FAQs

Got questions? We’ve got answers. 

WHO CAN PLAY CASCADE FLAG FOOTBALL?

That's one of the best things about Cascade - almost anyone can play! Our only requirement is that you are 18 or older. We are fully inclusive and welcome gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, queer, intersex, or allies -- any and all skill sets and abilities! If you have any specific questions or concerns about playing with Cascade, email us at play@cascadeflagfootball.org.

DO I HAVE TO BE LGBT TO PLAY?

No! Cascade is fully inclusive and welcomes all players to join. 

I'VE NEVER PLAYED BEFORE, CAN I STILL PLAY?

Yes! Cascade is open to all skill levels - from first-timers, to weekend warriors, to former collegiate or even professional players!

We want everyone to have fun and grow their skills - so if you don't know something, just ask!

I'M PRETTY COMPETITIVE, CAN I PLAY?

Definitely! If you're competitive please share your skill with your team. For the players who want to play at a national level, check out the Seattle Boom, Cascade's competitive traveling teams.

IS THERE A REQUIREMENT FOR THE NUMBER OF WOMEN ON EACH TEAM OR ON THE FIELD DURING THE GAMES?

During the draft, we will ensure all players are split as equally as possible across all teams. The number of women on each team will ultimately depend on how many women register for that season. Game play will be determined by the team captain. We want to make sure that everyone plays during the game, and we will do our best to ensure that everyone in the league is satisfied with the amount of time they get to play. If there are any concerns during the season you can talk directly to your captain or to any of the members of the board. You can also email us at play@cascadeflagfootball.org if you prefer. 

IS THERE PRACTICE?

We encourage all teams to practice since this will not only improve your skills, but also will help you come together as a team.  However, practices are left up to each team. This allows each team to pick a day, time, and location that suites their team best.
We also encourage each of the team captains to share with other captains when their practices are and to be open to scrimmaging with other teams. If you can't make your team's practice, you might be able to practice with another team.

IF I'M NOT ABLE TO MAKE PRACTICES, CAN I STILL PLAY IN THE GAMES?

Yes! Practices are up to each team. Who plays in the game is determined by the captain and the team members. If your team practices and you can't make all of them - no worries. Just make sure to let your captain and teammates know. You can also look into joining another team's practice(s). 

HOW DO I BECOME A TEAM CAPTAIN?

Let us know as soon as possible - play@cascadeflagfootball.org.

IF I'M TEAM CAPTAIN WHAT DO I NEED TO PROVIDE?

As a team captain, you only need to provide your leadership and skills. During games you can have players on your team act as the offensive and/or defensive captains. Footballs, flags, and cones will be provided by the league. You'll just need to keep track of the equipment we provide and turn it in at the end of the season.

CAN I BE ON THE SAME TEAM WITH MY FRIEND / PARTNER / SPOUSE?

Our draft for teams each season is a blind process. This means that team captains don't know who they choose for their team until the end of the draft. We've found that a blind draft process helps to build community and ensures there is a split of skills across all teams. For this reason, we can not guarantee you will be on the same team with another player. However if you have a special reason for needing to be on the same team (i.e. medical or child care) please email us at play@cascadeflagfootball.org to see what arrangements can be made.

DO I HAVE TO HAVE A PHYSICAL TO PLAY?

No! But you should be able to run and be active during the course of a game (two 20-30 minute halves per game). 

I AM HIV+, CAN I PLAY? DO I HAVE TO DISCLOSE MY STATUS?

Yes, you can play! We want to make football available to everyone, and regardless of your status, we want to include you in the experience. You don't have to tell anyone your status. At each game, we will have the proper first aid procedures in place to protect you and whomever is providing first aid.

I DON'T WANT TO PLAY, BUT I'D LIKE TO HELP WITH THE LEAGUE OR BE A FAN. WHAT CAN I DO?

That is awesome! We always need fans, referees, or people to help us with miscellaneous tasks. Please email us (play@cascadeflagfootball.org) and let us know you would like to get involved and we will contact you!

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE OTHER QUESTIONS?

Please email us at play@cascadeflagfootball.org. Our Facebook group also has a lot of great information.

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