Flag football Division FAQs
When does registration open?
Online registration opens April 15th, 2021. Registration will be for West Hartford residents only until May 15th.
When does registration close?
Online registration closes on August 1st, 2021.
** 50% refund before September 1st **
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.
Are there any changes for the upcoming season that we should know about ?
We are working with the town to implement a safety plan in accordance with local, state, and federal guidelines for return to play. Once finalized, we will communicate to all players, families, and volunteers. Given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and implementation of return to play guidelines, the upcoming season will be different, and we appreciate your patience and understanding as we develop a plan to offer a fun and safe fall sports experience.
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 are 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, however some rules have been localized for our league.
Our League Rules can be found on our Documents page.
When are practices?
Teams will have one 1-hour practice each week. 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 Coaches' Meeting.
When are games?
All games will be played on Sundays at Sterling field. Games are one hour in length. Schedule times on Sunday may vary.
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?
We do not have buddy requests for the 2021 season.
Can I request my son/daughter be placed with a specific coach / team?
WHYFL flag will be instituting a draft system similar the other West Hartford Town Youth programs for the 5th/6th & 7th/8th grade divisions. 1st/2nd & 3rd/4th grade division teams will be built by player agents determined by league.
Are you looking for volunteers?
Yes. If you would like to volunteer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in coaching, you may also fill out form on this website under coaches registration 2021.
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
We are back at Sterling Field in the 2021 season. Layout is TBD.