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FLAG (Friends, Lesbians, and Gays) Flag Football is Boston’s premiere flag football league for the LGBTQ community and one of the largest gay sports leagues in Boston. Founded in 1998, we are a recreational football club playing on Saturday mornings in the spring and fall. All skill levels are encouraged to participate, and we are committed to providing a comfortable and enjoyable setting for those who want to play football and foster community. Since inception, we have grown from just 20 players in our first year to 24 teams of 14 players in the fall of 2017.
Here are some great ways to get involved with our league:
- Sign up for regular email updates from the league.
- Find out about volunteering opportunities.
- Learn more about our annual scholarship!
- Check out our Flickr page!
- Stay current on what we’re up to! Visit our FLAG Flag Football Calendar.
Read more about us and playing flag football with our organization.
News + Events
Celebrate Pride this year in one of FLAG Flag Football’s limited-edition t-shirts or tank tops. We invite all past, present, and future players and referees to march with the league in the Pride Parade on Saturday, June 9. As always, families and friends of the league are strongly encouraged to join us! More details about marching with us in the parade will be sent out soon.
Shirts must be ordered by 11pm on Monday, May 28 (only 7 days away!) and will be handed out Saturday morning before the parade. Get your shirt today at flagflagfootball.com/shop!
Congratulations to this year’s Rosie Bowl Champions—Boom, Boom, Boom, I Want You In Maroon!
In a nail-biting final match-up against RE(a)D 2.Hoe—The Red Hots, the maroon team came out victorious. Thank you to all the players, captains, referees, fans, and sponsors that made this spring season so much fun! We look forward to seeing you all again in the fall!
Join us for the first ever Sportball Party on May 19th from 10pm-2am at Peggy O’Neil’s. DJ @steviepsyclone will be playing all of your favorite anthems and throwback tracks.
Come play the field dressed in your favorite athletic gear. Hot FLAG Flag Football Shot Boys and Girls will serve Tito’s libations.
$5 cover at the door. A portion of the proceeds will benefit FLAG Flag Football. RSVP here.
Please join us on Saturday, May 19th, at Peggy O’Neil’s, at 7pm to celebrate another successful spring season.
We will be recognizing players for their contributions to their team, the league and our community. But most importantly, this is our opportunity to celebrate friendships, both old and new, over some libations and light fare.
Following the event, join us for our first ever after-party at Peggy’s, with music by DJ Stevie Psyclone, and hot FFF shot boys/girls. No cover for footballers for this event and will be open to public for a small cover. Proceeds from the door and shots will benefit FLAG Flag Football. Details to follow.
Peggy O’Neil’s is located at 1310 Dorchester Ave. in Dorchester. RSVP here.
Ladies and gentlemen—start your engines, and may the best queen win!
Mark your calendars and come support FLAG Flag Football as we host this year’s Dudes ‘n’ Drag: D-Squared—a fabulous fundraiser to benefit our tournament teams!
On May 17th, we’ll be putting on a night of laughs, friends, and moments you’ll never forget. There are going to be drag performances that will knock your socks off. Oh, and don’t forget that Pit Crew!
Ticket prices are $25 for general admission and $40 for VIP seating. Don’t miss out on spring’s hottest and fiercest night! Purchase your tickets now while supplies last! Door will open at 7pm and the show begins at 7:30pm. Backpacks are not allowed in the venue. Please plan accordingly.
If you are unable to join us at the event, please consider making a donation below.
2018 Recipient of the Marc E. Lewis Scholarship
Scholarship recipient Alan Cook, foreground, along with his friend and teammate Nick Spina.
Boston’s FLAG Flag Football League is very proud to award its Marc E. Lewis Youth Scholarship to Alan Cook from Methuen High School. Alan will receive $5,000 to begin his first year in the fall as an honors student studying engineering at UMass Lowell.
Throughout high school, Alan has established himself as a leader and role model. Elected captain by his peers on his current spring track team, Alan has also captained his cross-country team, ran winter track, and played both junior varsity and varsity soccer. He has been involved in his school’s Red Cross committee, Relay for Life committee, and has acted, built sets, and volunteered with the Acting Out Theater Company. He has also participated in four Pride Parades, where he has been seen both juggling and riding a unicycle!
Though Alan is the sixth person to be awarded this annual scholarship, he is the first who identifies as a straight ally. Alan sites two formative experiences from early in his life as being the catalysts for his advocacy on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community. Having a transgender older brother who began to transition when Alan was in grammar school “really opened my eyes to the inequality that was happening in our community,” Cook explains. “I have been by my brother’s side throughout his transition, and I will stand by him until I die.” He also recalls how the AIDS-related death of his uncle’s boyfriend opened his eyes to intolerance. “When his boyfriend died of AIDS, the boyfriend’s family blamed my uncle and did not let him go to the funeral.” These early experiences, recognizing that his big brother was simply “born into the wrong body,” and how destructive homophobia and shame can be, have led Alan to say, “My whole life has been about trying to advocate for the LGBTQ community.”
Alan recalls vividly the first time he needed to address homophobic language and the ubiquitous phrase, “You’re so gay,” that poisons too many of our high schools. One day, when hearing the phrase thrown around during a track meet, Alan “felt it was my place to step up and use it as a teaching moment.” Alan told his team about his transgender older brother, Brian, recipient of the initial FLAG Flag Football League scholarship. He explained how Brian had played on their high school’s football team and how his teammates stood up for him on and off the field. He also “told the guys that I was sick of hearing people call each other gay.” As he explains, “Everyone just nodded and went about their business, so I thought nothing more of it.”
What Alan did not realize was just how meaningful that moment was for one of his teammates. Fellow runner Nick Spina listened carefully to Alan’s words. “Alan started talking about his transgender brother and how he looked up to him because he wasn’t afraid to be himself.” Though they had been friends since freshman year, Nick had never told Alan, nor anyone else, that he was gay. “I was actually surprised at how loving Alan was and accepting about the topic, especially since it was around a bunch of teammates who use the word ‘gay’ to make fun of people. I always assumed that everyone would judge me because I wasn’t like them, but Alan gave me hope that maybe one day I could fit into society like his brother does.”
When, this past fall, Nick was “tired of hiding my secret” and “needed to tell at least one person so I could get it off my chest,” Alan was the obvious choice. Even though he was “confident that he would understand,” Nick did not anticipate just how supportive Alan would be and how valuable it was to have such a strong ally and friend. “The first thing he did was hug me and tell me how proud he was that I told him. For the next few weeks, I talked to Alan almost every day about how I was feeling and how I wanted to tell more people. He was my support system as I started to tell more of my friends and family. He kept on encouraging me to not be afraid to be myself.” In recommending Alan for the scholarship, Nick wrote, “He supported me when I felt I was all alone, and he taught me to love myself for who I am. He is an amazing person and an even better friend. I’m so glad that I feel confident in myself now, and Alan is the main reason for that.”
Alan’s leadership and Nick’s openness are a perfect example of how raising awareness and being true to oneself and those you love can change a culture. Alan shrugs off the compliment and says simply of his teammates and their change of language, “Once they found out about my brother and Nick, they have stopped.” While Alan is “glad I was able to help Nick through his coming out process,” he hopes that “someday soon no one will have to think twice about telling people their sexual identity. It should not even be an issue in the first place, especially in sports.”
Congrats, Alan! View past recipients here.
The Locker is Now Open!
The 2018 spring collection of FLAG Flag Football gear is now available. We are introducing two styles of hats: Pulse R-Flex Caps and Trucker Hats. The iconic hands from our logo will be 3D embroidered on the front!
We are also bringing back our popular Gildan soft-style t-shirts and eco-fleece pants!
All orders must be placed by 11:00pm on Sunday, May 6. Items will be handed out at the fields during Rosie Bowl on Saturday, May 19.
Come join us at the Barking Crab for Sunday Funday! We have space reserved this Sunday, April 22 from 2-4pm that is right on the water. Come hang out, get to know your new teammates, and play some corn hole! Please RSVP here.
Clinic Day and Meet Your Team
(Spring Season 2018)
The spring season is upon us!!
Saturday, April 7, is Clinic Day.
Clinic Day will be at Walsh Playground (967 Washington Street) and is mandatory for new
What should I wear/bring? Cleats (non-metal!), shorts/pants (WITHOUT pockets!), water, a comfy shirt/sweatshirt, and a smile. Some players like to wear gloves, but these are not required.
Returning players are welcome to attend Clinic Day, however, new players will be prioritized for playing time during the scrimmages to give them the best chance to learn the rules. Everyone is welcome to join us at The Blarney Stone (1505 Dorchester Avenue) after Clinic Day.
- 9:00am: Check-in begins
- 9:30am: Brief warm-up and ice-breaker
- 10:00am: Offensive and defensive clinics
- 11:00am: Scrimmages
- 1:00pm: Meet at Blarney Stone!
If you are a new player (whether on or off the waitlist) and can’t make Clinic Day, email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know!
Sunday, April 8, is the Meet Your Team party.
Once again, our opening party will be at Club Cafe (209 Columbus Avenue) from 2:00pm to 4:00pm! Find out who you’ll be spending the majority of the season with and which color you’ll be rocking. Meet your captain(s) and teammates and find out some exciting new updates! RSVP on Facebook.
All are welcomed and encouraged to come. Don’t miss what we have in store for you!
4 Conditioning and Skill Development Sessions
Are you excited to get back on the football field? Do you need to shake off some rust and get back into football mode? Join FLAG Flag Football for some conditioning and skill development sessions this month. These sessions are open to the entire league, whether or not you plan on registering for spring season, and are free to all participants. We welcome any new players or friends of the league … come check us out!!
There will be four sessions: March 20, 26, 28, and April 5. The session on March 13 was canceled due to weather. All sessions will be at South End Fitness Center (785 Albany Street, 4th Floor). We will start at 7pm and go for approximately 60 minutes. There is access to a locker room and free garage parking.
Registration for Spring Season: March 12, 2018
Mark your calendars! Registration for our spring 2018 season will be on Monday, March 12.
You’ll be able to register on our website here: https://flagflagfootball.com/registration
So you don’t miss any important info about our league, subscribe to our email newsletter.
Spring Captain Applications Due Friday, February 23
Do you have a strong desire to lead others both on and off the field? Do you want to influence your 2018 spring team? Do you think you can show more poise in the draft room than Bill Belichick? If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions, then why not step up and be a captain this spring?
Your 2018 Board of Directors would like to continue expanding the pool of potential captains and would love to continue to promote the successful idea of co-captains this spring season. Don’t worry, if you are interested in captaining but don’t quite feel ready to do it alone, we will team you up with an experienced captain. This gives both of you a chance to enjoy the season while giving the new captain an opportunity to see what fun it is to play the role!
Please complete one of the following short applications by Friday, February 23rd if you are interested:
Once all names have been submitted, the Board will select this season’s captains based on the following criteria:
- Ability to represent and promote FLAG Flag Football in a positive manner at all times including – but not limited to – good sportsmanship and the ability to put fairness above winning;
- Ability to communicate well with others both on and off the field including the Director of Captains;
- Ability to lead by example including – but not limited to – positive character, placing league values of inclusion first, interleague community, participation, and fairness above winning;
- Ability and willingness to promote and attend a majority of league-sponsored events, including games during the season;
- Ability and willingness to organize team social events throughout the season;
- Ability and willingness to promote and attend volunteer events to enhance the mission and vision of the league;
- Familiarity with league rules and a general understanding of the game of football through your time spent playing and refereeing in the league;
- Demonstrated ability to inspire, motivate, and raise team morale in a positive manner.
You do NOT need to be an “expert.” Football is a team sport and we are here to help! If you have any questions, or if you are wondering if being a captain is right for you, don’t hesitate to email Jason Tarzia, Director of Captains: email@example.com.
We are now accepting applications for our 2018 Marc E. Lewis Youth Scholarship. If you know any high school seniors who have made high school and/or community sports safer for and more inclusive of LGBT youth, or if you know anyone who works with high school students, please share the link, www.flagflagfootball.com/scholarship, and encourage people to apply. We would love to once again recognize someone for the amazing work being done across Massachusetts!
June 3, 2018
VOLUNTEER: Quincy Pride (Q-Pride)12:00 amQuincy, MA, USA
June 3, 2018
VOLUNTEER: AIDS WALK9:00 am
June 4, 2018
VOLUNTEER: Community Servings Monday - LOPES6:00 pmCommunity Servings, 18 Marbury Terrace, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130, USA
June 9, 2018
Boston Pride Parade12:00 am
June 10, 2018
VOLUNTEER: PRIDE PARADE7:00 am
June 12, 2018
VOLUNTEER: Community Servings - SOBEL6:00 pm18 Marbury Terrace, Boston, MA 02130, USA
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