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Who we are:
West Chester FLAG Football, powered by NFL Flag Football, the NFL’s official youth flag football program, offers boys and girls ages 5 - 15 the fun and excitement of fast-paced football in a non-contact environment. Our organization started in 2016 with only 30 kids. We now have over 300 kids in our wonderful organization. Our growth has been unbelievable in the Chester County area as our organization has spread into Kennett, Unionville, Coatesville and Delaware.
The National NFL Flag Football program, which was launched over 20 years ago, is designed to educate young people about football, while emphasizing participation and sportsmanship. The program is very popular in the Unites States and has been very successful in many locations. Our goal is to give local West Chester and surrounding area players a competitive and fun-filled NFL Flag Football experience.
Participants will be coached to develop their skills in passing, catching, ball carrying, defensive coverages, and route running. We will also cover other important aspects of the game of football. The time commitment of this league is limited (2.5 hours a week minimum - 1.5 for practice during week, 1 for game on weekend). This time commitment hopefully allows our players to develop critical football skills without interfering with other weekend activities. The most important thing is that West Chester Flag Football will be fun for everyone involved in the league.
Kids not only have a blast practicing and playing the game, but they learn valuable lessons in sportsmanship, teamwork, discipline and commitment — traits that will follow them throughout every aspect of their lives.
Flag Football History:
Flag Football History. The game of American football has been played since the mid-1800's. The first College game occurred between Princeton and Rutgers on November 6th, 1869. Flag football as we know it today was developed on military bases in the early 1940's as a recreational sport for military personal. The game of flag football has been around for as nearly as long as tackle football. As America prepared to enter World War II, troops stationed at military bases needed a way to blow off steam. Since playing traditional football might result in injuries, flag football was developed as a compromise. While Webster does not have the term flag football listed until 1954, the game is believed to have started in the 1940s (with Fort Meade in Maryland as its generally-accepted birthplace).
West Chester Flag Football History:
Our Flag Program Started out with 40 kids 10 seasons ago. We have come a long way. In 2019 we were the largest flag program in all of West Chester, PA. We had over 450 kids come through our program last year. We hosted the biggest flag football event in West Chester Flag Football history this past fall season at our annual flag football tournament. We had 5 different states attend our tournament. In 2020 we had an unexpected outcome with COVID but we still had over 200 kids in our fall season!
In spring of 2021 we expect to get back to a fun filled spring season. We have our annual Wells Fargo Day, in which we rent out the Wells Fargo Center for an unforgettable experience.