NFL FLAG BOWL: JANUARY 29-31

This year, the NFF Road to Tampa will lead to the NFL FLAG Bowl hosted by Reigning Champs Experiences around Super Bowl LV on January 29-31. The NFL FLAG Bowl will be open to ALL flag football teams, including non-NFL FLAG Participants. All teams will get access to Super Bowl activities, flag football swag, and more! 

The NFL FLAG Bowl will follow strict federal, state and local COVID guidelines and facility protocols to help ensure the health and safety of athletes and staff. 

At this time, our waitlist is closed, and our tournament field is full. However, we will continue to honor the waitlist on a first come, first served basis in the event a team is unable to attend.

NFL FLAG Bowl is a collaboration between NFL FLAG, RCX, and NFF. We are delighted to see such high demand and we wish we could create a tournament for all teams who deserve a championship. This is NOT the NFL FLAG or NFF National Championships, it is a standalone tournament for teams fortunate enough to register in time. Due to COVID and direction from the NFL, we’ve had to reduce the size of the field to make it safe for all attendees. We appreciate our flag football community and promise to provide incredible opportunities in 2021 for teams unable to attend NFL FLAG Bowl.

NFL FLAG BOWL FAQ

NFL FLAG and National Flag Football (NFF) are teaming up to bring flag football athletes a new, one-of-a-kind experience called NFL FLAG Bowl. This year, the NFF Road to Tampa will lead to the NFL FLAG Bowl hosted by Reigning Champs Experiences around Super Bowl LV on January 29-31.

The guidelines presented might be more comprehensive and stricter than what is accepted locally in Tampa. THE TOURNAMENT GUIDELINES WILL BE ENFORCED, PER THE NFL, REGARDLESS OF LOCAL GUIDELINES DURING THE TIME OF THE EVENT AND ARE NON-NEGOTIABLE. 

RCX is working closely with the NFL and health officials in order to provide comprehensive COVID-19 Guidelines for the NFL FLAG Bowl. These guidelines will be based on CDC recommendations and federal/local guidelines. 

  • RCX is working closely with the NFL and health officials in order to provide comprehensive COVID-19 Guidelines for the NFL FLAG Bowl. These guidelines will be based on CDC recommendations and federal/local guidelines.

  • We plan on releasing more information and these guidelines by November 16, 2020 to ensure all parties understand the expectations of the event.

  • The guidelines presented might be more comprehensive and stricter than what is accepted locally in Tampa. THE TOURNAMENT GUIDELINES WILL BE ENFORCED, PER THE NFL, REGARDLESS OF LOCAL GUIDELINES DURING THE TIME OF THE EVENT AND ARE NON-NEGOTIABLE. 

  • The NFL and RCX reserve the right to remove any athletes, coaches and spectators who do not comply with the guidelines.

  • There will be strict processes administered and enforced at the event in terms of entry and exit of facilities and event activities.

  • We will require teams to check in and enter and exit the facility at certain times and ask that teams be prompt to limit large groups. We will provide as much advance notice as possible, but if a team misses their check-in time, the team will have to wait until we are able to accommodate them.

  • Teams will play their games in “pods” based on divisions, ranging from 8-16 teams. These team pods will play all of their games on the same fields and will not intermingle with other pods.

  • There will be a morning session and an afternoon session. Teams and spectators will only be allowed entry during their designated session and will be asked to leave immediately following. The facility will be cleared in-between sessions to allow for proper capacity limitations.

  • Once you leave the facility, you will not be allowed re-entry.

  • There will only be two spectators permitted per athlete at the facility.

  • Facemasks will be required for all spectators, coaches, athletes, staff and referees.

  • Temperature checks will be administered every day prior to entry. 

  • All players should bring a personal water bottle with their name on it to use during the game. There will be no communal coolers with Gatorade or water at the fields

  • Spectators may not congregate behind player benches, and must abide by social distancing guidelines, maintaining 6 feet of distance from other spectators. There will not be bleacher seating, we recommend spectators bring their own chairs.

  • No tents will be allowed within the facility to discourage groups from gathering.

No, the NFL FLAG Bowl will be open to ALL flag football teams, including non-NFL FLAG Participants. All teams will get access to Super Bowl activities, flag football swag, and more!

Due to the cancelation of the 2021 NFL Pro Bowl game, the 2021 NFL FLAG Championships at Pro Bowl will no longer take place. However, in future years the NFL FLAG Championships at Pro Bowl will continue, starting with the 2022 Pro Bowl in Las Vegas. 

This year, NFL FLAG and National Flag Football (NFF) are teaming up so that the Road to Tampa ends at the NFL FLAG Bowl - a new, one-of-a-kind experience for all flag football teams. In future years, NFF will continue to run their tournament circuit in addition to the NFL FLAG Tournament Series. 

This event is open to all flag football teams. There is no qualification necessary, and no selection process.

Yes! If you won a bid in a previous NFF Affiliate Tournament, your bid will be honored for the 2021 NFL FLAG Bowl.

Update: Our bid winners, who earned a spot in this event, were unable to register due to a technical glitch within our registration system. In an effort to honor those earned spots, we have obtained additional spots at this event through approval by the NFL to ensure those teams are able to participate.

Yes. This event is tied to the Super Bowl and will feature guest appearances, access to Super Bowl activities, swag and more! 

Yes. The event will be run one week prior to the Super Bowl and will bring the same excitement, look and feel to the youth tournament space. 

An NFL FLAG Bowl rulebook will be created, which will be a combination of the NFF Tournament rulebook and NFL FLAG rulebook. The rulebook will be posted as soon as it is available. 

6u Coed, 7u Coed, 8u Coed, 9u Coed, 10u Coed, 11u Coed, 12u Coed, 13u Coed, 15u Coed, 14u Boys, 17u Boys, 10u Girls, 12u Girls, 14u Girls, 17u Girls 

No, we will provide you with an NFL team jersey at no extra charge. 

No, we will provide every player with an official NFL FLAG Belt at no extra charge. 

No, we will provide all teams with NFL FLAG footballs to use for the event.

Yes. Upon registration you will be required to sign an agreement indicating that you will utilize hotels approved for this tournament. You will be required to show proof of your stay, and Reigning Champs Experiences (RCX) will be verifying your stay with our hotel partners to ensure that all teams are following event requirements. 

This is a STAY TO PLAY event for all teams and players traveling outside of a 75-mile radius from their primary residence.  

If you opt-out of staying at one of our properties, a $600 team fee will be assessed. This fee must be paid before your team will be able to compete in the NFL FLAG Bowl.  

Please note that we have worked with our housing group in ensuring that we are able to offer you some of the cheapest rates available. In most cases, the hotel rates we have been able to secure will be more affordable than booking on your own. 

Most organizations are willing to make changes to flights/hotels due to COVID. Please try to change your travel arrangements. If you are unable to do so, please reach out to us: events@rcxexpereinces.com.

Yes. The pricing will remain the same for the event. 

No, as long as every player and coach is able to acknowledge a new waiver.

 Yes. Waivers, background checks and safety training will be required for all coaches.  We will follow up with all coaches with information on how to complete this process, deadlines, etc. 

Yes, if the tournament is cancelled due to Covid-19, you will receive a full refund for the registration fee that you have paid. Please keep in mind that we will not refund any expenses you may incur for travel. Please ensure you check with your travel agents to understand your policy options. 

Unfortunately, no. If weather is the cause for a cancellation, then there will be no refunds given. There are costs associated with running the event regardless of weather e.g. facility, officials, staff, insurance, etc. Therefore, all parties are at risk when it comes to weather-related issues. 

January 1, 2020

The integrity of our event is of the utmost importance. For this tournament, we will be using Zorts to verify all player's ages, through their Player ID program. Upon your required upload of your participant's birth certificate, report card, and picture, Zorts will verify and make eligible your player using a virtual player card.  

For this tournament, the fee for procuring a Virtual Player Card has been waived and will be good for one year, for any flag football event that uses the Zorts platform. 

NFL FLAG and National Flag Football has a zero-tolerance policy in effect for any team, coach or player that is caught cheating at any of our events.

In the event that a coach or player is caught falsifying documents, or if a player is found to be playing on a team that he was not verified for, the team in question will be removed from the event immediately without a refund. The identified coaches and player(s) will be suspended for one year from participating in any NFL FLAG or National Flag Football events.

NFL FLAG and National Flag Football has and always will provide an atmosphere where players, friends, and families can feel comfortable enjoying a day of flag football. Anybody that jeopardizes this environment will be asked to leave.

NFL FLAG and National Flag Football reserves the right to remove any team, coach, player, or fan at their discretion.

RETURN TO PLAY CONSIDERATIONS

National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) has provided access and direct links to the many great tools and resources already developed by sport and health experts at all levels of competition and government. This new resource is a compilation of the great work of many organizations, including Reigning Champs (operator of NFL FLAG), Pop Warner, Triple Play Sports, LeagueApps and Augusta Sportswear Brands.

These are tools you will need to create a safe Return to Play guidelines that are customized for your situation.