAVIOUR INTO THE PARKING LOT. DUE TO THEIR BEHAVIOUR THIS TEAM WAS DISQUALIFIED FROM TOURNAMENT PLAY. I WANT TO SAY I'M SORRY TO THOSE PLAYERS AND PARENTS OF THE RECEIVING END OF THESE ABUSES AND TO THOSE PLAYERS OF THE SUSPENDED TEAM THAT WEREN'T INVOLVED IN ANY OF THESE INCIDENTS.

REGARDING OUR LAST DAY. THE DAY STARTED OFF WITH RAIN. OH NO MEMORIES OF 2015. BUT GUESS WHAT  THE RAIN STOPPED. IT TURNED OUT TO BE A GREAT DAY FOR FLAG FOOTBALL. TALKING ABOUT GREAT, THERE WERE GREAT PLAYS IN EVERY GAME. FROM DEFENSIVE PLAYS AND OFFENSIVE PLAYS. ALL TEAMS IMPROVED FROM WHERE THEY WERE AT THE BEGINNING OF MAY. THANKS TO THE COACHES FOR TEACHING THESE PLAYERS IN HOW THIS GAME IS PLAYED. ALSO THANKS TO ALL OF THE PLAYERS YOU WERE FANTASTIC. 

I WANT TO THANK ALL OF OUR VOLUNTEERS, FROM THOSE THAT COACH, REF, SETUP THE FIELDS,THOSE THAT BROUGHT OUR EQUIPMENT TO THE FIELDS AND BACK, CLEANING UP THE FIELDS, HELPING WITH PRACTICES AND MOST OF ALL GETTING THE PLAYERS TO THE FIELDS, 

I HOPE ALL PLAYERS ENJOYED THE SEASON, GOOD LUCK TO ALL AND HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL BACK NEXT YEAR 2019

THANKS FROM ALL OF US AT HAMILTON'S FLAG 5 ON 5 FOOTBALL LEAGUE

DETAILS OF PLAYER COST WILL BE POSTED SOON

 

 IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT FRANK fpbbcg@gmail.com

 


 

REMINDERS FROM YOUR CHILD:

- I'm a KID

- It's just a GAME

- My Coach is a VOLUNTEER

- The Officials are HUMANS

- NO College Scholarships will be handed out today

        Thank You and Have Fun!


Back in 2008 both Daniel Petermann and Justin Vaughn played together in our league Hamilton's Flag 5 on 5 and represented us at the 2008 NFL/CFL Provincial Flag 5 on 5 Football Tournament. They won and went on to the 2008 NFL/CFL Canadian National Flag 5 on 5 Football Tournament.They won that tournament also. Now Daniel is playing for Winnipeg #81 and Justin with Hamilton #92 and they will be playing against each 10 years later at Tim Horton's field.Here is a picture of the two as teammates from 2008
Isn't this great the grass roots of Hamilton football 2008 to the pros in 2018 again in Hamilton this Friday evening at Tim Horton's Field.
Here in the picture is Bryson, Daniel, Justin, Paul Breanna, Julia, Justins little brother in the middle with coaches Matty and Alex

WHEN YOU SEE BAD BEHAVIOR IN YOUTH SPORTS, DO YOU IGNORE IT

When you see bad behavior in youth sports, do you ignore it? We are programmed in today’s society to mind our own business, and there are certainly many instances when we should.

But sometimes, sports parents, and league officials you need to rock the boat.

There is a time to be silent (complaining about playing time, position, etc.), and there is a time to speak up and rock the boat:

1.When coaches, parents and players are using inappropriate language.

2.When coaches, parents and players are encouraging cheating or poor sportsmanship.

3.When coaches, parents and players are emotionally, mentally, and of course physically abusive.

4.When coaches, parents and players are risking other players safety.

5.When coaches, parents and players put winning at all costs above other players safety and positive character development.

It is often easier to just ignore it and not say anything. You may be afraid of people getting mad at you or accusing you of interfering. You may worry that you will be standing alone and that no one will echo your concerns.

Be the person who’s not afraid to rock the boat when it comes to standing up for what is right. In doing so, you will not only make youth sports better for your kids, you will also be helping to raise a generation of boat-rockers!


TOP 10 RULES FOR HAMILTON'S FLAG 5 on 5 FOOTBALL LEAGUE

1.) Respect your opponent: You don’t have to like them, but you must treat them with respect.

2.) Respect your coach: Even if they don't play you where and when you’d like.

3.) Respect your teammates: Regardless of their skill level, you can’t play the game without them.

4.) Respect the refs: Remember they are human, and they are doing their best to make youth sports fair and fun.

5.) Be a team player: The game is not about how good you look or how much you score. A true team player knows how to put the team first and make sacrifices for their teammates.

6.) Move quickly past mistakes: Have a short-term memory when it comes to making errors. Too much focus on them will tank your game.

7.) Have Fun: Even with the hard work of practice, if you’re not enjoying the game, why are you playing?

8.) Avoid comparison: There'll always be athletes who are better than you. Focus on your own improvements and your own game.

9.) Celebrate small victories: They're the things that every game – and everyday life – is made of. Celebrating them will motivate you to push on.

10.) Always push yourself to do your best: Knowing you’ve tried your hardest – whether you win or lose – may not take away the sting of a loss, but it'll leave you with a personal satisfaction that you did all you could. No regrets.

 



Beginning the Journey: The Top 3 Reasons to Join Flag Football

BY / / CHILDREN'S FLAG FOOTBALLCOLUMBUSGENERAL

“On a team, it is not the strength of the individual player, but it is the strength of the unit and how they all function together.”

    -Bill Belichick, General Manager of the New England Patriots

At the sound of the whistle, the excitement begins! For a kid, the rush and Adrenalin while racing to the goal line is unforgettable. The smiles, laughter and the unified high-fives are just a few of the remnants of the action that takes place on the field. Playing flag football with Play Fanatics can be a memorable experience for every child. Beyond the positive memories, however, there are a plethora of reasons to join a flag football league. The top three reasons to join flag football will yield a multitude of benefits for you and your child.

  1. INTRODUCTION TO THE GAME:  Every parent envisions their kid being a star athlete one day, so how does that journey begin?  Joining a flag football team with Play Fanatics is a great way to introduce your child into the game of football. We teach and encourage the basics of the game, aggressive contact is eliminated and the physical demands of the sport are not as taxing, however, the fun still remains! Playing flag football with Play Fanatics gradually introduces a child to the rhythm of becoming an athlete, which will allow you and your child to make a conscious decision to further pursue their athletic journey.
  2.  BUILDS SOCIAL SKILLS:  Play Fanatics provides a great opportunity for kids socially.  They are able to create a social network outside of their everyday school peers.  Being a part of Play Fanatics encourages kids to work as a team, depend on others and develop sportsmanship.  When children are working towards a common goal, they are likely to build long lasting relationships.  Also, because they are doing something that they enjoy, they are likely to create new memories with friends, strengthening their bond.
  3. KEEPS KIDS PHYSICALLY FIT:  Each and every day, kids are bombarded with technology, leaving very little time for or interest in active play.  Society has created a generation of zombies, conditioning our children to be glued to a television, computer screen or cell phone.  Joining Play Fanatics will encourage your child to be physically active, and doing it in a fun and competitive way!  Teaching your child to be physically active will have a multitude of physical and mental benefits.  Staying physically active will minimize the likelihood of childhood obesity, a prevalent phenomena in today’s society, which will ultimately reduce the likelihood of future health problems.  Staying physically active is also beneficial for an active and healthy mind, which is essential for developing children and adolescents.  Consistent exercise and active play will release endorphins into your child’s body, which will have a  positive impact on your child’s mood and overall health.

Encouraging flag football for kids is an excellent way to build a physically and socially active child. Throughout the season, you will witness the growth and development of your child through sports. Your child’s experience with Play Fanatics will be impactful and an unforgettable memory in their athletic journey!


AN INTRODUCTION TO YOUTH FLAG 5 on 5 FOOTBALL A MUST READ FOR ALL

http://sajl-fi-bin.directo.fi/@Bin/678c2ab535ec4f888fe570f6784b26b0/1459108622/application/pdf/314625/FF_IFAF.pdf

If you are a player, coach, ref, parent or fan, click the above link to learn everything about Youth Flag 5 on 5 Football

 Basic Rules - Fundamental Skills - Strategies - Drills - Coaching Tips

 GET A HEAD START* START PLAYING CATCH* THROW THAT FOOTBALL* LEARN THE RULES *

 


HAMILTON'S FLAG 5 on 5 officials give a lot - 
BUT THEY ALSO GET A LOT IN RETURN

Maybe you played as a kid or an adult. Or your own children played. Or maybe you just love the game. A great way to stay involved is to become an  FLAG official. The rewards are many: giving back to your community, being seen as a positive role model, forming bonds with other officials, gaining personal satisfaction. And, of course, feeling the joy of being right in the middle of the action.

Contact us at fpbbcg@gmail if you would like to be a Hamilton's Flag 5 on 5 Official 


Coaching Flag Football 5 on 5

Coaching flag provides you with a great opportunity to work on the small refinements of route running, passing, catching, ball handling, direct snapping, short snapping and evasive running skills on the offensive side of the ball.

On defense, you can work on all your coverage techniques: backpedal, zone drops, eye focus, route recognition, interception points and skills, change of direction movement and how to breakdown and properly pull the flag from the ball-carrier.


Flag Football Drills for Kids

 

Basic Skill Development – 

Running back receives the hand-off

Taking the Snap Drill – This is a very simple flag football drill to teach your players how to snap the ball This drill should be practiced for 3-5 minutes every practice until it becomes perfected by the players.

  1. Center lines up over the ball – make sure that knees are bent and head is up and not over the ball (see photo below)
  2. Quarterback lines up under center and calls hike.
  3. Center hands the ball between his legs while rotating the ball 90 degrees.  It is important to stress here that the ball is not thrown to, or shoved at the QB.  The center simply holds the ball in place until the QB takes it out of his hands.
  4. Quarterback takes the ball by placing the heels of his palms together and wrapping his hands and fingers around the center of the ball.   The quarterback should NOT grab the ball with one hand on each end.
  5. Quarterback steps back and raises the ball to mid-chest with both hands still wrapped around.

Images for flag football “Taking the snap drill”

Flag Football Drills Snap Part 1

Center Starting Position For The Snap

 

Flag Football Drills Snap Part 2

Performing The Snap Part 2

 

Flag Football Drills QB Receives Snap

Flag Football Drills – QB Receives Snap


Hand-Off Drill– Taking a proper hand-off is the first skill all your running backs should learn.   This flag football drill should be practiced in the early season for 3-5 minutes every practice until it becomes perfected by the players.  Start the drill at 25-50% speed and work up to doing it at full speed.

 

  1. Quarterback holds the ball to his chest and simulates the snap.
  2. Running Back is lined up 5-7 yards behind the QB.  First on the right then on the left, alternating sides each time the drill is run.
  3.  As the quarterback calls hike the running back moves forward to take the hand-off.   Simultaneously the quarterback takes one step in the direction of the play and stretches his arms out, holding the ball securely and away from his body.
  4. The running back must gauge the distance and be sure not to strike the quarterback’s body, arms or legs.
  5. As he moves forward the running back forms a pocket with his arms to receive the ball.
  6. The pocket is formed by placing one arm across the chest (parallel to the ground), palm down.  The other arm goes across the lower abdomen, parallel to the ground and palm up.
  7. The QB then places the ball into the pocket and the RB clamps down on the ball with his forearms and palms.
  8. Make sure the RB does not try to grab the ball from the QB with his hands.  Also make sure the RB is receiving the ball while moving and not stopping to accept the hand-off.

Fake Hand-Off Drill – Similar to the hand-off flag football drill, but emphasis on the quarterback pulling the ball back out of the running back’s arms.   This drill should be practiced in the early season for 3-5 minutes every practice until it becomes perfected by the players.  It can be worked in with the hand-off drill by alternating, and can be also used as part of advanced combo drills.

  1. Quarterback holds the ball to his chest and simulates the snap.
  2. Running Back is lined up 5-7 yards behind the QB.  First on the right then on the left, alternating sides each time the drill is run.
  3. As the quarterback calls hike the running back moves forward to take the hand-off.   Simultaneously the quarterback takes one step in the direction of the play and stretches his arms out, holding the ball securely and away from his body.
  4. The running back must gauge the distance and be sure not to strike the quarterback’s body, arms or legs.
  5. As he moves forward the running back forms a pocket with his arms to receive the ball.
  6. The pocket is formed by placing one arm across the chest (parallel to the ground), palm down.  The other arm goes across the lower abdomen, parallel to the ground and palm up.
  7. The QB then places the ball into the pocket and quickly pulls it back out.
    • Place emphasis on the quarterback holding the ball securely so it does not pop out of his hands.
  8. After the ball is removed, the RB should close his arms and hunch over for a few steps, acting as if he got a real hand-off

Flag Pulling – This is a drill designed to reinforce good flag pulling techniques.  This drill should be practiced by all team members throughout the season for 5-10 minutes at each practice.

Youth Flag Football Drills | Basic Flag Pull Drill

The defender attempts to pull the flag before the runner gets beyond the cones.

  1. Coach arranges 4 cones in a rectangle. Place the cones at 4 yards wide by 15 yards long.  Increase the width by 1 yard at a time, as the players improve and the season progresses, until the rectangle is about 7 yards wide.
  2. Start 1 player as a defender – This player positions in the middle of the drill area.
  3. All other players form a line opposite the defender and outside the play area.  they will be moving lengthwise from 1 side of the rectangle to the other.
  4. The coach will hand the ball to one of the players, who becomes the runner,  that player will attempt to run from that starting point through the play area and out the other side.
  5. The defender will attempt to stop the players progress by pulling the runners flag using good technique.
  6. After each attempt the runner becomes the defender and the defender moves to the end of the line.

The Quarterback/Running Back Exchange

 

For a flawless exchange between the quarterback and the running back the Running Back should make a "pocket" with their arms and hands to properly accept the football from the QB.

Top Half of the "Pocket"

  • Inside Elbow - even with the shoulders
  • Forearm - horizontal with the ground
  • Inside Hand - palm down, ready to accept the point of the ball


Bottom Half of the "Pocket"

  • Outside Elbow - straight down from the shoulder
  • Forearm - horizontal across the midsection
  • Outside Hand - slightly bent with the palm up, ready to accept the other end of the ball
  • Fingers - pointing toward the quarterback


Receiving the Ball

  • Hands - both hands instantly secure the ball upon contact
  • Eyes - focused on where the play is designed to go




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.


Catching the Ball

 

The proper technique for catching a football needs to be taught. Most kids do not know how to catch a football properly.

1. Always catch the ball with your hands away from your body. Arms should be extended out about three-fourths of the way to allow room to cushion the catch.

2. To catch balls above waist-height, put your index finger and thumbs together to form a triangle. For a low ball, keep your little fingers and elbows together to cradle the catch. For deep passes that are over the shoulder, you want to have your pinkies and elbows together to cradle the catch in front of your chest. This pass should caught over the outside shoulder.

3. Keep your eye on the ball. The most important part in catching the ball is to watch the ball all the way, until it’s in your hands.

4. Once the ball is in your hands, secure it by quickly tucking it away, high under your armpit, clamping it tightly to your body. Cover the front tip of the football with your fingers. Use your free arm to maintain balance.


Flag Grabbing / “Tackling”

 

The obvious difference between flag football and regulation football is that in flag football the defense must grab the flag of the player with the ball instead of tackling the player. Believe it or not, it is often more difficult to grab and pull a flag than it is to tackle a player. Your team must learn the best way to grab an opponent’s flag. You may find that most of your players will want to lunge at one of the opponent’s flag with one hand. While this will occasionally work, a better technique is for the player to attempt to position themselves in front of the ball carrier, giving the defensive player a great opportunity to pull either flag.

 

Breaking Down
The best way to make a flag pull is to be in a good position to do so. Breaking down brings the defender under control and gives him the best chance of having a successful flag pull.

  • Shorten your steps. Use fast, choppy steps.
  • Be balanced and in control of your body. Be ready for the ball carrier to make a move.
  • Stay low, with your arms out slightly for balance and your shoulders above your feet.
  • Watch the player’s belly, and move toward your target (the flags).


Flag-Pull

Pulling flags is a skill that’s developed only after ample practice, so go through the motions several times. 

  • Sprint to the ball carrier.
  • As you approach the ball carrier, come to a good defensive position and shorten your strides into short, choppy steps (break down), getting ready for the ball carrier to make a move. 
  • Reach for the top of the flag (near the plug). Firmly grab the flag and pull hard.

 

 

Swarming Around the Ball

It is good practice to teach your team to “swarm around the ball” on defense. The goal on defense is grab the flag. So you should try to have as many players attempting to grab the flag as possible. The more defenders you have around the ball, the more chances your team will have to grab a flag. Also, when you have many players surrounding the ball carrier, there are not many places that the runner can run to. By swarming, your team will slow down the runner, cornering him/her and making it easier for your team to grab the flag.


DB Drills

 

Line Drill

This drill trains a player's body control as well his ability to stay low in the backpedal and flip his hips before turning to run.

 
  • Set up on the hash marks.
  • Backpedal, flip your hips to each side several times, make a speed turn and accelerate to finish the drill.
  • A verbal or visual command by a coach can cue the flip of the hips.

 

 

"W" Drill

This drill trains a player's ability to accelerate and decelerate while redirecting in and out of breaks and maintaining body control.

  • Using cones or lines, backpedal for 5 yards before breaking forward and accelerating at a 45-degree angle.
  • Decelerate quickly and backpedal for another 5 yards before breaking forward at another 45-degree angle and accelerating to finish the drill.

 

 

Short Box Drill

This highlights a player's foot quickness and short-area acceleration.

  • Set four cones in a square approximately 3 yards apart.
  • Starting on one side, backpedal from one cone to the cone directly behind it.
  • Accelerate to the cone at the opposite corner.
  • Again backpedal to the cone directly behind you and quickly change direction and accelerate toward the cone where the drill began.
  • The final pattern will resemble an "X."

 

 

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2017 SEASON BREAKDOWN OF OUR LEAGUE EXPENSES PER PLAYER

 

INSURANCE             $4.80

FIELD COSTS             8.50

REFS                         18.37

JERSEYS                  38.80

YEAR END SHIRTS  15.70

PIZZAS                        2.56

BANK CHARGES          .20

TOTAL COST            $89.93

THE $10.00 LEFT OVER FROM THIS SEASON WILL GO TOWARDS THE OPERATION OF THE 2018 SEASON. 

 NFL FLAG 5 on 5 FOOTBALL  IS NOT AN EXPENSIVE SPORT TO OPERATE. WE BELIEVE THAT NO ONE SHOULD  PROFIT FROM KIDS SPORTS ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY ARE PROMOTING NFL PLAY 60. EVERY NFL FLAG 5 on 5 FOOTBALL ORGANIZATION HAS THE SAME EXPENSES.  

NFL PLAY 60 MISSION IS TO MAKE THE NEXT GENERATION OF YOUTH, THE MOST ACTIVE AND HEALTHY.

IN OCTOBER 2007, THE NFL LAUNCHED NFL PLAY 60, A NATIONAL YOUTH HEALTH AND FITNESS CAMPAIGN FOCUSED ON INCREASING THE WELLNESS OF YOUNG FANS BY ENCOURAGING THEM TO BE ACTIVE FOR AT LEAST 60 MINUTES A DAY.

 


JR. ROUGHRIDERS CLAIM CFL NFL FLAG FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP!

The Junior Roughriders won the CFL-NFL national flag football championship Tuesday November 22 in Ottawa.

The Regina team defeated the Tigers, from B.C., 20-7 in the final and will represent Canada at the Pro Bowl, to be held in January in Orlando, Fla.

Hamilton Rebels came in 3rd.


CFL/NFL FLAG HAMILTON'S REGIONAL TOURNAMENT SUNDAY OCT. 22/17 TIM HORTON'S FIELD

 

 

Congratulations to the Hamilton Rebels winners of the 2017 Hamilton's CFL/NFL regional tournament. They are advancing   to the Canadian National CFL/NFL Championship tournament which will be held in Ottawa to played against other Regional CFL/NFL champions during Grey Cup week. Then the winner of the Canadian National CFL/NFL Flag Football Championships will compete at the NFL FLAG Championships during Pro Bowl week next January in Orlando, FL.

GOOD LUCK HAMILTON REBELS


CFL and NFL launch joint Flag Football initiative

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The Canadian Football League (CFL) and National Football League (NFL) today launched a flag football program that will engage hundreds of kids across the country. The program for Canadian youth will culminate in a national flag football tournament during the week of the 105th Grey Cup presented by Shaw in Ottawa, with the winner travelling to Pro Bowl week in Orlando, FL to participate in the NFL FLAG Championships.

The CFL/NFL Flag Football initiative will teach kids the fundamentals of the game and promote physical activity. Alongside skills development, participants will receive lessons in teamwork, sportsmanship, and other lessons that help them succeed both on and off the field.

“This flag football tournament series is an exciting example of our continued commitment to grow the game,” said Glen Johnson, CFL Senior Vice President of Football. “Developing programming for youth football with our partners at the NFL promotes a healthy lifestyle and the continued success of our sport in a fun and safe way.”

“We are excited to partner with the CFL on youth initiatives in Canada,” added David Thomson, Managing Director, NFL Canada. “Both leagues share the goal of strengthening the interest, awareness and participation in football among Canadians. This is a great opportunity to showcase the talent, dedication and achievements of local flag leagues during the CFL’s Grey Cup week in Ottawa and the NFL’s Pro Bowl week in Orlando, Florida.”

Coed teams of 11-12-year old athletes will take part in nine regional tournaments to be held in CFL cities throughout the fall, coming together for a national tournament during Grey Cup week in the nation’s capital. The winner of this tournament will compete in the NFL FLAG Championships during Pro Bowl week next January in Orlando, FL.

Each regional tournament will feature eight teams with a maximum 10 players each. Participants will meet current CFL players, interact with CFL cheer teams and mascots, and enjoy football-themed games and activities alongside their matches in each CFL market. Each regional tournament’s victorious team will win a trip to Ottawa to play in the CFL/NFL Flag Football Championship during Grey Cup Week.

Here is the list of the upcoming regional tournaments:

  • Edmonton: Saturday, September 23rd at The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium
  • BC: Saturday, September 30th at W.J. Mouat Secondary in Abbotsford, BC
  • Montreal: Saturday, October 7th at Collège André-Grasset
  • Saskatchewan: Sunday, October 8th at Mosaic Stadium
  • Ottawa: Sunday, October 15th at TD Place Stadium
  • Calgary: Sunday, October 15th at Shouldice Athletic Park
  • Hamilton: Sunday, October 22nd at Tim Hortons Field
  • Winnipeg: Sunday, October 22nd at Investors Group Field
  • Toronto: Saturday, October 28th at Birchmount Stadium

National tournament:

  • Tuesday, November 21st at the University of Ottawa (Gee-Gees Field)

Participants for the program have been selected through CFL member teams and local organizations. More information can be found at CFL.ca/flag. Both the CFL and the NFL will continue to invest in youth football programming and promote increased physical activity.


FREDDIE THE FALCON AND THE ATLANTA FALCONS CHEERLEADERS WITH CHRISTIAN AT VARSITY STADIUM


CHRISTIAN WITH ATLANTA FALCONS PLAYERS #16 ANTHONY DABLE AND # 63 BEN GARLAND


JULY 22nd UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO VARSITY STADIUM FIELD -ATLANTA FALCONS AND PLAY 60 WILL BE THERE

NFC CHAMPIONS THE ATLANTA FALCONS AND PLAY 60 WILL BE AT VARSITY STADIUM FIELD, 299 BLOOR ST W

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SPECIAL MOMENT WITH THE CIS OUTSTANDING DEFENSIVE PLAYER AWARD- PRESIDENTS' TROPHY

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IT'S ALL FOR FUN

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THANK YOU TO ALL

JUST WHAT TO THANK EVERYONE FOR THEIR PATIENCE AND UNDERSTANDING THIS SEASON. DUE TO THE WEATHER WE HAD TO RESCHEDULE MORE THAN THE NORMAL AMOUNT OF GAMES. IN SAYING THIS THERE WERE ONLY 2 GAMES THAT DIDN'T GET PLAYED. AND ONE OF THESE GAMES WAS MY FAULT BECAUSE I SCHEDULE A GAME WITH TEAMS FROM DIFFERENT DIVISION. FIRST TIME IN 11 YEARS.

 DUE TO OUR VOLUNTEERS WE WERE ABLE TO SAVE OUR PARENTS MORE THAN $22,000.00 IN REGISTRATION FEES.  OUR LEAGUE REGISTRATIONS WAS $100.00 PER PLAYER. DETAILS OF OUR COSTS ARE LISTED BELOW.  THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR VOLUNTEERS.

NOW  WE HAVE TO THANK ALL OF OUR PLAYERS. WITH OUT YOU WE WOULDN'T HAVE A LEAGUE. YOU GUYS ARE AMAZING.  THE SKILLS YOU HAVE FROM CATCHING THE BALL, RUNNING, THROWING, PULLING FLAGS, CHEERING EACH OTHER ON ETC...THANK YOU

ANOTHER GROUP WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK ARE OUR COACHES AND REFS. IT TAKES A LOT TO COACH AND REF. WE APPRECIATE IN WHAT YOU DO.

THERE WERE SOME ISSUES THAT OCCURRED DURING OUR SEASON. WE DID TAKE NOTE AND WILL ADDRESS THESE ISSUES FOR THE UPCOMING SPRING 2018 SEASON.

AND TALKING ABOUT 2018 SEASON, WE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR HELP. LETS NOT STAY ON THE SIDELINES AND CRITICIZE, GET INVOLVED. TO GET INVOLVED JUST SEND US AN EMAIL  fpbbcg@gmail.com

 

SEE YOU IN 2018

THANK YOU. 

 

 


Based on psychological research, the three healthiest statements moms and dads can make as [kids] perform are:

Before the Competition:  

Have fun.

Play hard.

I love you.

After the competition:

Did you have fun?

I’m proud of you.

I love you.

It gets even better. Researchers Bruce Brown and Rob Miller asked college athletes what their parents said that made them feel great and brought them joy when they played sports. Want to know the six words they most want to hear their parents say?

“I love to watch you play.”


REMINDER NO SMOKING AND NO PETS ARE ALLOWED INSIDE DOFASCO PARK OR PARKING LOT

  


JUST REMEMBER OUR MOST IMPORTANT RULE OF ALL ...HAVE FUN!!!


THANK YOU ALEXIS

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What a great act of kindness. We are very proud of you Alexis. 


RULES REGARDING COACHES ON THE FIELD

 

** A Division (6-7 year olds)  One coach is allowed in the huddle on offense as well as one coach out on the 
field with the defense. Please note that once the play starts, both coaches must immediately back away as to not 
interfere with the game action.

** B Division (8-9 year olds) One coach is allowed in the huddle on offense as well as one coach out on the 
field with the defense. Please note that once the play starts, both coaches must immediately back away as to not 
interfere with the game action.

** C Division (10-11 year olds) No coaches are allowed on the field. Must coach from the sidelines.

** D Division (12-13 year olds) No coaches are allowed on the field. Must coach from the sidelines.

** E Division (14-15 year olds) No coaches are allowed on the field. Must coach from the sidelines.

** F Division (16-17 year olds)   No coaches are allowed on the field. Must coach from the sidelines.

 


THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR VOLUNTEERS

Youth sports cannot exist without volunteers. We are very grateful in what our volunteers do. From coaching, refereeing, setting up fields, bringing players to the fields, helping out with practices etc.. We at Hamilton's Flag 5 on 5 Football League want to thank all of you. Our players appreciate it. If you like to help out ask your coach or contact us at 905-643-7301 or email fpbbcg@gmail.com

ONCE AGAIN WE THANK YOU


REGISTRATION UPDATE

6-7 YEAR OLDS AS OF AUGUST 1, 2017 DIVISION A,  THERE ARE SPOTS  STILL AVAILABLE PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD AROUND

To get more information please call Frank 905-643-7301 or  email fpbbcg@gmail.com 

 


LEAGUE NEWS UPDATE

We had a coaches meeting on Tuesday April 18. Parents and players should be contacted by their coaches the days following. If you haven't been notified by April 27 please email Frank fpbbcg@gmail.com or call 905-643-7301

ALL PLAYERS CAN HELP THEIR COACHES BY

STARTING TO PRACTICE  THEIR THROWING AND CATCHING.

WHEN YOU THROW AND CATCH THE FOOTBALL 20 TIMES A DAY

YOU SHALL SEE A GREAT IMPROVEMENT IN THE WAY YOU PLAY THE GAME 

 


SO NOW IS THE TIME TO GET OUT AND PRACTICE YOUR CATCHING AND THROWING


MISSION STATEMENT

The goal of our Hamilton’s Flag 5 on 5 Football League is to provide a FUN, recreational football experience in which EVERY PLAYER LEARNS FUNDAMENTALS, TEAMWORK and SPORTSMANSHIP


OPENING DAY IS MAY 5


2009 NFL Flag 5 on 5 National Tournament Championship Girls Division

Click this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07uJieBUFzk

See what our girls did in 2009 NFL Flag National Tournament Championships


2008 Girls NFL Flag National Tournament of Champions


THANK YOU ATLANTA FALCONS YOU ARE OUR CHAMPIONS. YOU GUYS HAVE SOMETHING GOOD


GOING ON THERE.

JUNE 25, 2016 - Members of your team visit us at Tim Hortons Field promoting NFL PLAY 60 and the making of the PLAY 60 commercial which was shown during the Super Bowl with our youth at Tim Hortons Field

DECEMBER 24, 2016 - Atlanta Falcons wins the NFC South Division

JANUARY 14, 2017 - Atlanta Falcons win divisional round playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks and are headed to     NFC Championships

JANUARY 22, 2017 - Atlanta Falcons defeat the Green Bay Packers to win the NFC Championship and are going to Super Bowl L1

What an amazing journey and season. Thanks for supporting our league and letting us be a part of your BROTHERHOOD. THANK YOU from all of us at Hamilton's Flag 5 on 5  #RISE UP 

 

                  


RISE UP HAMILTON'S FLAG 5 on 5 and ATLANTA FALCONS click link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltwtG9E1s80&feature=youtu.be

2016 Hamilton Flag Football Falcons Warm-up

 


RICARDO ALLEN, AKEEM KING, BEN GARLAND with HAMILTON'S FLAG FALCONS TEAM


AS THIS PICTURE SAYS IT ALL


BREAKDOWN OF LEAGUE EXPENSES FOR THE 2016 SEASON PER PLAYER

  Insurance cost 5.16
 field  costs           8.84
jerseys cost        38.75
 bank charges 0.11
  flowers  mothers day  0.66
   refs   18.13
  pizza   4.59
  sweat shirts 18.14
      TOTAL       COST   94.38

      Registration was $100.00 per player 

League operation expenses were $94.38 player

The remaining $5.62 will be forwarded to the operation cost for Spring 2017.

 



BEN GARLAND SHOWING HIS GAME FACE



ATLANTA FALCONS RISE UP

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WHAT PARENTS CAN SAY BOTH BEFORE AND AFTER THE GAME TO ENCOURAGE THEIR KIDS

  without making everything about performance (either positively or negatively). 

Based on psychological research, the three healthiest statements moms and dads can make as [kids] perform are:

Before the Competition:  

Have fun.

Play hard.

I love you.

After the competition:

Did you have fun?

I’m proud of you.

I love you.

College athletes were asked what their parents said that made them feel great, that amplified their joy during and after a game. Their overwhelming response:

“I love to watch you play.”

That’s it. Those six words. How interesting. How liberating to the parent. How empowering to the athlete. No pressure. No correction. No judgment. 



For boys and girls ages 6-17

 

 Stay active and have fun


NFL FLAG is a fun and exciting sport. It's always fun and open to boys and girls ages 6-17.

 

 

 


COACHING ETIQUETTE

 

 

 Coaches set the tone for their respective teams. The best way to do this is to lead by example. Maintaining a  calm demeanor and treating others with respect will carry over to the players. It also important to maintain  control of your team at all times. If the coach notices disrespectful and or aggressive behavior he/she should immediately substitute that player out of the game for a period of time..  Coaches are also encouraged to put aside their desire to win to ensure that all players are receiving equal  playing time and are given the opportunity to play various positions. Our league discourages playing the “best”  players at the skill positions all the time. Rather, each player should be given the opportunity to try a  position at various times throughout the season. The only exception would be if a player informs you that  they do not want to try a certain position.  


EXPECTATIONS FOR PLAYERS

 

Players are expected to treat coaches, referees and league representatives with RESPECT at all times,  whether in practices or games. Players will be given one warning regarding their behavior. Should a player continue to act in  a disrespectful or disruptive manner, he/she will be removed from the league.  Players are also expected to act respectfully while on the field. If the coach notices disrespectful behavior,  he/she should immediately substitute the player out of the game for a period of time. If a player is  disrespectful to an official, he/she is subject to an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, which will result in an  ejection from the game. Two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties during one season will result in the  offending players removal from the league.  


EXPECTATIONS FOR PARENTS

 

 

 Like players, parents are an integral part of the football experience for their children. As such, parents are  also expected to act respectfully at all times. This includes acting in an appropriate manner at all   practices, games, tournaments, etc. It also means treating people  (i.e. coaches, referees, all players and fans) with respect. Referees will be strongly encouraged to give an  unsportsmanlike conduct penalty to the team if a parent is acting in an inappropriate manner. If a team  receives two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in one game, the game will be stopped and the offending  team will lose by forfeit.  If a parent has a concern regarding the league, the referees, their child’s team or the coach and or another teams coach, a meeting should be scheduled with the league official and all other necessary parties so that a solution can be  reached.  


TREATING OFFICIALS WITH RESPECT

Treating Officials With Respect Is The Key

  • There is only one acceptable way to treat youth sports officials: with respect.
  • The coach sets the tone. When the coach understands the principle of mutual respect, he or she is more likely to be in control of his players and the parents. The parents will take the cues from the coach. If the coach is abusive, the parents are likely to follow suit and be abusive. If the coach does not tolerate this behavior, the parents will be better behaved.
  • If the coach goes out of the way to tell the official that he or she appreciates what the official is doing, then the contest will start off on a positive note. The coach should also let the official know before the game starts that the parents will control themselves and not be abusive. That way the official will know that the coach is in control of the sidelines and that he or she wants a positive environment for the young players, as well as for the official.

  • When mutual respect is established, the official will be better able to give his or her best in calling a good and fair contest. If parents are generally supportive of the official and he or she then hears someone question a call from the sidelines, he or she is more likely to pay attention to this type of problem on the field. The parents have gained credibility with the official because they have not complained about every call. Consequently, the official will think more about the last call to determine if it was in error.





LEAGUE UPDATE ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY STATEMENT

The F H Sherman Recreation and Learning Centre provides members, their families and guests with opportunities to participate in sport and other recreational activities in a safe and positive environment. The Recreation Centre staff and volunteers ensure the most supportive climate possible for our users so they can enjoy their sport and learn about competition, teamwork, sportsmanship, and fair play. 

The F H Sherman Recreation and Learning Centre has approved a policy of ZERO TOLERANCE for all groups and activities at the Centre and rented properties. Included in this commitment is an understanding that organizations or groups that rent our facility, MUST also take RESPONSIBILITY for BEHAVIOUR of ALL PARTICIPANTS associated with PLAYERS, PARENTS, OFFICIALS, and SPECTATORS.

THIS MEANS NO INCIDENTS OF INAPPROPRIATE or VIOLENT BEHAVIOURS ARE TO TAKE PLACE AT THE REC PARK

 


ZERO TOLERANCE


REMEMBER THE MOST IMPORTANT RULE FOR OUR PLAYERS...HAVE FUN!!!


FLASHBACK 2012

Canes and Marauders Team Up for 5-on-5 Flag Football

 

Hamilton Hurricanes players Anthony (Dingo) Dinguana, Tyler Corbett, Kyle Johnson, & Matt Brady with Liam Harrison and the Teddy Morris Memorial Trophy


Hamilton, ON -

 

Hurricanes D-Line Coach Kevin Harrison has been involved with Hamilton's NFL 5-on-5 Flag Football League for the past few years.

 

Hamilton's NFL 5-on-5 Flag Football League is a co-ed program for players ages 6 to 17 years that promotes Fitness, Team and Sportsmanship. The Hamilton 5-on-5 Flag Football League is also affiliated with the National Football League (NFL).

Seeing that last year was a great year for Hamilton Football teams (Tiger Cats in the Playoffs, McMaster winning the Vanier Cup and the Hamilton Hurricanes hosting the Canadian Bowl) and with this season being the last year at Ivor Wynne Stadium, the Hamilton NFL 5-on-5 Flag Football League players all played at Ivor Wynne Stadium this past Friday.

 

On display was the Ontario Football Conference (OFC) Teddy Morris Memorial Trophy with Hurricane players Matt Brady, Anthony (Dingo) Dinguana, Tyler Corbett and Kyle Johnson sporting their new look jerseys for the 2012 season.

 

"It was a great event", says Harrison. "The players took pictures and spoke to the young athletes about Fitness, FUNdamentals, Football, Friendships and FUN".

Also on display was the Vanier Cup with former Hurricane player and Vanier Cup Defensive Player of the Game Aram Eshio along with Chris Pickard and Mike Daly. The Marauders promoted their kids FUNdamentals Camp to the participants and their parents.

"It was a great night and even better to see the Hurricanes in the community helping out our young athletes and just giving back to the community" Harrison said.

On Saturday, June 23, 2012 the Hamilton NFL 5-on-5 Flag Football League will take their season ending Tournament of Champions to McMaster's Ron Joyce Stadium. Games will be played from 9am to 4pm. The Teddy Morris Memorial Trophy and Hurricane Players will be on hand to assist with the event and pose for photos with the participants. The Vanier Cup and McMaster players will also be taking part throughout the day.

 

So come on out and witness some incredible Flag Football as well as Hurricanes in the Community.
 


Playing sports is not the only way to help kids stay healthy and fit.

So if your kids are taking a break this spring from organized sports, or if they have decided not to play sports again, there are still some fun ways to get a work out.

Try these ideas for some variety in your fitness quest. And remember: Fitness must become a lifestyle to have lasting value.

  • Get fit as a family. Eating dinner together is not the only way you can connect with your family. Go outside after dinner and shoot hoops or play a game of H-O-R-S-E. Set up a volleyball or badminton net and compete parents versus kids or boys versus girls. How about a game of horseshoes or Frisbee? Take your son or daughter to the local high school football field and throw the ball around. Even if you already had your gym workout and the last thing you feel like doing is going outside and exercising again, remember that this is a great way to be with your kids and get them into the fitness habit.
  • Turn back the clock. Bring back some activities from your childhood, such as skipping, hop scotch, hide and seek, tag and red light/green light. These backyard games are great for developing coordination and muscle memory.
  • Set up an exercise course in your back yard. Create your own exercise course using household supplies: cans instead of dumbbells, a stool for step exercises, a mop to hop over and a table or chair for push-ups. Show your kids that they can do a workout anytime, anywhere. You don’t need to spend hours in a gym to be healthy and get strong.
  • Get the pets Involved. Is Scruffy gaining some weight? Animals need exercise, too. Go for a walk or a run with your kids and the dog.
  • Mark it on the calendar. Make it a point to either get outside with your kids or be sure they are exercising every day. If you are a busy family, you may have to be more intentional about family fitness times by marking it on the calendar. You could even make a plan for the week and post it on the fridge of what each day’s fitness fun will be.
  • Get your kids the right equipment. Give your children tools that encourage physical activity. Instead of buying gifts that encourage them to sit on the couch, get them things they can use to be active, like balls, cones and jump ropes. A healthy lifestyle is a great gift to give your child.
  • You run while they bike. This is a win-win situation because you are both getting fit. It also works with your child riding a scooter.
  • Crank up the music. When it’s rainy or too hot to go outside, turn on the music and have a dance fest. My kids used to spend many afternoons just dancing around the family room to music.  And when Mom or Dad enters the fun, it’s even better.
  • Train for a race. If your kids are older or big enough, train for a race with them. Start small, like a 5K and work up, or do the color run.
  • Plan a family outing. Instead of going to a theme park and riding roller coasters, try a family outing that requires some exercise: kayaking, paddle-boarding, water-skiing, hiking to a beautiful spot or biking a scenic trail.
  • Give an Incentive. If you see your kids working towards a fitness goal, giving them a reward is not always a bad thing. As long as it’s not junk food.

Spring is the perfect time to get some fun family fitness going. What are you waiting for?



HAMILTON'S NFL FLAG 5 on 5 FOOTBALL LEAGUE WHERE EVERYONE PLAYS...EVERYONE WINS


The NFL youth flag football program was first implemented in 1996 to introduce 
children boys and girls at a young age to football. The program teaches children the basics of 
football, from snapping a ball to throwing and catching. Children of all ages, 
sizes and abilities find they can be successful at flag football. Flag football 
is non-contact, safe and fun for everyone even the coaches!!! Hamilton's Flag youth 
flag football helps boys and girls aged between 6 and 17 learn the fundamentals 
of football. It also provides parents with an opportunity to coach a team and 
feel like part of the NFL program. The NFL youth flag football program is set up 
for all standards of ability from beginner to advanced.
 Our Hamilton's NFL Flag 5 on 5 Football League
Season runs in the spring May and June. 
Our league Cost per player is $100.00
Location- most games are played at Dofasco Rec Park
 For more information and if you would like to make a difference ie HELP contact Frank email fpbbcg@gmail.com
or call 905-643-7301


PRACTICE AT HOME WILL IMPROVE YOUR SKILLS

 

   Practice daily passing and catching the football with your friends or family members. Start 5 to 10 yards apart, throw the ball back and forth with your partner. See how many times you can catch the football before someone drops it. The goal is to make sure no one drops the ball. Once you have master this drill standing up try you and your partner knelling on one knee. 5 to 10 yards apart. Now throwing the ball is more of a challenge. Take your time, make sure you throw the ball so your partner can catch the football without moving his/her body. Now it's your turn to catch the ball.

  


Breakdown of our 2015 cost

 Here are our cost per player                              

Fields       $10.00                                                                                                                                                                      

Ref             20.00                                                                                                                                                                      

Insurance     5.00                                                                                                                                                                    

Jersey         37.00   * Customs charge and Canadian dollar exchange                                                                                  

Closing day 17.00   * Pizza and New Era Toques with our Hamilton's NFL Flag Logo                                                            

TOTAL      $ 89.00

As you can see Hamilton's NFL 5 on 5 FLAG FOOTBALL LEAGUE is one of the least expensive youth sports program around.  We will be be putting the $11 savings this year towards the 2016 season. 

For those players that didn't get league toques please call Frank 905-643-7301 or email fpbbcg@gmail.com

Thanks

 

 


5 on 5 FLAG FOOTBALL PLAYS


BEING A COACH

 

A youth sports coach does not cheat or engage in any form of unethical behavior that violates league rules.

A youth sports coach will be knowledgeable in the rules of the sport and will teach these rules to the players.

A youth sports coach will remember that the game is for children and not adults.

A good youth sports coach will consider the emotional and physical well being of ALL the players, not just their own team.

A good youth sports coach knows that there are no scholarships at stake, and has given permission to an assistant to “reel them in” if the passion of the game becomes overwhelming.

A good youth sports coach knows when to advocate for their player(s) versus when to teach the values of sportsmanship and character building.

A good youth sports coach puts player’s safety foremost.

A great youth sports coach will work to develop the skill of all of the players to strengthen the entire team.

A great youth sports coach makes practice fun and challenging – keeping the players excited about playing sports.

A great youth sports coach sets the example not only for their players, but also the parents who may struggle to have the right philosophy about youth sports.

The Best youth sports coach is unselfish, wants to win – but doesn’t need to win, and delivers a postive youth sports experience that the players will remember.  Youth athletes will not always remember the plays, the mistakes or the hard work of the season – but they’ll always remember the way their coach made them feel.



   

 

  


WHAT ARE THE COSTS ASSOCIATED IN PLAYING HAMILTON'S NFL FLAG 5 on 5 FOOTBALL

Here is a cost breakdown per player to play HAMILTON'S NFL FLAG 5 on 5 FOOTBALL

$27.50 CDN for NFL JERSEY which comes with flags and 2 footballs with every 10 jerseys

$2.94 Revenue Canada Border Tax

$9.59 Field Rentals and this is for Turf Fields $109.61 per hour

$20.50 Refereeing, this includes refs for closing day

$5.08 Insurance

$30.77 for closing day, which included pizza, venue and hoodie

TOTAL COST $96.38

Our coaches did provide 3 cases of water each for closing day at Mac. THANK YOU COACHES

 

Every team played at least 9 games, some played 12 or even 13 games. 

We at Hamilton's NFL Flag believe in giving value to our young athletes.

We will always watch our costs and will never pocket your dollar. Every dollar belongs to you not in our pockets.




To be a Coach

Coaching your own son or daughter is a huge responsibility, but along with that responsibility comes the equally great responsibility to the players that are not related to you. They too deserve competent, fair coaching from you.




As a coach, your mission above all, is to:
Maintain your focus on why we are involved in this organization, the kids.
Every child has different skill sets: practice patience.
Keep a positive attitude regardless of practice/game outcomes.
Make sure every child gets 20 minutes of playing time a game.

Coach Duties:
Determine practice location/time/date
Communicate league news to parents and players
Keep all flag belts after practices and games
Report in when arriving on gamedays

Pledge of Commitment:
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.
Coaching Tips
EVERYBODY PLAYS

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.”



TACKLE TACKLING EARLY

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.



SPORTSMANSHIP RULES!

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.



LET THEM PLAY FOOTBALL!

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.



HAVE FUN!

We thank you for your volunteer service. NFL FLAG couldn't happen without you – but remember to have fun too!


Check these web site for drills http://www.michiganyouthflagfootball.com/coaches/default.php?id=1
http://www.yffayouth.net/Forms/playbook.pdf
http://www.yffayouth.net/Forms/YYFFAdrillsformations.pdf


Treat young athletes with care

Treat young athletes with care
Injuries and burnout can result from overtraining
A growing number of children are participating in organized and recreational athletics, statistics show. Children are also introduced to sports at earlier ages and undergoing pressures to perform and succeed, along with training harder at younger ages.

Although physical activity is recommended for youth, the incidence of overuse/overtraining injuries is on the rise, research shows. Problems include sprains, strains, stress fractures, concussions and heat-related illness.

Up to 50 per cent of all injuries seen in pediatric sports medicine are related to overuse. Contributing to the increase in overtraining may be parental pressure to compete and succeed.

A clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) titled Overuse Injuries, Overtraining, and Burnout in Child and Adolescent Athletes defines overuse injury as micro-traumatic injury to a bone, muscle or tendon that has been subjected to repetitive stress, without allowing sufficient time to heal.

The growing bones of a young athlete are different than an adult’s and are not capable of handling as much stress. During peak growth and where underlying biomechanical problems are present, risk of injury increases.

AAP’s report recommendations for young athletes include:

• Training in one sport should be limited to no more than five days a week, with at least one day off from any organized physical activity.

• Athletes should take time off from one sport for two to three months each year. This break gives the body a chance to fully recover and repair, and that goes a long way toward avoiding burnout. It also provides an opportunity to work on overall conditioning, which can help reduce or prevent future injury risk.

• Learn to recognize signs of burnout. Symptoms include elevated resting heart rate, chronic muscle or joint pain, changes in mood or personality and decreased physical performance. Other signs include fatigue, lack of enthusiasm about practice or competition and/or difficulty carrying out everyday tasks and other activities.

• Focus should be on fun, skill acquisition, safety and sportsmanship.

Join only one team per season. For multisport athletes who use the same muscle groups for different sports, it is especially important that a break be provided between seasons.

• Endurance events such as marathons, half-marathons and triathlons should be modified to be age appropriate, such as shorter duration/length, and with careful consideration to safety and environment conditions.

• Marathon training should include gradual increases in total weekly distance, which may be less than or equal to the total weekly distance generally logged by high school cross-country teams (56 to 64 kilometres). Running conditions should be safe, and proper education on endurance activities including environmental conditions and appropriate hydration should be part of the training process. Temperature and relative humidity must be taken into account.

• The overall goal of athletics should be lifelong fitness and enjoyment of physical activity.

New York Times News Service

Reminder of Principles for Parents

Lets remember the following
Parents, athletes and coaches must work together for the best possible youth football experience and performance. The following suggestions are meant as general guidelines for parents. As a parent, you understand the daily pressures your child faces. We believe that football should be an outlet for fun. Encourage your child and allow them to have a good time.

Remember that your child learns more from your actions than your words. Practice good sportsmanship by being respectful to players, parents and coaches on both teams.
There is nothing wrong with applauding a good play made by the opponents. Parents can be good role models by appreciating the efforts made by both teams.
Most coaches are volunteers and work hard at what they do. To lessen confusion, and out of respect for their position, please allow your child’s coach to be the only one coaching players on the field.
Please refrain from loud or rude behavior.
Offer encouragement and positive reinforcement, not criticism, to your star player.
Encourage discipline by having your child arrive on time for practices and games.
Belonging to a team requires commitment. Parents can help children understand this through regular attendance and preparation.
Whenever possible, volunteer. This shows participants the value of being a team player.
Please respect the officials and their calls. It’s OK to disagree, but inappropriate to disparage.

THANK YOU COACHES AND PARENTS

Our parents and coaches the best. They were cheering all of our players no matter what team they were on. Even thou the players were on opposite teams our parents and coaches were showing great sportsmanship to all of our players cheering them on. The coaches even had the players shake the refs hands and telling them good game ref. Thanks coaches and parents and most of all our players.

Hamilton's NFL Flag 5 on 5 message

Since 2007 Hamilton's NFL Flag 5 on 5 have been committed to the youth community of Stoney Creek and Hamilton. NFL Flag is the premier youth flag football league for boys and girls ages 6-17 no matter their athletic ability. NFL Flag gives youngsters the chance to be an official NFL player. We have been a proud member of the NFL Flag since 2007. Since our volunteers come from our community we can offer this program for $100 per player. None of our volunteers do this to subsidize their incomes. They do it for the kids and the love of the game. We believe that no one should profit from kids sports. The only people that get paid are our referees. Some of our players have experience memories to last a lifetime. Some have been special guests and honoured at these following locations a) 2007 Ivor Wynne Stadium -Ticats verus Calgary b) 2007 Superdome - Buffalo Bills vs New Orleans Saints c) 2007 Grey Cup Toronto Sky Dome -Saskatchewan vs Montreal d) Ralph Wilson Stadium 2007 -Buffalo Bills game versus Cincinnati Bengals . Also our players have played in numerous locations here are just a few, Ivor Wynne Stadium, Ralph Wilson Stadium, Carleton University, New Orleans Practice Facility, New Orleans Super Dome, Disney Wide World of Sports, Houston Texans Training Facility, Cincinnati Bengals Practice Facility and Ron Joyce Stadium McMaster University plus our home field Dofasco Rec Park. There are many more. Thanks go out to the youth of our community in being active. These experiences and memories would not of happened if it wasn't for our youth. Thanks again.

Renegades lose in flag football playoffs

Renegades lose in flag football playoffs
The Hamilton Renegades lost in the playoffs of the Houston Texans Regional NFL Flag Football Tournament last week.

The only Canadian team in the tournament, the Renegades won pool play with scores of 31-0, 23-6, 33-0 and 28-6.
The Houston Texans hosted the final Regional Tournament of this season at their training facility in Houston, TX. This was the team’s first year hosting a regional tournament. Teams traveled from across Texas, Florida, Hawaii and Canada to participate in the 8th regional tournament of the season.


Assistant coach Jeff Brown says nothing went the team’s way when facing the home team in the playoffs, including having a touchdown called back. The Renegades lost 21-7.
The team watched the championship game, which the Mo Steel Vets from Miami, Fla. won, beating the home team.

Players from the Hamilton 5 on 5 Flag Football league, Hamilton Minor Football Association and CANUSA Games tried out to be part of the Renegades, which is made up of eight boys.

The team practised together and held scrimmages for about three months. Local businesses and residents donated funds to ensure all the players could afford the trip to Houston.

Head coach Alex Hill was a player and coach on provincial, national and U.S. championship flag football teams.

He was also the quarterback for this year’s Cardinal Newman Catholic Secondary School senior football team. The Cardinals won the city championships this season with an undefeated season.

The Renegades team includes quarterback Mason Brown, 13, wide receiver/defensive back Jakob Durka, 13, wide receiver David Benedetti, 13, centre/wide receiver/defensive back Steven Picone, 14, wide receiver/free safety Clark Adams, 14, rusher/wide receiver Justin Wilson, 13, rusher/wide receiver Michael Cooper, 13 and wide receiver/free safety Justin Connolly, 14.

Assistant coaches are Hill’s older brother Matt and Brown’s dad Jeff.

There is room for a couple more players. If interested please contact Coach Jeff 905-906-2331

NFL FLAG National Tournament of Champions Clips

Our girls played in NFL FLAG National Tournament of Champions 2008 and were runner ups and played again in 2009 and won the championship.

Check this website http://www.yffayouth.net/girlsnationals.html
regarding our 2009 girls
Check website http://www.yffayouth.net/nationals.html
regarding our 2008 girls

ONTARIO PROVINCIAL FLAG FOOTBALL REPRESENTATIVES 2010

Hamiltons Flag 5 on 5 will have 3 teams representing Ontario at this year

FOOTBALL CANADA U15 NATIONAL FLAG CHAMPIONSHIP AND U18 INVITATIONAL


Event Date: August 13, 2010 - August 18, 2010

Location: Ottawa, ON

Matty Hill will be coaching the 15U Ontario team at FOOTBALL CANADA U15 2010 NATIONAL FLAG CHAMPIONSHIP.

Also Matty will be coaching both the girls U18 team and the boys U18 team. Both teams are going to represent Ontario for the 1st ever U18 INVITATIONAL


GOOD LUCK TO ALL

2010 Canadian National Flag Football Championships



MONDAY, AUGUST 16, 2010 – Ottawa, ON - The Flag Football Canadian National Championships concluded Monday afternoon on the Carleton University campus in Ottawa. In the largest division of nine teams, the Under 15 division, team Manitoba captured the gold medal with a 26 to 13 win over team Ontario. Team Manitoba’s road to the finals went through a semi- final matchup against team Quebec at 8 A.M. followed by a 31- 7 win against team Alberta in the semi- finals. Manitoba was able to overcome a 12- 6 opening game loss to team Saskatchewan and a 33 to 20 loss in their last round robin game to capture gold.

Team Ontario captured first place against teams from Quebec and Nova Scotia in the U18 female division with a close 7 to 6 win against team Quebec. Team Ontario avenged their 6 to 13 loss to previously undefeated team Quebec in the championship game.

In the U18 Men’s division, Team Quebec won a hard fought game against team Ontario, 13 to 6 to stay undefeated in the three-day tournament. Team Nova Scotia won the bronze medal with a 18 to 13 win over team Manitoba.
The Ontario Football Alliance along with Football Canada hosted the Flag Football National Championships from Saturday August 14 to Monday August 16 at Carleton University’s Keith Harris Stadium and Ravens Road Field. The National Flag Championship is an annual non- contact event which this year brought together teams from PEI, Nova Scotia, Quebec, New Brunswick, Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The annual U15 National Flag Football tournament was expanded this year through the creation of a U18 male and female age divisions. The top Canadian youth Flag Football players battled through heavy rain and multiple thunderstorm delays on Sunday to compete for provincial pride and national bragging rights.

U15M Results
Gold Medal: Manitoba 26 Ontario 13
Bronze Medal: BC 34 Alberta 6

U18 Females Results
Championship game: Ontario 7 Quebec 6

U18 Males Results
Gold Medal: Ontario 6 Quebec 13
Bronze Medal: Manitoba 13 Nova Scotia 18


U15 MVPS
DEF- Marcus DiLoreto, Team Ontario
OFF- Alex Tachinski, Team Manitoba

U18M MVPS
DEF- Paul Johnson, Team Ontario
OFF- Alex Pilon, Team Quebec

U18F MVPS
DEF- Faith Gallant, Team Ontario
OFF- Natalie Journeau, Team Quebec


Hamilton's Lions are Champions

Our 12-14 year old girls team are Tournament National Champions. They won the title in Miami Jan 31/10. Miss Farkas was tournament MVP. Congratulations to our players and coaches. Congratulations to our 9-11 year team in making it to the tournament. We are very proud to have both teams representing this community.

Lions roar in Miami

By Laura Lennie, News Staff

News
Feb 04, 2010
Large Medium Small Print This Article Tell a friend The Hamilton girls Lions scored the ultimate touchdown last weekend.
The Hamilton 5on5 Flag Football League team defeated the Oakland Raiders 6-0 Jan. 31 in Miami to clinch the NFL Flag National Tournament of Champions 12-14 division crown.

“We worked well as a team and stepped up when we needed to, which led us to a very great experience,” said quarterback and Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School student Michaela Ionni.

Receiver Kristen Farkas agrees.

“We got an opportunity that most people do not get and we made the best of it,” said the Cardinal Newman Catholic Secondary School student. “We had fun and came out as champions, which is a bonus.”

The Lions defeated the Arizona Cardinals 20-0 in their first game, before losing to the New York Jets 14-12 and Oakland Raiders 19-0 to finish 1-2 in round-robin action.

“That placed us in fifth out of eight teams, which is not what we hoped for,” said coach Alex Hill. “This left us with an extremely tough quarter-final game against the Jets, who previously beat us,” he added. “With a conservative game plan, we came out looking for some revenge and beat them 12-0.”

In the semifinal, the team faced No. 1 seed and last year’s champions, the Dallas Cowboys.

“The game was a defensive battle and we came out on top 6-0, after being huge underdogs,” said Hill. “The key to our success was our defence; we weren’t letting teams march down the field on us and even forced four interceptions on the Jets and three on the Cowboys, who were the two most explosive offences we had seen.”

Hill says heading into action against the Raiders in the championship, he knew the Lions were a much improved team.

“I knew if we played smart football, we could come out victorious,” he said. “We took the role as the underdog again and in the second half, Ionni connected with Farkas, which put us in scoring position. Two plays later, Ionni passed to Jenna Woodworth in the end zone for the only score of the game. Our defence held strong like they did all tournament and we came out on top.”

The heart the Lions displayed made the biggest difference, says Hill.

“It would have been easy for us to fold after going 1-2 and having to play three teams ranked higher than us in the playoffs, but the girls would not give up,” he said. “They believed in themselves the whole time and even when one girl got upset or down at times, there were all eight of them right there to pick her up and in intense tournaments like this that is key.”

Ionni says the chemistry of the team also played a huge role.

“We were very focused, when it came down to tight situations,” she said. “We were also very prepared.”

Hill says the Lions couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

“The tournament was extremely well organized and the girls had a lot of fun, along with some great opportunities, like attending the Pro Bowl, which a lot of people will never get the chance to attend,” he said. “Being crowned the best girls team in North America for under 15 is awesome. I couldn’t be more proud of the girls.”

The boys Hamilton Steelers also hit the turf for the tournament in the age nine-to-11 division.

The team lost in the quarterfinals.

“What a great experience, the quality of football was fantastic, being held in conjunction with the Pro Bowl was an experience of a lifetime. It's something the boys will never forget,” said coach David Luciani. “They met and got pictures taken with some pro football players, they we part of the opening ceremonies to the game, it was an opportunity that they will treasure forever.”

For the first time since the program’s conception, NFL FLAG held its Tournament of Champions as part of the festivities of Pro Bowl weekend. Twenty-four teams in three different divisions from eight regional competitions commenced in South Florida to determine who would walk away National Champions.

On Saturday, January 30th, teams squared off in preliminary, playoff-rounds at Central Broward Regional Park to determine which two finalists would meet in the Championship games on Sunday. After three seeding rounds and two semi-final rounds, six teams emerged at the top of their divisions. In the 9-11 Co-Ed division, the Miami Dolphins and the Dallas Cowboys advanced, while the Oakland Raiders and Detroit Lions teams from both the 12-14 Girls and 12-14 Boys divisions came out on top to faceoff on Sunday at Game Day Fan Plaza outside of Sun Life Stadium prior to the Pro Bowl.

The Championship games the following day kicked off at 12:30pm with the 9-11 Co-Ed teams. After two hard-fought halves, it was the Miami Dolphins who came out on top in their own backyard by a score of 26-20. After a quick warm-up period, the 12-14 Girls teams faced-off with the Detroit Lions edging the Oakland Raiders by a close score of 6-0. In the days’ final match-up, the 12-14 Boys division was also won by the Detroit Lions, as they beat the Oakland Raiders by a nail-biting score of 26-24.

Following the days’ competitions, the 256 NFL FLAG participants took part in the on-field Pro Bowl Pregame Show, televised LIVE on ESPN, by high-fiving the players as they were announced onto the field and enjoying a front-row viewing of The Honors Society’s pregame performance.



Travelled to Miami and surprised U.S. opponents

Travelled to Miami and surprised U.S. opponents
February 05, 2010
Larry Moko
The Hamilton Spectator

The kid knows his stuff.

That's the impression Alex Hill, of Stoney Creek, left with many of the participants at the NFL Flag Football National Tournament of Champions in Miami.

With 16-year-old Hill as the head coach, Hamilton Lions won the girls' title of the 12-to-14 age group. The event final was held just outside Sun Life Stadium hours before Sunday's Pro Bowl.

"The other coaches were surprised," said Hill, a Grade 11 student at Cardinal Newman. "A lot of them were 40-plus dads who ran football programs in their cities. They saw me, a 16-year-old kid, and thought, 'what the heck is going on?'

"There was a boys' division there and everyone was asking me if I was a player. I said 'no, I'm a coach.'"

In 2007, Hill was the quarterback of a 13-to-14 Steeltown Steelers mixed flag football team - coached by his older brother Matt - that won Canadian and world championships in Winnipeg and New Orleans, respectively. Hill said a writer from the NFL website was aware of the Hamilton team's history and, in the hotel lobby, said to him: 'You guys have an amazing story. We've heard about how you won the worlds before.'"

Lions received a berth into this year's eight-team divisional competition by winning a regional qualifier in Detroit last September.

The Hamilton squad defeated the Oakland Raiders 6-0 in the final on a seven-yard touchdown pass from Michaela Ionni to Jenna Woodworth with seven minutes remaining. On the play before, a deep pass from Ionni to Kristen Farkas moved the Lions into the red zone.

Other members of the team were Alisa Van Veen, Faith Gallant, Francesca Cutulle, Alexia Tam and Breanne Stramenga.

Flag football is 5-on-5 with three downs to gain 20 yards.

Lions were seeded 5th. After a 20-0 round-robin victory over the Arizona Cardinals, the Lions lost 14-12 to the New York Jets and 19-0 to the Oakland Raiders. In the playoff round, however, the Lions came to life, blanking both the Jets 12-0 in a quarter-final and top-seeded Dallas Cowboys 6-0 in the semifinal.

"I was amazed how the girls came through," Hill said. "After going 1-2, they gave their heads a shake and fought with everything they had. We didn't give up a point in any of our playoff games. Defence was our strong point. Offensively, we played conservatively, keep it short."

Farkas and Gallant made four and three interceptions, respectively, for the the Lions in the final three games.

"We barely gave up any first downs and the girls didn't miss a flag all tournament long. I had a coach approach me and ask what I did with my defence."

Hill was awed by the magnitude of the championship. Starting with the specially-built elevated turf field in the stadium parking lot.

"It was cool," Hill said. "They had the end zones painted and everything. We got new jerseys, too. We were the NFC and the other team was the AFC."

According to Hill, TV cameras and microphones followed the players' every move - even during timeouts and huddles. There was also Monday-Night-Football-like individual player introductions.

"We had NFL Films at every game. It's going to be aired on ESPN. When it's that big, you really know you're in the States."

Hill said each of the Lions, who got free tickets to the Pro Bowl, will also receive a commemorative life-size football helmet that indicates 2010 Champions.

"They were too big for all of us to bring back in our suitcases, so the NFL is going to be shipping them to me."

The Ontario and Detroit regional champion Hamilton Steelers - a 9-to-11 year old boys team - also took part in the tournament.

Hill said his team appreciates the sponsorship it received from Phase IV Dental Group, Robert Ico and Apogee Engineered Ceramics.

The Hills plan to continue coaching flag football when the Canadian U-17 boys' and girls' divisions are launched in March.

"Everything I've learned about coaching is from him (Matt). We'll also have an U-15 co-ed team. So we'll be quite busy with all of that."

NFL Flag Football was started in 1996 for boys and girls 5-17.

lmoko@thespec.com


Article from Stoney Creeks News Web Page Jan 29/10

Two local flag football teams will hit the turf in the NFL Flag National Tournament of Champions this weekend.

The girls Hamilton Lions and boys Hamilton Steelers will compete for the national title during Pro Bowl festivities in Miami.

“The opportunity is amazing. We have our flights, hotel rooms and Pro Bowl tickets covered by the NFL, which is something that most sports can’t offer and we get to compete against the best teams in America,” said Lions coach Alex Hill. “Last year, my brother Matt took a team to Orlando and came second in this tournament, so we’re hoping to build on last year’s success.”

Steelers coach David Luciani agrees the opportunity is a great one.

“The challenge from the best eight teams in the USA is going to be a fantastic experience,” he said. “Win or lose, we are looking forward to a fantastic weekend.”

Twenty-four teams advanced to the tournament. All teams qualified by winning their NFL Flag Regional tournaments.

“We entered a tournament held in Detroit in September and won that, so we are representing the Detroit area as well as Canada,” said Hill. “We have a very talented group of girls, so we hope to do well, but we also are going to enjoy the opportunity, as this is once in a lifetime for most people.”

The Steelers qualified for the tournament in August.

“We won the Michigan regional tournament and that took place after we won the Ontario title in June. We went to Michigan and won all of our five games and in the championship game, we defeated the Indiana state champions. The boys played some of their best football,” said Luciani. “I do believe the boys have a great chance to add a USA national title to their Michigan and Ontario titles. They are some of the best athletes I have coached over my 20 years of coaching.”

The flag football finals will be in held Jan. 31 just before the Pro Bowl.




Canton Michigan- Detroit Lions Regional 5 on 5 NFL Youth Tournament

Three teams with players from our Hamiltons Flag 5 on 5 league will be playing in the Detroit Lions Regional NFL Youth Flag Football 5 on 5 tournament Saturday, September 26th
at the Canton Sports Center in Canton Michigan. Coach Matty Hill will be coaching the 12-14 year olds boys team. Coach Alex Hill will be coaching the 12-14 girls team and Coach Dave Luciani will be coaching 9-11 year olds co-ed team. The winners of each division will go to the NFL FLAG National Tournament of Champions
to participate in the NFL FLAG National Tournament of Champions. Hotel, airfare and tickets to the 2010 Pro Bowl will be provided by the NFL for one coach and up to ten players.
The NFL is excited to be hosting this year’s NFL FLAG National Tournament of Champions in conjunction with the 2010 Pro Bowl, which will be held in South Florida. The tournament will be held over two days, with the preliminary rounds occurring on Saturday, January 30th at Central Broward Regional Park and the three Championship Games taking place on Sunday, January 31st prior to Pro Bowl at Dolphins Stadium.

GOOD LUCK TO ALL OUR PLAYERS AND COACHES

Hamilton Patriots 2009 Canadian NFL 5 on 5 Flag Football Champions

Summary of Championship game

BC opened the scoring 2-0 with a safety
Then BC added to the lead with a touchdown to make 8-0
Ontario came back and tied the game 8-8
BC scored to make it BC14- Ontario 8
Ontario tooked the lead BC 14 Ontario 15
Ontario then added another TD BC 14 Ontario 22
Ontario added to their lead with a safety BC 14 Ontario 24 at the half
BC scores BC 22 Ontario 24
BC takes the lead with 4 minutes left BC 28 Ontario 24
Ontario takes the lead with 2 minutes left BC 28 Ontario 30
Ontario intercepts the ball with 1 minute and 23 seconds left
Ontarios Hamiltons Patriots are 2009 Canadian NFL 5 on 5 Flag Football Champions. Congratulations to Adam, Alisa, Bryson, Daniel, Faith, Jacob and coach Matty.

2009 Canadian NFL Flag Football 5 on 5 Tournament Championships Update


RESULTS

Fri. July 24
5:00 PM Quebec 21 PEI 12
Ontario 61 New Brunswick 0

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Sat. July 25





9:30AM PEI 13 Nova Scotia 18
New Brunswick 12 Quebec 31

10:30AM New Brunswick 27 PEI 26
Nova Scotia 0 Ontario 41
British Columbia 12 Saskatchewan 34
Alberta 13 Manitoba 42

11:30AM Ontario 61 PEI 6
Nova Scotia 8 Quebec 34
Alberta 26 Saskatchewan 20
Manitoba 18 British Columbia 36

12:30PM Quebec 12 Ontario 26
Nova Scotia 19 New Brunswick 8
Manitoba 28 Saskatchewan 19
Alberta 14 British Columbia 51

Quarter Finals
3:00PM B.C. (West 1) 40 N.B. (East 4) 24
3:00PM Quebec (East 2) 33 Alberta (West 3) 25
4:00PM Ontario (East 1) 44 Sask. (West 4) 14
4:00PM Manitoba (West 2) 78 N.S. (East 3) 6


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Sunday July 26

Semi-Finals
9:00AM B.C vs. Quebec

9:00AM Ontario vs. Manitoba


Bronze
10:00AM Quebec vs Manitoba
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Finals
10:00AM BC vs Ontario

BC opened the scoring 8-0
Ontario came back and tied the game 8-8
BC scored to make it BC14- Ontario 8
Ontario tooked the lead BC 14 Ontario 15
Ontario has added scored another TD BC 14 Ontario 22
Ontario added to their lead with a safety BC 14 Ontario 24 at the half
BC scores BC 22 Ontario 24
BC takes the lead with 4 minutes left BC 28 Ontario 24
Ontario takes the lead with 2 minutes left BC 28 Ontario 30
Bryson from Ontario intercepts the ball with 1 minute and 23 seconds left
Ontarios Hamiltons Patriots are 2009 Canadian NFL 5 on 5 Flag Football Champions. Congratulations to Adam, Alyssa, Bryson, Daniel, Faith,Jacob and coach Matty.




Hamiltons Patriots 2009 15U Ontario NFL 5 on 5 Flag Football Champions

The Hamilton Patriots players are Faith Gallant, Andrea Petrina, Adam Hitchcock, Jacob Barnett, Bryson Cianfrone and Daniel Petermann. Coaches are Matty Hill and Alex Hill.

For a third straight year, a Hamilton team will represent the province at the national championship for the Under-15 Flag League, set for Ottawa from July 24 -26.

The Patriots from Hamilton’s NFL 5-on-5 are hoping to return to Steeltown with their third Canadian title in as many tries.

The top under-15 flag league teams from around the country will compete at Carleton University and Brewer Park. The tournament will consist of nine NFL Flag League Provincial champions from the 12-14 age group. The nine teams competing in the tournament include Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.

The tournament will begin on Friday, July 24 with Quebec vs. PEI and Ontario vs. New Brunswick at 5 p.m. The opening ceremonies will take place Saturday morning.

Sunday will be the medal round with games kicking off at 9 a.m.

In 2008 Team Ontario – Hamilton – coached by Matt Hill, won its second title. Team Alberta, coached by Ron McNeil, took second place and Team Quebec coached by Laurent Dubreuil was third.

This article printed from Hamilton Scores.

Good Luck to the Hamiltons NFL Flag 5 on 5 Patriots. Check here for score updates starting Friday July 24.

Hamiltons Steelers Ontario 2009 NFL Flag Provincial Champions 13U

On Saturday June 27th, 2009, the Ontario Football Alliance hosted their 3rd Annual Flag Football Provincial Tournament. This was the first year that a U13 Flag Division Tournament was held.
The Hamilton Steelers from our Hamiltons NFL 5 on 5 Flag Football League won Gold in the U13 division against the Guelph Grizzlies 28-0
Congratulations to Coach Dave and his team Lucas T, Nick P, Zach P, Ayrton L, Johnny S, Anthony T and Jordan R as they are the 13U 2009 Ontario Provincial 5 on 5 NFL Flag Football Champions.



How to Coach Kids in Flag Football-

5Man No Contact Flag Football
The NFL created the 4Man No Contact game back in 1993, with the ultimate goal of developing kids into football players. The goals of a 5Man No Contact game are no different, as it aims to teach the basic fundamentals of football - passing and catching. Plus, since running the ball is prohibited, the role of the quarterback becomes instrumental to a teams’ success. Ideally, a starting quarterback should have a good arm but also have the patience to read the field and even take a sack if need be. Remember, practice makes perfect, and the more experience a QB has under his belt the better he’ll become. Ultimately, flag football is a simple sport, so coaches – keep it simple.

Below are ten simple but effective ways to ensure your 5Man team’s success during the upcoming flag football season:

• Flag Pulling: If you can’t pull a flag you’re dead in the water. Before every practice & game set aside 20 minutes for flag pulling drills. The drill goes as follows…
•a. Form a single line.
•b. The player (lets call him Player A) in the front of the line puts his left hand behind his back, rendering it useless.
•c. One by one, instruct the remaining players to jog past Player A’s right side with their hands risen.
•d. Player A must focus on pulling each player’s flag as they jog by.
•e. Upon the final flag being drawn from the right side, have Player A turn around, switch hands, and pull the flags off the remaining players as they jog by his left side. This drill, albeit somewhat basic, greatly increases hand-eye coordination and overall flag pulling ability because of its repetitive nature.
• Shotgun Formation: As a general rule, always have the QB step back a minimum of 5 yards (IMPORTANT: Never under center). Practice snaps at this length during practices and before games. This gives your QB ample time to read the defense and use better judgment when making throws. It may take a few weeks to master the longer snap, but roughly by week five you’ll have a much improved and dangerous team. ?
• ZONE Defense: Take your man-to-man defensive scheme and throw it in the trash. Zone defense is effective not only because it spreads the field, but it also gives your defense four options to choose from on any given down…
•a. Cover 1. (One safety deep, remaining defenders stay close to the ball. Used mainly on first down and short yardage situations when you think the offense is running a quick pass or running the ball).
•b. Cover 2. (Two safeties deep. A solid defense to call when the offense needs 10-15 yards for a first down).
•c. Cover 3. (Three safeties deep. Used when you believe the offense is throwing long).
•d. Cover 4. (Four safeties across the goal line. Used mainly in fourth and long or “Hail Mary” situations).
• Never Show Your Coverage: Constantly changing your defensive coverage schemes can confuse the opposing quarterback and keep him guessing. Disguise your coverage before the snap by having all defenders form a single even line with your rusher (who is seven yards from the ball). At the snap of the ball, the players move to the chosen formation.
• 7 Yard Cushion: The most successful teams understand that the name of the game is flag pulling. Your quickness as a defender means nothing if you play too tight and get beat on a pump-and-go. Play it safe and line up at least seven yards off the ball. Most leagues start at the 5-yard line, and need to get to midfield for a first down. That’s 18 yards. Put the odds in your favor and sacrifice a five yard pass here or there as long as you’re able to pull the flag and not get beat.
• The Rusher: The most important part of a zone defense. A zone tends to break down within four seconds, so if the QB has more than four seconds to read a defense, odds are you’ll get burnt. The rusher must charge the QB in a controlled manner, never leave his feet, and never go for a batted ball. His sole purpose is to make the QB read and throw within that four second window, and try not to let him scramble. (TIP: Remember, always go the hips. Also, never rush straight ahead, try to come at the QB from a 45 degree angle and make him scramble toward his weak side.)??
• Improvements: Don’t expect miracles overnight, there will most likely be at least a four to five week grace period until most of these skills are utilized to their highest potential. The younger the kids are, the more difficult it will be for them to process information and employ them in game situations. Be patient and stick to the basics.
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• Keep Plays Simple: There is no need to have difficult plays. Start off with only four plays. Try to add one new play per week.
• Favorite Play: Great plays happen because of great execution. For example, your outside receiver does a 5 yard In, and your inside receiver does a 4 yard Out (the Cross). After this play is successful three times, attempt the “Scissor play.” This means the outside receiver does a 10 yard Post, and the inside receiver does an Out and Up. This play is money if it’s set up correctly, and you sell it by making the defense believe you’re running the Cross pattern again.
• Love: This isn’t the NFL; the kids need love and attention. Give them love and they will perform.
Edited by intern Matt Gelfand

Written by Jim Zimolka

President of FlagMag.com

has participated in flag football events in 20 countries.


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Hamiltons NFL/CFL Flag Football 5 on 5 Accomplishments

2010 Canadian Flag Football 16U Female Champions
2010 NFL Canadian Flag Football 15U runner -ups
2010 Canadian Flag Football 18U runner-ups
2010 Ontario Flag Football Mens 18U Champions
2010 NFL Ontario Flag Football Champions 15U
2009 NFL Tournament of Champions 12-14 year olds Female Champions
2009 NFL Detroit Lions Regional 12-14 year olds Female Champions
2009 NFL Detroit Lions Regional 9-11 year olds Co-ed Champions
2009 NFL Canadian Flag Football Champions 15 and under
2009 NFL Ontario Flag Football Champions 15 and under
2009 NFL Ontario Flag Football Champions 13 and under
2008 NFL Tournament of Champions 12-14 year olds Female Runner ups
2008 NFL Buffalo Bills Regional 12-14 year olds Female Champions
2008 NFL Buffalo Bills Regional 9-11 year olds Co-ed Runner ups
2008 NFL Canadian Flag Football Champions 15 and under
2008 NFL Ontario Flag Football Champions 15 and under
2007 NFL Flag Football World Champions 15U
2007 NFL/CFL Canadian Flag Football Champions 15U
2007 NFL/CFL Ontario Flag Football Champions 15U
2007 NFL Buffalo Bills Friendship Champions 15U
2007 NFL Buffalo Bills Friendship Runner ups 9U

2008 NFL FLAG National Tournament of Champions


Hamilton's Buffalo Bills finished second in the girls' 12 to 14 years old bracket of the National Football League Flag National Tournament of Champions.


Coming through preliminary round play at Disney's sports complex in Orlando, Florida, undefeated after five games - including three shutouts - the Bills fell 14-7 to the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday (Nov. 22). Not only was it the first time the Buffalo Bills entered a team into this tournament, it was the first time a Canadian squad represented a Regional Team. Members of the 5-on-5 Hamilton team were Jaclyn Carbone, Faith Gallant, Breanna McIntyre, Julia Monaco, Andrea Petrina, Breanne Stramenga, Breanna Tilban, and coaches Vincent Carbone and Matty Hill.

In the championship game, Hamilton took a 7-0 lead scoring with15 seconds left in the first half. The Cowboys, from Cedar Park outside of Austin, Texas, tied the game with 7:38 to go in the second half. On their next possession, after intercepting a pass, the Cowboys scored the winning touchdown with 4:10 seconds to play.

The Cowboys ended Hamilton's hopes of tying the game when they intercepted again.

Leading to the championship game Hamilton beat the Washington Redskins 13-0, Oakland Raiders, 20-0; Chicago Bears 27-26 in overtime; New England Patriots 19-0; and New York Jets 20-13 in OT.

Teams from three age division - 9 to 11 co-ed, 12 to 14 boys and 12 to 14 girls - who won their NFL FLAG Regional events participated in the Champions Tournament. Twelve regions were represented: Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams, NY Jets, Chicago Bears, Buffalo (Hamilton) Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, San Diego Chargers, New England Patriots, Washington Redskins, and Arizona Cardinals.

Hotels and airfare were paid by the NFL for all the teams.

Watch the NFL Network and ESPN for video of the Championship games. It will be shown 3 times between now and Christmas. Date and times will be posted shortly.

Congratulations and thanks go to the Buffalo Bills girls team and to the National Football League Buffalo Bills.

Buffalo Regional Tournament

Hamiltons Flag 5 on 5 Football League had 7 teams that participated in the NFL Flag Buffalo Regional Tournament on October 12 at Ralph Wilson Complex. There were 3 divisions 1) co-ed 9-11 year olds, 2) Boys 12-14 year olds and 3) Girls 12-14 year olds. All of our teams did very well on and off the field in representing Hamiltons Flag 5 on 5. Six of our teams made it to the semi-finals with 3 of them making it to the championships. One of our 12-14 year olds Girls Team will be representing the Buffalo Bills at the 2008 NFL FLAG National Tournament of Champions which will occur on Saturday, November 22, 2008 at Disney’s Wide World of Sports® Complex in Orlando, Florida. Congratulations go out to Jaclyn Carbone, Faith Gallant, Breanna McIntyre, Julia Monaco, Andrea Petrina, Breanne Stramenga, Breanna Tilban and Coach Matty Hill. Good Luck Girls.

Hamiltons Flag 5 on 5 Seahawks 2008 NFL/CFL CANADIAN FLAG FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS

Hamilton Seahawks are the 2008 NFL/CFL Canadian Flag Football Champions as they defeated Alberta 34-6 for the championship.
Congratulations Bryson, Paul, Justin, Daniel, Breanna, Julia and coach Matty.
Here are the results from the tournament
Results
Pool A - PE, AB, QC, ON

Pool B - MB, BC, SK, NS

9:00 a.m. game 1 - PE (6) vs. AB (27), QC(7) vs. ON(21), MB(12) vs. BC(16), SK(12) vs. NS(21)

9:50 a.m. game 2 - PE(0) vs. QC(47), ON(13) vs. AB(0), BC(7) vs. SK(6), MB(0) vs. NS(19)

10:40 a.m. game 3 - SK(12) vs. MB(14), BC(0) vs. NS(27), ON(43) vs. PE(0), AB(15) vs. QC(14)

1:00 p.m. Quarter Finals - ON(33) vs. SK(12); QC(28) vs. BC(6); NS(35) vs. PE(12); MB(17) vs. AB(29)

Semi Finals - ON (20) vs QC (12); AB(7) vs NS(0)
For the Championship Game Ontario (Hamilton Seahawks) won 34-6 over Alberta.
This makes it 2 years in a row that Ontario has won the NFL/CFL Canadian Flag Football 5 on 5 Under 15 Championships. Also for 2 years in a row a team from the NFL/CFL Hamiltons Flag Football 5 on 5 League has won this Championship which has been coach by Matty Hill in both years.



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National flag football title back in Stoney Creek

National flag football title back in Stoney Creek

By Abigail Cukier

Sports
Jul 11, 2008
Large Medium Small Print This Article Tell a friend For the second year in a row, young Stoney Creek athletes have won the national five on five flag football championship.

The Hamilton Seahawks went undefeated on the way to becoming the 2008 NFL/CFL Canadian Flag Football champions in Cornwall, P.E.I. last week.

In the final of the eight-team tournament, the Ontario representatives topped Alberta, 34-6.

Last year, the Hamilton Steelers won the Canadian finals in Winnipeg and the world championship, where they beat Mexico's Los Diablitos, 27-14 in the final at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.

The current roster comes from Stoney Creek schools St. Clare of Assisi, Immaculate Heart of Mary and Our Lady of Peace, as well as Chedoke.

Stoney Creek resident Matt Hill coached the Steelers and the Seahawks. His younger brother Alex was the quarterback of the Steelers and served as Seahawks assistant coach, as he is now above the age limit for the Grade 7 and 8 league.

Also returning from last year's squad was receiver/safety Paul Johnson. Other members of this year's team were Bryson Cianfrone, Justin Vaughan, Breanna McIntyre, Julia Monaco and Daniel Petermann.

Petermann's sister Alexandra was a Steeler and the world championship female MVP. League rules requiring two girls on each team are no longer in effect, but the Seahawks were pleased they stayed with the same formation.

"Our talent level was unbelievable on offence and defence," Alex Hill said. "We allowed one touchdown out of three games in the round robin. Our girls were amazing. Breanna averaged something like 10 yards a carry and was deaking guys left and right and Julia had about 20 sacks and forced many interceptions."

The Seahawks took the first round robin game in PEI 21-7 over Quebec and then beat Alberta 13-0. The Ontario representatives then beat PEI 43-0.

In the quarter-finals, the team won 33-12 over Saskatchewan and took the semifinals 20-12 over Quebec.

"They had a shaky round robin, but the championship game was the best game I have ever seen them play," Hill said.

The team also went undefeated in the Hamilton 5 on 5 league, even beating teams with older players, including Hill's.

The Seahawks beat the Hamilton Patriots for the provincial championships last month.

There will be no world competition this year, as an NFL transfer of the event to another association will not be complete in time.

"It's a shame because from what I've seen, I believe we could have been in the top three," Hill said.

There's always next year, with both Petermann and Cianfrone eligible to return.


What is Flag Football

WHAT IS FLAG FOOTBALL?
Flag football is fun!
The basics of Flag Football are the same as traditional football, aside from a few basic rule modifications. First, Flag Football is usually played on a field that is smaller than a traditional football field. Games are played with two teams of 8 – 10 players (with 5 to 7 players on the playing field). Instead of pads and football gear, players wear two plastic flags that attach to a belt with Velcro. Players wear the belts around their waists.

In Flag Football, defensive players pull the flags off an offensive player’s belt to “stop” them as opposed to simply tackling the player with the ball.

Why play Flag Football?
Fun!
Exciting!
Fast!
Inexpensive!
Safe!
Enjoyable!
Social!
Co-Educational!
Teaches skill, agility and finesse!
Easy to organize!
High participation!
Excellent form of physical activity!
Promotes “sport for life” opportunities!
Develops life skills through sport; teaches cooperation, self discipline and sportsmanlike conduct builds self-confidence and improves self-image!
Who plays Flag Football?
Children, men, and women of all ages play flag. People can play recreationally in parks, as part of school intramural programs and on a more competitive level within organized leagues. Flag Football is a sport easily adapted for the physically and mentally challenged, and is one of the fastest growing sports being played in Canada with competition extending internationally.

Where is Flag Football played?
One of the great advantages of Flag Football is that it can be played on any open field. The play area can be simply and quickly laid out with small, rubber pylons. It can be played indoors and out, with slight rule modifications.


2008 NFL/CFL Canadian Flag Football Championships

NFL U-15 Flag Championship will be held in Cornwall, PEI from July 2 to July4. NFL Canada, Football Canada and Football PEI are all very excited to host this event. A formal release will be issued by NFL Canada next week.

Another Flag Football Title For Hamilton

Another flag football title for Hamilton
Larry Moko
The Hamilton Spectator
(Jul 5, 2008)
Hamilton is turning into the flag football capital of Canada.

For the second consecutive year a team from the Steel City has grabbed the national under-15 flag football championship.

Hamilton Seahawks went undefeated en route to capturing the 2008 Canadian title in Cornwall, P.E.I. this week. In the final of the eight-team tournament, the Ontario representatives topped Alberta, 34-6.

Last year, Steeltown Steelers went all the way -- they took top honours at both the Canadian finals in Winnipeg and the NFL-sponsored world championship in New Orleans.

Matt Hill coached both the Steelers and the Seahawks. Members of this year's Canadian championship squad are Daniel Petermann, Bryson Cianfrone, Justin Vaughan, Paul Johnson, Breanne McIntyre and Julia Monaco.

Hill's younger brother, Alex, was the quarterback of the Steelers and served as a Seahawks assistant coach.

"I don't know what it is," Matt Hill said when asked about the reasons for his success. "We've been lucky to have two really strong teams ... kids who work hard, put in the time and effort and buy into the coaching scheme."

The current roster comes from four different schools -- St. Clare of Assisi, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Our Lady of Peace and Chedoke.

Johnson was the only returning player from a year ago when all the team's expenses were covered by organizers of the world tournament.

"Bryson was unbelievable at quarterback and our two girls made a difference," Hill said. "One was a receiver and the other was our rusher. It worked out excellently."

Said Cianfrone: "We played hard every game and never gave up. We had a couple of bad games at the start, but we really picked it up near the end.

"Meeting the kids from all the other teams was exciting. You get to hear the stories of how they got there."

Hill, a 19-year-old graduate of Mohawk College, said Petermann and Cianfrone were dominating forces at P.E.I. nationals who are age-eligible to return in 2009.

There will be no world event this year. Indications are, however, the global competition will start up again next year.

"It's unfortunate," Hill said. "From what I saw last year, we could have made a good run at defending our world title."

Ontario won its preliminary games by the following scores: 21-7 over Quebec; 13-0 over Alberta; 43-0 over P.E.I. In quarter-final and semifinal action, Team Ontario trounced Saskatchewan 33-12 and Quebec, 20-12, respectively.


Canada wins 2007 NFL World Flag Football Championships

Click on picture to get full story of Championships in New Orleans.

Champions: Team Canada captures NFL Flag Football World Championship
The role of underdogs suited Hamilton's Steeltown Steelers just fine.


The team of U-14 year olds representing Canada at the NFL Flag Football World Championship in New Orleans defeated Mexico 27-14 in the tournament final Friday, capping an amazing run that began with their local NFL/CFL Flag League championship in Hamilton.


The team, made up of 4 boys and 2 girls, represented Hamilton at the NFL/CFL Flag League finals in Winnipeg last month and emerged victorious. As a result they earned an all expenses trip to New Orleans to participate in the NFL Flag Football World Championship.


In New Orleans, Steelers (playing as Team Canada) battled teams from Japan, China and Korea before earning a date with the heavily favoured Team USA in the semi-final.


In the game against the Americans, Canada trailed with 14 seconds remaining but Lucas Mancini grabbed the game-winning touchdown withseven seconds to play before Alexandra Petermann sacked US quarterback Gavin Block as time expired. The final score was 45-39.


The surprising Canadians then took on Mexico in the tournament final at the Superdome, and emerged with a 27-14 victory.


Canada finished second in 2006 to Thailand, who lost to Mexico in this year's semi-final.


New NFL/CFL Flag Football champion crowned
By SCOTT UNGER, SUN MEDIA


In a tight defensive battle, the Hamilton Steelers snuck past the Edmonton Hurricanes 7-6 yesterday at Nomad Field in Winnipeg to win the 2007 Canadian Flag Football Championship.


"It was a very tight game," said Steelers coach Matt Hill, whose team made it to the nationals with a double-overtime win in their Ontario regional. "Our kids worked hard and had a lot of fun. It was a team game."


Hamilton got into the final with a 12-0 win over the Winnipeg Chargers. The local team beat Quebec 19-14 in the quarter-final to make it to the final four.


"We executed a lot of plays and stuck to our game plan," Hill said, who employed his brother at quarterback on the team.


Teams came from P.E.I., Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta to compete in the one day event that featured boys and girls in the under-14 age group. Games consist of two 12-minute halves and play on fields that are 60 yards long and 20 yards wide.


CFL commissioner Mark Cohen, who was in Winnipeg for the Blue Bombers-Montreal Alouettes game, was on hand to present the trophy to the victorious Steelers and took pictures with the team and their parents.


The Hamilton squad now advances as Team Canada for the world championships in New Orleans next month. Hill believes if his team continues this pace, they should fair pretty well when they face competition from around the world.


"The way I look at, our A game is better than anybody else's," said Hill. The world championships will be the week of Aug. 6 in the Big Easy before a pre-season NFL game.


Here are some highlights regarding our Steelers.

Won exhibition tournament at Ralph Wilson Stadium June 19 2007
Won the 2007 NFL/CFL Ontario Flag Football Championships June 26 Ivor Wynn Stadium
Won the 2007 NFL/CFL Canadian Flag Football Championships July 5 in Winnipeg.
Were special guests of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Canad Inns Stadium
Were special guests of the Hamilton Tiger-cats at Ivor Wynn Stadium.
Won the 2007 NFL World Flag Football Championships August 10 in New Orleans.
Were special guests and honoured by the New Orleans Saint at the Super Dome during the Saints game at half time.
Were special guests of the Buffalo Bills Nov. 4 vs Cincinnati at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Were special guests and honoured by the CFL at the 2007 Grey Cup at the Rogers Center November 25.
Were honoured by 2007 Sport Hamilton at the sixth annual celebration of athletic success and community pride in sport November 30.

Watch for them at the 2008 CYO dinner Feb 28 2008.

Upset in New Orleans: Team Canada upsets favoured USA at NFL Flag Football World Championship in N.O

Upset in New Orleans: Team Canada upsets favoured USA at NFL Flag Football World Championship in New Orleans
After defeating China to reach the semi finals, Team Canada (represented by an NFL/CFL Flag League team from Hamilton) hit the field as underdogs versus team USA.


After a close fought battle, the Canadians scored a last minute touchdown to seal a 45-39 victory and a shot at being named world champions. Canada faces Mexico at 3:30 p.m. Friday.


Yesterday, the Canadians lost to Mexico in qualifying play. The Mexican defense held out with two minutes remaining on the clock and when Canada regained possession with only a second to play, quarterback Hill was unable to inspire what would have been a dramatic comeback.


Head coach Matt Hill, brother of quarterback Alex, said: “There were a couple of mental breakdowns and it was a tough loss. We could have won and we should have beaten the other teams by more points. Mentally we were awful and I though that showed when kids did not run some of their patterns, but at least we are still in contention for the semi finals.

REMEMBERING OUR 2007 WORLD CHAMPIONS

The Canadian Flag Football team beat a tough Mexican team, 27-14, to win the 2007? NFL Flag Football World Championship (FFWC).

Canada wins

The game was played in the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans on Friday, August 10.? Though Mexico took an early lead, it was all Canada the rest of the game.? When Mexico did threaten, the Canadian defense - lead by Alexandra Petermann - shut them down and on offense, quarterback, Alex Hill, came through big time.

Alexandra Petermann

Alexandra Petermann, on the Canadian team, who had TWO sacks in the last 14 seconds of the semis against the US and TWO key sacks against Mexico in the last minute of the first half of the Championship game, was named as the female MVP.

Daniel Mier, the top receiver on the Mexican team, was picked as the tournament's male MVP. He caught the winning touchdown pass in the semis to beat Thailand and caught TWO touchdown passes in the Championship game.

The game was played in the Louisiana Superdome, in New Orleans, on Friday, August 10.

Both Canada and Mexico had intense semi-final games that weren't decided until the last minute of play.? Canada had to beat the USA team and Mexico topped Thailand (last year's champs).

Canada in Semi-Finals

This year's NFL Flag Football World Championship was exciting and hard-fought.? The champion Canadian team brought their A game and played amazingly through the whole tournament. ? Alex Hill, the quarterback for Canada summed it up well:

"It was fantastic to play in the Superdome and we believed all along, even when we weren't playing well or when things were going against us that we were going to win."

Canada's QB runs

Right after the Flag Football championship game, theNew Orleans Saints took the field against the Buffalo Bills for their first NFL pre-season game.? ? All ten Flag Football teams that competed in the championship tournament got to watch that game from field-level, sideline seats!?

Congrats to Canada!!


New NFL/CFL Flag Football champion crowned

New NFL/CFL Flag Football champion crowned
By SCOTT UNGER, SUN MEDIA


In a tight defensive battle, the Hamilton Steelers snuck past the Edmonton Hurricanes 7-6 yesterday at Nomad Field in Winnipeg to win the 2007 Canadian Flag Football Championship.


"It was a very tight game," said Steelers coach Matt Hill, whose team made it to the nationals with a double-overtime win in their Ontario regional. "Our kids worked hard and had a lot of fun. It was a team game."


Hamilton got into the final with a 12-0 win over the Winnipeg Chargers. The local team beat Quebec 19-14 in the quarter-final to make it to the final four.


"We executed a lot of plays and stuck to our game plan," Hill said, who employed his brother at quarterback on the team.


Teams came from P.E.I., Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta to compete in the one day event that featured boys and girls in the under-14 age group. Games consist of two 12-minute halves and play on fields that are 60 yards long and 20 yards wide.


CFL commissioner Mark Cohen, who was in Winnipeg for the Blue Bombers-Montreal Alouettes game, was on hand to present the trophy to the victorious Steelers and took pictures with the team and their parents.


The Hamilton squad now advances as Team Canada for the world championships in New Orleans next month. Hill believes if his team continues this pace, they should fair pretty well when they face competition from around the world.


"The way I look at, our A game is better than anybody else's," said Hill. The world championships will be the week of Aug. 6 in the Big Easy before a pre-season NFL game.

Road to New Orleans’ begins for Canada’s top youth flag football teams

‘Road to New Orleans’ begins for Canada’s top youth flag football teams
NFL/CFL Flag League teams from 6 provinces are competing across the country this month for the chance to represent Canada at the NFL World Flag Football Championship in New Orleans. The winners of the following six regional competitions will meet on July 4-6, 2007 in Winnipeg to determine a Canadian champion.


June 16, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia


June 16, Hamilton, Ontario


June 16, Calgary, Alberta


June 16, Montreal, Quebec


June 20, Charlottetown, PEI


June 27, Winnipeg, Manitoba


Each regional competition will include teams traveling from across the respective province. Managed by Football Canada, NFL/CFL Flag League is a community level recreation program that was built upon the successful in-school NFL/CFL Flag Football program.


The New Orleans Saints will host the 2007 NFL Flag Football World Championship (FFWC) from August 7-10, 2007. Teams comprised of 12 to 14-year-olds from ten nations (including Canada) and three continents will compete in the United States for the first time in the event’s eight-year history.


First round games will be played at the New Orleans Saints practice facility in Metairie on August 9 and 10. The two teams that qualify for the championship game will meet at the Louisiana Superdome at 4pm CT on Friday, August 10, prior to the Saints’ NFL preseason game against the Buffalo Bills. The FFWC teams will also provide a NFL Flag football demonstration at halftime. Ticket holders for the Saints game will see the Championship game at the Superdome, and preliminary rounds at the Saints facility are open to the public.


“I am excited to welcome NFL Flag players from across the world to New Orleans on behalf of the Saints,” said Saints quarterback and former flag football player Drew Brees. “This is a wonderful opportunity for young people from as far away as Asia and Europe to join fellow athletes from North America in witnessing the revitalization of this great city while playing NFL Flag football. I am sure they will enjoy their stay in Louisiana.”


More than 800 teams are currently competing internationally for the right to represent their country at the FFWC. The ten finalists will come from Canada, China, Europe (3 teams), Japan, Korea, Mexico, Thailand and the United States.


The young athletes will get the opportunity to explore New Orleans during their stay in the city. They will volunteer with a Katrina service project, visit the Aubudon Zoo Swamp Exhibit, spend an afternoon at the Blue Bayou Water Park & Dixie Landings and watch the Saints and Bills in action.


In 2006 in Cologne, Germany, Thailand’s Chaopraya Wittayakom School from Bangkok topped Manitoba Canada’s Ecole River Heights Middle School team, 45-32, to retain the NFL Flag Football World Championship won in Beijing in 2005.


The United States will be represented by a team from the Michael Ann Russell Jewish Community Center (MAR JCC) from Miami, FL, which won the FFWC in Vancouver in 2004 and finished as runner-up a year later in Beijing. The latest crop of MAR JCC youngsters won the NFL Flag national championships at the Disney Wide World of Sports in November to qualify.


Thailand’s representatives in New Orleans will be decided on July 1, while Europe’s three champions will emerge when teams from eight countries meet in the European School Final at World Bowl XV in Frankfurt on June 23. Canada holds its finals from July 4-6 in Winnipeg, Japan will produce a national champion on July 7 in Kawasaki, China holds its qualifying tournament on June 23-24 and Mexico on June 22-24. Sungseo Middle School from Daegu has already qualified to represent Korea.


“The fact that Thailand is the reigning world champion shows how popular football is becoming on an international scale,” added Brees. “I wish the boys and girls from every nation taking part in the NFL Flag Football World Championship the best of luck.”


A dedicated tournament website www.NFL-Flag.com will feature team and event information, the history of the FFWC, player notes and quotes, results, recaps, statistics and photographs. The NFL will partner with Reebok, EA and Gatorade to promote this coed event, which motivates boys and girls to participate in a fun and safe sport.


NFL Flag Football World Championship Participants


Canada China Japan Korea Mexico Germany Two other European teams from amongst: Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, UK Thailand USA

CANADIANS STEEL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Canadians Steel World Championships
 
By: Mark Solway 
Posted: 2007-08-11
 
Category: Washington Redskins News
 
 
The Hamilton Steeltown Steelers are the NFL Flag Football World Champions for 2007. Having already earned the right to represent Canada, the under-14 team joined nine other nations from three different continents in New Orleans, and came away on top. 

The final was played at the Louisiana Superdome - home of the National Football League's New Orleans Saints - and the game was played before a scheduled pre-season game between the Saints and the Buffalo Bills. All ten youth teams were in attendance at the pre-season game as guests of the Saints, and were treated to field level sideline seats. What a thrill for the kids, and what a monumental thrill for Canada to have finally got the proverbial money off of their backs. 

What monkey? 

Canada has been to the finals of the tournament three separate times, including last year in Germany, and not come away with a victory. That isn't to say that their performances have been disappointing, just that they had yet to bring home the gold. They certainly didn't take the easy way out, this time around either. 

After a convincing 34-6 victory over the Koreans in their first game, Canada faced a determined young Japanese team in game two. The Japanese were out for revenge after a difficult 22-21 defeat at the hands of the Mexicans in their first game, and came to play. They stretched Canada to the limit, but the young Steelers from Hamilton forged a tough 32-25 victory in game two. 

That set up a 'battle of the undefeated' as the 2-0 Canadians faced the 2-0 Mexicans in both teams' tough third match of the day. The notoriously high-scoring Mexican squad had posted 78 points in their first two matches, but it was their defense that would ultimately earn them a valuable 21-19 victory over Canada. The young Canadians had the opportunity to snatch victory in the final few minutes, but they couldn't solve the Mexican defense as both teams battled attrition and each other, late in day two. The loss meant a 2-1 record, and a must-win situation for Canada when they faced China in their final round robin game on day two. 

Canadian coach Matt Hill used the loss to provide some stern advice to his team, "Knowing we have to beat China - we have to go into the game thinking that we’ve played some pretty bad football, but knowing that hopefully we’ve got that out of our system. It is a must-win game; otherwise, we’re going home disappointed." 

Coach Hill added, "Mentally we were awful. I thought that showed when kids did not run some of their patterns, but at least we are still in contention for the semi finals." 

So how would the Canadian team respond to the tough love from their disappointed coach? 

China came into the day two match-up with Canada, having split their first two games. They suffered a defeat at the hands of Mexico (46-33) and were victorious over Korea (33-26), so the young Chinese team also needed to win to have any chance of making the next round. 

The result was never in doubt. The fresh, much sharper Canadian team rolled over China early, and staked out an unassailable lead. Though the game would finish 47-32, the score line was flattered by two late Chinese scores. The Canadian team had responded with conviction to Coach Hill's call to action, and coasted into the semi-final with a comfortable victory. 

Unfortunately, thanks to Canada's loss to the Mexicans in the preliminaries, and the fact that Mexico thrashed Korea 38-13 in their final round robin match, Canada would be seeded second in Group A behind the young Los Diablitos team that they had lost to. That meant a semi-final date with the winner of Group B, and the heavy favorites, the undefeated team from the United States. 

The American team was represented by Michael-Ann Russell JCC from North Miami Beach, their third trip to the Flag Football Championships in the last four years. They won the event in 2004, and were runner-ups in 2005, and leading up to their 2007 semi-final bout with Canada, they had been dominant in their preliminaries. The only stretch they experienced was a tough 26-20 game from the defending champion Thai team in game two, the teams from the United Kingdom and Austria, failed to register a point (32-0 and 28-0 respectively), and the young team from Spain was outclassed 41-13. 

Both Canada and the U.S. came out with their offensive weapons firing on all cylinders. One team would score, the other would respond. By half-time, they were dead-locked at 26 each. Surely the offensive dominance had to wane in the second half? In the high-flying game of Flag Football? Maybe not. 

The teams traded scores, then again, and the score was even at 39-39 as they reached the two minute warning. With the result still very much in the balance, the Americans had the ball, could they take the lead? Not if Canadian Alexandra Petermann had anything to say about it, and apparently, she did. She sacked U.S. quarterback Gavin Block, forcing an interception (by Alex Hill), and gave Canada the ball back in the waning moments. 

Quarterback Alex Hill hit his favorite target of the tournament, Lucas Mancini, to give Canada the ball at mid-field with just fourteen seconds remaining. Then with just seven seconds left, Mancini pulled in another Hill pass for the all important touchdown, and a 45-39 lead. 

The U.S. team would have one more opportunity, but it was thwarted again by another Petermann sack. 

The victory and berth in the final were secure for Canada, and the upset was complete. The young team from Hamilton had stopped the young Americans from North Miami Beach from advancing to their third final in four years. 

In the other semi-final, the Mexicans faced the defending champion Thai team from Chaopraya Wittayakom Middle School. The game was equally as thrilling, and hard-fought, as Thailand drew within one point with a touchdown in the final seconds. They missed the conversion, and lost a heart-breaking 34-33 decision. Mexico was through to the finals, and Canada would get a chance to avenge their only blemish of the tournament. 

The final started auspiciously for Canada. Mexico scored on just the second play of the game, when Kevin Palomino pulled in a pass for a touchdown. Alan Mendoza added an extra point, and Mexico had a 7-0 lead. 

The teams traded possessions before quarterback Hill hit Chris Johnson with a touchdown pass, that Jaclyn Carbone converted for Canada, and evened the teams at 7-7. 

From that point on, it was pretty much the Hill / Mancini show. The two hooked up for a touchdown in the second quarter to give Canada a 14-7 half-time lead. After the break, Mancini caught two more Hill touchdown passes to take an impressive 27-7 lead. 

Cruising offensively, Canada's Petermann put it in overdrive defensively for Canada. She racked up two more sacks against Mexico, and firmly established herself as the tournament's most valuable female player. Mexico did manage to score again late, but it wasn't nearly enough as Canada claimed a 27-14 victory and a World Championship. 

Canadian quarterback Hill, who is the brother of Canadian coach Matt Hill, was named the tournament's most valuable player. It was his turn to speak for the Canadian team after the victory, "We are proud to win for Canada and for our families who have been fantastic the way they have supported us here. It was fantastic to play in the Superdome and we believed all along, even when we weren’t playing well or when things were going against us that we were going to win." 

So after finishing as runner-ups in three of the previous seven Flag Football World Championships (FFWC), Canada finally got the monkey off of their back, and came home victorious. 

Congratulations. 

FLASHBACK 2007 NFL FLAG FOOTBALL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT RECAP

Kanada gewinnt NFL Flag Football World Championship

Sieg über Mexico im Louisiana Superdome - Österreicher Sechste. The NFL Flag Football World Championship (FFWC) finally belongs to Canada after the Steeltown Steelers from Hamilton beat Mexico's Los Diablitos 27-14 in the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.


 

Canada has finished as runner up in three of the previous seven tournaments, but convincingly won the 2007 title before the New Orleans Saints took on the Buffalo Bills in NFL preseason action.

'We are proud to win for Canada and for our families who have been fantastic the way they have supported us here,” said quarterback and team MVP Alex Hill. 'It was fantastic to play in the Superdome and we believed all along, even when we weren't playing well or when things were going against us that we were going to win.”

The Canadians' composure throughout the FFWC proved crucial as they overcame a loss to Mexico in the group stages, sealed a dramatic victory over USA when trailing with only seven seconds remaining in the semi final and came from behind in the championship game.

Mexico took an early lead in the Superdome on only the game's second play whenKevin Palomino reeled in a touchdown pass and Alan Mendoza scored the extra point. Canada were held in check, but on their next drive Chris Johnson caught a touchdown pass from Hill and Jaclyn Carbone tied the game.

Lucas Mancini, whose aerial threat had been a constant weapon in the Steelers' armory, gave Canada a 14-7 halftime lead and added three more touchdowns and an unassailable 27-7 lead. When Mexico threatened, the tournament's female MVPAlexandra Petermann twice produced sacks before the male MVP Daniel Mier scored a late consolation touchdown.

As guests of the New Orleans Saints, the ten teams taking part in the FFWC watched the preseason game that followed from field level sideline seats, provided a guard of honor when the Saints entered the field and gave a halftime NFL Flag football display. Canada received the championship trophy from Saints owner/executive vice presidentRita Benson LeBlanc and an enthusiastic welcome from the fans in the Superdome.

Semi Finals:
Canada and Mexico emerged from two thrilling semi finals that both went down to the wire. Canada and the USA traded scores until halftime when the game was tied at 26-26. After the interval the stalemate resumed and heading towards the two-minute warning the score remained deadlocked at 39-39. The game's turning point came when defensive rusher Alexandra Petermann sacked USA quarterback Gavin Block, who was then intercepted by Alex Hill.

With 14 seconds on the clock, Lucas Mancini reeled in a catch at midfield then with seven seconds remaining dramatically caught the decisive touchdown for a 45-39 lead. The USA had one last shot at forcing overtime, but Petermann produced another sack as time expired to seal an emotional victory.

Equally as close was the clash between Mexico and Thailand. The defending champion Chaopraya Wittayakom Middle School from Thailand held a 18-13 halftime lead that was chipped away until only a point separated the teams at 26-25 in Mexico's favor. In two nervous moments the teams traded safeties before Daniel Mier underlined his MVP status with a touchdown catch inside the two-minute warning. 

Trailing 34-27, Thailand scored six points on a Preecha Dathong grab in the end zone, but the point after attempt was unsuccessful and Mexico held on to triumph 34-33.

Team by team summaries from Friday's games:

Austria - Wenzgasse Vikings from Vienna
Opening the second day of action at 2-0, Austria expected a tough task ahead and suffered a 44-13 loss to Thailand before going down 28-0 to the United States.

Team MVP: Sebastian Wolf
Final placing: 6th

Canada – Steeltown Steelers from Hamilton, ON
Needing a victory over China to reach the semi finals, Canada delivered with a hard-fought 47-32 victory. Chris JohnsonLucas ManciniAnthony Pizzuti and Alex Hillwere among the touchdowns, the most decisive coming when Pizzuti opened an unassailable 41-26 lead. Canada held on for victory despite two late China scores.

Team MVP: Alex Hill
Final placing: Champions

China – Shoushi Shiyan Middle School from Beijing
Entering the second day of action with a semi final berth in its own hands, China missed out in a 47-32 loss to Canada in the day's opening game. Xinyi Xie scored two touchdowns in the loss, while there were also trips to the end zone for Yu Chen,Shengbo Zhu and Jishen Pang. Taking on Japan for third place in Group A, China suffered a 21-13 defeat to close the tournament at 2-2.

Team MVP: Jishen Pang
Final placing: 8th

England – Woodham Warriors from County Durham
England quarterback Chris Barber hit Kiaran Dixon for a touchdown and Jake Johnson for a score as time expired after the opening 20 minutes to earn a 13-6 halftime lead over Spain. Johnson increased the lead to 14 points and when Spain threatened a comeback, scored his third touchdown of the day for a 27-12 victory that was secured when Barber came up with an interception in the end zone.

The Warriors stayed in contention against Thailand in an epic final game of the group stages while chasing an outside chance of a semi final place. Dixon was the main offensive threat as having trailed 38-18 at halftime, England recovered to cut the deficit to nine points. Thailand's firepower eventually overcame the Warriors in a 57-36 shootout.

Team MVP: Kiaran Dixon
Final placing: 7th

Japan – Adachi Gauken Wild Bears from Tokyo
Already mathematically eliminated after a 1-2 start, Japan played for pride on Friday and improved to claim fifth place overall from the tough Group A. China was the day's only opponent and with Yuki Hirose the main offensive threat, the Wild Bears recorded a 21-13 victory.

Team MVP: Yuki Hirose
Final placing 5th

Korea – Sungseo Middle School from Daegu
Korea faced a tough task on Friday in facing group leader Mexico and was unable to improve on a 0-3 start, falling to a 38-13 defeat. 

Team MVP: Jang Kyomo
Final placing 10th 

Mexico - Los Diablitos from Mexico City
Already assured of a place in the semi finals, Mexico saw off the challenge of Korea with Daniel Mier dominant on both sides of the ball in a 38-13 victory.

Team MVP: Daniel Mier
Final placing: 2nd

Spain – Pere Vives Viches from Igualada
Spain lost 27-12 to Euroepan rival England in the morning's first game, though they matched their opponent's first touchdown with some trickery as quarterback Eduard Santacana made the switch to receiver and caught an instant pass from Eric Moncunill. An interception led to England taking a commanding 20-6 lead and when Spain attempted a late comeback another pick, this time in the end zone, ended their resistance. 

Final opponent USA was in no mood to take its foot off the gas on the way to a 4-0 finish and ran out 41-13 winners over the Igualada youngsters. Roger Calzada and Moncunill scored Spain's points.

Team MVP: Eduard Santacana
Final placing 9th

Thailand – Chaopraya Wittayakom Middle School from Bangkok
Last year's champion eliminated Austria from the race for the knockout stages with a 44-13 victory and then ended England's hopes in a 57-36 win. Chalongchai Phongsuphan and Jiraphong Kulprajuab did most of the scoring for the Thais. 

Team MVP: Wutthikrai Kanjanasit
Final placing 4th

USA – Michael-Ann Russell JCC from North Miami Beach
The US ended Austria's qualification hopes with a decisive 28-0 victory as Jonathan Salk score a hat trick of touchdowns before Bryan Rub made a trip to the end zone. Spain provided more resistance, but the US still cruised to a 41-13 win as Rub and Salk again did most of the damage and Ari Halle came up with a timely interception that ended any slim hopes of a Spanish comeback. The team's semi final loss to Canada marked the first time in three appearances at the FFWC that the MAR JCC has not appeared in the championship game (winners 2004, runners-up 2005).

Team MVP: Ari Halle
Final placing 3rd

 

Thursday August 9

 

Field 1

 

Field 2

 

Field 3

 

8am

 

Mexico 22 - Japan 21

 

USA 32 - England 0 

 

Canada 34 - Korea 6

 

9am

 

Austria 38 - Spain 31

 

Mexico 46 - China 33

 

USA 26 - Thailand 20

 

10am

 

Canada 32 - Japan 25

 

Austria 35 - England 32 

 

China 33 - Korea 26

 

11am

 

Thailand 28 - Spain 0

 

Mexico 21 - Canada 19

 

Japan 31 - Korea 2

 

Friday August 10

 

Field 1

 

Field 2

 

Field 3

 

8am

 

Thailand 44 - Austria 13

 

Spain 27 - England 12

 

Canada 47 - China 32

 

9am

 

Mexico 38 - Korea 13

 

USA 28 - Austria 0

 

 

 

10am

 

USA 41 - Spain 13

 

Thailand 57 - England 36

 

Japan 21 - China 13

 

11am

 

SF1 - Mexico 34 Thailand 33

 

SF2 - USA 39 Canada 45

 

 

 

 

Group A

Group B

Mexico 4-0 

USA 4-0

Canada 3-1

Thailand 3-1

Japan 2-2

Austria 2-2

China 1-3

Spain 1-3

Korea 0-4

England 0-4


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2007 NFL WORLD FLAG FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS

Congratulation goes out to the Steelers for winning the 2007 NFL World Flag Football Championship in New Orleans. All of you made us very proud. You represented us as a League, Community, City, Province and as a Country.
What you guys have done will forever be remembered. Your accomplishment, the friendships that were made, your sportmanship will last a lifetime. Thankyou for the memories, you have done your community and country proud.
For more information about the 2007 NFL World Flag Football Championship in New Orleans check out Oh Canada on links.

TICATS VS BOMBERS

This Friday June 29 at Tim Horton's field it's the Hamilton Tigercats vs the Winnipeg Bluebombers. Two rooster players one from the Hamilton Tigercats number 92 Justin Vaughan and Winnipeg Bluebombers number 81 Daniel Petermann both played in our league and represented us at the 2008 NFL/CFL Provincial Flag 5 on 5 Football  Tournament and winning that tournament. They then went on to win the 2008 NFL/CFL Canadian National 5 on 5 Flag Football Tournament. Now both players will be facing each other on Friday. Good Luck to both Daniel and Justin. Wishing both player success in their pro football careers. Find picture below teammates Daniel and Justin with other teammates, 


Hamiltons Flag 5 on 5 Seahawks 2008 Provincial Flag Football Champions

Congratulations go to our Seahawks who are the 2008 NFL/CFL Provincial Flag Football Champions. They now represent Ontario at the 2008 NFL/CFL Canadian Flag Football Championships in PEI July 3/08. Good Luck to Coach Matty and players Bryson, Julia, Breanna, Paul, Daniel and Justin. See full story at http://www.hamiltonscores.com/football/news/?article=0626231318

REMEMBERING OUR 2008 NFL CANADIAN FLAG 5 on 5 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM

 

 

2008 NFL CANADIAN FLAG 5 on 5 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS.  Coaches Matty and Alex Hill with players Bryson Cianfrone, Daniel Petermann, Justin Vaughn, Paul Johnson,  Breanna McIntyre and Julia Monaco.

Daniel plays for McMaster Marauders and Justin plays for the Hamilton Tiger Cats http://ticats.ca/video/1-on-1-justin-vaughn