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Flex Football

Flex Football is the ideal football program for beginners as Flex involves all positions - NOT JUST SKILL POSITIONS - your players can work on schemes, technique, and timing, preparing them in ways never available before for their future in tackle football.

The Basics (grades k-1)
  • 7 v 7play
  • Offense: One (1) OL, five (5) WR/RB, one (1) QB
  • Defense: One (1) DL, Six (6) LB's and DB's
  • Traditional point values & 1st downs
  • Open-hand blocking and blitzing
  • SoftShell helmets & shoulder pads
  • Tackling via flag pull
  • Practice is typically 2 days a week
  • Games are typically every Sunday (travel & home at Miscoe)
The Basics (grades 2-3)
  • 9 v 9 play
  • Offense: Three (3) OL, five (5) WR/RB, one (1) QB
  • Defense: Two (2) DL, seven (7) LB's and DB's
  • Traditional point values & 1st downs
  • Open-hand blocking and blitzing
  • SoftShell helmets & shoulder pads
  • Tackling via flag pull
  • Practice is typically 2 days a week
  • Games are typically every Sunday (travel & home at Miscoe)
The Benefits
  • Scheme work for the entire team - not just skill positions
  • Gameplay mechanics with pads
  • Run and pass blocking techniques
  • Pass rush techniques
  • Defeating blocks
  • Bump & run / press coverage techniques
Play the Game
  • in gear worn by HS, College, & Pro teams
  • to develop football skills in all positions
  • because it is FUN & you love football
  • with added protection



Blocking is an essential skill required of multiple offensive players on every play.  There’s run or pass blocking at the line of scrimmage, lead blocking by backs or pulling lineman, stalk blocking by receivers and downfield blocking once the ball passes the line of scrimmage.  Whatever the variety of blocking, the best in the game excel through the use of body positioning, leverage and controlling the defender with proper hand placement and use.  The best blockers don’t lunge recklessly and don’t need to lead with their heads.  Flex Football gives you the opportunity to teach the fundamentals and best practices for blocking – all while keeping players’ heads out of harm’s way.

Line Play

Tackle football games are won and lost in the trenches.  Despite this reality, offseason training options have typically provided linemen with few opportunities to develop the higher-level skills involved in offensive or defensive line play.  Flex Football turns that paradigm on its head.  By incorporating offensive and defensive line play, Flex Football enables players to learn the critical skills of body positioning, leverage and proper hand placement and use.  Offensive lineman will get repetitions run and pass blocking.  Defensive linemen will have the opportunity to fine tune their run stopping and pass rushing skills.  Flex Football rules allow offensive and defensive lineman to build their athleticism, while minimize concussive contact, by encouraging the use of skill and speed techniques over brute force (there will be plenty of time to work on those “pancake” blocks and bull rushes when you get to preseason camp).


The best defenders in the game make their tackles well before contact ever occurs.  For them, the battle is won or lost in proper angles of pursuit, breaking down and remaining under control as they approach the ball carrier, and positioning themselves to “fit” in for the perfect form tackle (keeping the head clear of contact at all times).  Gone are the days when players were taught to “put their head on the ball” and hope to walk away from the collision.  Flex Football, with its emphasis on teaching the fundamentals of tackling and limiting contact, provides players with the optimal environment within which to learn the fundamentals of pursuit and preparing to tackle the opposing player.  Whether your league goes with flag belts or two hand touch, your players will learn how to initiate the tackling process more safely – skills that are designed to carry over onto the tackle football field (if that’s part of your Football Journey).


The art of tackling has evolved in recent years.  With the emphasis on keeping head contact to a minimum in football, the best coaches are teaching techniques like “Heads Up” tackling. While each technique uses different nomenclature to describe the steps involved, the basics are very similar.  Defensive players are taught to approach the ball carrier under control, with good balance and leverage, and with their heads safely out of contact with the ball carrier.  Flex Football (with “tackling” via pulling flags) requires defensive players to employ the same movements as they engage the ball carrier and helps build muscle memory intended to carry over to the tackle football field.

Frequently Asked Questions


Flex Football bridges the gap between flag and tackle for the first time.  The addition of soft shell equipment enables Flex to build on the benefits of flag football by introducing key concepts that have historically been reserved for tackle: blocking, line play (pass rushing, pass blocking), bump & run/press coverage, and pre-tackling to name a few.

Flex is the ultimate experience to develop true football fundamentals and teach proper technique while keeping the head out of the game, and is the ideal training option for tackle football programs.

NYFC follows a the Central Mass. AYF Flex Football rules.  AYF Flex rules are available HERE.

Soft shell helmets, soft shell shoulder pads, and mouth guards must be worn at all times, and rubber cleats are recommended for outdoor play. Rocksolid equipment can be purchased during registration. Teams must wear matching numbered uniforms.  Uniforms are provided by NYFC for all youth divisions.

NYFC provides the following:

  • Jersey
  • Softshell Helmet
  • Softshell Shoulder Pads
  • Footballs 
  • Flags
  • Note – equipment can be reused from season to season. 

    Nine players are on the field at a time for each participating Flex Football team.  A team size of 14-16 players is recommended, however NYFC wants to provide as many kids that want to play with the opportunity to do so and reserves the right to adjust roster sizes as needed.

    Flex Football is open to players entering into Grades K through 3rd as of August 1st of the targeted season.

    A regulation-sized football field is recommended for Flex Football, with two games being played simultaneously running lengthwise. Each possession begins on the 40 yard line with the offense driving towards the end zone. The area between the 40 yard lines is a common end zone used for defensive scores only (interception, safety).

    Unlike flag football where first downs are achieved by crossing midfield, traditional first down rules apply in Flex Football, complete with chains and a yard marker.