Polar Bear Edition

NFL Youth Flag Football: Polar Bear Edition League Information

We are excited for the 3rd season of NFL Youth Flag Football: Polar Bear Edition! This program is for boys and girls ages 6-15. The purpose of this league is to provide a fun, noncontact football program that will teach and reinforce the basics for individual skills development, team play, and football

With so many details and so much information pertaining to this league, we encourage you to carefully review all of the information below. 

2023 Flag Football Information Packet                     2023 Flag Football League Rules

If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We hope that your child enjoys his/her experience this season! 

League Coordinator: 
Shelby Cruse, Athletics Program Manager 
scruse@cornelius.org | 704-892-6031 x169

2023 Flag Football Polar Bear Edition
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Registration Information

Registration opens on Tuesday, November 1, 2022 and will remain open until Sunday, December 11, 2022 or until full. 

Ages: Boys and Girls ages 6-15
Cost: $95 for Cornelius Residents | $115 for Non-Residents

Age Divisions (age as of January 4, 2023)

  • Division A: Ages 6-7, coed (Age 6 by January 4, 2023)
     Practices and games will be scheduled, along with post-season “bowl” game play.
  • Division B: Ages 8-9, coed (Age 8 by January 4, 2023)
     Practices and games will be scheduled, along with post-season play.
  • Division C: Ages 10-12, coed (Age 10 by January 4, 2023)
     Practices and games will be scheduled, along with post-season play.
  • Division D: Ages 13-15, coed (Age 13 by January 4, 2023)
     Practices and games will be scheduled, along with post-season play.
  • Final age divisions will then be determined based on participation and a combination of other factors. Traditional divisions may be combined and/or modified, in order to provide a safe and fun program experience while ensuring that as many youth as possible have an opportunity to participate in the program. This decision will be made ad communicated to participant families prior to the end of registration, giving the opportunity to receive the maximum refund that our refund policy allows at that time.

Refund Policy

In the event that a child cannot participate in the program in which he/she has registered, the refund policy is as follows:

  • A 90% refund will be issued when requested by Monday, November 14
  • A 75% refund will be issued when requested between Tuesday, November 15, and Monday, November 28. 
  • A 50% refund will be issued when requested between Tuesday, November 29, and Tuesday, December 13
  • No refund will be given starting Wednesday, December 14

Please allow up to 30 days for refund processing. 


Scholarship opportunities are available for Cornelius residents only, on a limited basis, and are typically aligned with the CMS Free & Reduced Lunch guidelines. To apply for a scholarship, you will need to complete a scholarship application form and produce a copy of your CMS approval letter (other proof of need will be considered). Please call or email us with any questions.

More Important Information

  • Coaches & Other Volunteers - We can't run the league without volunteer coaches, scorers & timekeepers!
  • Team Assignments
    • As part of the registration process, parents will be asked to provide skills assessments and flag football experience information for their children. Please rate your child on a scale of 1-5, with 5 being very skilled at flag football and/or a strong knowledge of the sport, and 1 being unskilled or with very limited skill associated with flag football and/or little to no knowledge of the sport. Parents will also be asked to share their child’s experience playing organized flag football. 
    • Staff will be conducting a random draft for the A division, and then coach-led draft for B, C, and D.  Coaches and their coaching partners (max 2 per team) will have their children drafted to their teams. Siblings in the same age division will also be drafted to the same team. These assignments will be in place automatically unless otherwise communicated as a transaction note during the registration process. CPRD reserves the right to modify the Team Assignment process as needed. Team Assignment protocols and procedures are subject to change based upon total registration.
    • PLEASE NOTE: We will consider requests for coaches, teammates, carpools, practice night, and practice time. Please note that we cannot guarantee any of the above requests as ultimately team assignments are selected by the coaches during the draft process. Special requests can be made as a transaction note, via email to pr@cornelius.org, or in person at the CPRD office (21445 Catawba Avenue, 2nd floor). Once the team assignments have been made, it is very rare that we are able to honor any late requests. Our inability to meet your requests does not alter our refund policy.