For 2023, we have teamed-up with NFL Flag and will introduce gameplay changes that will bring a mix of new and old.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Flag Football?
Flag football is a non-contact sport that plays similar to traditional football and promotes skills development, fitness training and critical thinking. Instead of tackling your opponent, you pull a flag which signals them as out. The objective is to pass or carry the ball across the opposite team’s goal line or to kick it between their upright goal posts to score points. There is a strong emphasis on team play and participation.
The Brantford Youth Flag Football Association is a not for profit organization that offers co-ed flag football programming for youth ages 5 to 17. Our emphasis is ALWAYS to provide an environment where teamwork, fair play and FUN are at the forefront. The first season of BYFF was in 1981, using both the Lions Park and North Park fields for the season; in 1992 moved exclusively to the North Park fields where BYFF spent $50,000 to improve the lighting and irrigation systems of the park.
In the 2005 season, BYFF moved play to the fields behind Assumption College on Shellard Lane. In 2006 additional lighting was added at the field to improve this facility for our continued use.
How often will my child(ren) be playing?
BYFF will schedule team to meet for regular weekly sessions of approximately 75 minutes. Each session will consist of dedicated practice time followed by a game. The season is expected to have 7 weeks of regular sessions PLUS a championship series.
What ages are you offering programs for?
For fall 2023, we will be taking registrations for ages 8-17 with which will be divided into three age divisions
When will my child(ren) be playing?
(tentative) All sessions will be held on Saturday with the potential to have "make-up" sessions on other days if there are permit cancellations for reasons such as weather concerns.
When is the BYFF Season?
BYFF is currently planning for Fall 2023 (September to November) with an expectation to return for spring and fall sessions in 2024.
What additional equipment will my child(ren) require to practice and play?
Footwear: cleats are recommended but any closed-toe athletic footwear will do (no metal cleats are allowed)
Mouth guard: required to be worn during all sessions
Shorts/pants: MUST be pocket-free
Layered clothing (optional): players may wear pants or long-sleeved shirts underneath team jersey and shorts. Hooded shirts are not allowed. Jewellery is not allowed. Religious attire may be worn if there is no perceived risk of harm to all participants.
Any equipment/gear/clothing exception requests must be approved in writing by BYFF executive.
Where will my child(ren) be playing?
All games and practices scheduled by BYFF are held at turf and/or grass fields within city limits. Any additional practices scheduled by the coach will typically be chosen by the coach.
Who will be coaching my child(ren)?
All coaches and coaching assistants are parents/guardians who volunteer additional time and energy toward making BYFF a success.
Each volunteer assisting BYFF is required to undergo a mandatory police check prior to commencing the season.
How do I complete a ‘Mandatory Police Check’?
Proof of passing the police check and review approval by BYFF executives is required prior to commencing the season.
The required forms for the Vulnerable Sectors Check can be completed at the Brantford Police station (a fee applies) - all standard fees paid will be reimbursed to active volunteers.
Who will my child(ren) be playing with?
Your child(ren) will be participating in co-ed divisions made up of players who are similar in age. Teams will be set by BYFF – Requested paring may be considered by the BYFF executive but will not be guaranteed in any way.
How much does it cost?
Registration costs vary from season to season based on the fluctuation in fees for fields, officials, uniforms, etc. Current season fees will be disclosed at the top of the registration form. BYFF has no hidden player costs and is a non-profit organisation that will make every attempt to keep costs low.
Current Executive Board
|President||Anthony (Tony) Martell|
|Vice President||Jason (Jay) Virtue|
|Referee in Chief||Dan Davis|
|Executives at large||Vacant|