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GAME TYPES & CATEGORIES

From flag to tackle, there are more paths to play football than ever before. Keep reading to see which ones are best for your athlete or organization.

 

 

Football for All™

 

There are lots of ways to play this great game. Some athletes are ready to jump in and stick with tackle or flag the rest of their life, while others need a step-by-step approach that bridges one way to play to another.

 

The Football Development Model makes it easier to get started. No matter your athlete's age, skill level or way they want to play, there's an option for them that meets them where they're comfortable.

 

These options are called Game Types and Game Categories. These give organizations and athletes new entry-points to the game along with a gradual progression of added complexity and competition. This approach offers many paths to play, many ways to develop and many reasons to stick with the game.

 


 
 

WHY WE BELIEVE

 

 

MORE ENTRY POINTS

 

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Football is America's favorite sport, but it's played in a lot of different ways. 

 

Organizations that implement the model and these Game Types are offering more options for the athletes in their community and are providing athletes with more reasons to stick with the game.

INFORMED DECISIONS

 

COACH

 

Football can seem complicated for athletes and their parents. These options simplify the path and help organizations build fun and supportive environments.

 

With differing Levels of Contact and more Game Types, parents can pick the right entry point for their athlete.

LESS CONTACT

 

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When organizations offer this step-by-step approach to playing the game, athletes will naturally experience less contact.

 

Overall, the Game Types that makeup the Football Development Model are designed to be a smarter and safer way to play and teach the game. 

SKILL PROGRESSION

 

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By taking a step-by-step approach to development for every football skill, proper fundamentals become easier to teach and learn.

 

Through our Game Types and resources, skills can be taught and learned in a way that is developmentally appropriate for the athlete, improving their understanding.

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SPOTLIGHT: CREATING A BRIDGE FROM FLAG TO TACKLE

 

Helping athletes progress from flag to tackle hasn't been straight forward. The new model bridges the divide - whether that's through coach education or ways to play.

Let's focus on the Game Category called Limited Contact. It acts as a bridge from flag to full contact, played on both smaller and full-sized fields. Wearing helmets and shoulder pads, plus TackleBar® harnesses or flag belts, athletes learn how to block, track and engage without purposefully going to the ground.

 

CASE STUDY: See how a league in Indiana bridged the divide, including parent and administrator reactions

 

GET THE STUDY

 

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GAME CATEGORIES

 

Within each category is a Game Type that offers a fun environment that helps every athlete develop.

 

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NON-CONTACT

 

Athletes can experience many of the positions and skills of football in Non-Contact, often on smaller and shorter fields with fewer athletes. Our resources help coaches teach proper tracking skills to help athletes excel while preparing for versions of the game with more contact later in life.

 

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FLAG

Flag is the primary game type in Non-Contact, and it’s a fun, fast-paced version of the sport played by millions of athletes.

 

FIELD SIZE: Shorter and/or Narrower
PLAYERS PER SIDE: 5 to 7
ROTATING PLAYER POSITIONS
NO PLAYER-TO-PLAYER ENGAGEMENT

 

Playing flag football allows athletes to get used to playing in space with others while learning the basic movements and skills for success in football and beyond.

 
 

LIMITED CONTACT

 

The new principles of Limited Contact introduce player-to-player contact in a progressive way through equipment options such as TackleBar or Padded Flag, all while keeping athletes on their feet.

 

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Rookie Limited Contact™

 

FIELD SIZE: Shorter and/or Narrower
PLAYERS PER TEAM: 6 to 8
ROTATING POSITION PLAYERS
NO PURPOSEFUL TACKLING TO THE GROUND
EQUIPMENT OPTIONS: Padded Flag, TackleBar®


Playing Rookie Limited Contact introduces athletes to contact slowly, allowing them to focus on proper skill development. Fewer players and a smaller field ensure the game isn't overwhelming but is still lots of fun.

Senior Limited Contact™

 

FIELD SIZE: Full Field
PLAYERS PER TEAM: 6 to 11
ROTATING POSITION PLAYERS
NO PURPOSEFUL TACKLING TO THE GROUND
EQUIPMENT OPTIONS: Padded Flag, TackleBar®

 

Playing Senior Limited Contact introduces athletes to contact slowly, allowing them to focus on proper skill development. Playing on a full-sized field allows them to progress towards the full-contact game.

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CONTACT

 

Contact football can be played in many ways - from the game we see on Sundays to small-sided games with fewer athletes. 

 

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Rookie Tackle®

 

FIELD SIZE: Shorter and/or Narrower
PLAYERS PER TEAM: 6 to 8
ROTATING POSITION PLAYERS
FULL CONTACT
FULL EQUIPMENT


Rookie Tackle condenses the field and adds rule modifications to make it more manageable and fun, while allowing players to learn multiple positions with full contact.

Senior Tackle™

 

FIELD SIZE: Full Field
PLAYERS PER TEAM: 6 to 11
FULL CONTACT
FULL EQUIPMENT

 

Senior Tackle is the full field, full contact game we know and love.

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MIKE LAFLEUR ON PROGRESSING THROUGH GAME TYPES
CHRIS SNYDER ON SUCCESS WITH GAME TYPE PROGRESSIONS
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