In order to compete, you’re going to need some standard plays that your team runs every week. There’s tons of sites online that provide flag football plays, some free, some not. But before I get into the sites, first:
Why Does My Team Need Flag Football Plays?
As I mentioned previously, if you want to compete, your team has to have some kind of game plan. A complete game plan would included a few defensive strategies, a playbook, and a substitution rotation.
For now, I’m just going to discuss the playbook. Later posts will address some defense strategies and substitutions.
One key element to a good flag football playbook is variety. You need a good mix of plays to account for most situations. These situations include:
- 1st/2nd down and short (less than 5 yards)
- In these situations, you don’t want to waste the opportunity for a big play. If you go for the first down on a short play, you now have 1st and long. The defense may be keying on the idea that you just want to get your first down. Now is the time for a big hitter.
- 3rd/4th down and short (less than 5 yards)
- Now you pretty much need to get the first down (especially if you deep in your own territory and a punt is likely if you don’t convert on 3rd down. Here you need some rock solid plays that have a high percentage of converting in short yardage situations.
- 3rd/4th down and medium (5 -10 yards)
- Here your quarterback needs a little more time to throw. Also, depending on your quarterback’s speed, a QB run may be a good option.
- 3rd/4th down and long (10+ yards)
- Here’s where the winning teams separate themselves from the pack. Depending on the field position, you don’t necessarily need to get the first down (if it’s 3rd), but you definitely need to get positive yardage. This is when having a few plays that everyone is familiar with is key.
- Goal line situations (less than 10 yards)
- Well, you’ve gotten a big play on 2nd and short and maybe even converted a 3rd and long to get to this point. Now it’s time to get those much needed points. Because the defense doesn’t have to worry about a long play, it gets more difficult as everyone is congested into a smaller area.
For all the situations above, having a some flag football plays in your arsenal will greatly increase your chances of winning week in and week out. Below are a couple links that provide flag football playbooks.
TheFlagFootballPlaybook.com – This site has a sample playbook with flag football plays. You can also purchase the full playbook with 30 plays and additional strategies. This site also boast a flag football playbook app for Android.
Also, check out the trailer for the new youth flag football plays app: