All players are given one of three Rankings
Where do you get that Ranking?
Your rank is based on 4 criteria.
1. Knowledge – 40%
40% of your total score – this is your basic knowledge of the game…if a QB gives you a route, do you understand what he is asking….can you call some plays on your own….do you understand general 5man/4man offensive and defensive strategies….is it second nature for you to always need to know down and distance and time left on the clock…..do you know all the rules….do you have any anxiety about playing top teams….is it second nature for you to stop short of a first down on first down….do you know how to handle the game if you are ahead, or vice versa…..if you are playing defense, do teammates have to keep telling you what to do….understanding the culture, landscape, and strategy of our game is very important so we weigh this category much heavier than the others….flag football is not real football and has its own language, can you speak it?
2. Running/Speed/Hip Movement – 30%
30% – for a qb this means making the rusher miss, or for receivers it means to be able to run full speed while turning your hips to make people miss. If you do not have strong hip movements but you run a 4.4 you may score high here as well. However, if you are just off the track team bus and you have never played flag football before it will not matter that much because you will spend five months learning how to run with your hands up high so that you don’t get called for flag guarding, learning to spin in traffic, learning the importance of running north and south (and betting on the fact that someone will miss and if they don’t that you will pick up a few important yards), as opposed to running across the field and getting nothing positive. Also important is do you know how to run so that you use the field to your advantage. The angles of the field matter and the ones that know how to use them are better even if they are slower. Endurance is also key here…you may be fast but how long will it be until your tank is empty? Once again, these skills vary enough from real football to keep this categories rank high.
3. Offense – 15%
15% – can you catch the ball in traffic, can you go up and get it, can you catch a pass running full speed across the field, can you run a good route, can you catch everything thrown in your direction. This category and the Defense category are more related to actual physical skill on the field related to traditional football.
4. Defense – 15%
15% – do you understand cover one and two….do you have a good sense of how to adjust your defense on the fly….do you know what to do if you see a throw-back or if they go in motion….can you cover someone one on one….can you adjust with your teammates during the play and work well with them in multiple game situations….can you back-peddle and go side to side aggressively? This category and the Offense category are more related to actual physical skill on the field related to traditional football.