Flag football’s been around for decades, but it still feels like the relative “new kid on the block” compared to its tackle counterpart. But get this– according to The New York Times, more kids ages 6 to 12 are playing flag football than the tackle version nowadays. So if you and your kids are looking to get in on the fun, we’re here to help. Here are a few tips when choosing the right age to get on the Gridiron–

Early Childhood (Ages 4 to 6)

Because flag football is non-contact, kids as young as four years old can start playing in organized programs. Primarily focused on teaching basic motor skills like running, catching and throwing, they also incorporate games and activities to keep young kids engaged. Warm-up dance parties are just the beginning in our Gridiron 4U Flag Football Camps…

Elementary School (Ages 6 to 12)

Now a little older, kids start to develop their fundamental football skills and learn more advanced strategies like play calling and formations. They also have the opportunity to learn life lessons like teamwork and communication skills (kiiiiinda important…. ;)

Middle School (Ages 12 to 14)

With the basics under their belts, kids begin participating in more competitive flag football leagues starting at age 12. These leagues often have more structured rules and regulations, and may involve longer games and more advanced strategies. 

High School (Ages 14 to 18)

This is where kids hone their skills while competing at a high level, whether as off-season training for tackle football or other sports, or as exclusive flag football athletes. It’s also a great opportunity for female athletes who may not have had the option to play football previously.


Flag football is a sport for all ages, experience levels and athletic goals. And the guidelines above help us (and you) ensure your kids have a fun, safe experience while developing their skills and abilities as they grow.

So… are you ready to join us on the Gridiron? Find a league near you today!

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