flag football


Definition of flag football

: a variation of football in which a player must remove a flag attached to the ballcarrier's clothing to stop the play

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Participation in flag football has surged in recent years, and last year surpassed tackle-football participation among children ages 6-12, according to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "Children Should Avoid Tackle Football Before High School, Report Says," 13 Sep. 2018 If the NFL Flag Championships were any indication, the best flag football is being played in Arizona. Stephen Ruiz, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Pro Bowl report: Recognition by NFL adds to UCF's postseason celebration," 28 Jan. 2018 Campers are kept busy with activities like basketball, volleyball, soccer, flag football, whiffle ball, kickball, indoor rock climbing, tag games and relay races. Emily Udell, Indianapolis Star, "25 best summer camps for curious kids in Central Indiana," 18 Feb. 2018 From the publisher: Austin loves playing flag football for the Trentwood Tigers. Fox News, "'Austin Plays Fair: A Team Dungy Story About Football' by Tony and Lauren Dungy," 8 Aug. 2018 The concept featured players competing in flag football while equipped with helmets and shoulder pads. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kettle Moraine youth football programs merge; do they use a concept that might be the future of youth football?," 16 Feb. 2018 Though flag football carries injury potential of its own, it is thought to carry a lower risk of serious head injury. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "Children Should Avoid Tackle Football Before High School, Report Says," 13 Sep. 2018 Kimberly Slinkosky has helped spark the turnaround of the Cooper City flag football program. Alex Kushel, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Broward flag football player of the year: Kimberly Slinkosky, Cooper City sophomore," 20 June 2018 But after three years of turning Wekiva’s girls basketball team into a regular resident in the Final Four, Butts took charge of the flag football program and began a culture change. OrlandoSentinel.com, "Unbeaten Wekiva flag football heads to state with basketball coach and multi-sport stars," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of flag football

1947, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of flag football was in 1947

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English Language Learners Definition of flag football

: a form of American football in which the player with the ball is not tackled but instead must stop when another player removes a piece of cloth that is attached to the player's waist

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