ATXGFL 2021 Season FAQ
Will we be required to wear masks while we play?
ATXGFL will follow the recommendations made by the city, state, and CDC. As it currently stands, masks will be required during game play and while on the sidelines. But with the changing and evolving situation with vaccine access and COVD-19 numbers in the city, we will reassess the need for mask wear on a week-by-week basis and as we near the July tournament.
Will vaccinations be required for members?
We encourage members to get vaccinated and make health decisions that will best serve them and the greater community. At this time, ATXGFL will not be enforcing COVID-19 vaccinations as a prerequisite to register and be a part of the league.
Outside of the tournament, will there be scheduled season games?
Due to the uncertain nature of the City of Austin’s timeline for resuming field reservations and limited field availability in the surrounding areas to sustain a full season schedule, we will not be offering scheduled season games beyond tournament play. As an alternative, ATXGFL will provide an informal suggested weekly scrimmage schedule that teams may follow leading up to the tournament. This informal schedule will allow teams the flexibility to occupy field space on a first-come-first serve basis that is available informally around the city in the same way that teams have occupied open available fields for practice in past seasons.
What are the prerequisites to be a Captain?
Any previous ATXGFL player (in good standing) is eligible to be a captain, and an application is required to be considered. Spring 2020 captains will be prioritized due to the shortened season.
Captains are expected to:
Have an intermediate to expert knowledge of on-field flag football strategy that allows them to actively contribute to the success of their team (or be willing to select someone who does)
Be willing and able to communicate with their team effectively both on the field and in regular emails, as well as with referees, board members and other captains as necessary
Be able to take charge of team management issues such as ensuring playing time and positive experiences for players at all levels of play and varying goals and expectation
Is the combine required for new league players?
Attending the combine is highly recommended for new players so Captains may make a more accurate assessment of individual players' skill for the draft.
Will there still be league socials?
We are planning for ATXGFL socials leading up to the tournament and the days surrounding tournament play. We will provide a more detailed social calendar in the following weeks.
Friday April 30th at 8 a.m., priority registration will begin for eligible current members only. If you were an active ATXGFL member in the Spring 2020 or Fall 2019 seasons, you are eligible for priority registration tomorrow on a first-come, first-served basis or until capacity is reached. We will send an email at 8 a.m. Friday to the eligible members with registration links for playing and non-playing members, so please check your emails to access priority registration.
Please note that registrations made before May 1 at 8 a.m. will be checked for eligibility and ineligible registrations will be removed.
If capacity has not been reached, registration for the remaining spots will then be open to all individuals on Saturday, May 1, at 8 a.m. This includes first-time registrants and existing members alike.
Once registration has reached capacity, we will open the waitlist. Individuals on the waitlist before the May 15th draft may be prioritized based on the waitlist order. After the draft, individuals on the waitlist may be placed on a team based on the combined factors of the comparable evaluated skill level of the player they are replacing and waitlist order.
We are structuring registration in this manner to honor our current members and provide a dedicated window to individuals who may have had their season cut short by the pandemic and/or who may already rely on this league for community and encouragement and who have been feeling its absence over the last year. We also want to continue to build this league and this community, and we highly encourage new players to register starting on May 1st!
The registration cost for this season will be $65 for playing members and $50 for non-playing members and will help cover costs for field and equipment, jerseys, socials, and referees. Payment will be due at time of registration. There is no registration cost for individuals on the waitlist. Only when an individual is removed from the waitlist and placed on a team will they pay the registration cost for the season.