THE BIG WHY
Why Play AFC Flag Football Over Tackle Football?
Once relegated to elementary gym classes and co-ed fun leagues, flag football is now one of the fastest growing sports in the nation. There are multiple reasons for this. Below are a few of them for you to consider:
PRACTICE SCHEDULES DO NOT HINDER HAVING QUALITY FAMILY TIME
Most tackle football programs practice as much as five times a week, while flag football practices are generally limited to one or two nights a week. Because of this, playing flag football still allows families to have meaningful time together multiple evenings each week, strengthening family bonds and deepening intimacy and connection.
INJURIES, INJURIES, INJURIES
Flag football is designed to virtually eliminate players hitting and colliding with each other.
While it may happen from time to time, the chances of breaking an arm or a leg are mini-
mal. Separated shoulders, broken fingers, etc, which can be common in tackle football, are
a rarity in flag football.
While the above injuries are certainly nothing to sneeze at, we do know that a broken bone
will heal in a matter of weeks. It is concussions that parents really need to worry about. As
symptoms from them can last, not a few weeks, but an entire lifetime. How many NFL con-
cussion stories have been in the news recently? It wasn't too long ago that the NFL settled
a 765+ million dollar lawsuit over concussed players.
ESPN NFL analyst Chris Mortensen stated on-air that his own children play flag football
and he encourages all parents to choose the same for their own. The reason? See below.
THE RISK IS NOT WORTH THE REWARD
Chris Mortensen went on to say that unless you believe your child is going to get a college scholarship or go pro playing football, there is no reward to justify such a risk to your child's life long well being. There are no "life lesson" benefits of playing tackle football so unique to the game that they can't be achieved through flag football. Social skills, exercise, discipline, self-esteem, learning how to deal with success and failure can be learned just as easily through flag football without near the risk.
AFC WORKS TO KEEP FAMILY AND FAITH FIRST
You will never have to worry about your child playing a game (or having a practice) on a Sunday. Moreover, if there is a church or family event scheduled at the same time as a practice or game, we want you to go to that above coming to the practice or game!!! Your child's relationship with the Lord and with your family is far more important to us than anything happening on a football field. We have had many parents throughout the years apologizing to our coaches for their kids missing a game or practice due to a scheduled event or some disciplinary action. Don't apologize! We back you 100%!!!
Moreover, AFC makes sure to have team devos at every practice. Nothing major, just 5-7 minutes at the center of each practice where players and coaches center on Christ and the purpose AFC exists in the first place.