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Next Level Flag Football


Please see below for program details and links to registration pages...

Priority Registration - 2020 Flag Football Season:

Priority registration for all Next Level sites will open on April 1st, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. PST.  Priority registration will be granted to all returning players at their respective playing location* for the 2020 season. The priority registration window will be 14 days, from April 1st through April 15th 2019. General registration will open to the public on April 16th, 2019 at 12:00 midnight

1. If you are a 2019 registrant in the Next Level Flag Football program - You have a guaranteed spot within our program if registering during our Priority Registration period.
2. Your guaranteed spot is ONLY for the location that you are currently registered in 2019. 
3. Next Level Flag Football locations sell out - there is nothing we can do to add legacy families once the league is sold out. We get this question all of the time, "Is there anything you can do...INSERT get us into the league." Answer, "There is nothing we can do. Once we sell out, we sell out."

We highly recommend securing your place for the 2020 NL Flag Football season during the Priority Registration window. Many of our programs sell out quickly - best not to wait...

Next Level Flag Football - Program Overview:

The 2020 season of Next Level Flag Football will be our 9th 'official' season with over 30+ locations throughout the Bay Area and site locations in Las Vegas (Bishop Gorman High School), Central California at Cal Poly (with Cal Poly football staff and players!), Arizona and Oregon.

Next Level Flag Football grew it's roots in early 2010 when some local neighborhood kids got together one rainy Sunday afternoon in a gym at Serra High School in San Mateo. Years later, Next Level Flag Football now operates on the campuses of many prominent high schools and colleges in the Bay Area and beyond!

We are thankful for all the communities that have formed through our first 8 years of operating the Next Level Flag Football program. We look forward to the growth of the program in our current communities and beyond!

General Overview of League Operations:

  1. Next Level Flag Football operations from January through early March with a 10-week season schedule (1 scrimmage, 7 regular season games, 2 playoff games).
  2. Games are on Sundays at most sites (Bishop Gorman and other locations play on Saturdays)
  3. Game times are adjusted or moved on Super Bowl Sunday
  4. Practices and Games are on the same day - parents need only allocate a 2-hour window of availability for their child's involvement.
  5. Next Level Flag Football is a co-ed league - boys and girls of all experience levels are welcome.
  6. Equal playing time on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball.
  7. Each game is played 5 versus 5, non-contact, on a 40-yard long field.
  8. Parent volunteers ASSIST our Student-Athlete Head Coach/Mentors and our Site Directors.
  9. Teams are comprised of up to 12 players per team.
  10. Early Bird cost period varies by site and is not offered at all locations. Please see details below.
  11. Program Costs include the following: Personalized Nike Game Jersey, Next Level Flag Football Shorts, Next Level Player Bag and use of flags and other equipment.
  12. Early Bird cost period (where offered) will end on December 1st, 2019.

General Overview of League Principles:

  • Community Centric League - Kids play with their friends, classmates and/or buddies! Parents get to enjoy weekend games within their social circles or create new ones. Why not be able to hang out with your friends while enjoying the game of flag football?
  • Site Directors - Each Next Level location is staffed and operated by one of the best High School and College football coaches in the Bay Area - and beyond. Next Level only partners with the best quality coaches/mentors in your communities. Each Site Director acts to oversee and guide each location and their own Student-Athletes. 
  • Student-Athlete Head Coach/Mentor - All teams within Next Level Flag Football are coached by Student-Athletes in their respective communities with oversight and training from their Site Director (their Head Football Coach). Our young athletes have a 'different voice' and influential element outside of the normal parental coaching element.
  • Kids First Organization - The focus at Next Level is on (1) the youth participants, (2) the High School student-athlete coaches.....(X) Everyone else! The league appreciates all the parental support it receives from Parent Assistant Coaches to Team parents to Grandparents making sure their Grandchild can get to a game. But the focus is on the kids!
  • Open League Participation - NL Flag is open to both boys and girls from Kindergarten to 7th Grade (8th Grade in some locations via other programs). Any previous football experience is NOT REQUIRED! There are no tryouts, there are no combines...
  • Grade Based League - We firmly believe having participants play within their grade level accomplishes the most 'symmetry' within an age range. We have an acute perception of where children advance both socially, athletically and behaviorally. We feel kids are best served in the game of football with kids of their relative development - grade based leagues match this better than other methods.
  • Kids Will Be Known - Personalized Nike Jersey - League President Patrick Walsh like's to say, "your child will be known and will be loved!" To create a unique bond with the league and their peers, each child will be embraced as an individual - they will begin each season with a personalized jersey (choice of number and name listed on the back) which will represent them as an individual. Wear them to school, wear them to the supermarket...just wear them proudly!
  • One Trophy League - Next Level is a 'one trophy league', only one team will go home with the Champions trophy at the end of the season. There are many of life's best lessons learned via winning, losing and competition. Our league supports recognition and support of character, but not artificial support provided by a trophy merely for 'participation'. 
  • Unique Balance - This league was formed through many elements, inclusive of 40+ years of youth sports involvement as players, coaches, parents and everything in between. The most difficult achievement is a balance between competition and maintaining proper perspective in youth sports (yes, even for you parents!). Our league, the rules which govern it, along with our staff constantly evaluate and alter our course to achieve this balance.

Peninsula/South Bay Locations: 

Next Level Flag @ Los Gatos (Los Gatos HS)
Next Level Flag @ Mountain View (St. Francis HS)
Next Level Flag @ San Francisco (St. Ignatius College Prep)
Next Level Flag @ San Jose (Bellarmine College Prep)
Next Level Flag @ San Jose (Archbishop Mitty HS)
Next Level Flag @ San Mateo (Junipero Serra HS & Various Locations)

East Bay Locations: 

Next Level Flag @ Concord (De La Salle HS)
Next Level Flag @ Danville (Monte Vista HS)
Next Level Flag @ Danville (San Ramon Valley HS)
Next Level Flag @ Pleasanton (Foothill HS)
Next Level Flag @ University of California - Berkeley (Cal Memorial Stadium!)
Next Level Flag @ Moraga (Campolindo HS)

Marin County Locations: 

Next Level Flag @ Marin (Marin Catholic HS)
Next Level Flag @ Mill Valley (Tamalpais HS)

Next Level Flag @ Novato (San Marin HS/Novato HS)

Central Coast Locations:

Next Level Flag @ Salinas (Palma School)
Next Level Flag @ Hollister (San Benito HS)
Next Level Flag @ San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly)
Next Level Flag @ Carmel (Carmel High School)

Sacramento Valley/Foothills Locations: 

Next Level Flag @ Folsom (Folsom High School)
Next Level Flag @ Granite Bay (Granite Bay High School)
Next Level Flag @ Rocklin (Rocklin High School)

Las Vegas Locations: 

Next Level Flag @ Las Vegas (Bishop Gorman HS)


At any time or for any reason, should you desire to contact Next Level Sports with a simple question (or a complex one!), please do not hesitate. We believe in 'over communication' to assist parents in navigating their ever-increasing demands on time. We believe it is not hard to return an email or a phone call. Well, occasionally it is but we promise we will.


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