It can be difficult to choose a sports program as a parent of young players- or as a kid with dreams of becoming an athlete. With numerous sports, leagues, clubs, and Play Styles available, the choices can seem endless- and selecting the right one for your player can seem daunting. Of course the biggest duty for any sports mom or dad is balancing your child’s safety with fun- and adding a dose of discipline and healthy competition along the way!
For football families, we’ve set out to break down the key differences between the 3 play styles offered here at Gridiron Football. This comparison guide will help you understand the main differences and similarities between Flag football, 7 on 7 (7v7) football, and Flex football. Use it to make a more informed choice when signing up your player next season!
What is a Play Style?
First, it’s important to know what we mean by “Play Style”. You are probably familiar with the differences between Tackle and Flag football- but did you know there are additional options as well? These different ways to play American football feature different numbers of players on the field, various gear requirements, and even different rule books! The overall focus changes as well, as some play styles are more focused on safety, skills development, or team cohesion. So when we say “play style,” we’re referring to a game play format such as flag, 7v7, flex, or tackle football.