For our youngest age groups we offer our 4 v 4 format featuring reduced field and team sizes which means lots of playing time. The playbook for kids in this age group is kept simple to enable players to grow more self-confident in the sport. Based on skill level, game play typically involves more running plays. Yet, as the season progresses, more passing may be integrated. To maximize learning and fun, flag football rules are enforced with an emphasis on teachable moments. The most important outcomes are to develop a love for the game of football, increase self-confidence and to have fun!
Players will learn the fundamentals of flag football including running plays, flag pulling techniques and everyone’s favorite, scoring touchdowns. You will see lots of repetition, simple comprehensive plays, relaxed rules and a great sideline atmosphere. We rotate players through various positions from quarterback to running back, center and receiver. This way everyone learns the importance of playing as a team.
Moving up the developmental ladder, we have our 5 v 5 format with rule modifications and increased play complexity making it a program for all ages. 5 v 5 allows for fun and creative plays, player position sampling, and healthy competition at all levels of play.
Played within a 30 x 70 yd field with enhanced safety features like no-run zones, players will experience incremental skill development both focused on the individual and team dynamics, a deeper understanding of positions and roles, and teamwork. The offensive playbooks include a balanced number of passing and running plays. On defense, players begin to experiment with both man-to-man and zone coverage. Scores are kept and flag football rules are enforced in a fun, positive environment. There is also a continued emphasis on teachable moments during game play. Special emphasis is placed on teamwork and good sportsmanship as kids begin to understand the impact they have in relation to others.
Lastly, i9 Sports 7 v 7 is the most advanced game play offered to our oldest age groups. 7s is the ultimate way to develop players’ football IQ. The game is played on larger fields with larger team sizes allowing players to expand their offensive and defensive concepts. Playing i9 Sports 7 v 7 in either our recreational or competitive divisions will get your athlete ready to compete in various forms of football in their future. One great thing about i9 Sports 7 v 7 is our rules align with USA Football regional and national tournaments, so we are excited to prepare your athlete for those future opportunities.
* 6 v 6 may be played at some locations. Be sure to review program details during the registration process to learn what format is played in your area.
Running and passing plays are more sophisticated and the importance of offensive and defensive game strategy are taught. In this fast-paced, dynamic game, players will build leadership skills, experience healthy competition and get ready for what’s next in the game of football. Special emphasis is placed on teamwork and good sportsmanship as kids begin to understand the impact they have in relation to others.
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