Flag Football Practice
The Importance of a Practice Routine for
Competitive Adult Flag Football
Any team, especially a flag football team, plays like it
practices, which is why coming up with a solid practice plan is
essential to any team’s success. When developing a
flag football practice plan, the key is having a
solid routine in place that covers all your bases. The main
advantage to having a routine is less wasted and unproductive time
during practice because after a few times everyone should know
exactly what they should be doing, when and where.
Lights, Camera, Action!
I like to start off the first practice of the week by
screening a film of the team’s previous game. When watching
the film, place emphasis on the upcoming game instead of dwelling
on the mistakes of the previous one. Analyze your opponent’s
game as well for things to improve on with regards to your own team
and for ways to beat them at their own game for next time you meet
on the field. You can also use this as an opportunity to
reward players for their merit or make an example of players who
aren’t performing up to your or their own standards.
After the film screening, it’s time to hit the gym for weight
training. The weight room is one of the greatest places to
maintain the sense of competition yet reinforce a sense of teamwork
since players will have to spot one another. Weight training
gives players an excellent opportunity to set goals for themselves
and chart their progress against personal bests and, in some cases,
other members of the team.
Next, players move to the field for the conditioning drills that
improve their physical strength and stamina. While
conditioning drills are a necessary part of any sport, they are
often the athlete’s least favorite part of the practice due to
their demanding nature. Conditioning drills are an excellent
punishment for a poorly done job, and can also be combined with
special teams training if time is a factor.
Facing Off Against Teammates
Finally, it’s time for most players’ favorite part of flag
football practice: the scrimmage. Generally, when I run
scrimmages with my team I enforce a strict “no contact below the
waist” rule, since it is especially heartbreaking to watch a great
player become injured by a member of his own team during a
I use scrimmages as the basis of deciding which players make the
starting line-up and which ones are there to keep the bench
warm. When players know that their game time status is based
to a large extent on their scrimmage performance, you’ll be
surprised at the hustle in their step, especially with regards to
your non-star players.
The flag football practice plan outlined above is used for the
first practice after a game. During all other practices, I
replace the film screening and weight training with a solid
rotation of position drills and special teams. Remember
whenever players are practice to include a warm-up and cool down
period to reduce the risk of injury.
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