Flag football is great way to grow the game of football in your community. Successful flag football programs can be a huge help with:
But, managing an organization can be a lot of work – from ordering equipment, recruiting coaches to volunteer, and getting players registered & paid for your season.
Regardless of what you’re trying to accomplish you can follow these quick tips to run a successful flag football program this year.
Get creative in offering incentives and discounts to push urgency and get new families to register to play. Flag football is a relatively small financial and time commitment compared to other sports, so you can use some clever strategies to get more players registered.
A few ideas to get parents excited to register:
It’s not as hard as you may think to post an ad on Facebook for your youth football program. You can try it out quickly without much money
There’s no better way to get players interested in your sport than providing a free camp. A free camp can just be for a couple hours and have a few sessions, 5-10 hours total is plenty. Parents won’t have to worry about making sure they attend every session.
Setting up a free youth football camp before your season can be a great way to get new players interested in your flag football program
Focus camps like these on fun drills and games to introduce new players to flag football. Save the more intense practice sessions once your season is started. You can even run this camp alongside a summer camp for your tackle football teams.
Parents will forget about your organization if you’re not constantly updating them. Just because it’s the offseason doesn’t mean you can just completely shut down your flag football program.
Here’s a few ides to make sure you’re keeping your organization top of mind throughout the year:
A website will allow you to promote your organization in the community and can serve as a hub for all of the information about your league and teams
Don’t fumble at the goal line. To get parents to register you need to make sure it’s convenient for them. If you make them jump through hoops by getting in their car to drive to registration, fill out paperwork in person, or write you a check they’ll be much less likely to sign up a player. You’ve got to make it super easy for people to register and pay online on their own time.
Be sure to set up an online system that allows parents to register and pay at any time
Setting up a system to register players and collect payments online just takes a few minutes. You’ll save dozens of hours of work, trips to the bank, and stacks of paperwork. Organizing your flag football program shouldn’t be tough, so don’t overcomplicate things by adding unnecessary tasks that can be taken care of online.
Starting a flag football program from scratch can be tough if you don’t have any help. The good news is there are governing bodies that can help with league rules, age groups, equipment standards, and insurance.
Research a few of the popular youth football governing bodies to find a good fit for your organization. Not sure where to start? A few popular options are below to help your league get rolling into your new season:
Using one of the three governing bodies above can help you save tons of time so you don’t have to start your entire flag football program from scratch.
Looking for other facts about flag football leagues? Check out another post on our blog
Are you starting a new flag football league this year? Check out our guide to How to Start a Flag Football League.