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Flag Football

Football. It requires speed, strength, perseverance, and a focused mindset. While football is tough physically, it is mentally challenging, as well. Players have to encourage themselves at practice to push harder, even when it seems impossible. In games, athletes have to keep their head in the game, even when they are losing. Team members have to persevere and keep running to get those extra yards for a touchdown. The flag football teams perform many physical exercises at practice. However, this isn’t only to get their bodies in shape, but their minds too.

 

How is it Different from Tackle Football?

Many people think the only difference between flag football and tackle football is pulling flags instead of tackling. However, there are many other differences.

  1. 75 yard field instead of 100
  2. 15 yard first downs instead of 10
  3. Elbow, knee, and forearm pads allowed, but shoulder pads are forbidden
  4. Maximum of 5 players on line of scrimmage on offense
  5. Blocking and shoving is allowed, but not tackling
  6. Defensive players must be at least 1 yard off the line of scrimmage
  7. Quarters are based on plays, not time; 15 plays per quarter, 60 per game
  8. Fumbles can not be retrieved; the play is dead and starts where the ball fell
  9. No intentional stripping of football out of players hands
  10. No fake punts; punts must be declared
  11. Ball placed 3 yards out for 1pt attempt after touchdown, or ball placed 8 yards out for 2pt attempt after touchdown
  12. No jumping unless trying to catch a pass (safety issue)

 

Practice Hard: Win Games

An average practice for the 7th and 8th grade team includes many different activities. When they first get to the field, they run two laps around the grass field to get warmed up. They will either have a scrimmage (practice game), run drills, and sometimes both. When they run drills, Quarterbacks throw balls to people running routes such as hitches, streaks, posts, outs, and ins. Sometimes they work on specific elements of the position(s) they play. They also practice running different plays. This takes up most of the time. At the end of each practice, they condition. Conditioning consists of many exercises such as laps, sprints, bear crawls, wall sits, calf raises, push-ups, leg holds, and planks. The players must do their best at practice, as this determines who will be in the starting lineup, as well as, who will have more playtime.

 

The 7th and 8th grade teams meet every Monday and Thursday from 3:15pm-5:15pm, as well as Saturday from 9am-11am. The 6th grade team meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30pm to 6:00pm.

 

Games

Want to cheer on our flag football teams? Come to a game!

8th Grade:

  • Bowditch vs. JLS, Wednesday September 20, 5:00pm @Bowditch
  • Bowditch vs. Borel,Thursday September 21, 5:00pm, @Bowditch
  • Bowditch vs. Woodside, Monday September 25, 5:00pm, @Woodside
  • Bowditch vs. Terman, Tuesday September 26, 5:00pm, @Terman
  • Bowditch vs. BRSSD, Tuesday September 26, 5:00pm, @Nesbit Elementary
  • Bowditch vs. Blach, Monday October 2, 5:00pm, @Blach Intermediate
  • Bowditch vs. Egan, Wednesday October 4, 5:00pm, @Bowditch
  • Bowditch vs. Abbott, Thursday October 4, 5:00pm, @Bowditch
  • Bowditch vs. Jordan, Tuesday October 4, 5:00pm, @Jordan
  • Bowditch vs. Cunha, Wednesday October 4, 5:00pm, @Cunha Intermediate
  • Bowditch vs. Bayside, Wednesday October 25, 5:00pm, @Bowditch

 

7th Grade:

  • Bowditch vs. JLS, Wednesday September 20, 4:00pm, @Bowditch
  • Bowditch vs. Borel, Thursday September 21, 4:00 pm, @Bowditch
  • Bowditch vs. Terman,Tuesday September 26, 4:00, @Terman
  • Bowditch vs. BRSSD, Thursday September 28, 4:00pm, @Nesbit Elementary
  • Bowditch vs. Egan, Wednesday October 4, 4:00pm, @Bowditch
  • Bowditch vs. Abbott, Thursday October 5, 4:00pm, @Bowditch
  • Bowditch vs. Blach, Monday October 16, 4:00pm, @Blach Intermediate
  • Bowditch vs. Jordan, Tuesday October 17, 4:00pm, @Jordan
  • Bowditch vs. San Carlos, Friday October 20, 4:00pm, @San Carlos Highlands
  • Bowditch vs. Bayside, Wednesday October 25, 4:00pm, @Bowditch

 

6th Grade:

  • Bowditch vs. Jordan, Tuesday September 19, 4:00pm @Bowditch
  • Bowditch vs. Bayside, Thursday September 21, 4:00pm, @Bayside
  • Bowditch vs. Woodside, Monday September 25, 4:00pm, @Woodside
  • Bowditch vs. Cunha, Tuesday September 26, 4:15pm, @Bowditch
  • Bowditch vs. Hillview Blue, Monday October 2, 4:00pm, @Bowditch
  • Bowditch vs. Terman, Tuesday October 3, 4:00pm, @Bowditch
  • Bowditch vs. Borel, Thursday October 5, 4:00pm, @Borel
  • Bowditch vs. BRSSD, Tuesday October 17, 4:00pm, @Bowditch
  • Bowditch vs. JLS, Thursday October 19, 4:00pm, @Bowditch
  • Bowditch vs. JLS, Tuesday October 24, 4:00pm, J@LS
  • Bowditch vs. BRSSD, Wednesday October 25, 4:00pm, @Nesbit Elementary

 

 

For more information on the game schedule, location, and scores, visit: http://www.teamsideline.com/adal

 

Rosters

8th Grade Roster:

  • Anirudh Prasad
  • Arman Zahabi
  • Austin Lachapelle
  • Blake Stevens
  • Cody Barton
  • Daniel Marquez
  • Galen Guo
  • Jack Atherton
  • Jake DeLaet
  • Timothy (Jun) Tulloch
  • Kyle Chamberlain
  • Matthew Rich
  • Michael Brown
  • Nathan Dujsik
  • Owen McDonough
  • Reuben Philip
  • Ryan Fernandez
  • Shivum Kapoor
  • Torryn Tulloch

7th Grade Roster:

  • Angelo Bounthapanya
  • Jake Copus
  • Blake Cowans
  • Anthony Ermolaev
  • Eddie Georgievski
  • Carson Glenn
  • Maximus Hong
  • James Huffman
  • Samuel Johnson IV
  • Sid Kumar
  • Preston Lee
  • Kyle Mckeever
  • Evan Robinson
  • Tyler Roman Bernsteyn
  • Gabriel Ruyalcaba
  • Jesse Saldana
  • Jayden Sastradi
  • Giarcarlo Selvitella
  • Logan Sundaram
  • Samuel Yao
  • Asher Young
  • Edwin Yue
  • Albert Zheng

6th Grade Roster:

  • Julia Delfin
  • Ethan Belloni
  • Zachary Krutiy
  • Andrew Qin
  • Dylan Monozon
  • Nikko Akipkelis
  • Kian Selim
  • Takara Bowman
  • Cindy Wang
  • Rafik Assaad
  • Giovanni Choy
  • Gabriel Buenfostro
  • Zayne Abraham
  • Arjun Natarajan
  • Max Siegler
  • Yesh Ramesh
  • Samuel Nicodemus
  • Mohammed Hashem
  • Ethan Ganzoa
  • Sandro Sandoval
  • Christian Bagileo
  • Thomas Vath
  • Aaron Wong
  • Arjun Godbole
  • Aaryan Arurkar
  • Sebastian Quinonez
  • Stanislau Ofitserov
  • David Garner
  • Alec Nickolov
  • Adam Quitteiney
  • Soichiro Gemba
  • Eita Yamazumi
  • Teya Tulloch

 

Interviews

 

Name: Michael Brown

Grade: 8th

 

  • What made you want to join the flag football team?

 

“I wanted to join because I loved the sport.”

 

  • How long have you been playing flag football? How has it changed?

 

“I have been playing for 3 years now, and it is different because I have improved greatly during that time.”

 

  • What position(s) do you play? What do you do there?

 

“I play safety, corner, wide receiver, and sometimes tight end. At safety I stop people from getting long passes, or running to get touchdowns. At corner, I try and stop short passes from being caught, or going far after people catch them, as well as stopping runs early. At wide receiver I go out for passes, following the routes in the playbook, and try to get touchdowns. Finally, at tight end I do some offensive line blocking and go out for short passes.”

 

  • What do you like about the practices? Why?

 

“I like that the practices push my limits during conditioning.”

 

  • What do you dislike about practices? Why?

 

“I don’t like when I push too hard because I don’t feel good after that.”

 

  • What do you like about the games? Why?

 

“I like that the games make me feel good, even when we lose.”

 

  • What is your favorite part about playing flag football?

 

“My favorite part is that I can take pride in my work.”

 

  • How do you think the grade flag football team will do this year?

 

“I think the team will do better [than last year] because all of us keep improving as a team, and keep doing our best.”

 

Name: Kyle Chamberlain

Grade: 8th

 

 

  • What made you want to join the flag football team?

 

“It is fun to play with my friends.”

 

  • How long have you been playing flag football? How has it changed?

 

“I have been playing since 2nd Grade, and now it is different because you can be more physical.”

 

  • What position(s) do you play? What do you do there?

 

“I play defensive end and tight end. At defensive end I rush past the offensive line and try to sack the quarterback, and at tight end I block and go out for short passes.”

 

  • What do you like about the practices? Why?

 

“ I like getting more experience and improving my skills because it makes me a better player.”

 

  • What do you dislike about practices? Why?

 

“I dislike the conditioning because it is painful and exhausting.”

 

  • What do you like about the games? Why?

 

“I like being able to play in a [competitive] game experience because it is really fun.”

 

  • What is your favorite part about playing flag football?

 

“Catching passes because it never gets old, and it’s fun to outrun the defenders.”

 

  • How do you think the grade flag football team will do this year?

 

“Better than we did last year.”

 

Name: Torryn Tulloch

Grade: 8th

 

  • What made you want to join the flag football team?

 

“I wanted to continue from last year.”

 

  • How long have you been playing flag football? How has it changed?

 

“I have played for at least seven years and [it is different because] blocking is a thing and plays are now more intricate.”

 

  • What position(s) do you play? What do you do there?

 

“I play wide receiver and safety. At wide receiver I go out for passes, short and long, and run to get touchdowns. At safety I stop people from scoring touchdowns and I try to intercept long passes.”

 

  • What do you like about the practices? Why?

 

“I like being better than everyone at everything.”

 

  • What do you dislike about practices? Why?

 

“I dislike [running] laps.”

 

  • What do you like about the games? Why?

 

“I like the short bursts of complicated energy use.”

 

  • What is your favorite part about playing flag football?

 

“I like that I don’t get hit, unlike other people.”

 

  • How do you think the flag football team will do this year?

 

“We got a squad.”

 

Glossary

Are you not familiar with any of the terms in this article? Here is what they mean

 

  • Route: A certain path that wide receivers or tight ends run to try and avoid the defense and get the football
  • 1st Down: The first of a series of downs in which a team must gain 15 yards(usually 10 yards). There are usually 4 downs per series; there can be less, but not more. People get a first down by passing cones on the side of the field that are placed 15 yards apart
  • Line of Scrimmage: The place where the person holding the ball gets tackled, or if there is an incomplete pass, the line of scrimmage is where it was last time. If anyone passes the line of scrimmage before the ball is snapped, there is a penalty
  • Touchdown: When someone holding the ball runs into the endzone without getting tackled. Touchdowns are worth 6 points
  • Quarterback: The person who throws the ball to people or hands it off to the running back
  • Fumbles: When the person holding the ball drops it on the ground; a fumble is different than when someone does not catch a pass. The team gets the ball from where the ball hits the ground
  • Incomplete Pass: When the quarterback throws the ball to someone and they drop it
  • Punt: When one team is at 4th down, if they are not close to getting a first down, they will usually kick the ball to not get a turnover
  • Turnover: A turnover is when you are on your 4th down, do not punt, and do not get a first down. When a turnover takes place, the opposing team gets the ball from the line of scrimmage. In higher leagues, a turnover is also when someone fumbles the ball, but in this league, it is different
  • Penalty: When one of the teams breaks the rules, the ball is moved 5, 10 or even 15 yards away from where it was. If major rules are broken, people can get ejected(kicked off the field). If someone on the offense gets a penalty, the ball moves back. If someone of defense gets a penalty, the ball moves forward

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