Flag Football
Required Info for Parents and Coaches

Lindsey's Law

Details of the Law and what is required

Parents/guardians and youth athletes

Required video

Required SCA Informational Handout

Required Signature Form


If you are a coach for an interscholastic sport and are licensed by the Ohio Department of Education, please visit their website for information about their training requirements around Lindsay's Law.

If you are a coach in a community program, please use the following resources:

Required video

Required SCA Informational Handout

NFL Flag Football
NFL Flag

NFL Flag Football is offered during the Fall and Spring season for boys and girls in Kindergarten-7th grade.

The goals of the LSO Flag Football program are for the players, coaches and parents to have fun with the game ,learn the basic rules and skills of the game and to be good sports.

Boys and girls participate together on co-ed teams. Girls are encouraged to participate and we will try to make it so there is not just one girl on a team alone.

Age is based on age as of August 1st

  • Rookie: Kindergarten-1st grade
  • JV: 2nd-3rd grades
  • Varsity: 4th - 5th grades
  • Upper Varsity / Pro Division: 6th - 7th grades

Registration is May 1 to July 15 for Fall guaranteed placement (late registrations may be accepted). Players are contacted approximately two weeks before the first game to start practice.

The season is 8 weeks long. Games are played Saturday afternoons (except Labor Day weekend). Weeks may get added if rain outs occur. Individual coaches will determine the practice day and time for their team. Typically practice is once a week, Monday through Thursday starting around 5:30pm or 6:00pm once games start. Teams will most likely practice 2 times per week the two weeks prior to games starting.

Games have been played at Liberty Jr School, but may be moved depending on field availability each season.

Equipment: Each player will recieve an official NFL Flag jersey to keep ! These are high quality reversible jerseys with an actual NFL team logo on it. Cleats are highly recommended. All game equipment including balls, flag belts and markers will be provided.

Guide to NFL Flag

Lakota Sports Organization is proud to be affiliated with the National Football League and the NFL Flag program since 2009.

NFL FLAG is the premier youth football league that provides young players a fun and exciting opportunity to engage in non-contact, continuous action while learning lessons in teamwork.

View the Specatators Guide to NFL Flag Football, to learn more about the way the game is played.

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Flag Football Board


David Oglesby


We are actively looking for Board members and/or parent helpers in order to expand and enhance our Flag Football program. Please contact the commissioners to volunteer to help! We need both moms and dads! Volunteering goes beyond just coaching!

Spectator's Guide

To NFL Flag Football

The game is played with 5 players from each team on the field. The offense (team with the ball) tries to move the ball down the field to score a touchdown. The defense can stop an offensive player with the ball by "Flagging" them (pulling the Flag that is wrapped around the player's waist).The ball is then placed at that position and the offense continues with their next play.

The Offense consists of a Quarterback and four other players. All players are eligible to catch the football. The QB is the player in which the ball is hiked to at the beginning of the play. The QB cannot run the football past the line of scrimmage (the imaginary line that runs across the field where the ball was placed from the previous play). The QB can handoff or pitch the ball to another player to run the ball or throw the ball to another player.

The defense must wait for a count of THREE before they can cross the line of scrimmage to flag the QB. But the defense can cross BEFORE Three as soon as the QB pitches or hands-off the ball to another player. The Referee will do the counting, if the Referee gets to the count of 7 and the QB has not thrown or handed the ball to another player, then the play is dead and over.

The offense starts with the ball on their 5 yard line. The offense has three tries or "downs" to get to midfield and after crossing midfield they are back to "first down", they now have three "downs" to get a touchdown. If in either case they fail to make it in three downs, then the opposing team will get the ball on their own 5 yard line. If the offense is within 5 yards of crossing midfield or 5 yards before the goal line they are considered to be in the "no run" zone and MUST pass the ball. If the defense intercepts the ball, they can advance it until they are flagged or cross the goal line for a touchdown.

A touchdown scores as 6 points. After a touchdown, the scoring team can then go for an Extra Point by running one additional play to cross the goal line again. ONE point is awarded if the offense starts the Extra Point play on the 5 yard line, they get TWO points if they start the play on the 12 yard line. Note: One point plays are Pass only, Two point plays are Run or Pass.


LSO Guidelines

  • Each coach shall attempt to divide playing time evenly among his/her players.
  • Players may wear a knit hat as long as it has NO bill. (ie. No baseball caps)
  • It is strongly recommended that all players wear a mouthpiece and cleats. (no metal cleats)
  • Players may carry a playbook inside their clothing as long as it is not made of an unyielding material and is not visible. If carried on the field, a player must keep the playbook rather than throw it on the ground. Players may wear a soft, pliable wrist forearm band that contains plays

NFL Flag Football Rules

The NFL Flag Rulebook will be used and can be found at NFLflag.com in the Coaches section on bottom left.

LSO Modifications

The following are the LSO overruling modifications and clarifications to the NFL Flag Rulebook:

Game Length

Games are played on a 44 minute continuous clock with two twenty two minutes halves. The clock only stops for timeouts. (Change to NFL Flag Rules: VII. 1)

Each time the ball is spotted, a team has 30 seconds to snap the ball. Teams will NOT receive a warning. Each infraction will result in a delay of game penalty. (Change to NFL Flag Rules: VII. 3)

Rushing the Passer (3 Second Count)

The Referee shall count to three (counted as; one thousand one, one thousand two, one thousand three), upon saying "three" the defense can cross the line-of-scrimmage to rush the passer.

(Change to NFL Flag Rules: deletion of II. Rush Line & XIV. Rushing the Passer 1-3.)

Teams are not required to rush the passer, 7-second clock in effect. (see XII. 3.)

Once the quarterback hands off the ball to another player, the defense can rush immediately, not waiting for the "3 second count". A hand off occurs when the QB gives another player full sole possession of the ball. A fake handoff (that touches another player yet is not given the ball) does not constitute a handoff and therefore the defense must wait for the "3 second count".

Snapping the Ball

Rookie and JV Divisions: The center may snap the ball to the side or between the legs.

(Change to NFL Flag Rules: modification of XVI.4 )

Varsity Division must snap ball between the legs as described in the NFL Flag Rulebook.

Coaches on the Field

Rookie and JV Divisions: One coach for each team may remain on the field during games to assist in setup before the play but must keep clear of the players during the actual play. The penalty for not following this rule will result in the head coach being ejected from the game followed by the assistant coach(es) if it continues. There are no exceptions. If a player cannot get his or her flags on they should be substituted out or use a timeout.

Varsity Division: One offensive coach may remain on the field during games, but must keep clear of players during actual play. One defensive coach is allowed on the field between snaps, but must move to the side lines before the snap of the ball. The penalty for not following this rule will result in the head coach being ejected from the game followed by the assistant coach(es) if it continues. There are no exceptions. If a player cannot get his or her flags on they should be substituted out or use a timeout.


2-point conversion will be spotted from the 7 yard line instead of the 12 yard line per the NFL Flag Rules (Change to NFL Flag Rules: modification of VIII.2)

NFL Flag Rules to Note

The game is played with 5 players from each team on the field at one time.

I. 6. All possession changes, except interceptions, start on the offense's 5 yard line.

II. Downs: the offensive squad has three attempts or "Downs" to advance the ball. They must cross midfield for a 1st down, or after crossing midfield, score a touchdown within the three downs, otherwise possession of the ball is given to the other team.

IV. 7. Pants or shorts with belt loops or pockets must be taped. **IT WOULD BE SMARTER TO TELL YOUR TEAMS NOT TO WEAR PANTS OR SHORTS WITH POCKETS!**

VII. 1. Games are played on a 40 minute continuous clock (two 20 minute halves). The clock only stops for timeouts.

VII. 4. Each team has one 60-second time out per half.

X. 3. A player who gains possession in the air is considered in bounds as long as one foot comes down in the field of play.

XI. 3. Only direct handoffs behind the line of scrimmage are permitted (no pitches). Handoffs may be in front, behind, or to the side of the offensive player, but must be behind the line of scrimmage.

XI. 5. "No-Run Zones," located 5 yards before each end zone and 5 yards prior to midfield "first down" are designed to avoid short-yardage power-running situations. Teams are not allowed to run while in these zones.

XI. 8. Runners may not leave their feet to advance the ball. No diving, leaping or jumping.

XI. 11. No blocking or "screening" is allowed at any time. **This means offensive players cannot run in front of or beside the ball carrier!**

XI. 12. Offensive players must stop their motion once the ball has crossed the line of scrimmage. No running with the ball carrier.

XII. 1. All passes must be from behind the line of scrimmage, thrown forward, and received beyond the line of scrimmage. (no screen passes behind line of scrimmage)

XII. 3. The quarterback has a seven-second "pass clock." If a pass is not thrown within the seven seconds, play is dead, the down is consumed and the ball is returned to the line of scrimmage. Once the ball is handed off, the 7-second rule no longer is in effect.

a. If the QB is standing in the end zone at the end of the 7-second clock, the ball is returned to the line of scrimmage (LOS).

XIV. 4. Players rushing the quarterback may attempt to block a pass; however, NO contact can be made with the quarterback in any way.

XIV. 5. Offense cannot impede the pass rusher in any way. (no blocking, screening, etc.)

XVII. 4. Ball carriers MUST make an effort to avoid defenders with an established position.

XVII. 5. Defenders are not allowed to run through the ball carrier when pulling flags.


Forms and Documents

Background Check

This link is used for all LSO sports EXCEPT Baseball (see Baseball Coaches section)

COVID-19 Waiver Form

Click here to view the mandatory Covid-19 Waiver form.

How to Sign Up as a Coach

Click here to see step by step instructions for Signing Up as a Coach on the Blue Sombero system.

LSO Coaches Code of Conduct

Online Acceptance Form: Use this online form to confirm your acceptance of the Coaches Code of Conduct. Please discuss expectations of positive attitudes amongst the coaching staff.

Concussion Training

State law requires training in recognizing concussions in sports. The Ohio Department of Health offers free online training for coaches. Click on the title above to be taken to the state site for more info and links to the training. Once you complete the training click on the
Concussion Training Confirmation.

Parent / Player Code of Conduct

This form should be signed at the team's first meeting. This also offers a good opportunity to discuss the coach's expectations of the team's players and parents.

Emergency Medical Form

This form needs to be completed for all players on the team and kept by the head coach for the duration of the season.

Medical Clearance to Return Form

Incident Report

Injury Report Form

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Lakota Sports Organization

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