Flag Program FAQs

Key dates for flag:
  • Registration closes on 8/23
  • Team selection and assignment week of 8/26
  • Season schedule communicated 9/1
Why LAFA Flag football?
Some history:
In the late summer of 1958, Al Kelly had a great idea to try and help the kids of West Chester in the fundamentals of football. His main goal was to take youngsters from playing backyard football, with no equipment and no supervision and establish a supervised program for their benefit.
Now, almost sixty years later and with L.A.F.A. still going strong, Kelly’s dream has benefited thousands of children in our community.
No travel, every game and practice is held at either Lambert Fields
Or Al Kelly Stadium
The #1 reason kids play sports is to have fun!
LAFA Flag Football emphasizes fun and building friendships. Everyone should get to play and have fun regardless of ability level, so there are no try-outs and no one will ever be made to feel like they aren’t good enough to play.
No one joins the team to sit on the bench, so all kids of all sizes, athletic abilities, and experience get to participate equally in the action. You don’t have to be the biggest, fastest or most athletic player to play on a LAFA Flag Football team.
We make every effort to team up Kids from the same school so even more friendships can be developed. But sign up early because teams fill up fast!
LAFA Flag Football strives to be the best flag football program possible with the emphasis on skill development, participation, fun and teamwork.
We are committed to providing an exceptional experience to both player and parents so it’s an easy choice to keep returning season after season to take part in the fun.
New to flag football check out our Q & A below?
Q: When are sign ups?
A: Sign up’s start in early June, look on our LAFA Website or like our LAFA Facebook Page to get the latest registration information.
Q: Who Can Play?
A: This program is open to Boys and Girls ages 5 through 10 and is broken down into 3 divisions – PeeWee (5/6), Junior (7/8) and Senior (9/10) (age as of August 31st of the calendar year).
Q: How are Individual Players Placed on Teams?
A: The Flag league is designed to keep friends playing together to help cultivate a love for football as they head into our tackle program. For our flag league we have the flexibility to allow for special requests such as if there is a coach your child has played for that would like to play for them again or want to keep friends together. We do everything we can to accommodate but teams fill up fast and sometimes request cannot be made so make sure to register early!
Q: How can I become a coach?
A: Please make sure to indicate you want to be a coach during registration and get your clearances! Once we receive your registration the Flag Director will be in touch to talk about coaching. All LAFA Volunteers and Coaches need clearances so please visit our ‘Volunteers’ section for more information and apply ASAP. The season will be here before you know it and the clearances are good for 3 years!
Q: How many players are on a team?
A: Most teams will have 10-15 players.
Q: Does the league supply uniforms?
A: Every Flag Football player in our program receives a LAFA jersey and a flag belt to keep with your registration.
Q: How much playing time can my child expect?
A: All of our programs promote participation, fun, and fundamentals. Coaches are required to fairly allocate playing time equally among all players on the team. We will do our best to assure all players receive equal playing time.
Q: What do I get for my Registration Fee?
A: A nine-game season including practices, use of Lambert and Al Kelly Stadium fields, flag belt and flags, and a lot of FUN for you and your child!
Q: Are there playoffs?
A: No. This is a recreation league that is designed to teach the fundamentals of flag football. The outcome of each game is irrelevant. The concept is what is important.
Q: What types of awards are given?
A: Each player will receive an individual participation award.


  1. Eric Dickens on August 22, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    Can someone call me please I need to know what’s going on with the schedule. 215-837-8455

    • lafa on August 22, 2019 at 4:34 pm

      Registration for flag closes on 8/23
      Team selections and assignments made week of 8/26
      Team assignments and season schedule communicated by 9/1


  2. MaryAnn Heckenberger on October 9, 2021 at 3:57 pm

    My son is 6 years old and plays in the flag football league. We signed up to fundraiser and paid $100 to do so, but we have not received any information about what we need to do to fundraise. Please call me with the details 216-740-5977.

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