PRO Flag Football is excited to host you and your child in our upcoming leagues and tournaments. As players are registered for our events, we will place him/her on teams. We allow players to request to play with friends so be sure any friend request is stated on the registration form.
We look forward to seeing you at the fields!
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Welcome to PRO Flag Football! We are a professional event management company located in Mt. Pleasant, Texas. Our mission is to host multiple flag football leagues and tournaments for both boys and girls in the Elementary, Junior High, and High School ages each year. We need fathers, mothers, family members, and others to volunteer coach your kid's flag football team. As you can see in the Quick Links above and as you read below, we are providing parents with several resources to help your experience in Flag Football be the best is can be.
Popular Team Leadership Structure
Head Coach (HC) - Leads the team
Team Manager (TM) - Supports HC, Communicates with parents, organizes uniform orders, team parties, etc... other sports call this role a "Team Mom".
Asst Coach (AC) - Supports HC
GIRLS IN FLAG
Girls flag football is becoming one of the most popular new sports in both America and across the world. Girls flag opportunities are becoming popular as a High School sport, a College sport, and an official World Games sport. There is also speculation that girls flag football will become an Olympic sport as soon as 2028. Read More HERE
BASIC FLAG FOOTBALL RULES
When learning how to play flag football, it’s best to start with the basics. In NFL FLAG football leagues, teams play 5 on 5 and each game consists of two halves, usually 15 to 25 minutes long. Tournament games are typically shorter with two, 10 to 12 minute halves. The clock only stops for halftime, timeouts (each team has 3), or injury, making games quick and competitive. Each player has a specific role on the field and every play counts.
The most important rule in flag football is that there’s no contact allowed, including tackling, diving, blocking, screening or fumbles. Instead of physically tackling an opponent to the ground, players wear flags that hang along their sides by a belt. Defenders “tackle” the ball-carrier by removing one or both of their flags.
While this rule is designed to keep players safe, there are several other rules that limit contact among players, including:
The quarterback isn’t allowed to run with the ball, unless it was handed off first. They can run behind the line of scrimmage, but they can’t gain yardage.
All passes must go forward and be received beyond the line of scrimmage.
Laterals and pitches aren’t allowed—only direct handoffs are permitted.
Center sneak plays aren’t allowed.
There are no fumbles. Instead, the ball stays in possession of the offense and is spotted where the ball-carrier’s feet were when the fumble occurred.
The ball is dead when: the ball-carrier’s flag is pulled, the ball-carrier steps out of bound, a touchdown or safety is scored, the ball-carrier’s knee hits the ground, or the ball-carrier’s flag falls off.
Players can’t obstruct or guard their flags.
For a complete list of flag football rules, visit our Rules page HERE
Every game starts with a coin toss (there are no kickoffs). The starting team begins on its own 5-yard line and has four downs—essentially four plays—to cross midfield for a first down.
If the offense fails to advance after three attempts, they can “punt,” meaning they turn over the ball to the opposing team, which then starts from its own 5-yard line. Or they can go for a first down, but if they fail, the opposing team takes over possession from the spot of the ball.
Once midfield is crossed, the offense has three downs to score a touchdown. A touchdown is 6 points and a safety is 2 points (1-point conversion from the 5-yard line; 2-point conversion from the 10-yard line).
A safety occurs when the ball-carrier is declared down in their own end zone. This happens when their flag is pulled by a defensive player, their flag falls out, their knee or arm touches the ground, or if a snapped ball lands in the end zone. As a general rule of thumb, if a team is winning by a 28 or greater point margin, the game is over and the team doesn’t attempt an extra point.
When players run with the ball, their feet can’t leave the ground to avoid a defensive player. In other words, players can spin to avoid their opponent, but they can’t leap or dive.
Only direct handoffs are permitted—there are no laterals or pitches. Once the ball has been handed off, all defensive players are eligible to rush. And the person who takes the handoff is allowed to throw the ball from behind the line of scrimmage. So while you’ll see a designated quarterback on the field, several plays actually rely on other teammates to pass the ball. This changes up plays, keeps the defense on their toes, and makes the game even more exciting.
Also, under flag football rules, the quarterback can’t run with the ball unless it has been handed to him/her in the backfield. And all players who rush the passer must be a minimum of seven yards from the line of scrimmage when the ball is snapped.
Flag football rules aim to prevent power plays and avoid short-yardage situations, so you’ll see no run zones located 5 yards from each end zone and on either side of the midfield. In this designated area, the offensive team must complete a pass play.
Lastly, if an offensive player’s flag is pulled when they’re running with the ball, their feet determine where the ball is spotted, not the flag.
One rule that makes flag football unique (and that much more competitive) is that everyone can receive a pass, including the quarterback, after the ball has been handed off behind the line of scrimmage. This allows coaches to include a variety of flag football plays into their playbooks and helps players develop fundamental offense skills. Plus, it makes the game more engaging.
Keep in mind that when making a catch, players must have one foot in bounds, just like tackle.
Flag football rules state that all passes must go forward and be received beyond the line of scrimmage. Shovel passes, which are short passes to forward receivers, are allowed, but also must be received beyond the line of scrimmage. Quarterbacks have a seven-second pass clock to get rid of the ball. And if they don’t, the play is dead.
Additionally, center sneak play—where the quarterback hands off to the center as the first handoff of the play—is no longer allowed.
Interceptions may be returned as in tackle football.
RUSHING THE PASSER
Players who rush the passer must stand at least seven yards off the line of scrimmage when the ball is snapped, while players who aren’t rushing the passer may start on the line of scrimmage. The seven-yard rule no longer applies once the ball is handed off—all defenders are allowed to go behind the line of scrimmage at that point.
A sack occurs when a defensive player pulls off the quarterback’s flag(s) behind the line of scrimmage. The quarterback, or anyone in possession of the ball, is down when their flag(s) are removed.