Illinois Valley YMCA



Get Ready To Run, Throw, Jump And Fly....


In our YMCA Youth Flag Football League, there’s a position for everyone. No matter who you are, flag is your chance to run, throw, jump, and fly. This is your chance to get involved in the flag football movement and get ready to take the flag! Boys & Girls will develop skills for Catching, Passing, Route Running, and Blocking. Our YMCA Youth Flag Football League partners with NFL Flag. This unique opportunity combines team play and individual skills in a fun and supportive environment. At the YMCA, everybody plays, and everybody wins!

League Information:

Co-Ed Grade Divisions K-2nd | 3rd- 4th | 5th-6th

Ages 5-12 years old

Practice Begins Week of August 19th (one practice per week) Game Season Saturdays, September 7th Season Length:  6 weeks of games.

Coaches Meeting Info – Will be held in the Conference room right side of front desk. Monday August 12,2024 from 6-7:30pm 


In person sign up events at the Illinois Valley YMCA:

May 31st 4-8 & June 7th 4-8

Early Registration Dates/Prices: May 13th-June 7th

Y-Members $55 | Non-Y Members $75 ($10 Discount for Early Registration)

Open Registration Dates/Prices: June 8th-August 4th

Y-Members $65 | Non-Y Members $85

Click to download the Full Flag FB Packet

Click here to download the Flag FB Playbook

Packets also available at the Front Desk

Contact YMCA Program Director, Brandon Schroeder at (815-223-7904 ext. 021 -OR-  [email protected] for more information.
Questions? Contact [email protected] 

300 Walnut Drive 
Peru IL 61354

YMCA Youth Flag Football League FAQ

Any child grades K – 6th

Game Season Saturdays, September 7th Season Length:  6 weeks of games.

In person sign up events at the Illinois Valley YMCA

May 31st 4-8 & June 7th 4-8

Yes, no one is turned away due to an inability to pay. Those who are interested can pick up a financial assistance form from the YMCA, fill the form out completely and submit any requested documentation.

Yes, but please understand we cannot make any guarantees. We encourage requests for children to play with their friends and coaches they know. You can make player or coach requests on the request line of the registration form.

Because balanced teams are the priority, first we form teams by looking at the skill levels, grade levels and gender. Next we try to fulfill as many requests as we can. Then if it is possible, we try to group kids by the school attending.

To preserve the integrity of balanced teams, kids must register individually. No pre-formed teams may register.

Volunteer coaches are assigned to the teams. The coaches will receive their team packet and rosters on the day of the coaches’ meeting. You will be contacted by your team’s coach either by phone or email by January 1st. When your coach contacts you, you will be informed of your coaches’ name and practice time.

Practices will be at Bakers Lake in Peru. Volunteer coaches will pick their practice time during the coaches’ meeting. Practice will start the week of August 19th, and will be one night a week for one hour.

Our YMCA Youth Flag Football League is only possible through the generosity of our volunteer coaches. Usually, a parent will volunteer to coach or assist their child’s team but sometimes there can be teams with no coach. Parents are encouraged to get involved and help out by coaching your child’s team.

Practices begin the week of August 19, 2024. With one practice per week. Schedules will be announced within a week of the coaches meeting.

September 7th- October 12th, 2024, 1 game and 1 hour of practice a week. (6 games and all played on Saturdays at Bakers Lake, Peru, if rain out day makeup will be done Oct. 19th)

In the event of extremely bad weather, games may be cancelled and rescheduled. Weather can be unpredictable. If games are cancelled, coaches’ will be contacted and they will contact team members’ parents via email or phone. Also, you may check our Facebook page for updates.

Not all teams will be able to practice more than once. In order to keep the league fair, teams will only practice once per week. If practices are cancelled due to weather, a rescheduled time will be worked out by the coach and YMCA Program Director.

Yes and no, scores will be kept only in the 5th-6th grade division, and win-loss records will not be kept.

The main focus of the program and all YMCA programs is for the children to have FUN!

Our rules try to encourage good sportsmanship and at the YMCA we expect players and coaches to behave in a manner consistent with our core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. 

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