Area 3 Unified Flag Football Competition
September 21, 2019 @ 9:30 am – 2:00 pm
Flag football is the newest sport offered by Special Olympics Minnesota. Flag football is offered as a Unified Sport, which means individuals with and without disabilities are on the same team. The Flag Football season runs from August to mid October.
Individual skills offered at Area and State competitions
Athletes may register to participate in Flag Football Individual Skills at Area and State events (if planning on attending State, the athlete must first compete at Area). Athletes who participate in Flag Football Individual Skills are not allowed to also play 5 vs 5 Unified Flag Football at the same tournament. Athletes who compete in Individual Skills must participate in Individual Skills at practice and the coach must record their score on the online registration form.
Individual Skills athletes compete in four stations: Run and Catch, Throwing for Accuracy, Throwing for Distance, and Agility & Speed. Please see the Individual Skills rules and score sheet for how to score and run skills at your practice.
Individual Skills is an event designed for athletes who use wheelchairs, need assistance on the field or are not interested in playing 5 vs 5 football.
9:30 a.m. – Delegation registration
10 a.m. – Coaches meeting & Officials meeting
10:15 a.m. – Opening Ceremonies
10:30 a.m. – Competition begins
11:30 p.m. – Individual Skills
Lunch and awards will be presented at the conclusion of all divisions.
Unified Flag Football – Team
Flag Football Individual Skills
1. The qualifying score for each Athlete/Unified partner is an assessment score. Please reference the Flag Football Handbook (PDF) on how to generate a score for each participant.
2. Please complete and submit the Team Information Page (sent with your registration email) for each team within your delegation. This is an important tool used in the divisioning process.
3. Equipment: Mouth guards are required (not provided), but pads are not. No metal or hard spikes are allowed. Participants should wear athletic shoes or plastic spikes. A one-piece, three-flag belt is used for competition, and will be provided.
4. Ball Siz: Intermediate (size 4)
5. Roster Size: 5 minimum, 16 maximum. Rosters provided at the competition will be checked against those provided during registration.
6. Gameplay: 5 vs 5 (3 Athletes, 2 Unified Partners on the field at all times)
7. Unified Team Sports coach ratios are the same as traditional sports. Each team still needs one non-playing Level 2 coach. Unified Partners are not included in the athlete count for certification ratios.
Individual Skills competition
1. Special Olympics Minnesota is adding Individual Skills as an official event, and it is therefore a qualifier for State.
2. Athletes can compete in Individual Skills or on a team, but not both.
3. Please use the Individual Skills Rules and Scoresheet to generate a qualifying score for Individual Skills athletes. Note that this is different that the assessment score used for participants in the team event.