4 Reasons We Love Flag Football

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Flag football is my son’s very favorite sport. He has been playing since he was eight and he absolutely loves it! It all started because of his love for watching Iowa football and evolved into him begging to play. We signed him up to play through the Davenport Parks and Rec and he quickly fell in love with the game.

We’ve always believed that in order to be a well-rounded athlete, that kids should try multiple sports and not solely focus on just one. In addition to flag football, he also plays baseball, basketball, soccer & golf (but for now flag football is his favorite!).

There are so many benefits to playing a variety of sports and each teaches various skills. The core skills of flag football are: running, flag-pulling, throwing, catching, handoffs, snapping, defense, routes and positions. But there’s also basic speed, agility, coordination and communication (which are all so helpful for other sports as well!). Playing flag football is helping our son become a more well-rounded athlete and teaching him skills that he will carry with him for many years to come.

There are other benefits to Flag Football as well:

These are my favorite life lessons that my son is learning on his Flag Football team.

Teamwork/Camaraderie

Team sports are so important to learn at a young age. Flag football is a sport that enforces your child’s ability to function as part of a greater team. Not only do they learn to strategize and plan with others, but they come to understand how important it is to think of benefits outside themselves. Teammates can be such a positive influence and can teach so many valuable lessons.

Discipline

With teamwork comes the need for self-control and discipline. Playing flag football, they can learn how important it is to be a valuable member of the team. Sometimes my son isn’t in the mood for practice, but he knows that he is part of a team and that he made a commitment to attend practice and to show up for his teammates!

Exercise

Besides all the physical benefits of regular exercise, running around and having fun is so good for our well-being. Youth face so many challenges these days and exercise (particularly exercise while having fun!) is a great way to combat those challenges.

Work Ethic and Goal Setting

It doesn’t always have to be about winning or losing. But kids playing flag football naturally cultivate a work ethic that helps them to set goals (for themselves and for the team). My son’s team lost their first few games of the season, but won the last two and that felt SO great!

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Robert Gallery Named to the 2023 Class of the College Football Hall of Fame

The field Robert Gallery starred on. Photo credit: Quad Cities Mom

My son’s love of football originated from the Iowa Hawkeyes, so it’s extra exciting to us that Robert Gallery – an Iowa native was recently named to the 2023 class of the College Football Hall of Fame. He is the 11th Hawkeye to be named to the College Football Hall of Fame as a player (go Hawks!). He will join former Hawkeyes Andre Tippett, Larry Station, Chuck Long, Alex Karras, Cal Jones, Aubrey Devine, Gordon Locke, Duke Slater and Nile Kinnick with this honor.

While at Iowa (2000-2003), Gallery received unanimous First Team All-American recognition; the Outland Award; was conference player of the year; played on a Big Ten conference championship team; and was selected by the Oakland Raiders second overall in the 2004 NFL Draft. Robert Gallery retired in 2012 after playing eight seasons in the NFL!

In his early years – he also starred in basketball and track (at East Buchanan High School in Winthrop, IA)… making him a well-rounded athlete. And not only a well-rounded athlete – but an amazing role model for my son!

The National Football Foundation

The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational organization that runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people.

The mission is to promote and develop the power of amateur football in developing the qualities of leadership, sportsmanship, competitive zeal and the drive for academic excellence in America’s young people.


Future For Football is an initiative by the National Football Foundation to promote and celebrate the game at all levels. Follow them on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. You can also visit their site for other helpful resources and click here to find a league near you!

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