Q. What is FARMINGDALE PAL FLAG FOOTBALL?
It is a non-contact football program that emphasizes football education, participation and sportsmanship.
Q. Who can play?
The league is open to boys and girls pre-K through 9th Grade. For players living outside of the Farmingdale School District (SD #22), there will be an additional Farmingdale Youth Council fee of $75 per family. This fee will cover all Farmingdale PAL sports for the family for one year from September through August of the following year.
Q. How long is the season?
The season starts in September and ends in mid-November.
Q. When are games played and where?
Games are played on Sundays during the day starting at 9:00 AM for K through 8th Grade players at Saltzman East Memorial Elementary School (2018 season only) and Sunday evenings for the high school players at Allen Park under the lights.
Q. What is the time commitment for players and parents?
One game per week. Games last approximately one hour. Practices are not mandatory and are limited to not more than one hour on Friday afternoon or Saturday.
Q: What equipment is needed?
Every Flag Football player in our program receives a team jersey, mouthpiece, and a flag belt to keep with their registration. They will receive these items from their coach about a week before the season begins. Mouthpieces MUST be wore during all practices and games. Comfortable footwear (cleats, sneakers, etc.) is the responsibility of the player. Football specific cleats are optional. Metal spikes are not permitted.
Q: How many players are on a team?
Most teams have 8-10 players.
Q: How are individual players placed on teams?
For the K, 1st Grade, and 2nd Grade Divisions, player and coach requests are permitted and we will do our best to honor those requests.
For all of the Girls Divisions and the Boys Divisions starting in 3rd Grade, player and coach requests will NOT be honored (except siblings). Players are allocated into their grade appropriate division during a draft that is designed to keep the teams balanced.
Q: How much playing time can my child expect?
All participants play on game day. Coaches are required to fairly allocate playing time among all players on the team. We will do our best to assure all players receive equitable playing time.
Q: Are team registrations accepted?
No. This ensures parity within the league and prevents stacked teams.
Q. How are the coaches picked?
Applicants for head and assistant coaching positions are reviewed and selected by Farmingdale Flag Football officials. All coaches need to fill out an application and are subject to a criminal background check before they are approved to coach.
Q. When will I hear from a coach?
Around Labor Day as the season begins on the following Sunday.
Q: Are league standings kept?
No. This is a recreation league that is designed to teach the fundamentals of flag football. The outcome of each game in the regular season is irrelevant. However, an end of the year tournament is conducted the last two weeks for divisions where players are drafted.
Q. What is the registration fee?
Players registered early (before June 25, 2018) for the fall 2017 Season will receive a discount. Reduced Early Registration Fees: Boys/Girls Grades K, 1, and 2 in September 2018 = $100, Boys and Girls Grades 3-12 in September 2017 = $115. Fees include football Jersey, flag belt, mouthpiece, and referees.
Q. How late can I sign up?
Registration after the June Early Registration deadline will be subject to a late fee. Late registrations are not guaranteed a spot in the league and may be placed on a waiting list. Registration closes in mid-August.
Q: How do I register?
Please go to Registration
Q: How does the refund policy work?
After you register, you have until August 15, 2018 to receive a full refund. After this date, refunds will ONLY be granted in case of injury supported by a doctor’s note.