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.


The Return to Play Guide is not a prescriptive list of Return to Play protocols. It is a summary, synthesis and set of links to the work of government and non-government agencies and is intended to be helpful as you build your own Return to Play playbook. The information provided on this page does not, and is not intended to, constitute  legal advice. Instead, all information, content, and materials available in this document  are for general informational purposes only. You should contact your attorney to obtain  advice with respect to any legal matter. You should not act or refrain from acting on the  basis of information in this document without first seeking legal advice from counsel in the relevant jurisdiction.

Returning to Play

As parts of the country begin to loosen restrictions and reopen businesses following COVID-19, we ask that leagues adhere to the specific health and safety guidelines laid out by their state and local governments and health officials before returning to play.

League operators should continue to take all possible precautions to protect their teams. We do not advise resuming NFL FLAG activities before consulting state and local authorities for specific safety measures.

We appreciate leagues’ cooperation and support as we work to get back in the game, safely. Please check back here for more updates as they happen.