2021 Archive

Congratulations Gold – Winners of the 2021 SuperFabulous Bowl!


SuperFabulous Bowl – Final Bracket & Scores


FLAG Supports Toys 4 Joys

 


The weather is looking GREAT for Sunday and we are gathering for our first ever league Tea Dance at dbar (1236 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, MA) from 4-8PM. We all know that gathering for events in 2020 was difficult, so we are looking forward to getting back in the swing of things. We can mingle both inside and outside at dbar and DUDES N DRAG Drag Show tickets will be available for purchase. See you Sunday!


Calling ALL Kings and Queens, near and far, fishy and comedy, new and old, and EVERYTHANG in betwixt! We were forced to take a year off, but this September 23rd, Dudes ‘N’ Drag: Queens of the Desert is gonna be hotter than EVAH!! If you wanna bring the heat and shake what your mamma gave ya for a chance to be one of this year’s QUEENS of the desert, sign up HERE. And you know nothing is better than a FLAG Pit Crew to help quench our thirst, so if you are comfortable being in our tip collecting, Mad Max of a Pit Crew, sign up HERE. ALL are welcome! Sign up by end of day, September 10th!
And… SAVE THE DATE! Dudes N Drag: Queens of the Desert is coming in HOT on September 23rd, at Venu Nightclub8PM (doors open at 7PM). CLICK HERE to purchase tickets at pre-sale prices!

Let’s get ready for Fall Football!

 


Fall 2021 – Registration and Wait List e-mails have been sent

If you received an initial confirmation of registration on Monday night but did not receive an e-mail from the League on Thursday please check your spam folder first. If you still feel an error may have occurred please contact us at registration@flagflagfootball.com


Fall 2021 Registration is here!

Make sure you have a SportsEngine account created before Registration starts.

General Registration for Fall 2021 will begin at 7PM on Monday, August 9th.

For those who do not make it in, the Waitlist will open at 8PM.

Please go the Registration Page for both links.


Fall 2021 Call for Captains

That’s right… it is already that time of year again! Apply to be a 2021 FLAG Fall Captain by clicking below. Applications accepted through July 18th.

Juneteenth 2021!

We present a four part, educational, video series to celebrate and highlight the importance of Juneteenth, and its impact today. FLAG recognizes Juneteenth, a holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States. With President Biden signing a bill into law on June 17, 2021, the monumental day is also now a federally recognized holiday. Please click on each of the video links below.

J19th Video #1
J19th Video #2
J19th Video #3
J19th Video #4

Center for Black Equity: centerforblackequity.org

Museum of African American History: maah.org

Black owned businesses: blackownedbos.com


Boston Pride Bowl!

Celebrate Pride 2021 with FLAG on the fields with pick-up games, some laughs and ALL the fun at our first ever Pride Bowl! Bring your cleats, pocketless shorts and rock your fiercest Pride looks at Walsh Playground (where we played in the spring), starting at 11 AM on Saturday, June 12th. The FLAG Pride merchandise that you ordered will be available for pick-up. And if we miss you at the fields, join us afterwards at The Blarney Stone for a post Pride Bowl kiki!


After a year of social distancing, let’s come together as a FLAG Flag Football Family for our inaugural Marc E. Lewis Scholarship Fundraiser on Thursday, June 10th from 7-11 PM at dbar! This fundraising event will endow FLAG, as well as the Marc E. Lewis Scholarship, providing LGBTQIA+ scholar-athletes essential funding for secondary education. Through FLAG’s mission of tackling stereotypes, we’ll continue to create a more inclusive space for our next generation of leaders.
Please join us for this amazing event, which features the option for a hosted bar, creative cuisine by Chef Chris Coombs, entertainment, and most importantly, the chance to impact our league and our LGBTQIA+ Youth Scholarship Fund. Please click below to purchase your event tickets and be sure to RSVP HERE via our Facebook Event.

Rosie Bowl is HERE!!!


Week 4, May 8th Game Schedule


Week 3, May 1st Game Schedule


Week 2, April 24th Game Schedule


Now Accepting Applications

As in years past, FLAG Flag Football has opened applications for the Marc E. Lewis Scholarship. By investing in the future leaders of our community, this scholarship looks to award a graduating high school scholar-athlete who has made their school and/or community sports programs safer for, and more inclusive of, LGBTQIA+ community members.

In line with the mission of our organization, students of all athletic skill levels, achievements, and contributions are encouraged to apply. The 2021-2022 scholarship amount is $3,500 and is designed for one-time funding.

Applicants are encouraged to learn more at scholarship and the deadline for applications is May 7, 2021.

If you, or someone you know (please spread the word!), qualifies for this scholarship, please fill out the application posted at the link above and send the completed application to the following e-mail.


SPRING 2021!

Registration

Player confirmation and waitlist status emails for the spring season were sent out this past Thursday afternoon, April 1st. If you registered, or contacted the league about your registration, and you did not receive an email from FLAG Flag Football, please check your spam or promotions folders in your email account. If you don’t have any emails from us there from 4/1, and still believe you did not receive a notification, please contact registration@flagflagfootball.com and we will confirm your status.

TAKE NOTE: New Player Clinic Day

Sadly, there will be no spectators, returning players or waitlisted players allowed at the fields for New Player Clinic Day. Clinic Day will only be for new players who are approved to play.

We appreciate that many of you on the waitlist have asked if you can still participate, while others just want to support your friends who are new to the league. However, we need to adhere to guidelines about the number of people allowed on the fields. So unfortunately, we need to ask that unless you are a new player, who is approved to play, that you not attend Clinic Day.

COVID-19 Screener

As part of our spring season COVID-19 Safety Protocols, FLAG Flag Football will require that all players and referees complete a screening questionnaire BEFORE ATTENDING EVERY spring season event or game day. The entire screener form is mobile device friendly, should take you less than 30 seconds to complete and must be completed regardless if you have been vaccinated. Thank you in advance and stay safe out there! Please CLICK HERE to preview the form. Email any questions to play@flagflagfootball.com.

Meet Your Team Event

We are mixing up the design of our traditional Meet Your Team Party this season and taking to the fields a little earlier than usual! This year’s event will be hosted at William G. Walsh Playground (967 Washington Street, Dorchester). COVID-19 Safety Protocols will be enforced and we recommend that you familiarize yourself with them.

Spring players will be invited to the fields for Sunday, April 11th in 90-minute pods, starting at either 11AM, 12:30PM or 2:00PM. We will have a few activities planned, so please bring your mask, a pair of cleats and pocketless shorts!

CHECK YOUR EMAIL on Saturday, April 10th, as we will be sending you your specific time to attend Meet Your Team, along with a MANDATORY COVID-19 SCREENER that must be completed prior to your arrival at the event.

We are excited to welcome you to our league’s first in person event in over a year!

Reminders for the Season

The league will provide each player with a jersey when you arrive for opening day and it is yours to keep! Once you play Week 1 with your team and you choose a team name, your team may decide to order coordinating socks and/or other “accessories,” so long as they adhere to the rules and guidelines.

Here’s what you’ll need to have ahead of time:

  • Face Masks: Per the league COVID-19 Safety Protocols that you agreed to when you registered, every player – regardless of vaccination status – must wear a mask when you are playing or on the sidelines. We recommend that you bring an extra, just in case yours breaks or malfunctions.
  • COVID-19 Screener: All players and referees MUST complete the screener form BEFORE attending EVERY spring season event or game day. The form must be completed regardless if you have been vaccinated.
  • Cleats: Non-metal cleats only.
  • Gloves: Many players find it easier to catch the ball using gloves. These are optional.
  • Pocketless Shorts: For the safety of our players, you cannot participate if your shorts have pockets or belt loops. Shorts should also be a solid color, with the exception of a small logo.
  • Spectators: Unfortunately, spectators are not permitted to attend our games in the spring to limit the amount of attendees at the fields and to conform to state guidelines.
  • Game Location: We will be playing on two fields, both located at William G. Walsh Playground (967 Washington Street, Dorchester).

We can’t wait to see you for what we anticipate being yet another epic season!

Meet your 2021 Spring Captains


Now Accepting Applications!

As in years past, FLAG Flag Football will once again open applications for the Marc E. Lewis Scholarship. By investing in the future leaders of our community, this scholarship looks to award a graduating high school scholar-athlete who has made their school and/or community sports programs safer for, and more inclusive of, LGBTQIA+ community members.

In line with the mission of our organization, students of all athletic skill levels, achievements, and contributions are encouraged to apply. The 2021-2022 scholarship amount is $3,500 and is designed for one-time funding.

Applicants are encouraged to apply beginning April 8, 2021 through flagflagfootball.com/scholarship. The application deadline is May 7, 2021.

If you, or someone you know, qualifies for this scholarship, please fill out the application posted on our website and send the completed application to scholarship@flagflagfootball.com.


Transgender Day of Visibility

International Transgender Day of Visibility celebrates the impact that transgender and non-binary people have had on our society, and raises awareness surrounding the persistent discrimination and injustices faced by these groups around the world.

Despite being met with challenges at every level of our society, transgender and non-binary people continue to excel in extraordinary ways. Earlier this year, we watched as Rachel Levine was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the nation’s Assistant Secretary of Health, making her the first openly transgender federal official in our nation’s history.

However, violence towards transgender and non-binary people continues to be a problem worldwide, and is most prominent against Black transgender women. In the face of this frightening statistical disparity, we celebrate the work of the late Marsha P. Johnson, who inspired countless warriors to advocate, seek justice, and create a safe space for transgender and non-binary people to both live and thrive.

On this Transgender Day of Visibility, FLAG Flag Football encourages ALL of our players and community members to continue educating themselves, with a focus towards becoming an ally of transgender and non-binary causes. To that end, please visit bit.ly/translivematter.

We appreciate the transgender and non-binary members of our community and will continue to reinforce that our vision of inclusivity not only includes, but celebrates them. Trans lives are our lives.


Spring Registration: 7PM TONIGHT!

The 2021 spring season is open to any returning or new player. As in some past spring seasons, you are welcome to sign up solo, or with one other person. We have added COVID-19 protocols to our usual set of waiver requirements and you should CLICK HERE to familiarize yourself with those. You will need to agree to abide by these new protocols in order to register.

Before the clock strikes 7PM this evening, there are some key steps you should take to expedite your registration. Slots usually fill up quickly and sign-ups for the season are on a first come, first served basis. Once spots are filled, you will be waitlisted based on the time your payment is received. Registration will close at 8PM Eastern and your cost for the season is $70.

IMPORTANT NEXT STEPS:

  • We have tested the registration link on laptops and mobile devices, using both Apple Safari and Google Chrome. A small number of people have experienced issues activating the link on their mobile phone using Safari. We strongly recommend using a laptop to register, and if you have the option to use Google Chrome, that platform appears to provide the smoothest experience.
  • Make sure you have created a SportsEngine account, as this is the platform we are using for registration. CLICK HERE to create a SportsEngine Account. If you have not done this before 7PM, you will be asked to do this during your registration sign-up, and that will slow down your registration process.
  • For any new or existing account holders, make sure you have a photo of your face to upload. Please use a clear picture of yourself (and only of yourself), preferably without a hat or sunglasses. This picture will be used by the league as part of the draft process.
  • As you go through the ‘Player Information’ form, make sure you answer EVERY question. If you do not, you will be redirected back to complete those answers and you may have to re-upload your photo again.

Now you are ready! At 7PM tonight, click below to register.

Upon completing your registration, you will receive a confirmation email from goplay@se.sportsengine.com confirming that your payment has been received. This is NOT a confirmation that you have a slot to play in the 2021 spring season, but only a confirmation that your payment has been received. Later this week, we will follow-up via email and we will let anyone who registered know whether you made it into one of the 168 available spots or if you are waitlisted. Waitlisted players that do not play in the 2021 spring season will have their registration fee refunded.

Good luck and make sure you start registering by 7 PM TODAY, Monday, March 29th.

Please send any questions regarding registration to registration@flagflagfootball.com.


Spring 2021: COVID-19 Protocols

In order to increase your safety this Spring, the Board has augmented the standard set of rules with additional COVID-19 protocols. These protocols adhere to local and State guidelines and compliance with them is necessary for us to have a successful and safe season. We ask all League members intending to play this Spring to familiarize yourself with these protocols ahead of registration on March 29th. By agreeing to adhere to the league’s rules and code of conduct when you register, you will also be agreeing to follow these COVID-19 protocols.

These protocols can be found in the link below or on the rules section of our site. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to a member of the Board. Thank You.

COVID-19 Protocols


Spring Registration: March 29th 7PM

Registration for the 2021 spring season kicks off at 7PM sharp on Monday, March 29th. As in previous years, registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis and we welcome new players and veterans to the league. For the spring season, you can sign up solo or with one other person.

Registration will take place using the SportsEngine platform, and we will make available a link to register via various league communications channels (e-mail, social media, and it will also be here on the homepage) on the day of registration.

It is VERY important that prior to Monday, March 29th, you have previously gone to SportsEngine and created a profile. If you have not, you will be asked to do so during the registration process and that will likely slow down your application process. As many of you know, there is often a significant rush of applicants right at 7PM on the day of registration. So, it is in your best interest to ensure you have previously created an account on SportsEngine.

The login page for SportsEngine to create (or confirm) your account can be found HERE. Even for returning players, it is a good idea to ensure you have this taken care of before Monday the 29th.


Marc E. Lewis Scholarship

FLAG Flag Football will be awarding up to $3,500 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 2021-2022 academic year.

The scholarship is in its ninth year and FFF is excited to once again award a student (or students) who has made high school and/or community sports programs safer for, and more inclusive of, LGBTQIA+ student-athletes, as either a role model or ally. In line with the mission of the league, students of all athletic skill levels, achievement, and contributions are encouraged to apply. Selection will be based on responses to the questions in the application and two letters of reference. Massachusetts high school students identifying as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, or straight are welcomed and encouraged to apply.

Applications can be submitted via our website starting on March 24, 2021. Look for reminders via league social media and also in future EZones.


Spring 2021: Save the Dates


Spring 2021: Calling all Captains

What a year it has been! We hope that you have all stayed safe and sound during our football hibernation. Tom Brady is still the G.O.A.T. and the vaccines are rolling out! With FFF returning this spring, we will be running a slightly different program, with safety being our number one priority. To that end, this spring we will not only have COVID-specific protocols in place (more on that later) but we will also be reducing the number of teams to comply with the recommendations provided to us by state and local authorities that we should only play on two fields at one time.

While we are fielding fewer teams (12 rather than 18), we are hoping to pair as many captains as possible to allow more of our leaders the opportunity to participate! However, we are still accepting applications from solo captains, joint captains, and new or returning captains! So, ask yourself:

  • Have you ever wanted to give back to the league?
  • Have you ever wanted to develop your leadership skills, on and off the field?
  • Have you ever wanted a chance to shape the direction and the vision of our league?
  • Have you ever wanted to get more involved?
  • Have you ever wanted to shape your OWN experience in the league?

We are excited to recruit and develop league leaders with the goal of retaining high quality captains who will provide a positive experience to our players. Don’t know all the rules? Forgot all your football knowledge during the quarantine? No worries! Your new 2021 Co-Directors of Captains, Dan Newell and Henry Dalencour, will bring you up to speed on all things football, including our new COVID protocols that will give you the skills and information you need to be successful and stay safe.

If you are interested in applying to serve as a captain for the 2021 spring season, please CLICK HERE to complete the survey by 5PM on Friday, March 19th.

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 inclusiveness above winning;

  • Ability to communicate well with others both on and off the field, including with the Directors 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;
  • Ability and willingness to promote and attend a majority of league-sponsored events, including games during the season;
  • Ability and willingness to provide a positive experience for players both on and off the field, including planning team-oriented experiences through events and socials that adhere to the League’s COVID protocols as well as state and federal guidelines;
  • 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! Reach out to Dan Newell & Henry Dalencour, the 2021 Directors of Captains, at captains@flagflagfootball.com.

Women’s History Month

This month, FLAG Flag Football proudly recognizes Women’s History Month by honoring the impact that women have had on both our society and league. Initially  recognized in the U.S. in 1980 as a week-long celebration of International Women’s Day, WHM didn’t become the month-long celebration it is today until 1987.

FFF praises the historic importance of women to society, but would be remiss not to also celebrate the inspiring and exceptional women leaders in our own league, who have contributed to making our community what it is today, both on and off the field.


SPRINGing into Flag Football!


Black History Month – 2/26 – Brittney Griner

FLAG Flag Football concludes our Black History Month Friday initiative by recognizing Brittney Griner: one of the most talented and decorated female basketball players in history, an outspoken advocate for the LGBTQ+ community, and a proud, gay, Black woman. While Griner came out to her family and close friends when she was young, well before attending Baylor University, she was nonetheless discouraged from competing openly by her coaches, who feared that her publicly sharing her sexual orientation would not only ruin her chances at a successful WNBA career but might also scare other young, female athletes from signing with Baylor. Unfazed by the lack of support, by the time she left Baylor, Griner was awarded Player of the Year by the Associated Press, multiple ESPYs for Best Female Athlete and Best Female College Athlete, as well as the NCAA’s Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four. She also graduated an NCAA Champion, with her team recording an undefeated season and the most wins in NCAA history.
Following her collegiate career, Griner was drafted No. 1 in the 2013 WNBA Draft. She then came out publicly in a Sports Illustrated feature, displaying her pride and conviction for the rest of the world to see. By sharing her story at the height of her career, she motivated her peers and predecessors to similarly feel comfortable sharing their truths with the broader community. Griner is now a WNBA Champion, 6-time All-Star, 2-time scoring champ, and 7-time leader in blocked shots.
In addition to winning an Olympic Gold medal, Griner has since won awards both nationally and internationally for her community service, including the prestigious WNBA Cares Community Assist Award. In the true spirit of giving, Griner even donated her All-Star Game earnings to a center that serves LGBTQ+ youth.
FFF celebrates Griner, a trailblazer in helping the WNBA become “a place where anybody and everybody is accepted and welcomed,” and an inspiration to not only gay, Black women, but athletes of all races, sexual orientations, gender identities, and generations across the globe.

Black History Month – 2/19 – Fallon Fox

FLAG Flag Football continues Black History Month Fridays by recognizing Fallon Fox, the “Queen of Swords” and the first openly transgender woman to compete in professional Mixed Martial Arts. Fox’s initial interest in MMA was sparked by her admiration of strong women breaking gender stereotypes associated with combat. After taking up the sport professionally and earning her first career knockout, Fox was prevented from coming out on her own terms, bravely disclosing that she was transgender in response to a reporter interrogating her about her gender identity.

To ensure that she controlled her own narrative, Fox offered Outsports and Sports Illustrated exclusive access to her personal life to the betterment of other transgender athletes. Fox’s public announcement prompted the Boxing Commission to put her under review and the MMA scene quickly polarized around her status. Her decision to openly compete was immediately met with hostility. Many claimed that, as a trans woman, she had an unfair advantage. Fox’s bravery and unwavering determination in the face of this unrelenting discrimination resulted in her induction into the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame, and has encouraged conversations and opened possibilities for trans athletes around the globe. FFF celebrates Fox’s beauty as a Black transgender pioneer in American sports.


Black History Month – 2/12 – Andraya Yearwood & Terry Miller

We continue our Black History Month Friday initiative by recognizing Andraya Yearwood and Terry Miller: two transgender Black athletes who, prior to graduating from high school, exemplified extraordinary strength and courage in the face of adversity.

By refusing to stand aside when publicly criticized and shamed for competing against other women in their chosen sport of track and field, they served as pioneers for transgender youth seeking to compete as their true selves.

Heralded for their bravery worldwide, often as a pair, we proudly highlight both heroes for their fearlessness in response to hate, and for epitomizing the power of strong Black women.


Black History Month – 2/5 – Jason Collins

We kick off our Black History Monday Fridays by recognizing the heroic contributions of LGBTQIA+ professional athlete Jason Collins. Collins, a retired 13-year NBA player, became a symbol for the modern era gay rights movement in professional and collegiate athletics after disclosing that he is gay in Sports Illustrated in 2014.

His bravery in publicly acknowledging his sexual orientation made him the first active player in the “Big Four” (NBA/NFL/NHL/MLB) to come out as gay, and the first openly gay player to ever take the court. Notably, prior to him coming out, Collins changed his jersey number to 98 in honor of Matthew Shepard, who was brutally murdered in a vicious hate crime for being gay in 1998.

Since retiring, Collins has become an ambassador for LGBTQIA+ acceptance in athletics, traveling the country with the mission of empowering inclusivity among young athletes. He has been recognized for his efforts, receiving the Courage Award from GLSEN, and was also featured in Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World.” We proudly recognize Collins for his contributions as a Black athlete to the progress of LGBTQIA+ advancements in sports.


Black History Month

This month, we honor the incredible and lasting impact of Black Americans on the history of our country and the world. FFF joins in celebrating those Black heroes who have made critical contributions to progress and systemic change. Consistent with our mission, on Fridays for the next four weeks on our league social media channels, we will feature a Black luminary who has helped shape the athletic and LGBTQIA+ community.

Snow Bowl Update


Happy Martin Luther King Day

On a day when we honor a true hero in our nation’s history, #FFF would like to announce that in 2021, we have dedicated a position on the Board of Directors solely to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts.

This position is critical to not only ensuring that our league is accessible to our Black players and that we provide the same quality experience to all, but also to expanding our diversity and inclusion efforts, through volunteerism and outreach, to the Black community beyond the confines of our own league.

We are pleased to welcome Wayne Pearson as our inaugural Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and we look forward to learning, growing, and loving as MLK taught us all to do. #mlk #blacklivesmatter