Youth Flag Football: Polar Bear

NFL Youth Flag Football: Polar Bear Edition League Information

We are excited for the 4th season of NFL Youth Flag Football: Polar Bear Edition! The purpose of this league is to provide a fun, non-contact football program that will teach and reinforce the basics for individual skills development, team play, and football strategies.

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

2024 Flag Football Information Packet                     

2024 Flag Football League Rules

If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We hope that all players and player families enjoy their experience this season! 

League Coordinator: 
Shelby Cruse, Athletics Program Manager | 704-892-6031 x169

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Divisions A, B, C & D are SOLD OUT and their waiting lists are also full.

There are still spaces available in the Instructional Division (ages 4 & 5) only. REGISTER HERE

Instructional Division (age as of January 1, 2024)

Ages: Boys and Girls ages 4-5
Cost: $100 for Cornelius Residents | $120 for Non-Residents


    • Instructional Division: Ages 4-5, coed (Age 4 by January 1, 2024)
    • Instructional Division players will meet as one group on Wednesdays, 6-6:45 p.m., for combined practices and scrimmages. There are no additional practices for this age division.

Competitive Divisions (age as of January 1, 2024)

Ages: Boys and Girls ages 6-14
Cost: $110 for Cornelius Residents | $140 for Non-Residents


Division A-D players will practice once a week on either Monday or Wednesday night depending on their team assignment. 
Games for Divisions A & D will take place on Tuesday nights. Games for Divisions B & C will take place on Thursday nights.

    • Division A: Ages 6-7, coed (Age 6 by January 1, 2024)
       Practices and games will be scheduled, along with post-season “bowl” gameplay.
    • Division B: Ages 8-9, coed (Age 8 by January 1, 2024)
       Practices and games will be scheduled, along with post-season play.
    • Division C: Ages 10-11, coed (Age 10 by January 1, 2024)
       Practices and games will be scheduled, along with post-season play.
    • Division D: Ages 12-14, coed (Age 12 by January 1, 2024)
      Practices and games will be scheduled, along with post-season play.

Final age divisions will then be determined based on participation and a combination of other factors. Traditional divisions may be combined and/or modified, in order to provide a safe and fun program experience while ensuring that as many youth as possible have an opportunity to participate in the program. This decision will be made and communicated to participant families prior to the end of registration, giving them the opportunity to receive the maximum refund that our refund policy allows at that time.

Refund Policy

In the event that a child cannot participate in the program in which he/she has registered, the refund policy is as follows:

  • A 90% refund will be issued when requested by Monday, November 14
  • A 75% refund will be issued when requested between Tuesday, November 15, and Monday, November 28 
  • A 50% refund will be issued when requested between Tuesday, November 29, and Tuesday, December 12
  • No refund will be given starting Wednesday, December 13

Please allow up to 30 days for refund processing. 


Scholarship opportunities are available for Cornelius residents only, 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.

More Important Information

  • Coaches - We can't run this league without our volunteer coaches - read more and sign up!
  • Team Assignments 
    • As part of the registration process, parents will be asked to provide skills assessments and flag football experience information for their children. Please rate your child on a scale of 1-5, with 5 being very skilled at flag football and/or a strong knowledge of the sport, and 1 being unskilled or with very limited skill associated with flag football and/or little to no knowledge of the sport. Parents will also be asked to share their child’s experience playing organized flag football. 
    • Staff will be conducting a random draft for the A division, and then coach-led draft for B, C, and D.  Coaches and their coaching partners (max 2 coaches total per team) will have their children drafted to their teams. Siblings in the same age division will also be drafted to the same team. These assignments will be in place automatically unless otherwise communicated as a transaction note during the registration process. CPRD reserves the right to modify the Team Assignment process as needed. Team Assignment protocols and procedures are subject to change based upon total registration.
    • PLEASE NOTE: We will consider requests for coaches, teammates, carpools, practice night, and practice time. Please note that we cannot guarantee any of the above requests as ultimately team assignments are selected by the coaches during the draft process. Special requests can be made as a transaction note, via email to, or in person at the CPRD 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.
  • Practice & Games
    • All divisions will meet for games and practices at the Bailey Road Park synthetic turf football field, 11900 Bailey Road, unless otherwise noted.
    • Team practices are scheduled to begin the week of January 1. 
    • 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!
  • Weather Hotline - In the event of inclement weather or other factors that might place events in question, we will provide an updated message on our Weather Hotline, 704-896-2460 ext. 290.  Please call this number on weekdays after 4 p.m. and on Saturdays after 8 a.m.