Participants of the Georgia Flag Football League (GFFL) will have fun while being physically active and will gain knowledge of the sport. Young athletes will learn every position on the field as well as football fundamentals. Experienced athletes will enhance their gameplay skills in a non-contact environment.
Practices will be conducted in various locations in Columbia County. Practices will be held Saturdays during pre-season. Once games begin, practices will be held twice a week in the evening. Each team will play two games on Saturday from 9-2 PM with a one hour break in between games. Cancellations due to inclement weather will be played on Sundays from 1-6 PM. All games will be held at the Greenbrier Middle School.. Bring a tent and some chairs, and enjoy the GFFL gameday experience!
PRACTICES AND GAMES
Each participant of GFFL will receive an official NFL Flag Football reversible jersey, NFL Flag Football socks, matching uniform shorts, and NFL Flag Football belt. Participants are required to wear a mouth guard (without a strap) and soccer or football cleats. Metal cleats are not permitted.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE?
Participants of GFFL MUST be between the ages of 8-14 on January 1, 2023 and reside in Columbia County, Georgia. GFFL is a co-ed league. Age groups will be 8-14. See League information for gameplay rules.
Games will be held on Saturdays, spanning mid-morning (9am) to early afternoon (3pm). Each team will play two games, with an hour break in between. Each team will play 11 (or adjusted based on registration results) regular season games. Playoff Tournament games and the Pro-Bowl will follow the regular season. Game play will consist of 6v6 for two 22 minute halves with a one minute halftime. Each team will consist of TWO Squads. The Littles will be 8-11 and the Biggs will be 11-14 This ensures all players learn offense and defense equally, promoting player development. In the event a team has less than 12 players, coaches will communicate to determine their flex players. No ironman football by a single player. If a team has limited players, the coaches can agree to play 5v5 for that specific game. Prior to each game, each coaching staff must agree with their opponent which participants will be playing with each squad. One coach per team is permitted to be on the field assisting with offense and/or defense. As the season progresses, it's encouraged that coaches empower their players to lead their squads with decreased direction.
WILL MY KIDS BE ON THE SAME TEAM?
GFFL's unique gameplay of two squads enables siblings of various ages to be on the same team. Please note participant siblings when you register. Non-sibling team requests can be submitted at the time of registration, but are not guaranteed, as teams are created via live coaches draft.
WHAT TO DO AFTER YOU REGISTER
After you register, you will receive a confirmation email that your registration has been submitted. A welcome email will be sent to all emails we have on file after registration closes on January 15th. After team evaluations, coaches will draft their players. Rosters, practice times and locations, and game schedules will be posted on the GFFL website. Occasional updates will also be posted to the GFFL Facebook page.
HOW ARE THE TEAMS SELECTED?
After registration closes, we will hold a league wide combine. Each registered participant will be evaluated by our coaches. Coaches will then draft their team. Participants will be equally distributed by age and gender based off registration. For instance if only 10 females register and we have 12 teams, only 10 teams will have a female. If we have 12 teams and 24 nine year olds register then each team will be allowed to select two nine year old's.
WHAT IF WE CAN NOT ATTEND THE COMBINE?
We highly recommend each participant attend the combine. If you absolutely cannot attend the combine, you will be placed on a team that needs to fulfill your age group slot.
HOW IS GFFL FUNDED?
Operational costs for GFFL are obtained through registration fees and sponsorships. GFFL is a registered not for profit youth sports organization. We do not fundraise. GFFL offers financial support to qualifying families. If you require financial support to register your participant(s), please contact a GFFL representative.