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What is the Austin Gay Flag Football League?
The ATXGFL is a 7-on- 7 flag football league inclusive to all but catering primarily to the LGBTQ community in and
around Austin, Tx.


Football!!?? No way! Won’t I get hurt?
The ATXGFL 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 actual tackling, injuries are normally minor.  


I’ve never played football before. What if I’m really bad?
The ATXGFL is open to players at ALL levels of ability. Never played competitive football before? No problem! Most
members of the league begin with little or no competitive football experience. Also, the system the ATXGFL uses to
put together teams ensures that less experienced players are always placed on a team with more experienced
players.


Do I have to be really athletic/fast/strong/tall/big/in shape?
Again, the league is open to players at all ability levels. In a 7-on- 7 flag football game, there are MANY positions of
importance beyond quarterback and receiver. Your captain will find a position for you that is well-suited to your
physical capabilities.


When and where are the games?
Registration for new players begins each year in early February for the spring season and early August for the fall
season. The spring season runs approximately from early March through early May. The fall season runs
approximately from early-September through mid-November.  All games are on Saturdays in Austin, Tx

at the fields located at 900 Azie Morton Rd (close to Barton Springs and Zilker Park).


What about practices?
Most team captains limit practices to game day an hour 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 members of the league 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. The regular season is approximately 8 games long and missing a third or more of these games
will adversely affect not only your experience but that of your teammates as well.


But I’m straight! Would it be weird for me to play in a gay football league?
Absolutely not! Some of our most talented and dedicated league members are straight. Many straight folks love the
inclusive, laid-back yet competitive atmosphere that the ATXGFL provides.


I’m a girl! Is there a separate league for Women?

Currently, the ATXGFL is co-ed, and we have several female players that are actively involved. We will reevaluate
this structure season to season based on overall interest and participation.


Will I make new friends?
Yes! Aside from the rewarding experience that you are sure to have on the field with your own team, the league
sponsors weekly social events that will allow you the opportunity to get to know other league members in fun, social
settings. We will also have many other fun activities planned (i.e. themed parties, philanthropy, etc.) to ensure that
your football experience is much more than action on the field!


What if I can’t throw a football?
No problem. Each team only needs 1 quarterback (and possibly a backup), so if you can’t throw, you’re off the hook.

 

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 in the ATXGFL, you are required to attend the Rookie Training Camp. The Rookie Training Camp
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.


My friend plays gay softball and competes in tournaments in different cities every year. Can I do this?
Tournaments are an excellent way to meet new people and test your skills on the road. There are currently a few
different national tournaments, and members of the league have gone to each of them to participate and represent
the ATXGFL. If you’re interested in competing in the Pridebowl Chicago Tournament, the Gay Bowl Tournament (the
Gay Flag Football ‘Super Bowl’), or any others that you know of, ask your team captain or a board member how to
get involved.


I want to be my team’s quarterback. Will I get to do this?
Possibly! If you are interested in quarterbacking, you should plan on trying out at the Rookie Training Camp. This will
allow captains the opportunity to see you throw prior to the draft. During the draft, you may or may not be selected as
your teams’ quarterback. If you are not, your best bet is to volunteer to serve as your team’s backup and work with
Player Development to be considered for future seasons.


Will I have to buy any expensive equipment?
No. Jerseys and flags are provided for all players. Invest in a good pair of cleats, gloves, and black shorts (without
pockets) - and you will be set!


Can I serve as my team’s captain?
Not during your first season. If you are coming into your first season with extensive experience and would like to help
out, make sure that your captain knows this.


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 ATXGFL 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 much does it cost to join?

$60 per season. This guarantees placement on a team, covers the cost of your team jersey/shirt, and helps us fund field reservations, referees, and equipment needs (i.e. flags, cones, etc.). 

I’m not out at work. Does my name have to be listed on the ATXGFL website?
No. Just make a special request to the Communications Director before the season starts; he will make sure that your
full name does not appear on the website.


I’m sold! Where do I sign up?

Look for the registration link on our homepage for updated registration info. Make note of the day and time that registration opens and plan to register IMMEDIATELY when it opens. To guarantee yourself a spot and avoid being placed on the waitlist, you must register quickly as soon as registration opens. If you'd like a reminder, simply join our Facebook page and we'll send you registration updates.


I have another question. Who can I contact?
Please contact the league at ATXGFL@gmail.com for any other questions.

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