Flag football is wildly popular, with modern college teams to intramural urban leagues, but what's really fascinating is the origin of how flag football came about. Being the nerds we are, we couldn't help but take a deeper dive into the history of one of our favorite sports.
Football and flag football were originally the same game, but parted ways in 1905. Prior to the split it was all just football, but not the football we know and love today. Not at all. Football was originally played without any protective gear and with minimal physical restraint — not even a John Parry to keep things civilized. Fun fact: Parry resides in the state of Ohio.
Football was a rough and tumble game and, after the deaths of multiple young men in the late 1800's to early 1900's, President Theodore Roosevelt stepped in and propagated that there would be rules, regulations and protective gear. We thank you for that ol' Teddy, because without these rules and protective equipment, Who–Dey Sunday wouldn't be as festive — it'd be a lot more like a Rhonda Rousey fight.
Nope not the latest single from the X–Ambassadors. We're talking about a different set of rebels...
Long live the pioneers and long live they did — they were the rebels, the mutineers of football. Go forth they did and without fear, as they continued to play football unregulated and with consequences.
OK, OK, we'll stop with the sing–song shenanigans. Back to the game.
The game of “touch football” was dramatically popular among the young men of the 1940s, especially those in the U.S Military. It was a base favorite; however, America couldn't really afford to send football–battered men into war. Luckily, someone had the genius idea to use rags (flags) attached to the soldiers' belts and — boom — flag football was born.
Who doesn't want to play a game of flag football? It's fun, social and usually involves post– game drinks and wings ... umm, yes! Please and thank you. A game sounds great, but do you know how to play?
Don't worry, friends, we've got you covered. Check below for the basics to get you started.
For official rules and all the tiny details, go here: http://web.mst.edu/~ima/rules/Flag%20Footballrules.html
We connect people to play sports together — it's our jam, but we also know some gold organizations where you can sign up to play. Cincinnati is pretty flag football friendly and so is Austin, Texas.
You're probably wondering why we're talking Texas, right? As an app that's available nation–wide, we decided to take a road trip and meet some new friends. This past weekend we hit the road to embark on a journey to Austin, where we will be setting up shop and sharing Physi with all the locals.
To celebrate our arrival in our second home, we've cooked up a list of the best flag football organization for both cities.
Flag football is one of our favorite sports and we hope you take this blog post as a reason to get outside and play! Schedule a game of flag football with Physi and start playing today.
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