Youth Flag Football

The Cornelius Parks and Recreation Department is entering its 20th year of league play and are expecting more than 200 children to take part this season. 

With so many details and so much information pertaining to this league, we encourage you to carefully review all of the information below. 

2021 Flag Football Information Packet             2021 Flag Football League Rules

If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We hope that your child enjoys his/her experience this season!

David Moore, Athletic Program Manager | 704-892-6031 x161
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Sign-Ups & Sign Up Locations

  • Registration is open Wednesday, July 28, through Friday, August 27, at noon.
  • You may register online 24/7, in person at the Cornelius Parks and Recreation (CPR) office
  • located at Cornelius Town Hall, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., or via mail using this registration form
  • Each player’s fee includes a reversible jersey and flag belt.
  • Please make any checks payable to: Cornelius Parks and Recreation Department.  

PLEASE NOTE: We will not consider any requests for coaches, teammates or carpools; however, we will consider any special requests made regarding practice night and practice time preference.  Please note that we cannot guarantee that we will be able to honor such requests. Special requests can be made as a transaction note, via email at, or in person at the CPR office (21445 Catawba Avenue, 2nd Floor). Once the team assignments have been made, it is very rare that we are able to honor any late requests. Our inability to meet your requests does not alter our refund policy.

League Description

Cost: $85 for Cornelius residents, $105 for non-residents

All players will register into the same league "pool". Based on participation, once registration has concluded, age divisions will be determined using a combination of factors. Sample divisions listed below may be combined and/or modified, in order to provide a safe and fun program experience while ensuring that as many participants as possible have an opportunity to participate in the program.  Ideally, age divisions will be built as follows but these are examples only and are in no way guaranteed:

  • POSSIBLE Division A: Ages 6-7, coed (Age 6 by September 1, 2021)
    Practices and games will be scheduled, along with post-season “bowl” game play.
  • POSSIBLE Division B: Ages 8-10, coed (Age 8 by September 1, 2021)
    Practices and games will be scheduled, along with post-season play.
  • POSSIBLE Division C: Ages 11-14, coed (Age 11 by September 1, 2021)
    Practices and games will be scheduled, along with post-season play.

Player Equipment Requirements

  • All participants must wear their official jersey at each game. Metal cleats will not be allowed, only tennis shoes or plastic/rubber cleats.
  • All players must wear protective mouthpieces during each practice and each game. NO EXCEPTIONS!


Scholarship opportunities are available on a limited basis and are typically aligned with the CMS Free & Reduced Lunch guidelines. To apply for a scholarship, you will need to complete a scholarship application form and produce a copy of your CMS approval letter (other proof of need will be considered). Please call or email us with any questions.

Refund Policy

If a child cannot participate in the NFL Youth Flag Football League division in which he/she is registered, the refund policy is as follows:

  • A 90% refund will be issued when requested by Monday, August 9. 
  • A 75% refund will be issued for cancellations made between Tuesday, August 10, and Sunday, August 15.
  • A 50% refund will be issued for cancellations made between Monday, August 16, and Thursday, August 26.
  • No refund will be given beginning Friday, August 27.

More Important Information

  • Coaches & Other Volunteers - We can't run the league without volunteer coaches, scorers & timekeepers!
  • Team Assignments - Teams will be constructed within an age division through a process of randomization. This process will take the place of traditional skills assessments and in-person, coach-led drafts.
  • Games & Practices - Find out more about how teams are assigned, also where & when practices & games are held.