So the time is nearly upon us where the Valkyries welcome some new rookies to join the team and try out flag football. Ay taster day is an incredibly exciting day for the team, hoping to expand and hoping to introduce a fun new sport to the women who attend. Now understandably, not a lot of people know of flag football, and even more understandably, some of you might be nervous! We know each of us sure were on our own venture to the first taster session or training session, and so we thought we would take this opportunity to write a blog about our feelings in the past, present, and future of the team, and also go through the idea of flag football in general. Don’t worry, we don’t expect you to know the rules, routes, or even have an idea of American Football. Just turn up and have a go!
What is Flag Football? I haven’t watched it before, and don’t know any of the positions or rules!
DO. NOT. WORRY.
Well let’s get a definition out there: Flag football is a non-contact format of American Football, where instead of tackling the payer who receives or runs with the ball, you pull a flag which is attached to a belt they are wearing. The Valkyries play as a 5 aside team.
As we have always said, you do not need to know any rules, or positions, or even know American Football in general! The best way to learn is by doing it, and hopefully if you stick with the team this will surely develop and grow week by week. The whole team will support you, and there is no such thing as a stupid question!
I want to do contact football in the future. Will this be of use to me?
Definitely. As we will dedicating a lot of time to flag football, it’s actually an excellent opportunity to learn the routes, rules, defensive and offensive strategies that the Valkyries use in both flag and tackle tournaments.
Zoe (as you all know is extremely ken in tackle football!) had this to say about the crossover; “When I started the Valkyries back in March 2016, I didn’t realise it was flag football. At first I was a bit disappointed, because I wanted to start hitting things straight away! But after a session or two you realise just how competitive flag football can be, but also just as fun and interesting in terms of the plays! Looking back, doing flag football really set me and the other Vets up really well for the tackle series. You really get a ‘feel’ for the ball, watching a play’s flow, communicating across the field. Opal was such a fun experience for us as a team, and we are so looking forward to getting back there”.
I’m feeling nervous
Try not to worry about it too much! We have all been there at one point, and we want to emphasise that this day (and to be honest, even our games) are all about fun. There are several Valkyries who have yet to try flag football themselves, as they only joined us for Sapphire – so they are also taking the journey with you! Any current member of the Valkyries will be wearing a Valkyrie jersey or vest. If you have any issues on the day, or just feel a bit anxious and want some encouragement, feel free to ask for any help.
I can’t make it on the day. Does this mean I can’t join the Valkyries or try again another time?
If you can’t make it to the taster day you are ALWAYS welcome to come along to a training session. We welcome new members throughout the entire year, and you are more than welcome to just come alone for a taster at one of our usual training sessions! Currently we are going over timings of the training sessions, but we will confirm that on the Valkyries’ Facebook page very soon.
What do I need?
As we are having the taster day on grass, if you have suitable shoes that would be ideal. If not just bring along some trainers and wear clothes suitable for running about in, and some water. Please also have handy a telephone number of an emergency contact that we can write down. Nothing will be done on the day that is likely to result in injury or harm, but just in case!
GOOD. There are lots of things to look forward to, and even our own Valkyries have some thoughts about their own development;
“I’m looking forward to improving footwork and technique which will help for tackle. Also nervous, but glad for the chance to learn new skills and improve on catching”
“I am looking forward to seeing how we have all grown, developed, and improved as a team. Love seeing newbies improve, too. It’s nice to watch anything grow. Win or lose, as long as it’s FUN! Which it will be”
“I’m excited for flag because I want to work on my running and general fitness, where I can’t rely on strength”
As a team however, we ALL look forward to seeing you soon, and as always send any thoughts or questions our way!
(With thanks to P&A Photography and Gary Charles for photos)