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Kill Zone – 8on8 Flag Football Plays

Kill Zone is a modification of one of our teams most effective 8on8 flag football plays, with multiple options short, deep and on the run. It’s highly effective with an above average runner as your primary QB (check out these QB tips here), but you don’t have to be the best athlete in the world to make it an effective play. This particular 8on8 flag football play starts with the quarterback determining which way the rusher will be coming from, and running away from him, with the center picking up his backside by blocking the rusher.  If he doesn’t get a good block, the play won’t be very effective, so it’s highly important to have a center who’s capable of blocking at a high level.  If there are multiple rushers, then the QB can pick either side and just...

Roswell Recap: Looney Tunes Wins It All

The 20th Annual Hike it & Spike it 4on4 Flag Football Tournament was held this past weekend in Roswell, New Mexico and the Show Me The Money division was full of surprises.  Several heavy favorites went down early, and some new teams rose to the top while competing for the $15,000 in total prizes.  Here’s a quick breakdown of some of the action and results for those who couldn’t make it and haven’t heard! WINNERS BRACKET The 2015 Hike it & Spike it “Show Me The Money” division winners bracket this year looked like a nice easy ride for the returning favorites Blackout in the bottom left bracket, with the top right looking thin and the bottom right and top left being loaded with proven and experienced teams. As often happens in flag football tournaments ...

MOB – 5on5 Flag Football Plays

MOB is one of the most popular 5on5 flag football plays where handoffs & running are allowed, as it is extremely versatile, simple and effective.  Almost every team you face will switch to a zone flag football defense against a 4 bunch formation, typically a 2-2 or 3-1, which makes handoffs & throwbacks more difficult to cover, and also makes it easier for a good quarterback to find windows for throwing the ball. Like many 5on5 flag football plays out of a bunch formation, this one starts with the quarterback under center, who then immediately fakes or directly hands off to [3] who now has the option to throw or run.  His immediate options are to hit the quick out with [2] if left uncovered for an easy 10 or so yards, or hit [1] on a banana or corner route finding a gap in coverage...

Bracket & Predictions for Roswell Show Me The Money Division

The Hike it & Spike it 4on4 Flag Football Tournament is this weekend in Roswell, NM and they just announced the Show Me The Money division bracket!  28 teams will be competing to win a total of $15,000 this weekend! Based on this bracket, here are my predictions for the top 5 teams to finish this year, along with the full bracket to scroll through and check out! CLICK BRACKET TO ENLARGE! Wet N Dirty Wet N Dirty is a very solid team out of Jacksonville, FL, that benefits from one of the easiest draws on the bracket, not having to play a perennial contender until 4 rounds in. I see them losing to Looney Tunes and then ending with a 5th placed finish. Freaks Former “Show Me The Money” championship Quarterback Pat Alley leads a very experienced team that is loaded on both sides...

What Makes a Good Flag Football Game Official?

By Darin Wissner – It’s Just A Game Events Flag Football game officials get very little respect. In many cases, they haven’t earned it.  Often, organizers simply ask their friends.  “It’s easy man! You know football, right?” Then these friends are put in to tough predicaments right away.  “Man, that is face guarding! You can’t do that.  That’s P.I., throw the flag you moron!” Is face guarding a penalty?  It’s legal in the NFL and college, but not in high school, which begs the question, outside of your local rules, what rules do you fall back on, NFL or high school?  I guarantee your buddy who you just employed to be a flag football official will have no clue and you, the tournament coordinator, probably do not know either. So that being said, here are some things I look ...

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!

Tight Freak Nasty – 4 on 4 Football Plays

Tight Freak Nasty from our 4 on 4 football plays collection is a staple of some of the top teams in the country, especially around the goal line.  I prefer to run the play without motion the first time (with the [2] just lined up at slot), and then if it’s successful and we run it later by throwing in motion to disguise the formation.  Your [1] runs a curl and spring at the first down or goal line, hesitating on the curl for a split second before shooting straight down the line to the inside on a dig route.  [2]’s job is to push his defender back 7-8 yards, then plant and hit the out route, bending it back to the front cone making it very tough for his defender to get between him and the ball.  If the outside corner doesn’t chase [1] to the inside, then [1] should come wi...

Tackle vs. Youth Flag Football: Which one and why?

By Darin Wissner with Just A Game Events Youth tackle football is not as dangerous as the news labels it to be.  I am not going to bore you with statistics, but the fact is, that your 8-year old son just doesn’t get hit hard enough to get concussions!  Half the kids on defense don’t want to lay your son out in the first place, they’re just running around like cockroaches when the lights get turned on.  Of course, there is that ONE 8 or 9-year old defensive stalwart who is foaming at the mouth to knock your kid loopy, but just block him, or at the very least, get in his way!  The entire offensive line, or those who WANT to block, just need to all gang up on the foaming of the mouth linebacker. We all know the numbers are down in youth tackle football participation.  It is actually sig...

Base Crack Layers – 7on7 Flag Football Plays

Base Crack Layers from our 7on7 flag football plays collection is a fairly simple play to run and execute that has several options with easy reads.  Lining up in a traditional 2 blocker 3 receiver set, the quarterback sprints to his right immediately at the snap, while the slot receiver steps inside to pick the rusher and allow the quarterback a free lane.  [2] Trails with an under route while the center runs a corner route over the top, and with a defense running a zone [5]’s dig should come open pretty easily, or if in a man defense, the quarterback has a good shot to get free and run if he’s decently mobile.  As a last resort, you can also throw back to your [1] who drops to star, allowing him to hit [4] on a stop and go.  Or simply have him shoot left or curl if you donR...

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 ...

Adult & Youth Flag Football Concussions: What to Know

Football concussions can be very serious, and many people are attributing the increasing rise of youth flag football to the growing safety concerns of full contact football in pads. But even in flag football, concussions can still happen and as a player or youth flag football coach, it’s imperative you know how to recognize a football concussion and what symptoms to keep an eye out for. Take a look at the following list for more information on how to recognize and respond to concussion like symptoms. What is a Concussion? A concussion is a brain injury typically resulting from blow to the head or body, that jars or shakes the brain inside the skull, usually resulting in temporary unconsciousness and swelling of the brain. What Causes a Concussion? Usually a blow to the head or body can cau...

Top 12 Traits of Youth Flag Football Coaches

Coaching kids is a pretty big deal. After all, you’ll be teaching them not only football, but teamwork, success, failure and life lessons all at the same time. We polled youth flag football parents on the top 12 traits they felt all youth football coaches should possess. Let us know what you think in the comments below! Make it Fun Most children play sports to either be with their friends, have fun, or because they enjoy the sport. If a kid is at practice for any of those reasons – they’re having fun, right? Focus on fun! Scores, results and the outcome aren’t as important at a younger age. The important thing is the kids are having fun and will want to return time after time after time to stay active and get better. Kids First As a youth football coach, it’s your job to ensure kids are pr...

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