Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Providence Gay Flag Football League?
We are an adult co-ed 7-on-7 flag football league inclusive to all but catering primarily to the LGBTQ+ and ally community in Rhode Island and Southern New England.
Football!? No way! Won’t I get hurt?
The PVDGFFL 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 tackling injuries are normally rare and minor.
I’ve never played football before. What if I’m really bad?
We are 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. Also, the system that we use to put together teams ensures that less experienced players are always placed on a team with more experienced players.
Do I need to specify which positions I can play to be added to a team?
The simple answer is no. We will ask which positions you have experience playing (if any), and which positions you may be interested in trying out. Our captains will rotate players into positions they want to try or are comfortable playing. The position you play in each game may change, but it will always be a collaboration with your captain based on your preference and the needs of the team.
Will I have to buy any expensive equipment?
No. Jerseys and flags are provided for all players. You’ll need to invest in a good pair of cleats (no metal spikes) and you will be set. It is recommended you purchase football gloves, but they are not required. Only requirements for shorts/pants is that they don't have pockets or belt loops. Most teams will elect to purchase matching socks based on their jersey color and name.
Do I sign up individually or do I need to form a team?
You will register as an individual. Each season the board elects captains which in turn will select team members though an NFL style draft system. Each season we will hold a kickoff party where you will meet your captain and fellow teammates.
What are the dates for fall season?
You can find season dates on our website under Games & Teams >> Schedule & Fields or on the Events page. Online registration is open August 5th through 18th. Registration will close earlier once all spots are filled.
Where and when will games be played?
Games will be played Saturday mornings in Warwick, RI. Teams will play two 1-hour games each week. You may play two consecutive games, or have a break between each game. Game start times will be 8:30, 9:45, 11:00, and 12:15. For directions to the fields visit the Schedule & Fields page of our website.
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 flag football, you are required to attend the New Player Orientation & Scrimmage Games on August 24th. The skills day 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 meet you and see you play so they can find the best place for you on their team.
I am joining the league with my significant other/best friend. Can we be on the same team?
The draft system is designed to create parity between teams. Because of this it is not possible to ensure players who wish to play together a spot on the same team. But join anyway! The PVDGFFL is about meeting new people and stepping outside of your personal boundaries. Your friend/significant other can come to your games to support you and meet you at a social event afterward. You might even face them head-to-head in a game.
How can I become a team captain?
The board will accept applications for league captains in July. The board will select captains using the criteria outlined in the application.
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.
I frequently work or travel on weekends. Is it worth it to join?
Many players may 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, this may not be the right organization for you.
Will I make new friends?
Yes! Aside from the rewarding experience that you are sure to have on the field with your own team, there will be weekly social events that will allow you the opportunity to get to know other league members in fun, social settings. We will also plan other fun activities to ensure that your football experience is much more than action on the field!
How can I receive regular league updates?
I’m sold! Where do I sign up?
Registration opens August 5th. Come back to our website and click the "register now" button at the top of the page. There are a limited number of spots available for spring season. To guarantee yourself a spot and avoid being placed on the waitlist, we recommend you register quickly once registration opens.
I have another question. Who can I contact?