What does it mean to play Flag Football at the YMCA?

The Youth Flag Football program is geared toward kids who want to learn how to play flag football, tactics and most importantly – have fun! This is a safer alternative for parents who might hesitate letting their children start tackle football. In our Youth Flag Football program, youth Flag Football players should anticipate a challenging but instructional program that focuses on fundamentals, lessons in teamwork and sportsmanship. In our kids flag football program, parents are encouraged to be more than mere spectators, by contributing their time as volunteer coaches as well as being their kid’s greatest fan.

Football Benefits

If your child is ready to play ball, then it’s time to enroll them in our flag football program! Flag Football allows children to become acquainted with the rules and basic fundamentals of the game without the full on-tackle experience. Flag football for kids also gives them the opportunity to have fun and is ideal for younger children whose bodies are not ready for constant collisions.

Training Benefits

Daily activity is very important to any aspiring athlete. Small children can train through daily chores and activities that stretch muscles and develop coordination as well as muscular strength to stay fit and ready for play. Older children can add more structured training to their daily activities to help develop specialized skills, which will enable them to become a better football player.

Coaching Tips

Coaches of kids should set a simple goal of a season enjoyable enough that everyone returns for next season. Welcome each player by name at every practice and game to help them feel welcome and positive from the start. Plan practices that keep kids active and be clear on your goals for their development by sharing them with your players and their parents.

Flag Football

Practice and Games – One 60-minute youth flag football practice and 1 game per week. Teams available for ages 3-13.

Focus – Our focus is participation and fun! While basic skills of the Houston Texans flag football game are developed through practices and games, every child learns sportsmanship and values necessary to be successful in life. Every game begins with a Youth Sports Pledge. We encourage fair play, positive competition and family involvement.

Seasons – Vary by YMCA location

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The YMCA of Greater Houston and DICK’s Sporting Goods have partnered to help remove barriers to youth playing sports. As the Official Sporting Goods, Retail Sponsor of our league DICK’s Sporting Goods will be offering discounts on apparel throughout the year. Join the Y this weekend, March 22-24 as DICK’s offers 20% off to all YMCA youth sports participants. View the flyer with more information. Thank you to DICK’s Sporting Goods for their support of YMCA Youth Sports!


YMCA Youth Sports uniforms are ordered directly from the YMCA vendor by each participant. The purchase of a game jersey (basketball or multi-sport depending on the sport) is required for each participant and there are also optional shorts available for purchase.


Upcoming Seasons:

Spring 2024

Registration Dates:

February 5-March 17

Practice Starts:

March 25

Games Start:

April 6

Summer 2024

Registration Dates:

April 15-May 26

Practice Starts:

June 3

Games Start:

June 15

Fall 1 2024

Registration Dates:

June 24-August 11

Practice Starts:

August 19

Games Start:

August 31

Fall 2 2024

Registration Dates:

September 9-October 20

Practice Starts:

October 28

Games Start:

November 9

Volunteer Coaching Opportunities

We’re seeking volunteers interested in coaching youth sports. Our coaches make YMCA youth sports possible and create a lifelong impact on children by encouraging participation and emphasizing sportsmanship and strong character. When you become a volunteer, the Y will introduce you to coaching and provide resources specific to the sport you coach. If your child is a player, getting involved at their practices can help them feel comfortable to practice with you outside of official practice time.

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