Overview- Flag Football is open to ALL children entering the 1st thru 4th grades. The Flag program is intended to introduce our young athletes to the game of football and to gain an understanding of its fundamentals. The emphasis will be on skills training, conditioning and sportsmanship within a fun, safe and supportive environment.
The Program– The program will be a HOUSE program open to boys and girls who reside in Ridgefield. This means the majority of games will be held here in Ridgefield, but we may have one or more jamborees with other Fairfield County Football organizations that have similar programs as ours. RYF will accept out-of-town participants who do not have a similar program in their respective town. There will be two levels: one that co-mingles first and second graders and another that co-mingles third and fourth graders. Players will be assigned to teams loosely based on their elementary with approximately 10 to 12 players per team.
Games and Practice– Games will most likely be played on Saturday afternoons at East Ridge Middle School. We plan to schedule one practice per week for each team that will be of one hour to 1 ¼ hour. Game and practice times will become definitive closer to the season.
Coaches– Coaches will be parent and high school volunteers. RYF needs coaching volunteers at both levels. No experience is necessary.
Equipment – Players are required to wear mouth guards at all times. Cleats are recommended, but not required. A cup and supporter is also optional.
General – As previously stated, the intent of the program is instructional with an emphasis on FUN. There will be no records kept, no playoffs nor championships. Players will be as fully engaged as possible playing multiple positions.