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Guide to the Ultimate Flag Football Routes Tree

Running flag football routes isn’t too different from running traditional football routes, but there are some nuances & differences, along with common terms and names for them that many new players aren’t familiar with.  Here is a list of 22 flag football routes, a football route tree that you can reference and some information to help you become a flag football routes master!

The Best 5 on 5 Flag Football Defense Strategy Guide

Recently in our LinkedIn Flag Football group we had a question come up about the best 5 on 5 flag football defense strategies to use, so we thought it would be a good intro to a breakdown of our top 5 recommended 5 on 5 flag football defenses that every team should implement at different times. Here was the question from Jorday Melay out of Kingsthorpe, Northamptonshire of the United Kingdom: I am in my second year of playing 5 on 5 flag football and I have been named defensive captain with a view to helping out with the scheme we run on D this year. Last season we played a lot of Cover 1 which was successful along the line of scrimmage in stopping the run. However, with me being a lone safety, it was difficult stopping the two fly routes from either side and when the corner doesn’t ...

Defending the Bunch Offense – 5 on 5 Flag Football Defense Tips

Many people have asked for some 5 on 5 flag football defense tips, and there’s no better place to start than how to defend a bunch offense.  The bunch offense might be one of the most difficult offenses to defend, but there are a couple of ways to make it easier for the team. You will have to adapt on the fly but if you can, your defense will earn you a couple more stops. Run a box defense or 2-2 This is the base defense that you should run against bunch. It has 2 people splitting the underneath zone and 2 safeties splitting the deep half. You need to understand a bunch offense mindset to try and stop it. When I run a bunch offense, I want to make 1 player on the defense try and chose who to cover. So I will flood sides to confuse the defenders on who to cover typically by having a d...

5 Flag Football Tips for Beginner Quarterbacks

Have you played quarterback in the past but are new to flag football? Or maybe you’ve been playing flag football for awhile and are just now trying out the quarterback position?  Here are some basic flag football tips for new and beginner quarterbacks to help set you on the right track. Find a ball that’s right for you Sounds simple right? Well most of the time it’s not. I have seen so many new quarterback with good arms look like they are shot putting a ball because the ball is too heavy or a pass being a duck because of the lack of air in the ball. In flag football, you don’t have to use the big leather bricks that you used in tackle football so pick a kind you feel comfortable with. Adjust the amount of air in the ball, leather or composite, college or high school size, even how h...

Flag Football Hip Moves for Beginners

Hip moves don’t come naturally, and when you start playing flag football, the biggest thing to focus on that’s a big change from normal football: don’t flag guard. It is a natural reaction for everyone and takes a little bit of time to get used to not doing it. Once you perfect the art of not stiff arming and swiping at people trying to pull your flag, you can begin to step up your hip game. Here are a couple of tips and moves to start you out. The Karaoke Step – It is exactly what it sounds like. We have all done the karaoke step in warm ups at some point or another. It is as simple as turning your body to a side and throwing your one of your legs behind the other. The key to a good flag move is changing the position of the flag so the defender doesn’t know where to grab...

The Art of Successful Flag Football Play Calling – Part 4: Execution

All the flag football play calling advice and plays in the world won’t help you if the other team equally or more prepared, so this is when learning how to put those plans into action will help set your team apart. Part 4: Execution Fundamentals If there’s anything I’d stress over everything we’ve already talked about, it’s stressing to your team that fundamentals are the key to victory, and without them you’ll never be consistent enough to win the big games regularly.  You can have the best game plan in the world, but if your guys are not running the routes correctly, can’t catch passes consistently, won’t pitch the ball when there’s a clear opportunity for more yards, and not make smart plays like stepping out of bounds before crossin...

Guide to Signature Flag Football Routes: Part 1

There are certain flag football routes and plays that are so popular and so specific to the sport that they become universally known by a certain name as players begin to pass them around from team to team.  As a receiver, I know that as I was learning the game, at different points a quarterback would tell me to run a certain route by a specific name and I had no idea what he was talking about or how he wanted me to run it. In this guide I’m going to detail 3 specific routes that many teams use and where it’s name came from, as well as how to run it in correctly so you will know exactly what to do the next time you hear it called in the huddle. PCP Also referred to as “Drugs”, named for the Post-Corner-Post route that is highly effective against man coverage techniq...

The Art of Successful Flag Football Play Calling – Part 3: Deception

There are hundreds of effective flag football plays that can be used in an offense to help your team succeed, but sometimes it’s not about quantity, it’s about quality. Knowing when and how to ride a select few plays all the way to victory is key, and the tips below are meant to help you optimize your current flag football plays so that you can make the most of them. Part 3: Deception Motion Is Your Friend Using motion in your offense is one of the most universally important strategies that can help teams of all levels from couch potato to elite.  The simple act of sending a man in motion can have many benefits and give you many advantages, and there’s a reason why you see NFL and College level teams using motion in a large percentage of their plays.  For one, it can help...

The Art of Successful Flag Football Play Calling – Part 2: Adjustments

When it comes to flag football play calling, learning how to make the proper adjustments is one of the hardest things to learn but also one of the most beneficial.  The key is being one step ahead of the defense, and the tips below will help you learn how to master the art of flag football play calling adjustments. Part 2: Adjustments If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It One of the most effective philosophies an offense can have regardless of the flag football plays you use, players you have available or scheme your up against, is to force the defense out of their comfort zone and straight into the palm of your hand.  While there is a lot of merit to trying to keep the defense off-balance by continually mixing up the play calls, far too often I see an offense outsmart itself by gett...

The Art of Successful Flag Football Play Calling – Part 1: Gameplanning

There are many ways to win in this sport, but flag football play calling is an extremely important aspect of the game that separates the good teams and players from the great.  This is part of a four part series where we will discuss game planning, adjustments, deception and execution specifically for the 5 on 5 flag football format, but these principles will be just as applicable for 4 on 4, 7 on 7, 8 on 8 or any other format out there. Part 1: Gameplanning Have a Good Arsenal of Plays There’s a reason why swiss army knives have been so popular for such a long time; they’re convenient, multi-purpose and they fit in your pocket.  This is how you want to build your flag football playbook.  Every play has a purpose, whether it be a man killer, zone beater, goal line finisher or t...

How to be an Effective Flag Football Rusher

One of the most overlooked positions on the flag football field is typically the position of the rusher, yet aside from the quarterback, I would argue this is the most impactful positon that can make or break any team.  One of the biggest mistakes I see of many inexperienced teams is putting their worst athlete at rusher.  While this may work against a poor statue of a quarterback, against a quarterback who is atleast somewhat mobile not being able to contain or pressure him is a sure fire death sentence. A defense is only as good as the quality of your rush If you’ve ever seen a mobile quarterback drag your rusher all around the backfield while the receivers run 4, 5 or 6 procession routes, you can understand the frustration of having to cover for an extreme amount of time.  In flag...

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