Game Format

  • All Flag Football leagues are single-opponent; teams will play one game per week.
  • All Flag Football leagues use an Event Coordinator (EC).
  • All Flag Football leagues are self-officiated.
  • All Flag Football Leagues use a 1.75 hour time slot.
  • Games consist of two 40 minute halves, with a 10 minute half time.
    • In the regular season, ties are allowed. No overtime period will be played.

Season Length

  • All 8 Week (Spring/Summer) Flag Football leagues use the following structure:
    • 6 weeks of regular season games.*
    • 2 weeks of playoff games.
       
  • All 5 Week (Fall) Flag Football leagues use the following structure:
    • 4 regular season games.**
    • 1 week of playoff games.
       
  • In cases where rain-outs occur, games are made up via double-headers or season extensions (1-2 weeks).
  • Games are always played on the Monday of long weekends.

* Summer Sunday Leagues: Teams will have a scheduled double-header. The 6 regular season games will take place over 5 weeks.
* Fall Leagues: All teams will have a scheduled double-header. The 4 regular season games will take place over 3 weeks.

Playoffs

  • Playoff Format: Spring / Summer (8 Week)
    • All teams are guaranteed 2 playoff games.
    • Only the top 4 teams will compete for the League Championship.
       
  • ​Playoff Format: Fall (5 Week)
    • All teams are guaranteed 1 playoff game.
    • Only the top 2 teams will compete for the League Championship.
       
  • League champs will receive t-shirts that can be picked up from the Season-end Party.
  • There are no ties in playoffs. 
    • If the score is tied at the end of regulation:
      • Each team will get another set of downs in sudden death fashion until a winner is declared.
      • Teams will toss a coin to determine who is receiving first. The team who wins the toss gets the choice to kick or receive. 

Rosters

 Format Ideal Roster Size
(F) = Female
Total # of Players
required on the field
Total # of Females
required on the field
5 vs. 5 10-12 (4 F) 5 2
  • When registering a full team, there is no limit to the maximum number of players you can have on the roster.
    • Summer 2020 COVID-19 Exception: Rosters will be capped at 12 to align with mini-league Government guidelines
  • Prior to the first game of the season, teams must have 5 players confirmed on the roster in MyESSC. This number is equal to the total number of players required on the field in the above chart.
    • If the minimum amount of confirmed roster players is not met, the team will receive a loss for every game played until the requirement is met.
    • Minimum female requirements are inclusive of anyone who identifies as female (i.e. players who identify as M or X do not count towards F minimums).
  • Prior to the first playoff game, teams must have all players who are playing in the playoff game(s) displayed as part of the confirmed roster in MyESSC.
    • If this requirement is not met, teams will receive an automatic loss and will not be eligible for the championship.
  • A team may bring in subs that are not listed on the roster. To learn more about the sub policies, click here.