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NFL Flag Football Division FAQs


When does registration open?

Online registration opens April 1, 2018.


When does registration close?

Online registration closes August 15, 2018.


When does the season start ?

The season starts in the late summer and runs into the fall. Practices do not start until late August, and regular season starts second weekend of September. The season consists of approximately eight regular season games and playoffs.

For 2018:

Opening day - Sunday, September 9

Last day of regular season - Sunday, October 28

Playoffs / opening round - Sunday, November 4

Playoffs / semi-finals / championship - Sunday, November 11


Are there any changes for the upcoming season that we should know about ?

More teams: Due to the increased populaarity, we have had to add additional teams.

Schedule: Games will run from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Sundays. The expanded schedule is due to the creation of more teams. 

Referees: Based on feedback from last season, the WHYFL is moving to in house trained officials. 


What are the divisions?

The WHYFL NFL flag division currently has four grade-based divisions.

Flag - Bantam - 1st & 2nd graders

Flag - Mighty Mite - 3rd & 4th graders

Flag - Pee Wee - 5th & 6th graders

Flag - Pony - 7th & 8th graders

All divisions will be co-ed.


My son / daughter is on the wait list. Is there a good chance they will be added?

We do our best to accomodate as many players as possible, but are limited by field space as to how many teams we can create. Further, we will not accept additional players until we have suffiicent coaches in each division. Once the division cap is reached, players are moved off the wait list on an as needed basis. 


What are the rules?

This division is 5-on-5 and will follow established NFL FLag football rules.

Our League Rules can be found on our Documents page. 


When are practices?

Teams will have one 1-hour practice each week on either Mon, Wed, Fri, or Sat. Coaches set practice date and time. Coaches are asked to reach out to their teams and check availability before scheduling practice times. Practice times will not be set until after the August 22, 2018 Coaches' Meeting. 


When are games?

All games will be played on Sundays at Sterling field. Games are one hour in length. Divisions will play at roughly the same time each week.


What equipment do I need to purchase?

Cleats, shorts, mouthpiece, and water bottle. Mouthpieces are mandatory. 


What equipment does league provide?

All participants will receive an official NFL Flag reversible jersey and one set of flag belts.


Do you accept buddy requests?

Yes. We encourage kids to play on a team with their friends and ask that parents identify buddy requests on registration form. We will do our best to accommodate buddy requests with the ultimate goal to ensure balance among all teams. 


Can I request my son/daughter be placed with a specific coach / team?

We encourage kids to play on a team with their friends and ask that parents identify buddy requests on registration form. We will do our best to accommodate buddy requests with the ultimate goal to ensure balance among all teams. 


Are you looking for volunteers?

Yes. If you would like to volunteer, please email


Are your coaches certifed?

Yes. All coaches must register with the league, agree to code of conduct, register with NFL Flag football, complete a flag certification course, complete a CDC concussion awareness course, pass a background check, and complete CPR / First Aid training every two years.


Sterling Field - NFL Flag field layout

No parking inside the gates of Sterling Field.

Please park in blue areas.



2018 NFL Flag Snack Shack Volunteer Schedule

WHYFL is a volunteer run league. Coaches of the teams listed below must arrange for two adults to volunteer for their corresponding date & time slot (1 hour and 15 min. per volunteer slot). All volunteers must be at least 18 years old. All teams are being asked to share this responsibility. We have created the schedule so that it does not interfere with their respective games.

Schedule will be finalized once rosters are complete. 

  Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7  Week 8 Playoffs
Sunday 9/10/2017 9/17/2017 9/24/2017 10/1/2017 10/8/2017 10/15/2017 10/22/2017 11/5/2017 11/12/2017
9:00-10:15 Bears Jets Dolphins Rams Lions Packers Falcons Raiders Rams
10:15-11:30 Giants Jaguars Seahawks Cowboys Cardinals Redskins Bills Chargers Patriots
11:30-12:45 Saints Raiders Vikings Bengals Patriots 49ers Vikings Saints TBD
12:45-2:00 Texans Ravens Colts Browns Steelers Texans Colts Ravens N/A





2017 NFL Flag Playoff Information & Schedule:

  • Playoffs will be held on Sunday, November 12.

  • The top four teams in each division will qualify.

  • Playoff seeding / tiebreakers will be based on # of regular season wins, head-to-head, and points against. Playoffs (both semifinals and championship games) will be held on Sunday, November 12. Yes, this means some teams will play two games (semi-final and championship) in one day. The schedule (as it stands right now) will be as follows. We will have trophies for 1st and 2nd place in each division.

  • Yes, we are considering consolation games for those who do not make playoffs. Working schedule as we may have field availability.

  • Times are subject to change. Teams will be notified if there is a change in schedule.


The following table was updated October 30.

Sun, 11/12 NFL Flag Division playoff schedule
  A-1 A-2 B-3 B-4 C-5
9:00 - 10:00 Semi-final
Pony #1 Jaguars v #4 Redskins
Pee Wee  #1 Dolphins v #4 Patriots
Mighty Mite #1 Packers v #4 Vikings 
Bantam #1 Bengals v #4 Ravens 
Pony #2 Cowboys v #3 Giants 
10:15-11:15 Championship
Pony Div 
Pee Wee  #2 Bills v #3 Jets
Mighty Mite #2 49ers v #3 Rams
Bantam #2 Browns v #3 Steelers
11:30 - 12:30   Championship
Pee Wee Div
Mighty Mite Div 
Bantam Div