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Flag Football: Preparation Versus Athleticism


By Rob Trahan(12,495) Rob Trahan

Posted Sunday, December 30, 2007
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Rodney Harrison is 35 and spent most of Saturday night flying around hitting anyone in sight. Marvin Harrison is also 35 and still plays Pro Bowl caliber wide receiver for the defending Super Bowl champs (when he's not hurt).

I'm 31 and can barely walk after a three hour flag football game yesterday.

And I'd do it again if asked.

I've played and coached flag football in the past. I've seen teams who try to run elaborate plays with no preparation and teams who line up and "just go out." I've got to be honest, though. The teams that just play are usually the ones who are more successful.

Yesterday is a great example. The team we played against was so prepared they had a playbook. Seriously. They played a zone defense, ran all kinds of elaborate routes and even tried drawing us offsides once.

During the three hour game we probably called 10 total plays and after the first three or four, our play calling consisted of: "let's do the one we did earler where you went there." We spent most of the day finding gaping holes in their "zone." On defense everyone had a guy that he covered.

final score? 65-37 us. Granted we had a first team all-district high schooler and a college kid who played a couple of years of college football (both my brothers). But we also had tall guy left and tall guy right. It's hard to stop guys who are ahead taller than everyone else if they can catch and you can get the ball up in the air.

But I really believe the game would have been closer if the other team had just played. Yes, there is a time for a little structure in flag football. But professional teams succeed because of their preparation. Heck, Pop Warner teams succeed because of their preparation. You can't expect a bunch of guys to get put on a team and immediately be able to run a spread offense and a Tampa 2 defense.

When you're just playing and having fun, it makes those plays where you pull off a reverse that much more fun!

Now I have to go find the Icy Hot.



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