The mission of the Burros Flag Football program is to teach young children ages 6 through 8 the basics and fundamentals of football while promoting the values of good sportsmanship and teamwork. Above all, the objective of the program is to provide young children the opportunity to have fun and make friends while learning the game of football.
The Flag program consists of three divisions:
1) Pee Wee
The Pee Wee Division is for boys and girls ages 6, 7, and 8 years old. Children who are 8 years old must weigh less than 80 lbs. to play in the Pee Wee division. If they are over and wish to remain in the flag program, they will move up to the all-passing league Youth division.
The Youth and Junior divisions are part of the all-passing league, where every player is an eligible receiver. Youth is for boys and girls ages 8 - 10 years old, while Junior is for boys and girls ages 11-13 .
Players must show proof of age by birth certificate, and Pee Wee players will be weighed at the start of the season to ensure competitive balance.
Team composition will consider the age and size of each player, the intent is to have all teams equal in age and weight to promote competitive play.
Each player will play in every game. Player positions and substitutions are up to the discretion of the coaches. Team roster sizes are designed to allow for minimal substitution and player absences. It is important that players make every attempt to attend all practices and games.
Games will be held on Saturday mornings with the first game scheduled to be played at the end of August. Games will be played at either Main Park or behind Mokena Elementary School. The official game schedule with dates and times will be given out at the start of preseason practice.
Flag Practice will start at the beginning of August. Practices will be held behind United Methodist Church in Mokena. Flag teams practice twice a week: Monday’s and Wednesday’s, or Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from approximately 5:30 PM until 7:00 PM. Once team rosters have been established, team coaches will notify each player with information on their specific practice dates/times.
Each Flag Player will be furnished with a jersey, flag helmet, mouth guard, and set of flags. The helmet must be returned, players are allowed to keep their jersey and flags. Jerseys will have the player’s last name printed on the back of the jersey, so it is important to have the correct spelling of the last name given at registration. Gym shoes or football shoes are required. Metal spikes are not permitted. Football pants with belt loops are also recommended.
Parents are reminded to obey all posted signage regarding parking and speed limits. Please only park in two closets rows to the fields. Leave the spots closets to the church available for other groups. When dropping off and picking up your children from practices and games, please use extreme caution. Parents are asked to share this information with anyone responsible for dropping off or picking up their child.
The Flag Bowl is a special event that marks the end of the Flag season. The Flag Bowl is a single-elimination tournament involving all flag teams. Each player will receive a
commemorative medallion. The Flag Bowl winners receive a championship medallion. The Flag Bowl will take place in early October. Exact dates, times, and location will be announced once the season begins.