Session Information




Practices Start


June 3, 2024



June 15, 2024

July 27, 2024

Flag football coach leads team huddle


Mentor Future Generations


All teams are coached by volunteers. If you’re interested in coaching, please reach out to the sports director at your local Y or apply to be a volunteer.



Eligibility and Pricing





Teams are available for ages 5-13. Division availability varies by Community Center.

League divisions by age are:
U7: Ages 5-6
U9: Ages 7-8
U11: Ages 9-10
U13: Ages 11-13


$85 for Y members

$170 for community members



Program Information


Action shot of a flag football player running the ball


Develop Agility, Balance, and Hand-Eye Coordination.


Through our flag football league, kids learn the fundamentals and improve their agility, coordination, balance, and endurance in a team-oriented sport. Participants practice their footwork, passing, catching, and hand-eye coordination, as well as concepts of offense, defense, cooperation, and teamwork. Youth flag football teams participate in competitive games during the season. Games are officiated by YMCA referees.




Flag football player lines up a pass


Increase Self Confidence and Connect to Your Body


When kids step onto a field they transform into athletes and form new identities that help them step outside of themselves and forge new concepts about who they are and can be. With regular activity they feel more connected to their bodies, get rid of any stress on the field, and gain greater confidence in themselves as well as one another. Flag football helps young people develop these important skills alongside helping them play to their strengths, and how to ask for help when they need it.






Flag football players huddle to plan an offensive play


Focusing in on Problem Solving and Communication


Flag football players are engaging in a physical version of chess. It requires them to pay close attention to the game and think strategically about how to outmaneuver their opponents, as well as make plays to penetrate a defensive line. They have to also react quickly and use their problem-solving skills to make smart decisions on the spot. Youth will work together on offense and defense throughout practices and games to enhance their communication through play calling, strategy and working as a team.





Frequently Asked Questions


Where are games and practices?

Players participate in one practice during the week and one game each week. Games take place on Saturdays unless otherwise scheduled. U5 teams practice and games will be on Saturdays.

Gordon Family YMCA: U9, U11
Practices at Sumner Middle School | Game Locations TBD

Lakewood Family YMCA: U7, U9, U11
Practices and Games at Lakewood Family YMCA Grass Field

Morgan Family YMCA: U7, U9, U11, U13
Practice and Game locations TBD

Tom Taylor Family YMCA: U7, U9, U11, U13
Practices at Discovery Elementary | Games at Gig Harbor High School

Haselwood Family YMCA: U7, U9, U11, U13
Practices and Games at Kiwanis Park, Bremerton

Bremerton Family YMCA: U7, U9, U11, U13
Practices and Games at Bremerton YMCA Field

How long are practices and games?

Practices are once per week between 50 minutes to an hour. Games are once per week with two 20-minute halves.

When is the game schedule available?

The game schedule will be sent out to all participants and coaches as soon as it is completed, but no later than 1st week of practices.

What are the rules?

Rule sheets will also be sent out via email prior to the season.

What gear do kids need to bring?
  • Cleats are not required but are recommended for all age groups.
  • Team jersey will be provided before the first game.
  • Water bottles for each practice and game.
  • Mouthguards are required for each age group.
What is included in the cost?

A weekly practice and six games which are played on Saturdays. Participants receive a team jersey.

Can guests come to the games?

We invite all our players to bring along friends and family to cheer them on! Please invite guests to visit after filling out a Guest Pass. The number of participants and viewers permitted varies by community center and game/practice location based upon capacity.