Punt, pass and kick…the Special Olympics Iowa State Flag Football Tournament gives athletes of all ability levels the chance to play America’s game. It is the newest state competition, with the first tournament held in 2011.
Flag football is a 5-on-5 non-contact sport played by both male and female athletes. When played as a Unified Sport, teams are made up of athletes with and without intellectual disabilities. Teams are divided into three levels:
- Level 1 (High): Plays by regulation rules. Team members have high to excellent skills and athleticism, implement strategies and run specific plays. Several players can catch a pass while running and react to the way the other team plays. A quarterback with an accurate and strong arm and a defense able to play aggressively, without being physical, are key attributes of the team.
- Level 2 (Average): Plays by regulation rules. Team members have average skills and athleticism, some strategy and run general plays. A couple of players can catch a pass while running and may have limited ability to react to the way the other team plays. A quarterback with an accurate or strong arm is a key attribute of the team. Members of the defense may have difficulty playing aggressively without being physical are common at this level.
- Level 3 (Low): Following rules is a challenge. Low skills and athleticism, little strategy and no organized plays. Players are not able to catch a pass while running and are not influenced by the way the other team plays. A quarterback with limited accuracy and arm strength will fit on this team. Defensive skills are limited.
There will be no state tournament in 2021. There will only be modified regional flag football skills clinics.
Central Area Clinic
Date: Thursday, October 7 (4:00 p.m. start time)
Location: Inis Grove Park (2500 Duff Ave., Ames)
Registration Deadline: September 30
West Area Clinic
Date: Saturday, October 9 (10:00 a.m. start time)
Location: Headid Park (2404 Hawkeye Drive, Sioux City)
Registration Deadline: October 1
East Area Clinic
Date: Saturday, October 23 (10:00 a.m. start time)
Location: Cleveland Park (1600 8th Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids)
Registration Deadline: October 15