NFL Flag and TeamSnap signed a technology and sponsorship deal to be the sports management platform for the NFL-licensed property. Kids playing in the official flag football league of the National Football League (NFL) make up the biggest youth flag football organization in America. Around 1,600 leagues and 500,000 kid athletes in all 50 states can look forward to using the official tournament app of NFL Flag, operated by Reigning Champs Experiences (RCX). The Sports Techie community blog welcomes the opportunity to share this sports tech story so boys and girls across the United States can take the tackle out of the game, and help save their brain, limbs and body parts from possible short-term and long-term damage, by using flags to make it safer for the children and teens. As the world and United States begins to reopen as the pandemic meets the vaccines, the return to play by both youth and adults calls for standardized COVID-19 safety protocols. TeamSnap Healthcheck is free to use for COVID screening.
NFL Flag 101
NFL FLAG makes it fun to play in a non-contact program designed for girls and boys ages in the 5-to-17 age ranges. Kids have lots of choices how to spend their free time so consider that flag players perform all the skills, fundamentals and physical fitness challenges presented by the original pigskin game, minus crushing tackling and high-collision blocking. Being part of an NFL Flag squad prepares kids for a lifetime of teamwork and proper sportsmanship.
The 2021 NFL FLAG Tournament Series enables athletes to consider a variety of opportunities, highlighted by younger and older age divisions, recreational divisions, and expanded opportunities for girls. The summit of the Series being Pro Bowl and Super Bowl paths. TeamSnap Tournaments signed a multi-year deal to be the official tournament app of NFL FLAG.
The league sanctioned organization is responsible for the operation of 12 top tournaments run with NFL franchises, in addition to 8 more robust NFL Flag Open tournaments that for the first time ever, offers this service to all players and teams wanting to join, with border restrictions a non- issue. Look for NFL Flag Bowl and the NFL Flag Championships held at the Pro Bowl to bring in hundreds of ballers from around the nation. NFL Flag is also sanctioning flag football tourneys in existence as needed, meaning they are to use approved guidelines while extending a half bid entry at NFL Flag Bowl at the Super Bowl.
“As the NFL FLAG Tournament Series continues to expand, we need the best technology partners to support our growing event infrastructure,” said Garland Cooper, Vice President of Event Operations for Reigning Champs Experiences (RCX). “TeamSnap’s customizable platform allows us the flexibility to create exactly what we need to help NFL FLAG provide a world class flag football experience.”
TeamSnap’s proprietary tools help with communication, scheduling, payment collection and registration, counting all sport and group activities in North America and oversees.
TeamSnap, based in Boulder, CO, and Next College Student Athlete (NCSA), the sister company to RCX, have been in business together as partners for years. Reigning Champs founded the two companies. RCX is the official operator of NFL FLAG.
“NFL FLAG is a fun and accessible way to get kids across the country involved in football. TeamSnap is thrilled to provide a comprehensive management solution to support NFL FLAG’s tournaments and scheduling needs,” said Dave DuPont, TeamSnap co-founder and CEO. “Reigning Champs has been a leader in the youth sports industry. We look forward to expanding our relationship by working with RCX and supporting the iconic NFL FLAG brand.”
RETURN TO PLAY CONSIDERATIONS
The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) provides direct access and web links to a suite of technologies and resources, health and sport experts developed with attention given to government guidelines. Reigning Champs, Pop Warner, Triple Play Sports, LeagueApps and Augusta Sportswear Brands, are the core participants. Use these free tools at https://playsportscoalition.org/returntoplay/ to implement the safest Return to Play guidelines customizable per scenario.
Sports Techie, TeamSnap works with 100 different sports that breakdowns as follows, 24 million users are hosted, including coaches, admin, players and parents, plus 3 million separate teams nationwide, added to 19,000 clubs. This signifies impressive user adoption rates, and lots of secure data created, stored and accessed via the cloud.
I ran the Intramural department at Whittier College and conducted flag football games, as well as played in the old NFL Air-It-Out flag football league in my 20’s and 30’s, then later played in a Seattle based adult co-ed league into my 40’s, it’s an awesome sport for both males and females. My son is 7-years old and on the autism spectrum, and has a 3-year old athletic brother, each has the makings of being a flag football player and possible superstar, respectively.
Be safe, have fun, and download the easy-to-use TeamSnap app for NFL Flag Series.
Welcome to the next level of flag.
See you later sportstechie in Seattle, Atlanta and around the world!
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