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Age Group(s): U9, U10, U12, U14




“National Flag Fest" in Canton, Ohio Presented by the Pro Football Hall of Fame Academy

A Special Place for Today’s Flag Football Team and a Rite of Passage for Today’s Young Flag Athlete

There is a special place where football is taught by the greats, where teams become teams, and where young athletes are transformed through life-changing football experiences. 

This special place is called the Pro Football Hall of Fame Village – which provides teams with the most memorable football experience in the country at the most inspiring place on earth.

Canton is known for the “best”. And now, the new Village serves the rest of the football world including our growing national flag football community. Flag football is one of the fastest growing segments of sports in America with thousands of teams playing across the country. Flag football is safe, exciting and competitive.

As tackle teams unite through “camp” every year to start the season, there is now a “National Flag Fest” experience created just for flag teams to call their own.  

For the young flag football athlete, Mini-Camp in Canton provides a unique, exciting and memorable experience that provides skill training, game competition and values that will last a life-time.  

For flag teams, the National Flag Fest in Canton provides an exciting team experience that bonds, inspires and provides memories for a life-time.  The National Flag Fest tournament provides for an exciting flag jamboree for all teams.  

For coaches and parents, National Flag Fest in Canton provides a football-filled experience, where they can re-learn the game from Gold Jacket Hall of Famers, NFL coaching greats and football legends.

This is the new rite of passage for the young flag athlete, where flag teams come together from all over the world in a safe, exciting and instructional setting at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Village.  

This one of a kind mini-camp experience features the world renowned Pro Football Hall of Fame Academy coaching staff and their new football curriculum that trains top NFL draft choices, the nation’s top 4 and 5 star preps and middle school athletes (link).   

Your team’s National Flag Fest experience in Canton weekend will feature:

  • Team Parade at Opening Session
  • Skill Instruction by position, by the Pro Football Hall of Fame Academy Team 
  • Flag Fest - 5 Games Minimum plus a playoff and championship round if your team qualifies
  • Branded Team Jersey Set 


Break-Out Sessions by:

  • Coaching Legend Herman Boone from the Disney movie Remember the Titans
  • NFL Coaching Great Sam Wyche
  • Gold Jacket Hall of Famer         

Join us this summer with your team for this special mini-camp experience.

“This is the Cooperstown Baseball Experience for flag football. Our team loved it. We improved, bonded and competed. Our kids learned from and hung out with NFL legends and Hall of Famers all weekend long and loved the Hall’s interactive exhibits. Both parents and kids have memories to last a life-time”, Flag Football Coach Larry Lee, Canada.    


Your Trip to Canton – Background Information

Where:         The Pro Football Hall of Fame Village, 2121 George Halas Drive NW, Canton, Ohio

When:          Mini-Camp Session 1:     July 28th – July 30th, 2017

        Mini-Camp Session 2:     August 11th – 13th, 2017

Athletes Per Team:  Between 5 - 10 Athletes and 2 Coaches (1 Head and 1 Assistant Coach)  

Athlete Benefits:

  • Skill Instruction by the Pro Football Hall of Fame Academy and Skill Competitions
  • Athlete Jersey and Welcome Bag
  • Free Admission to the Pro Football Hall of Fame
  • Breakouts with Herman Boone from Remember the Titans, former NFL Head Coach Sam Wyche and Hall of Famer

Team Benefits:

  • Flag Fest - 5 Full Games (minimum) with referees and playoff and championship play for qualifying teams 
  • Team Parade – Opening Ceremony
  • Team Building Program led by the Pro Football Hall of Fame Academy
  • Movie Night – Remember the Titans     
  • Team Picture with Gold Jacket Hall of Famer 

Coaches Benefits:

  • Branded Gold Shirt
  • Group Tour of Pro Football Hall of Fame
  • Coaches-Only Night with former NFL Head Coach Sam Wyche
  • The Art of Film-Breakdown by Chuck Bresnahan, former Defensive Coordinator for Oakland Raiders
  • Football 101 Coaching Clinic by the Pro Football Hall of Fame Academy         

Lodging Options:            https://pse.tournamenthotels.com/pse/Event/1556

Team Investment:           $1,550 per Team ($155 per Athlete x 10 Athletes per Team)

Registration Opens:        January 15, 2017 (First Come, First Serve, teams may be wait-listed like last year)

Contact:                            Kyle Nelson, knelson@profootballhofacademy.com, cell (973) 271-2307.


Team Divisions and Age Requirements

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Academy enthusiastically supports the mission of NFL Flag Powered by USA Football.

As the NFL regional and national flag tournaments provide an exciting ending to the season, the Mini-Camp program by the Pro Football Hall of Fame Academy, provides a pre-season platform to develop football skill, passion for the game and a chance to compete against other flag teams from across the country in a fun and exciting bracket style pre-season tournament. 

For the National Flag Fest team competition, the same NFL Flag rules and regulations apply.

For competitive play and registration purposes, the team and athlete breakdown will follow these guidelines:

  • 8U – Co-Ed
  • 10U – Co-Ed
  • 11U - 12U – Co-Ed
  • 13-14U – Boys Division
  • 13-14U - Girls Division

June 1st will serve as the age cut-off for all athletes.

Teams are allowed to attend as organic teams from their own league or add athletes to build a team to participate and compete in the event.