Here’s a list of what are hopefully useful answers to a fewfrequently asked questions. If we haven’t answered what you need, sorry! Feel free to contact us though and we’ll be glad to help you out.
Who can play?
Currently the league is open to all male players over the age of 16.
While there isn’t a women’s, mixed or youth league at the current time, that doesn’t mean that such things aren’t on the committee’s radar. Should there be enough interest, we will pursue it, so please feel free to drop us an email if Flag Football interests you, but there is currently not the right league for you.
Is there a cost involved? Do I have to buy any specialist kit?
Players pay a £40.00 registration fee at the start of the season. This helps to cover the purchase of equipment, such as balls or flag belts and team jerseys as well as paying for the marking and use of our field (pitch). Funds left over at the end of the year help to subsidise our end of season dinner and awards evening.
Whilst there is no need to purchase extra kit, you may find it useful to ensure that you have a pair of football boots as this will help with grip. Some players have also chosen to purchase gloves which help with griping the ball when catching, but this is not required. Some players prefer playing without gloves, so it’s all down to personal preference.
When do you start playing and how long is a season?
Training normally starts in the early spring and the season ends in the late summer.
Last season, each team played a total of 8 games each over the course of an 11 week season in which each team had 2 bye weeks as well as a league-wide bye week in the middle of the season.
For 2016 the committee is also looking into a couple of tournament days to provided even more chances for everyone to play. As and when details of these tournaments are confirmed, we’ll let everyone know.
I’m interested in playing, how do I get started?
The easiest thing to do is to either drop us an email, or message us on Facebook, if you’re unsure and one of the Committee members will get back to you as soon as we can.
All our training sessions are open to come along to, so always feel free to pop down and have a go. While in the off season it is a little harder to organise regular sessions so these are often done on more of an ad-hoc basis, we are always exploring our options and may be able to set up something more regular in the future.
Notices of any training sessions will be put up both here and on our Facebook pages.
Do I have to sign up to a team to begin with? I don’t really know anyone else who plays.
Don’t worry if you don’t know anyone to begin with. Unlike some sports over here, you don’t have to sign up to a team straight away to begin playing. Our open training sessions pool everyone together, so teams don’t matter here.
When it comes to preparing for the regular season, you may have already been poached by one of the team captains if you fill a position of need. If you haven’t don’t worry, it doesn’t mean we don’t want you! Any player who has not been recruited by a specific team enters our draft pool. Teams make picks from this pool to fill out their rosters. By the time the season begins, we’ll make sure everyone has a team, so don’t worry!
Anyone who joins after the league officially starts, don’t think you have to sit out for a year. One of our teams will be more than happy to have you.
I’d like to be involved, but don’t want to play, can I still help or be involved?
The simple answer is yes! While obviously GAFA is always looking for players to help grow the sport, we would always welcome anyone who wants to be involved, whether it be as referees (yes we do need them!), stat-takers, coaches/trainee coaches, someone to photograph or film our games or even potential committee members. Even just come down as a fan to watch. Any and all support, no matter what the level is hugely appreciated.