Pre-Season Check List

Are you going to be ready?

To get you ready to hit the fields with Cascade Flag Football, so here's a checklist of items you'll need to have and stuff you'll want to do before take before joining us on the field:

Personal Gear & Equipment:

Pocketless Playing shorts (required)
Shorts (or pants) can be any length, but need to be pocketless and should not have any striping that could be confused with the flags.  You can also purchase league shorts during registration!
Hint:  these can be difficult to find.  If you're having issues look for running, soccer, or ruby style of shorts.  Those are almost always a safe bet. 
Mouth Guard (recommended)
This is about keeping you safe!  A mouth guard is highly recommended to help prevent injury. 
Hint:  unless you have a small mouth, make sure you buy an adult size. Be sure to follow the directions and fit the mouth guard before you wear it on the field the first time!
Here are some mouth guard options for reference:
Amazon  Dick's Sporting Goods  Big 5 Sporting Goods
Cleats (optional)
Cleats are very handy to maintain optimal field traction.  Cleats must be plastic, either molded or screw in will work.  You won't be allowed to play with metal or spiked cleats!
Hints: do not buy cleats online unless you've previously purchased them and know your exact cleat size.  If this is your first time buying cleats, purchase them in a store and work with a salesperson.
Here are few links to possible styles:
Amazon  Dick's Sporting Goods  Big 5 Sporting Goods
Football gloves (optional)
In our games, everyone has the opportunity to catch the ball.  So even if you don't think you'll be a receiver you still might catch the ball.  Good football gloves will help give you traction on the ball, particularly in wet weather.
Hints:  Gloves can be a tricky thing.  Like cleats, unless you've bought them before, it's recommended you buy these in store.  Try on several pairs and see what works.  If you consider yourself more of a blocker, linebacker, or rusher you might consider getting some that have more wrist protection.
Water Bottles
You'll sweat a ton playing Cascade Flag Football, and you need to stay hydrated.  Cascade Flag Football will have water and/or Gatorade at the games to help you out, but feel free to bring your own water bottle as well.
Sunscreen, Hats, Shade
It can get pretty harsh being out on the field for a couple of hours.  Be kind to your skin and remember to bring sunscreen, hats (ball caps can be worn during play, although they need to be turned backwards), or other shade devices.

To prepare your body for playing flag football it's a good idea to start stretching now!  If you do cardio, that's awesome - throw on a bit more.  If you don't currently, start.  There's a decent bit of running in our game, and we don't want you to get tired out too quickly!

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