Flag Football is one of America's most exciting sports and you can get your start here at the YMCA, so huddle up‚ flag football is here! YMCA flag football is a recreational program designed for players new to the sport of football as well as those not quite ready for tackle football.

View flag football offerings at a Y near you!

Spring Flag Football Session

Early Bird Registration: December 6 - February 21, 2022
fees increase $15 on February 22

Registration: February 22 - March 7, 2022

Practices Begin: Week of March 21
Season: April 2 - May 21


Youth Flag Football League

(Grades K-8) - Our league features:

• Games on Saturdays

• Six games per session (some sessions offer a bonus game for a total of 7 games)

• One practice per week

• Trained volunteer coaches

• YMCA trained and screened officials

• Good sportsmanship and core values modeled and promoted

• Focus on fundamentals and new skill development

• All players receive equal play time

• New, upgraded team shirts/jerseys and end of season awards

• In-house tournaments for grades 3 and up



Sign Up


Note: Sports and sports ages may vary by branch. Please check with your branch for offerings.

Here's a great way to give back! Be a YMCA Volunteer Youth Sports Coach! Make a difference in players lives at the Y, where our Youth Sports focus on learning, character development and teamwork. Our coach’s meetings and materials will provide you with instruction.


Meet some of our youth sports coaches in this brief video and see why they do what they do!


Create your VolunteerMatters account and fill out your application.

Refer to our handbooks for more information about YMCA sports programs:

Youth Sports Handbook and Coach's Handbook.


The Gateway Region YMCA partners with Cardinal Glennon SportsCare to give kids a healthy advantage through educational programs and support. Here are tips for Flag Football Safety.


If you need help finding a physician for your young athlete, contact Cardinal Glennon SportsCare at (314) 577-5640.

We hope you do not need to cancel. If you do, please note these policies:

  • Any cancellation made prior to the registration deadline will receive 100% refund.
  • Cancellations received after the registration deadline will be subject to a $15 fee.
  • No refunds issued for cancellations after the second scheduled game.