FAQs

Koa Maryland & Washington, DC Kids Flag Football League FAQs

Boys FAQs — Girls FAQs


BOYS K-12 FLAG FOOTBALL LEAGUE FAQs

Q. Who can play in the Koa Flag Football League?

A. Anyone in grades K-12th grade can play in one of our Fall Flag Football Leagues. We’re offering a Boys Saturday League and a Boys Sunday League for grades 2-8 and K-1, a Girls League for grades 2-8 and a boys High School League. Within the leagues, teams will be divided by age groups except in the High School League.  All HS players will compete together.

Q. What are the Boys Flag Football League coaching options?

A. In the Koa Flag Football League we offer a 2-tiered coaching option for all players and teams.

Option #1) The team pays a per/player fee to participate in the Koa Flag Football League (includes ref fees, flag equipment, game balls, jerseys, insurance, field fees). A team parent handles the practice and game coaching. Pre-formed teams are highly encouraged. Suggested practice plans are provided. All parent coaches must follow the Code of Conduct

Option #2) The team pays a per/player fee to participate in the Boys Flag Football League (includes ref fees, flag equipment, jerseys, insurance, field fees). A Koa coach handles the games, and the pre-game practices. (LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE).

Q. What is the cost of the Fall Flag Football League?

A. Here’s our flag cost chart:

Koa Sports Fall Flag Football Cost Chart

AGE GROUP OPTIONS COST
Grades K-1 Option 1 – Parent Coached
Option 2 – Koa Coached
$99.00
$160.00
Grades 2-8 Option 1 – Parent Coached
Option 2 – Koa Coached
$150.00
$250.00

Q. How can I register for a Flag Football Team?

A. It’s easy to register for a Koa Flag team. Go to the website, www.KoaSports.org and click on the registration tab or simply click here to register. Register for the Saturday League or the Sunday League. Pre-formed teams are highly encouraged. Players may also sign up individually and we will place you on an age-appropriate team subject to availability.

Q. What day are League games?

A. You can choose — register for our Saturday League or our Sunday League!

Q. What’s the best way to learn about the program?

A. Check out our online video from past seasons!

Q. Who are the Koa coaches and what is their role?

A.¬†Many of our coaches are former collegiate athletes (check out the staff bios). For Koa-coached Option #2 teams, the Koa coaches will run the 30 minutes practice immediately before the game and coach the games.¬†We often use a parent to assist the Koa coach with player rotations and keeping track of plays. All teams will provide a PM (Parent Manager).¬†Here’s a link to the PM Guidelines.

Q. Will each Koa-coached team be assigned a permanent coach?

A. Barring a conflict, Koa-coached teams will have the same coach most weeks – but it will not be every week. There will be some rotation.

Q. Will teams have practices? How long are practices and games?

A. Our K-8 Flag Football teams will meet right before their scheduled games for a pre-game practice session. The practice session will last for 1/2 hour, with the games following practice.  Koa has practice plans available for parent-coached teams. Of course, teams are also free to hold their own parent-run practices during the week as they see fit.  Koa can provide a practice plan for any team wishing to hold extra parent-run practices. Games last about an hour.

Q. Will there be a pre-season training camp option?

A.¬†Yes ‚Äì all players are welcome to register for the 3-week pre-season flag football training camp.¬†Koa coaches run the camp and work on skills and drills to get ready for the fall season. Camp is open for kids in grades K-5th grade. ¬†Dates are TBA — please check back soon! ¬†Here’s the link for more info!

Q. When and where will you have games and practices?

A. Games will take place on Saturdays or Sundays at fields in the Bethesda, Potomac, and Rockville area. Fall Saturday start times usually range from 9:00am to 6:00pm and Fall Sunday start times range between noon and 6:00pm. Once the days get shorter, start times will not be later than 4:30 or 5:00pm

Q. How many players are on a team and does everyone get equal playing time?

A. Each team will have a roster of roughly 10 players. Because we are playing 7 on 7, our roster size will allow for absences and appropriate substitutions. In the Koa Boys Flag Football League, every player will have the opportunity for playing time.

Q. Will teams always play within their age groups?

A. Our goal is to have teams play other teams within 1 grade level so that players aren’t playing up or down more than 1 year.

Q. Will the games have referees?

A. Yes! All Koa Fall Flag Football League games will have 2 trained referees to manage the game and ensure that play is fair, safe and the rules are followed.

Q. How big are the fields?

A. The size of the fields depends on the age group. For the K-1 League, fields are approximately 35 yards by 24 yards. In the 2nd-8th Grade and HS leagues, fields are approximately 70 yards by 35 yards.

Q. When does Koa permit a player to be the QB?

A. At the 2nd and 3rd grade level, we have coaches QB (except a coach may permit a player to play QB). At all levels above 3rd grade, it’s all player QBs.

Q. Does the Koa League have standings and where can we find them?

A. Yes, we will publish the game results on Team Snap.

Q. Are there playoffs?

A. Yep – we have single elimination playoffs for the 2nd-8th grade league! Playoffs take place the weekend of December 7-8. Saturday teams will have playoff games on Saturday and if they advance also on Sunday. Sunday League teams will only play on Sunday, unless they offer to play both days. Playoff games fields are TBD.

Q. How can I learn about the Koa Flag Football League rules?

A. Click here to view the rules.  Please note that our rules generally follow collegiate intramural rules.

Q. What equipment will I need to buy?

A. Koa Sports will provide all the field equipment such as flags, game balls, etc. Each registered player will get a Koa jersey to wear at all the games. Mouth guards and cleats are highly recommended.

Q. What if I have to withdraw from the League?

A. There will be no team/league refunds given to any individual player who withdraws after the published registration deadline September 19th. If an additional replacement player can be found to take the spot of a withdrawing player, Koa will be able to refund league fees minus a 20% administrative fee. The administrative fee covers among other things, time spent (1) contacting new payers, (2) adjusting rosters, (3) replacing uniforms.

Q. How long is the HS Fall Flag Football season?

A. The HS Fall Boys Flag Football season is 4 weeks long. There may be a playoff during the last week of play.

Q. How long is the 2nd-8th Grade Fall Flag Football season?

A. The 2nd-8th Grade Fall 2012 Boys Flag Football season is 7 weeks long and will begin late October and end mid December with our playoff games. There will be no games over Thanksgiving weekend.

Q. How long is the K-1st Grade Fall Flag Football season?

A. The K-1st Grade Fall 2011 Boys Flag Football season is 6 weeks long and will begin late October and end late November.

2nd-8th FALL GIRLS FLAG FOOTBALL LEAGUE FAQs

Q. Who can play in the Koa Fall Girls Flag Football League?

A. Any girl in grades 2nd-8th can play in our Fall Girls Flag Football League. We’re also offering a Boys League for grades K-12th (click here for boys info). Within the Girls League, teams will be divided by age groups.

Q. Who will coach the teams?

A. A team parent handles the pre-game practice session and game coaching.  The team pays a per/player fee to participate in the Koa Flag Football League (includes ref fees, flag equipment, game balls, jerseys, insurance, field fees). Pre-formed teams are highly encouraged. Suggested practice plans are provided.
All parent coaches must follow the Code of Conduct.

Q. How can I register for a
Flag Football Team?

A. It’s easy to register for a Koa Flag team. Simply click here now, or from the website click on the registration tab. Pre-formed teams are highly encouraged! Players may sign up individually but will be placed on teams based on availability.

Q. Will you have practices? How long are practices and games?

A. Our 2nd-8th Girls Flag Football Teams will meet once a week for 1 hour 15 minutes. The teams will have a practice/warm-up period followed by a game. Of course teams are welcome to hold team separate parent-run team practices and Koa is happy to provide practice plans.

Q. When and where will you have games and practices?

A. Games will take place on Sundays generally scheduled between Noon and 5pm at fields in the Bethesda, Potomac, and Rockville area. We will post the game schedule on Team Snap at the beginning of the season once we receive the field permits.

Q. Will there be a pre-season training camp option?

A.¬†Yes ‚Äì players are welcome to register for the 3 week pre-season flag football training camp.¬†Koa’s professional coaches run the camp and work on skills and drills to get ready for the fall season. Here’s the link for more info!

Q. How many players are on a team and does everyone get equal playing time?

A. Each team will have a roster of roughly 10 players. Because we are playing 7 on 7, our roster size will allow for absences and appropriate substitutions. Every player will have the opportunity for playing time.

Q. Will teams always play within their age groups?

A. Our goal is to have teams play other teams within 1-2 grade levels so that players aren’t playing up or down more than 2 years.

Q. Will the games have referees?

A. Yes! All Koa Fall Flag Football League games will have 2 trained referees to manage the game and ensure that play is fair, safe and the rules are followed.

Q. How big are the fields?

A. Depending on the age groups, our fields are between 40 yards and 70 yards.

Q. When does Koa permit a player to be the QB?

A. In the Girls Flag League, at the 2nd-4th grade level we have Coach QBs (except a coach may permit a player to play QB, especially 3rd and 4th grade teams). At all levels above 4th grade, it’s all player QBs.

Q. Are there playoffs?

A. Sorry, not this season, but maybe next year!

Q. How can I learn about the Koa Girls Flag Football League rules?

A.¬†We have posted a link to our parent‚Äôs guide to the flag football rules¬†on Koa’s website (www.koasports.org).¬†Please note that our rules generally follow collegiate intramural rules.

Q. What equipment will I need to buy?

A. Koa Sports will provide all the field equipment such as flags, balls, etc. Each registered player will get a Koa jersey to wear at all the games. You will need to purchase a mouth guard. Cleats are strongly recommended but not required.

Q. How much does it cost?

A. The fee for the Fall Girls Flag Football League is $100/player. The fee includes flag equipment, field rental, refs, insurance, and player jerseys.

Q. What if I have to withdraw from the League?

A. There will be no team/league refunds given to any individual player who withdraws after the published registration deadline. If an additional replacement player can be found to take the spot of a withdrawing player, we will be able to refund league fees minus a 20% administrative fee. The administrative fee covers among other things, time spent (1) contacting new payers, (2) adjusting rosters, (3) new uniforms.

Q. How long is the Fall Girls Flag Football season?

A. Our 4 week season runs in the month of November