The Flag Football program is for both boys and girls, of all experience levels. Flag football is one of the fastest growing youth sports in the country. It’s popularity in the local area has inspired us to team up with The Fessenden School’s football staff to create a youth program that will entertain and challenge young athletes.
Co-Ed Flag Football- Grade 1 through Grade 8
Why Choose Flag Football?
Great Exercise: Flag football is a fast moving game with a lot of variety. Players run, jump, quickly change direction, and stop and start, which improves cardiovascular health. Practice drills, complex running routes and defensive techniques all encourage speed, strength, and stamina. And these activities also engage motor skills, specifically hand and eye coordination.
Teamwork: Flag football teaches kids accountability, leadership, and the impact of positive sportsmanship. Every position has a purpose and to execute a play successfully, each individual needs to fulfill their responsibility, while working together—a skill that’s valuable both on and off the field.
Socialization: Football teaches kids how to effectively communicate and work well with others. After all, one player can’t do everything. They rely on each other—what a better way to make long-lasting friendships? Layer this with learning to respect and receive direction from authority (aka coaches) and you have a range of socialization skills.
No Contact: Flag football is a non-contact sport, meaning there’s no tackling, diving, blocking, screening or fumbles allowed. Therefore, players aren’t required to wear any heavy equipment, such as helmets and shoulder pads. This creates an approachable atmosphere where kids can learn how to play and develop their skills without the aspect of physical contact.
Accessibility: Flag football is an incredibly inclusive sport and opens the doors to many players, including female athletes. In fact, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) plans to launch the first college sanctioned women’s flag football league in the spring of 2021.
Learn the fundamentals: The basic fundamentals taught in flag football directly transfer to tackle, including catching, throwing, formations, routes, and defensive skills.
It’s fun!: Plain and simple, flag football is loads of fun. With fewer players on the field, there’s more engagement and a faster speed of play. Games are quick, competitive and every drive counts. It’s the version of football you loved playing in your backyard—why ever stop?
Meet the Coach!
Flag Football Director
2023 will be Chris Young’s second year running the Fessenden Flag Football Camp. Chris is currently in his fourth year as head football coach for the Fessenden varsity team. Prior to coaching at Fessenden Chris was the head football coach and associate director of admissions at St. Mark’s for 7 years and also coached at Assumption College, Colby College, and Bentley University prior to that. He was a four-year starter at defensive tackle at St. Lawrence University. He also works at Fessenden in our Secondary School Counseling office and is an 8th-grade dean in the upper school.
A fun fact about me:
I love carpentry and worked framing houses for several years out of college
My favorite camp activity is:
Hiking and playing in the woods