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2021 LMYA Spring Flag Football is BACK!!!
LMYA Spring Flag Football - REGISTRATION opens January 16th thru March 1st.
I want to give an update on the 2021 Spring Flag Football season.
As many of you know, LMYA’s program is partnered with SPYA (South Parkland Youth) and AFC (Athletes for the Cross). The 3 programs together have established a league (Southwest Lehigh Flag Football league) that has been an outstanding partnership for the last several years and has grown for 5 straight seasons (spring and fall) in terms of registrations. And, with the growth, we each have added additional coordinator support to our programs. Without all 3 partners working together, the program weakens which adds responsibilities to remaining programs.
We will have the following age groups as normal:
- U06 - Ages 5 and 6
- U08 - Ages 7 & 8
- U10 - Ages 9 and 10
- U12 - Ages 11 & 12
- U14 - Ages 13 and 14
- U18 - Ages 15 thru 17, but with age 18 allowed if still in high school
Cutoff for age is April 1st. We will allow players to play up, but, not play down. Registration has some leeway built in to signup at a higher level. But, if not and you want that, contact us for next steps.
Games are typically played on Saturdays (9:00 am thru about 3:00 pm depending on amount of teams. We have also played occasional games on Friday Nights after 5:30 pm.
Practices will be dependent on the coach of the team. With typically 1-2 practices during the week.
With that being said, we have seen a year of Covid19 and do have a better understanding of this virus. But, as all have seen, it is still a struggle to control, but, there has been success in running programs with minimal contraction.
We will be opening registration January 16th and running registration through the end of March 1st, this is a firm date due to preseason prep.
Fees - $95
LINK to register - LMYA Flag Football Registration Link
We will be putting into play some procedures to help. But, this will still take all of you to cooperate and keep your child home if not feeling well, whether it is Covid, the flu or just a cold. We cannot do this alone in controlling COVID on the sports field. No program can truly claim otherwise.
We understand there is some contact in Flag Football, but, keeping some controls at the team level and the home level will be a big help. Some of the items we thought about that do take place are listed below.
- Flags to be pulled, constant contact with the flags of opposing players when flag pulling. And, of course, players putting flags back in their belts
- hand washing on sideline
- Defense, where defenders play close to offensive player to “prevent” them from catching a football or to go after the flag
- hand washing on sideline
- The actual contact of the ball, on every play, from the center to the QB to the ball carrier (receiver or runner) or to the defense in case of interceptions.
- Offense brings their own ball out to the field each possession
- Hands to the mouth regularly with mouth guards
- mouth guards with straps to keep players from putting hands in mouth
We feel there is an understanding of the virus and, as mentioned, with everyone's help, we can do our part in getting activities going again for flag football. But, most of us are still not experts and we will do our best and discuss as a group best practices that we can follow.
We also are aware that if the Covid19 cases get worse and the government has to get involved, we may have to change plans depending on what is dictated for the state in terms of outdoor sports.
Practices start in March and games start in April with expected end date the weekend of June 12th. Games are being planned for Grange Park in Upper Macungie.
I can tell you, myself, along with the other coordinators (and assistant coordinators), along with all volunteers and coaches (and players) among all 3 organizations, we all get paid the same amount to do this. If you were not aware, we are all volunteers.
And I do want you all to know, we, (LMYA, SPYA and AFC), especially me, am anxious to get this program rolling again.
LMYA Flag Football
- Contact at
- Contact at
Coach/Player NFLFlag Website - provides info of NFL Flag and Coach tips and plays
COME JOIN US ON FACEBOOK
Youth Sports Volunteers videos and articles
University of South Carolina Basketball Coach, Frank Martin, was asked about youth sports volunteers, here is his response (at below link)
Rick Wolff, expert in sports psychology out of New York city, who has a Sunday morning radio show that deals with youth sports called, "The Sports edge. His website is http://www.askcoachwolff.com. Below are a sampling of some of his info from his website
LMYA Flag Football Program Goals
Lower Mac Athletics Mission:
“To provide instructional, recreational and competitive team sports that foster sportsmanship, teamwork and leadership skills, and healthy lifestyles.”
Flag Football Program Goals:
- Lower Mac Athletics sponsors a comprehensive program that provides a positive learning experience and recognizes the diverse interests of the participants. This program is designed to teach the game of flag football while highlighting the benefits of fun, teamwork and physical activity.
- Intramural skill development is the primary focus at an early age. This focus continues as players progress up through the various levels.
- All coaches, participants and parents will receive the following information concerning the 2017 Flag Football program:
Lower Mac Athletics Code of Conduct
NFL Flag Football Rules of Play 2021 SW Lehigh Flag Football Rulebook1
Five Things Your Child Will Learn Playing Flag Football
June 28, 2016
Youth flag football gives children the option to play football with the same fitness and competitive benefits of tackle football, but with less risk of injury. Along with the physical benefits of playing a sport like flag football, there are also multiple character building benefits for your child.
Youth flag football is a great team sport option for children. The sport offers kids the chance to play, work and have fun with a group of other children and teaches them skills to work together. Teamwork is a big aspect of flag football as kids learn how important it is to collaborate with others and work towards a common goal.
THE VALUE OF PRACTICE
Along with teamwork, coaches will teach your child the importance of practice. As coaches work on fundamentals to help your child learn the game, players discover that practice is an important part to playing a sport, and that without practice, improvement in any skill can be difficult.
HOW TO COMPETE
Playing a youth sport such as flag football teaches your child how to compete, as an individual and also as a member of a team. Working hard on the playing field provides learning lessons that can go beyond sports.
VALUABLE SOCIAL SKILLS
Flag football is also a great way for children to develop social skills. By being a part of a team, children learn how to communicate and work well with others. They will learn how to take initiative and lead, but then they also learn when it is their turn to sit back and follow. The social skills kids gain by learning how to play with other children from different backgrounds is priceless and will continue to be an asset to them as they grow older.
Most importantly, playing flag football with i9 Sports teaches your child the value of being a good sport and behaving with integrity, respect and humility, regardless of winning or losing. Being positive and shaking hands with teammates, referees and opponentsinstills valuable lessons in your child.
Character building and social skills are certainly major benefits to flag football participation, but let’s not forget that it’s also fun and a great way to make new friends! If you want to register your son or daughter for an i9 Sports flag football program, follow this link to see which leagues are available in your area!
LMYA Flag Football Participation
Each Team will consist of up to 11 players and no less than 6. Participation is important in this league and each player will have the opportunity to be on the field during games to participate. Every player must have a turn to play.
- Mouth Guard (REQUIRED)
- Highly recommended - Football Cleats (non-metal) - Can use other sport cleats, just do not want the player to slip
- Non-Pocket shorts/pants are suggested. If they do have pockets, we will need to tape over the pockets, which can sometimes mark up the material.
- We will provide Jerseys, flags and flag belts
- Team jerseys for your team MUST be worn to be eligible to play. If a player plays without, the game will be a forfeit.
All players and Coaches should register at link below also for Bonus info and tips for playing NFL Flag football
Coaches will have background checks submitted at below link: TBA
NFL FLAG FOOTBALL Participation Agreement
In order for every player to be able to participate in LMYA's NFL FLAG FOOTBALL PROGRAM. Every player must have the NFL FLAG FOOTBALL Participation Agreement filled out and submitted. Once you have registered you will receive an email with the Participation Agreement Link. Below is the same link.
FLAG FOOTBALL FIELD INFO
- Field Locations
- 2021 Spring Games
- Grange Park - 360 Grange Road, Upper Macungie
- LMYA Practices - Farmington Hills Park-230 Goldenrod Drive - Macungie
- Head Coach may choose another area park for practices.
- 2021 Spring Games
Flag Football Coordinators
Claude Pease Flag Football Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Ofner - Ast Coordinator
Edgar Marin - Ast Coordinator
Joe Candio - Ast Coordinator