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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 2019. Here are some great ways to get involved with our league:

Read more about us and playing flag football with our organization.

 

News + Events


FLAG Flag Football will be receiving the Fenway Health Impact Award on March 14th!

The league is honored to be receiving the Fenway Health LGBTQ Impact Award at their 27th Men’s Event in March! The award honors and celebrates individuals and/or organizations whose actions manifest positive leadership, visibility, and impact, for the gay, bisexual, and trans community, as well as inspire others to strive for personal excellence and the betterment of society. The league will join Governor Deval Patrick, The Honorable Thomas M. Menino, Senator Edward M, Kennedy, Ayanna Pressley, Greg Louganis and others, who also have been previously recognized at the event.

We are thrilled, and we hope you are as well! We all have contributed in making the league what it is today, and we are excited for the future!!

The league will also be hosting a pre-party for all FFF attendees prior to the event and we’ll be supplying a lapel pin to wear to show off your league pride later that evening. Stay tuned for more details!


2020 Spring Registration is quickly approaching!

Registration for the 2020 Spring Season will open on Monday, March 2nd at 7 PM on our website at FLAGflagfootball.com.

Based on player feedback, we have decreased the number of players people can sign-up with in the spring, but we also wanted to continue to give players the opportunity to sign up with a friend. Players can sign up as pairs and will be put on the same team. Please note, each player will have to register individually.

In the meantime, stay up-to-date by following us on social media: Twitter (@FLAGFlagBoston ), Instagram (@FLAGFlagBoston), and join our Facebook group .

If you have any questions about registration, email registration@flagflagfootball.com.


The Skills Clinic is back this spring for all new players!

Signing up with someone new to the league? Help us get the word out that they please need to save the date of Saturday, March 28th and join us at Marina Bay Sportsplex (inside!) from 1 – 3:00 PM—PLEASE be there by 12:45 PM to sign in and for a brief orientation. This program is MANDATORY for new players to the league as this is their opportunity to come out and learn about the game and meet this season’s captains!

All attendees should bring:

  • Cleats (non-metal!)
  • Shorts/Pants (with NO pockets!)
  • Gloves (not mandatory, but some players find them helpful!)
  • Water
  • Comfy shirt

Volunteers: We will be reaching out to several returning players in the league to help with the Skills Clinic. We would ask that returning players not involved in the Skills Clinic meet up with us at the Blarney Stone afterwards to welcome new players to the League.

If you have any questions regarding the Skills Clinic, please contact Trevor Nardini, Director of Play: trevor.nardini@flagflagfootball.com.


The Skills Clinic will be over, spring teams will be drafted, and it will be time to party! This will be the event to meet your Spring Captain, hang out with your new teammates, and learn more about the Spring Season. Block off noon–2:00 PM on that Sunday and look for more information soon on what to expect… including a different venue for this season. New season, new team, new name, new event location!


Now accepting applications for the 2020 Marc E. Lewis Youth Scholarship.

FLAG Flag Football will be awarding up to $5,000 to a graduating Massachusetts high school student or students who will be attending a two- or four-year college or a post-high school career school in the 2020-2021 academic year.

The scholarship will be awarded to a student who has made high school and/or community sports programs safer for, and more inclusive of, LGBTQ student-athletes, as either a role model or ally. In line with the mission of our organization, students of all athletic skill levels, achievement, and contributions are encouraged to apply. The award will be based on responses to the questions below and two letters of reference. All students are welcome and encouraged to apply: gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, or straight.

Applications must be post-marked no later than Friday, March 20, 2020.

 

 

Click here to read about previous recipients.


Calling All Spring Captains!

“The most important thing to remember is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.”
— Kobe Bryant —

Have you ever…

  • Been at the Blarney thinking to yourself, “I could run our team!”
  • Desired to give back to a league that has given you so much?
  • Wanted to develop your leadership skills, on and off the field?
  • Craved a chance to guide and build on the vision of our league?
  • Thought you’d like to get more involved?
  • Wished to shape your OWN experience in the league?

Now is YOUR time!

Your 2020 Board of Directors is interested in recruiting, developing and retaining high quality captains. Don’t know all the rules? Not confident with positions? Afraid your team social will be a bust? NOT TO WORRY! The league is continuing our second year of our Captain’s College for newly appointed captains to attend. This highly prestigious, highly selective college seeks strong candidates for the Spring Class of 2020: those who are willing to lead by example, go the distance, and make a difference for our players and for our league at large! Lead by tenured Professor Scott Williams, you will certainly gain all the skills you need to be successful, as you graduate into the role of Captain!

Once all applications have been submitted, the Board will select the upcoming 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.

Questions or concerns? We’re here to help! Shoot an e-mail to Scott Williams, the 2020 Director of Captains: scott.williams@flagflagfootball.com

Submit your application by end of day on Monday, Feb. 17th!


Spring Season 2020: Save the Dates

Spring Season plans are quickly coming together, and your 2020 Board is in full planning mode. The Board has looked at survey feedback on how to structure the season, spoken with several others throughout the league and have aligned on the anticipated schedule below. Based on player feedback, we have reduced the number of players people can sign-up with in the spring, but we also wanted to continue to give players the opportunity to sign up with one friend.

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Monday, February 24th: Applications for the Marc E. Lewis Scholarship Due
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Monday, March 2nd: Spring Registration
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Saturday, March 28th: Clinic Day and Draft
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Sunday, March 29th: Meet Your Team Party
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Saturday, April 4th: First Day of Spring Play
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Saturday, May 9th: Friends and Family Day
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Thursday, May 14th: League Drag Show
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Saturday, May 16th: Rosie Bowl
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Sunday, May 17th: Season End Party* * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Volunteer in February!

Volunteerism is big part of what our league is built on and is a great way to meet some new people in the league who you might not already know, while also helping give back to our community. The league is looking for volunteers to help with the events below:

To learn more and/or sign up, contact our Director of Volunteerism: patrick.santos@flagflagfootball.com


It has just been announced that FLAG Flag Football will be receiving The Fenway Health LGBTQ Impact Award at their 27th Men’s Event in March!

The award honors and celebrates individuals and/or organizations whose actions manifest positive leadership, visibility, and impact, for the gay, bisexual and trans community, as well as inspire others to strive for personal excellence and the betterment of society. The League will join Governor Deval Patrick, The Honorable Thomas M. Menino, Senator Edward M, Kennedy, Greg Louganis and others who also have been previously recognized at the event.

We are extremely proud to be accepting this award—we hope you all are as well! We all have contributed to making the league what it is today, and we are excited for our future!

Hoping to attend the Men’s Event on March 14th? Call 617-927-6350 and mention FLAG Flag Football for $50 off tickets—discount not available online.


Congrats to Bob and Shigeo!

Congratulations to our league’s very own Bob Giannino and Shigeo Iwamiya on their election and re-election, respectively, to the National Gay Flag Football League Board of Directors! Both will serve a two-year term. It is a tremendous honor accomplished by only a select few and showcases their ongoing dedication to our sport. The National Board looks forward to continuing their efforts to be the greatest place for LGBTQ+ athletes to experience all the wonderful things that come from participation in team sports. Congrats again Bob and Shigeo—we know you will make Boston proud!


Snow Bowl + Super Bowl Sunday Fun Day!

Get your day started at Snow Bowl! Join us on Sunday, February 2nd for our 18th Snow Bowl! Games will start at 10:00 AM and we are hoping to field at least four teams, in a pick-up game format. Bring your friends — the games are open to everyone and are a great opportunity for anyone new to check out the league! After the games, head down to Blarney Stone to warm up with food and drinks.

RSVP to Snow Bowl

 

Then… Sunday Fun Day continues, with a FLAG Flag Football Super Bowl Party at Blend! Doors open at 5 PM and the big game kicks off at 6:30. We’ll have games, some food, shot boys, cornhole, Super Bowl Squares available… and a surprise, guest host for the evening. This event will be a fundraiser for Gay Bowl XX Tournament Teams as they start their fundraising to play in Hawaii this coming October.

RSVP to the Super Bowl Party 

More details to come for both events, but RSVP above and save the date of Sunday, February 2nd — hope to see you at both events!


FLAG Flag Football Board Retreat!

Looking forward to an amazing 2020!!


2019 Fall Season-End Survey

Have your voice heard! It has been a few weeks since we released our season-end survey and we want to collect as many responses as possible. As part of the survey, we ask your opinion about if you would be willing to move game days to Sundays — playing on better quality fields, experiencing shorter breaks between games, etc. Time is running out to let us know your opinion!

Your responses to this survey will help guide the decisions we make moving into next season and beyond, so your thoughtful feedback matters. Thanks in advance and hurry…you have until December 30th to respond!

Take Survey Now


2019 Fall Captain and Referee Appreciation, and Your 2020 Board in Action

Your 2019 Fall Captains and Referees celebrated the season last week at Blarney Stone at our Annual Appreciation Event — reminiscing, laughing and possibly with occasional trash talk. Congratulations again to Billy Carr, Tim Walsh, and all the White Claws on their 2019 SuperFabulous Championship! And to everyone who played, thank you again for a great season and we are looking forward to the Spring Season.

Also, while the captains and referees began their evening, your 2020 Board was holding the first, official meeting of the term in the event room at Blarney. Topics discussed included position assignments and responsibilities, transition from 2019, the upcoming retreat for board members in late January, etc. We are excited to continue our planning for 2020 and for future announcements to come!


2020 Tournament Team Sign-Ups and Fundraising

We know it seems early, but with the unique circumstance of Gay Bowl XX being played in Hawaii this coming October 8-11th, we are not wasting any time getting organized! It’s still to be determined how many teams will be heading to Honolulu, but once sign-ups are complete, we will have a better idea of how many teams likely will be formed. Once those rosters are more defined, the league will work with tournament team captains and their teams to help support their fundraising efforts. The league will not be using league funds to directly pay for players to attend Gay Bowl XX, but the league will assist and support those teams in their fundraising efforts.

Players interested in being a travel team captain will need to submit an application. Additionally, players will have the ability to nominate Boston captains for Gay Bowl XX teams.

  • If you are interested in being considered for a 2020 Gay Bowl XX Tournament Team, please sign up by clicking HERE.
  • If you are interested in being a captain, or nominating someone as a captain, for Gay Bowl XX, please CLICK HERE.

We’re looking to build off of our amazing showing in New York City this past October!

 


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