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Cincinnati GLBT Flag Football League

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All About the CinGFFL!

What is the Cincinnati GLBT Flag Football League?

The CinGFFL is a 7-on-7 flag football league inclusive to all but catering primarily to the LGBT community in and around the greater Cincinnati and Tri-State Area.

Football!!?? No way! Won’t I get hurt?

The CinGFFL is a flag football league with no tackling whatsoever. Every player wears a belt with 3 flags; to ‘tackle’ another player one simply pulls on a flag to remove the belt. While there is definitely contact inherent to this format of play, since there is no actual tackling injuries are normally minor.
 

I’ve never played football before. What if I’m really bad?

The CinGFFL is open to players at all levels of ability—and we mean ALL LEVELS. Never played competitive football before? No problem! Most members of the league begin with little or no competitive football experience. We're encouraging new and or inexperienced players to join us for our New Player Clinic known as Practice with the Pigs every season to get a "feel" for the game.

Do I have to be really athletic/fast/strong/tall/big/in shape?

Again, the league is open to players at all ability levels. In a 7-on-7 flag football game there are MANY positions of importance beyond quarterback and star receiver. Your captain will find a position for you that is well-suited to your physical capabilities.

When and where are the games?

Registration for new players begins prior to the start of each season The current Spring Season runs approximately from early April through late May/Early June.  All games are on Sunday. Unfortunately because of the complex process of obtaining fields from the city, we cannot tell you exactly when and where your games will be until shortly before the season begins. We do our best to ensure that games are not too early, too late or too far out of your way. Past field locations includes Salway Park, Withrow High School, and Lunken Playfields.

What about practices?

Most team captains limit practices to game day an hour or two before the game starts; however, a handful of captains may ask you to attend an occasional practice on a non-game day. These practices are not mandatory and inability to attend will not affect your playing time or standing in the league.

SO, how do you play Flag Football?
CinGFFL plays by the rules according to the National Gay Flag Football League (NGFFL.com), the only exception is that we will be play 15 minute halves with 5 minute breaks instead of the league standard 30mins and 10 min breaks. Click "Quick Rules and Regulations" link below Rundown of Rules OR hover over the "About Us" section on top of the page and under Rules and Bylaws you'll be sent to a PDF with Extensive Rules and Regulations.

I frequently work or travel on weekends. Is it worth it to join?

Many members of the league miss 1 or 2 games per season and still have a rewarding experience. However, if it is likely that you will miss 3 or more games during the season because of work or travel, we will still have a place for you. The regular season is approximately 8 games long. If you have friends that are non-registered that want to play for a team, we must approve them a week prior to play and they will be charged a nominal fee that will be required as well as they must fill out a Liability Waiver and Photo Release Form.

But I’m straight! Would it be weird for me to play in a gay football league?

Absolutely not! Some of our most talented and dedicated league members are straight. Many straight folks love the inclusive, laid-back yet competitive atmosphere that the CinGFFL provides and continue to come back every season for this reason.

I’m a girl! Can I play?

The CinGFFL has a place for you; on the field! We encourage all women and all gender expressions to play.

Will I make new friends?

Yes! Aside from the rewarding experience that you are sure to have on the field with your own team, the league sponsors weekly social events that will allow you the opportunity to get to know other league members in fun, social settings. We also have a bachelor auction, theme parties, our seasonal turnabout show (Drag Show), and many other fun activities planned to ensure that your football experience is much more than action on the field!

What if I can’t throw a football?

No problem. Each team only needs 1 quarterback (and possibly a backup), so if you can’t throw, you’re off the hook.

Am I guaranteed a spot on a team if I sign up, or do I have to try out?

If you register for the league and submit payment on time, you are guaranteed a spot on a team. However, if it is your first season playing in the CinGFFL, you are encouraged and recommended to attend Practice with the Pigs (New Player Clinic). The Clinic is a 2-hour practice session where we coach you in the game of football based on your previous experience and current skill level. The team captains will also get to see you play so they can find the best place for you on their team.

My friend plays gay softball and competes in tournaments in different cities every year. Can I do this?

Tournaments are an excellent way to meet new people and test your skills on the road. There are currently a few different national tournaments, and members of the league have gone to each of them to participate and represent the CinGFFL. If you’re interested in competing in the PrideBowl Chicago Tournament, GayBowl or any others that you know of, ask a board member how to get involved.

I want to be my team’s quarterback. Will I get to do this?

Possibly. Most quarterbacks are returning players, but a few newbies work their way into the mix every year. If you are interested in quarterbacking you should plan on showing us your skills at the Practice with the Pigs, New Players Clinic. This will allow captains the opportunity to see you throw before season play.  Don't fret if you are not picked to be your teams QB, your best bet is to volunteer to serve as your team’s backup and with hard work you might see yourself as the QB next season!

Will I have to buy any expensive equipment?

No. Just invest in some Football Cleats(Other sports that use molded or detachable cleats are accepted, NO METAL SPIKES [Baseball or Track and Field) as well receiver gloves (Not required but recommended), and have a pair of black pocket-less shorts. Most teams have a team color and it is up to your team Captain if you need to invest in a team shirt/jerseys or socks.

Can I serve as my team’s captain?

Yes. We will let you be the captain of your team within our first few seasons get started. Once we develop as a league and have more veterans and returning players, this may not be the case.

How much does it cost to Play?

$50 for the Spring Season.

I’m not out at work. Does my name have to be listed on the CinGFFL website?

No. In your registration process, for the season we have a Photography Liability Waiver that will ensure that your full name does not appear on the website. If it does at any time, please don't hesitate to contact the VP of Communications at eric@cingffl.com

I’m sold! Where do I sign up?

Look for the registration link our our homepage for updated registration info. Make note of the day and time that registration opens for new players and plan to register IMMEDIATELY when it opens. Returning players are given the first opportunity to sign up; registration for new players is limited and fills up very quickly—sometimes within hours. We're not kidding. To guarantee yourself a spot and avoid being placed on the waitlist, you must register quickly as soon as registration opens. If you'd like a reminder simply join our Facebook page and we'll send you registration updates.

I have another question. Who can I contact?

Please contact the league at  join@CinGFFL.com for any other questions.