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2020 Next Level Flag Football Season - Palo Alto High School Location

Welcome to the 1st season of Next Level Flag Football at Palo Alto High School! General Registration for the 2020 Flag Football season is now open.

For more information and a general overview of our specific Next Level Flag Football location at Palo Alto High School, please review the information below prior to registration!

General Overview of League Operations

  1. Season Operations: The Next Level season for Palo Alto High School will run from early January through early March with 10 program dates over the program schedule.
  2. Game Dates: All games are on Sunday's - check the schedule below for details!
  3. Grade Based Organization: Next Level is a grade-based organization, players play in their designated grade level.
  4. Practices/Game Schedule: All practices and games are on the SAME DAY - parents need only allocate a 2-hour window of availability each week for their child's involvement in the program. Practice hours take place immediately prior to a participant's scheduled game time.
  5. Game Play: Each Next Level game is 5 versus 5 in a non-contact environment. Field length is 40-yard long - up to 4 games operate simultaneously on the same regulation football field.
  6. Student Mentor Coaches: All teams are assigned a Palo Alto High School student-athlete as a Head Coach/Mentor. Parent volunteers are to ASSIST our student-athletes and ENABLE them in their role as the head coach of their respective team(s). The interactions and expectations of the Student Coach and Parent Volunteer Coaches are governed within the Next Level Rule Book.
  7. Team Roster Size: Teams are comprised of 10 players maximum, limited exceptions on a case-by-case basis.
  8. Season Fees: $275.00 Early Bird. Fees are inclusive of a participant's custom jersey, shorts, use of flags, and other equipment/offerings. On September 1st our program will be increased to $295.00.
  9. Uniform Delivery: All season uniforms will be shipped to a participant's home (or provided shipping address). Delivery will occur via USPS and a valid USPS delivery location is required. Participants must keep their shipping addresses up to date for proper delivery. Replacement uniforms will be at the cost of the participant should inaccurate addresses be provided at the time of production.
  10. Optional Player Pack: During registration, participants have the option to purchase additional 'Player Pack(s)' during check out. There are 3 Player Pack levels which users may add to their base league fees for the 2019 season. All Player Pack shirts and hoodies will be shipped with the participants last name printed on the back. Items will be shipped directly to the home starting in late August/early September for early registrants. Sizing verification will be send during late summer via email prior to production and shipping!
    • Base Player Pack: $35.00 - Nike Long Sleeve Dri-Fit shirt (gray) with white Next Level 'Savage' logo, player last name in white.
    • Pro Player Pack: $55.00 - Nike Team Hoodie (anthracite) with white Next Level 'Savage' logo, player last name in white.
    • Baller Player Pack: $75.00 - Nike Team Hoodie (anthracite) with white Next Level 'Savage' logo and player last name in white and pack exclusive Next Level Player Bag from Nike (only available through Player Pack purchases!).

Site Logistics & Schedule

Practices and games will be played under all conditions unless noted otherwise due to extreme weather or other issues. Throughout the season, any changes to the 2020 Season Schedule will be made with appropriate lead time yet our aim is to maintain a consistent and predictable schedule for all grade levels and subsequent teams.

Preliminary practice and game times for the 2020 season are listed below - NOTE THAT THESE TIMES ARE NOT FINAL. Final scheduling for the season will occur in late November to early December (or earlier!). All final schedules will be posted and announced via email notification when finalized.

Practice & Game Times: 2020 Season Schedule

  • Kinder/1st Grade - 9:00 AM Practice/10:00 AM Game
  • 2nd Grade - 10:00 AM Practice/11:00 AM Game
  • 3rd Grade - 11:00 AM Practice/12:00 PM Game
  • 4th Grade - 12:00 PM Practice/1:00 PM Game
  • 5th Grade - 1:00 PM Practice/2:00 PM Game
  • 6th/7th Grade - 2:00 PM Practice/3:00 PM Game

Notes: Practice and Game times are NOT FINAL and will likely change prior to the season!

Game Schedule: 2020 Season Schedule

Week 1Sunday, January 12th (Scrimmage Week)
Week 2Sunday, January 19th
Week 3Sunday, January 26th
Week 4Sunday, February 2nd (SUPER BOWL)
Week 5Sunday, February 9th
Week 6Sunday, February 16th
Week 7Sunday, February 23rd
Week 8Sunday, March 1st
Week 9Sunday, March 8th (Playoffs Week 1)
Week 10Sunday, March 15th (Playoffs Championship Weekend)

All teams will play games through the entire 10-week program schedule regardless of their seeding in the Playoff Weeks.

Additional Information

The Next Level Winter Flag Football program seeks to foster an environment to teach and instruct the principles and techniques of flag football in a safe environment. We encourage all prospective participants to enter at their comfort level and grow their individual skills at their own pace throughout the season. Both male and female participants are welcome! All teams will have a student-athlete assigned as the Head Coach of their team. Student Coaches will be responsible to be the Offensive Play Caller for their team while any Adult Volunteer Coach will be enabled to manage the Defense Play Calls and assist the Student Coach with rotations from the sideline.

For our parents, we seek to keep your weekends free of tangled schedules. Team practice times will occur on the same day as your games, always one hour prior to game time. Practices scheduled outside of this time period (during any day other than game-day) are at the discretion of both the parents and the coaches yet are outside of the Next Level structure and not supported by Next Level Sports.

  • No prior flag football experience is required to participant in the Next Level Flag Football Program.
  • All flag football equipment will be provided.
  • It is suggested that all players wear cleats or athletic shoes.
  • Uniforms are included in the league registration fees, inclusive of home delivery of your uniform (for all registrations received before Dec. 15th).
  • Our program is community-based, teams are formalized by schoolmates, buddy lists, and friends where possible.
  • All teams will be assigned a Student Mentor Coach from a represented high school or college.

We strive to strike an ideal balance between healthy competition and player/character development. Next Level is always a 'one trophy' league as we believe that recognition for participation is not an effective means of helping develop young athletes. In fact, we believe that many of life's best lessons are learned through struggle, achievement, success and of course disappointment. We strive to foster competition yet to also find balance in the ever-changing world of youth sports.

Site Director: Coach Nelson Gifford

Nelson Gifford is entering his second season as the head coach of the Palo Alto Football team. Coach “Giff” began his coaching career 16 years ago at UC Davis where he worked as an undergraduate assistant. Since that first fall, he has been a coach at either the collegiate or high school level. He has had stops at Cal, Laney College, Oakland High School, Golden Valley and, most recently, at Fremont High School in Sunnyvale.

Outside of football, Coach Gifford works at Palo Alto High School as a math education specialist, and has been teaching at the high school level for six years. He earned his MA in Education at UC Berkeley, and received his undergraduate degree from UC Davis. Coach Gifford is married to Mayra Valdivia, also a teacher, and have one daughter Olivia Michelle.

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