Nine Tips for Keeping Church Football Games Safe

Football season is underway, and many churches are hosting flag football and touch football events for their youth ministries. In full-contact football, players wear extensive padding and safety equipment. Virtually no protective gear is used for flag or touch football, and yet players still can experience high levels of contact, both intentionally and unintentionally. Here are nine quick safety tips to keep players safe on the gridiron:

  1. Before play begins, inspect the playing area for hazards and make sure the field is clearly marked.
  2. Check that the playing area includes a buffer zone.
  3. Maintain a balance between skill and size when dividing up teams.
  4. Before play begins, explain the rules of the game including what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior.
  5. Have participants warm up before play begins.
  6. Before the game starts, instruct participants to remove any jewelry such as rings, bracelets, or watches that could cut another player.
  7. Instruct players not to wear metal cleats.
  8. Instruct supervisors to correct inappropriate behavior immediately.
  9. Instruct supervisors on emergency procedures in case of an accident or a health problem.

These tips were taken from the Risk Management Handbook. You can find more safety checklists like this on

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September 27, 2011  11:51am

If you know in advance that you are playing, a mouth guard isn't a bad idea. My brother and his friends played a friendly game of tag football shortly after they started college. These guys played football together in high school. Like you said they have tons of gear when they play regular football. My brother and his buddy were going for the same ball and his mouth came down on his buddies head while his buddy was leaping upward. As you can imagine, four of his teeth were knocked in. They were able to save the teeth but he had to get braces AGAIN! I still shutter thinking about it.

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