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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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 Fast forward to last Friday when Ruiz and his family attended a flag football tournament in San Diego. Khadrice Rollins, SI.com, "Drew Brees Presents Prosthetic to High School QB Who Had His Leg Amputated," 17 May 2018 The middle school flag football tournament, which featured 16 girls teams from Coral Springs to Hollywood, involved both division champions and division runners-up in the action leading up to the decisive finale. Gary Curreri, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Lady Vikings chart another middle school county flag football championship," 8 Apr. 2018 Butler plays on the varsity basketball team and the flag football team at Dr. Phillips. Annie Martin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Hotelier Rosen awards scholarships to 3 future Rollins students," 10 May 2018 Kickball and flag football tournaments on the Great Lawn. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky Derby Festival freshens up its 2018 lineup with zombies, kickball and more," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of flag football

1947, in the meaning defined above

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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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