Flag Football: Defeating the Undefeated

It is amazing what practice and a grain of confidence can do to one’s soul.

This past Saturday A.’s Flag Football team played against the undefeated team of the league. We all knew it was going to be a tough game but we were not expecting it to be rough.

Flag Football Flag Football is mostly like Tackle Football. You still have your 4 downs, plays, touch downs. You do not, on the other hand, kick the ball, dive for the flag, or tackle. Diving and tackling are huge no’s in flag Football.

So imagine playing a team that thought they had to be rough and play tackle football against a flag football team. The other team would dive, tackle, and push the other team.

It got to the point where the tallest boy would push the little kids on my son’s team (and by little kids I mean my son and another 5 year old).

You might say, well, it is Football, you are bound to getting hit. Yes and no; I understand football is a contact sport but there is a huge difference between blocking a player and pushing the player to the ground so that they land on their backs and, in more than one occasion hitting their head against the ground without a helmet. Now that is where I have a huge problem, specially if the one being pushed down is my own son.

Flag Football What is sad is that these kids were taught to be rough and to push the other teams around. Now that explains why the were undefeated for so long.

While the teams were discussing plays and taking time outs you could see the other team’s kids practicing how to push. And their coach, wow, he is such a tool. The guy those kids are supposed to trust and look up to is mean and instead of saying reassuring words to his team when a play didn’t work he’d just start saying things like “what the hell is wrong with you guys?!” Not very reassuring. I guess the coach forgot he is dealing with kids aged 5-8.

All in all, the team that had all the left outs that no other team wanted, the kids that were playing Football for their first time beat the undefeated team of the league.

And we just couldn’t be any more proud of these boys. They have all come so far. They are all great players.

Even with the pushing and mean words thrown their way they worked hard, as a team, and they won their most important game! A., he was amazing!! He took two flags. The last flag was the play that stopped the other team dead on their tracks! Even though A. crashed right into the other player’s chest, smacking his nose on him, he did not let go of the flag. He had to be taken out of the field, crying, with a sore nose but he did not let this stop him. He finished his play and because of him his team won! 3 to 2.

I cannot be more proud of him. He was pushed around, but he was strong to keep going. Looking back at his very first Flag Football Game and seeing him now I am 100% sure this boy has a huge future in Football.

This game was, hands down, the best the Bears have ever played.

We still have 3 more games to go. Wish us luck!!

Flag Football - Bears

32 Comments
  • cococute
    October 18, 2013

    You got a nice boy kickin’ there. Hope he grow as one of the best football player

  • Karen Dawkins
    October 18, 2013

    Welcome to the world of sports, eh? I’ve seen some doozies through the years, coaches and parents who just didn’t get it. These are kids. Let them be kids!

    Congrats to your son and the team on toppling the giant!

  • Tammy Graham @ LoveMy2Dogs
    October 18, 2013

    Good luck in your next three games! Flag football is so much safer for the kids to play and I think it also teaches them more of the fundamentals of the game. For a coach to say something like that to any players in uncalled for and especially kids of that age. Wow, totally amazing. What ever happened to the sport of the game and it not all being about winning? Well, good luck anyway!!

    • Sofia
      October 19, 2013

      Our coaches don’t even count points (but of course us parents do) because they want the kiddos to learn and actually enjoy the sport and not pummel the other teams. Let’s see how we do these last 3 games, I bet there are some more good games to play :D

  • Catherine L.
    October 18, 2013

    Great reminder that you don’t have to play dirty to win. Congrats to your son and his team!

  • becca
    October 18, 2013

    everyone looks to be having fun

  • Juliana RW
    October 18, 2013

    I wish good luck for your son’s team :D

  • hannah staveley
    October 18, 2013

    Ohhh wow looks like they had a lot of fun .x

  • Sabrina Dix
    October 18, 2013

    Awww…good luck team! My son’s soccer team came in 3rd place.

  • Missy Homemaker
    October 18, 2013

    AWWW I love watching little guys play flag football.

  • Chubskulit Rose
    October 18, 2013

    I have never watched a flag football before, must be fun.

    • Sofia
      October 19, 2013

      Flag Football is like Football without all the contact plays. Kids are not allowed to tackle or play rough. To stop a play you must take the flag of the player that has the ball. It is pretty fun to watch :D

  • Jen @Making Our Life Matter
    October 18, 2013

    How sweet! My son never played flag football, he has always been a baseball kid!

  • Dede
    October 18, 2013

    Congrats to your son! I agree, sometimes the way the coaches behave is just appalling. Sometimes the parents are even worse, though. I see a lot of school games.

    • Sofia
      October 19, 2013

      I know what you mean!! The parents from the other team didn’t even care that their kiddos were playing rough and getting flags left and right. We’ve never seen a Flag Football game with so many flags!

  • Jennifer Saranow Schultz
    October 18, 2013

    Congrats to your son and thanks for sharing:)

  • Renee
    October 18, 2013

    I loved flag football in high school it is such a great way to get out and exercise.

  • Paula -Growing Up Bilingual
    October 18, 2013

    I find it so sad that people like this coach are teaching kids to be bullys and take advantage of others. I am so glad your son’s team won!

    • Sofia
      October 19, 2013

      Thanks, Paula!! We are on our way to a game right now and we are looking forward to another win!!

  • Genzel
    October 18, 2013

    It’s so nice to see kids playing just like they are real adults. This seems so much fun! Congrats!

  • Coralie
    October 18, 2013

    Looks like a lot of fun! Glad that your sons team could overcome the situation and win! :)

  • Mimi
    October 18, 2013

    Sofia, I have such an issue with this. The problem is long lasting. First, the parents of this other team are OK with this kind of “play”? The coach will continue to “train” other kids to behave this way and think it’s ok. How in the world to the umpires allow this behavior as well? I just cannot agree with this kind of play and I’d be the mom on the other team losing my cool!

    On the other hand, yay to your son and his team on their win!!! That makes me profoundly happy! =)

    • Sofia
      October 19, 2013

      You know, the referee did nothing at first but once we complained about it they were on it. It is extremely sad that not only the coach but the parents are OK with their team playing like that.

      But our team did not let their mean moves stop them. They fought and won!!

  • April McGregor
    October 18, 2013

    How adorable! Congrats to your little man and good luck!

  • Adin Blankenship
    October 18, 2013

    Congratulations to the team! And how sad is that when these kids are so young and the coach doesn’t even teach them to play fair and doesn’t talk to them as young kids. That is so sad, but hey there you go. They got defeated.

  • Holly @ Woman Tribune
    October 19, 2013

    Wow, congratulations to your boy and his team on the win! It is such a shame that the (previously) undefeated team had been taught to play so rough and not by the rules. It is the children who are really missing out when adults let stuff like that fly. Glad your team was able to defeat them, and good luck to them with their next few games!

    • Sofia
      October 19, 2013

      Thanks!! The boys have been working so hard it is nice to see it pay off! :D

  • Corinne
    October 19, 2013

    I love flag football. It’s a much safer alternative to full contact football and a wonderful way to learn the rules and practice plays.

  • Tingting R.
    October 19, 2013

    It is so nice to see our kids achieve what they want to achieve like sports. This also include teaching them the value of winning and losing.

  • Nova S
    October 19, 2013

    Congratulations! you must be a very proud mother.

  • jheylo
    October 20, 2013

    Parents are the number one fan of sports minded children. I bet you cheered for him 101% win or lose.

  • Lexie Lane
    November 4, 2013

    Flag football was one of my favorite games to play when I used to be such a tomboy. I loved it. Glad to see others playing and love these pics so much. It brings back good memories! congratulations! You must be extremely proud! I know I would be! And it’s a really nice thing to share too!