WINTER ’23 SEASON TWO

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Flag football is a variation of tackle football, which everyone is familiar with, but does not require equipment and is a non-contact sport.  It is also one of the fastest growing sports around the world! Why?  It’s a fast-paced game, easy to learn without the concerns sometimes associated with contact sports, and best of all it is incredibly fun.  Many of the same skills needed in tackle football are also used in flag football, such as throwing, catching, hand-offs and running…all in a safe and welcoming environment.

The goal of our league is to provide an environment that enables children to learn and have fun.  They will experience and adopt the principles of teamwork, discipline, dedication, and sportsmanship. Participation in our league is open to all boys and girls.

Our leagues are made possible through the tireless efforts of volunteers who display an extraordinary amount of commitment and hard work, ensuring that our league is a positive influence in the lives of our children through providing a healthy outlet for children. Best of all..anyone can play – no previous football experience is necessary!

SEASON START DATE:

The season starts January 28 and runs through to the end of March.
Registration will open late November for the Winter ’23 season.

AGE DIVISIONS (Winter 2023 season)

Player ages are determined by the year of birth and not their actual age at the time of registration).  The following divisions are available in our Winter Flag season:

5 A-SIDE DIVISIONS

5 players on the field from each team at a time

  • U10 (born in 2014/15/16)
  • U12 (born in 2012/13)
  • U14 (born in 2010/11)
  • U16 (born in 2008/09)
  • High School Girls (currently attending grade 9-12)

7v7 VARSITY DIVISION

7 players on the field from each team at a time

U16 players only eligible if registering as part of a team. 
Individual U16 players are not eligible for 7v7.

    • U18 (born in 2006-2009)

In an attempt to ensure “meaningful competition”, and depending on the level of interest, the U12, U14 and U16 age groups may feature a Competitive Division for experienced players and teams, as well as a Recreational Division for newer players and free-agent teams.


How many players do we need for a team?

5 a-side teams

minimum of 10 registered players
maximum of 12 registered players

7 a-side teams

minimum of 14 registered players (maximum 16) 


GAME TIMES 

Saturday Games start at 1:30pm with the youngest age group (U10 Division) and progress through the age divisions in order each hour with the U16 division finishing up at 8:30pm.  We cannot confirm exact game times until registration closes as some age divisions span more than one hour in order to schedule games for that division. 

Can I register even if I don’t have a team?

Yes, you can register as an individual to be assigned to a team that do not have a full roster.  In some cases teams are made up of individuals to create a “free agent” team.  You can even list names of friends to be assigned to the same team!


How long is the season?

The League runs from late January to approximately late March. All games will be played Saturdays with one game per week, except 7v7 High School which may play Sundays.
 


How many games are in the season?

The total number of games including playoffs and championships is determined by the total number of teams and facility times available.  Teams usually play between 9 and 11 games including playoffs and Championships. 


Where do the Winter Flag games take place?

All Games will take place at the University of Winnipeg – Axworthy Health and RecPlex. 


Where do teams practice?

Practices are the responsibility of coaches who will need to find locations themselves, if desired.   This is intended to be a recreational league and we encourage participation and fun more than competition, especially at the younger ages. The rules of the game are learned very quickly and even teams that do not find themselves able to practice between games will get a lot of excitement and fun from participating!
 
Most teams will not practice during the winter season due to the difficulty in finding a gym or other facility to practice, however this does not impact the children’s ability to learn the game and have a lot of fun!

How much does flag football cost?

The league fee is $200 plus the 2023 Annual Membership and Insurance of $40.20. 


What do I need to provide?

– Good indoor running shoes or cleats (soccer or football) and lots of energy!
– Solid colored shorts without pockets.  (These can be difficult to find and can be purchased through our office)


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