We get it.  Kids and coaches like winning. And why wouldn't they?  Winning is fun, and the pursuit of gridiron glory certainly has its time and place.  But, football is about so much more – comradery, learning the value of teamwork, trying new things and developing skills before the stakes get too high.  So, the emphasis on winning must be aligned with where you are on your Football Journey.  We at New England Football believe participation in our leagues should balance, among other things, skill development, fun, getting players active, chasing success, and dealing appropriately with adversity – all lessons that will help our players today and for the rest of their lives.

The New England Football philosophy is to take football, but not ourselves, seriously.  We encourage our players and coaches to adopt a similar view.  If you stray too far, don’t be surprised if we call you out over the PA system during spotlight games, in our always-entertaining email missives, or through a sentence imposed by our dreaded Kangaroo Court.  You have been warned . . . .

Rostering Approach

Rostering teams is not easy, and there is no "right" or "perfect" result (although we strive for both). We know that kids want to play with their friends, and we also know that many people like to win. We do our best to accommodate all requests for teammates and coaches when forming teams, but let’s face it, satisfying everyone simply isn’t possible. For this reason no player/teammate/coach requests are guaranteed.

A great number of factors are considered when forming teams, many of which are listed below in no particular order:

Requests made by parents/kids for a particular coach
Requests made by parents/kids for a particular teammates
Requests made by parents/kids to NOT to have a particular coach or teammate (yes, these do happen)
Requests made by coaches for a particular player1
Town of residence
Strength/experience of team

We provide families the opportunity to request a particular coach and/or particular teammates during the registration process.  Additionally we allow coaches to submit a list of 10 players for flag (no limit for Flex) that they would like to have on their team.  If requests line up, meaning a player’s name is on a coach’s list AND that coach was requested by the player during registration, chances are that the player will land on that coach’s team (and you’ve made rostering easier).  Rostering gets quite challenging if/when requests do not line up (or are not included), so please talk to your kid(s) about who they would like to play with (or for) prior to registering, and find out if those friends are already part of a team.  If they are, reach out to the coach of that team about a possible roster spot.  If they aren’t, form a team and coach – it is a ton of fun!  Either way, having coach and teammate request information is critical to forming teams, so please take the time to include it during the registration process.

1 Coach requests for a particular player must line up with coach request made for a particular coach by the player's family OR the player/family must not have requested a particular coach (unless that coach’s roster is full).

Principles for Parents

The following suggestions are meant as general guidelines for parents. As a parent, you understand the daily pressures your child faces. The NFL and New England Flag Football believe that football should be an outlet for fun. Encourage your children and allow them to have a good time.

  • Remember that your child learns more from your actions than your words. Practice good sportsmanship by being respectful to players, parents and coaches on both teams.
  • There is nothing wrong with applauding a good play made by the opponents. Parents can be good role models by appreciating the efforts made by both teams.
  • Most coaches are volunteers and work hard at what they do. To lessen confusion, and out of respect for their position, please allow your child’s coach to be the only one coaching players on the field.
  • Please refrain from loud or rude behavior.
  • Offer encouragement and positive reinforcement, not criticism, to your star player.
  • Encourage discipline by having your child arrive on time for practices and games.
  • Belonging to a team requires commitment. Parents can help children understand this through regular attendance and preparation.
  • Whenever possible, volunteer. This shows participants the value of being a team player.
  • Please respect the officials and their calls. It’s OK to disagree, but inappropriate to disparage.