The game of flag football is a fast-paced, non-contact game played between teams of five players. “Tackles” are made by pulling the flag out of the belt. All physical contact is strictly monitored for the safety of the players. Players will learn the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship.

Flag football is a fall sport where athletes train and compete from August to October.

Competition this year, which are the same skills for both in-person and virtual, will consist of NFL Combine drills and passing skills. Competitors will also have the opportunity to engage in guided videos from Super Bowl XLII Champion and former Guard for the New York Giants, Rich Seubert!  You can compete in-person at the Skills Competition, at-home through virtual competition, or both! Virtual competition will be open from September 24th through October 25th.

Virtual Flag Football Skills Registration

Available In-Person Events

In-Person Event: Individual Skills Competition

THIS EVENT FOR 10/11 HAS BEEN CANCELLED WITH NO RESCHEDULE DATE. 

 


Available Virtual  Skills

NFL Combine Drills

REQUIREMENT: In order to participate, individuals must be registered athletes, coaches and Unified partners through SONJ and must have a valid medical, coach requirements, and Unified partner requirements completed!

How do you stack up against the pros with these NFL Combine drills?

Equipment needed: Tape measure, stopwatch/phone timer, tape, 3 cones or other markers for the 20 yard shuffle

Description:

  • 40-yard dash- Measure out 40 yards, or 48 steps, and sprint the distance as fast as possible.  See video example.
  • 20-yard shuffle- Three marker cones are placed along a line 5 yards (3 feet/6 steps) apart. The competitor straddles the middle line and puts one hand down in a three-point stance. The competitor can start by going in either the right or left direction. For example on the signal 'Go', the competitor turns and runs five yards to the right side and touches the line with his/her right hand. He/she then runs 10 yards (30 feet/12 steps) to their left and touches the other line with their left hand, then finally turns and finishes by running back through the start/finish line. You must touch the line at each turn. See video example.
  • Pushups- Count how many pushups you can do in 60 seconds.  Competitors have the option to do regular, knee, or wall assisted pushups.  See video example.
  • Broad Jump- The competitor stands at a line marked on the ground with the feet slightly apart.  The competitor takes off horizontally and lands using both feet, swinging the arms and bending the knees to provide forward drive. Measure the distance of the jump.  See video example.
  • Vertical Jump- Stand up against a wall, bend your knees and jump up, placing a piece of tape at the highest point you can reach. You will then measure the distance from the ground to the piece of tape to get your vertical jump measurement.  See video example. 

What to record and submit: Record your best attempt for each drill and submit the time, distance or number.

Score submission forms for virtual competitors will be sent out in the following weeks and can be submitted between October 16th and October 25th.

Trash Bin Accuracy Skill

REQUIREMENT: In order to participate, individuals must be registered athletes, coaches and Unified partners through SONJ and must have a valid medical, coach requirements, and Unified partner requirements completed!

Can you throw a ball into an empty bin from different distances?

Equipment needed: A football, an empty bin of some sort (outdoor trash bin, outdoor recycling bin, laundry basket, etc.), tape measure

Description:
Throw a football into a bin from 20 feet (8 steps), 30 feet (12 steps), and 50 feet (20 steps) away in as few attempts as possible.  Record a score for each distance.
BONUS:  If you can throw the ball in from 50 feet (20 steps) on your knees in less than 8 attempts, add 50 points to your score.  Record a score for each distance.

What to record and submit:
Record how many attempts it takes you to throw the ball in to the bin.  Use the score system under the "Scoring the Skills" tab to calculate your total score.

Score submission forms for virtual competitors will be sent out in the following weeks and can be submitted between October 16th and October 25th.

Target Practice Skill

REQUIREMENT: In order to participate, individuals must be registered athletes, coaches and Unified partners through SONJ and must have a valid medical, coach requirements, and Unified partner requirements completed!

Can you knock a target off an elevated surface from different distances?

Equipment needed: A football, target to hit (plastic soda bottle, cone, etc.), tape measure

Description:
Place an object on an elevated surface and try to knock it off with a football from 20 feet (8 steps), 30 feet (12 steps), and 50 feet (20 steps) away in as few attempts as possible.  Record a score for each distance.
BONUS:  If you can hit the target from 50 feet (20 steps) on your knees in less than 5 attempts, add 50 points to your score.

What to record and submit:
Record how many attempts it takes you to throw the ball in the trash bin.  Use the score system under the "Scoring the Skills" tab to calculate your total score.

Score submission forms for virtual competitors will be sent out in the following weeks and can be submitted between October 16th and October 25th.

Scoring the Skills

Use the chart below to convert your time or distance to points for the NFL Combine drills:

Use the chart below to convert your attempts to points for the Trash Bin Accuracy Test and the Target Practice Skill:

Keep track of your scores with this fillable and printable Fall Activities Tracker!

Football Tips from Rich Seubert

Step your game up with these informative videos from former New York Giants Guard and Super Bowl XLII Champion, Rich Seubert!

Be on the lookout for more videos coming soon!


2020 League Events

There will be no league games held during the 2020 fall season.   All skills events will be held at the in-person Skills Competition or at-home through virtual competition.

2020 State Events

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no Fall Games state event for 2020.  Skills events will be held in-person for the Individual Skills Competition, or at-home through Virtual Competition.


Additional Info

Stay Safe

Regular physical activity is vital for good physical, social and emotional health. While there is a risk of injury with any type of physical activity, the benefits of staying active far outweigh the risks.

You can reduce your risk of exercise injury by:

  • wearing the right shoes
  • using the correct equipment
  • drinking water and staying hydrated
  • warming up and stretching properly
  • being aware of your surroundings – always exercise and compete in a safe and level area clear of any obstacles or items
  • maintaining social distancing rules when necessary (stay at least six feet away from others)

Stop exercising and seek medical help if you experience symptoms such as:

  • discomfort or pain
  • chest pain or other pain that could indicate a heart attack, including pain in the neck and jaw, pain travelling down the arm or pain between the shoulder blades
  • shortness of breath
  • a rapid or irregular heartbeat
Criteria for Advancement

The Individual Skills Competition will be the culminating competition for Flag Football.  Fall Games competition will not be held in 2020.  This competition is NOT a qualifying event for the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games.

General Guidelines

Athletic shirts and shoes are recommended.  No jeans, dress shoes or casual shirts will be allowed.


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