ELITE PROGRAM FAQ'S
As the only competitive flag football program in Ontario, the Elite program is led by NCCP Competitive Development Certified coaches, former and current OWF players and General Managers for Football Ontario's Female Flag Football Program. The success of our athletes and teams is our top priority. Our experienced staff completes annual health and safety training and background checks. All coaches have NCCP Competitive Development certifications and believe in building leadership and self-confidence through the spirit of sport and healthy competition.
#1 - Our Elite program is backed by the Ottawa Women's Football organization, with former and current players helping. Even more, OWF Elite program is the only competitive flag football program offered in Ontario. The success of our players is our #1 priority.
#2 - A Path to College Girls across North America are fuelling their passion for flag football and taking their game to the college level. In 2020, women’s flag football became a sanctioned college sport in the US, with 15 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) universities kicking off their leagues in 2021. The best part? They’re offering scholarships. Learn more about NAIA Women’s Flag Football.
#3 - The program is run by two female coaches with the following combined credentials; NCCP Competitive Development certification, Co- GM’s for Football Ontario’s Female Flag Football Program, Kinesiologist, players and coaches.
#4 - Building Team Players Flag football is the ultimate team sport that teaches leadership, sportsmanship, and self-confidence. OWF Elite teams compete 5 on 5, giving every player a chance to make a big impact and learn valuable lessons both on and off the field.
#5 - Experienced Staff, all Elite program coaches must complete yearly health and safety training, as well as background checks. Additionally, all coaches are NCCP competitive development certified
#6 - Set Up for Tackle Success Did you know that the skills learned in flag football transfer directly to tackle? For many tackle football families, flag is a great starting point to improve technique and learn the fundamentals of the game, especially in the offseason. It’s the perfect introduction to catching, throwing, formations, routes, defensive skills, and more.
Tryouts are open to all players interested in playing on an OWF Elite team. OWF Elite is a competitive flag football program, and player positions and playing time are at the coaching staff's discretion at all times.
The $102.50 registration fee includes Football Ontario Insurance and two tryouts. The cost of tryouts is non-refundable, and those selected to play will be charged additional team and registration fees. Players are responsible for travel, accommodations and entry expenses for games and tournaments during the OWF Elite season. Three away tournaments that include some international travel are expected this season. Financial assistance is available for players through the Jumpstart Program. Applications for the Jumpstart Program can be found here. Jumpstart funding is available in September and then again in January.
Players require a mouthguard and cleats. No clothing with pockets is allowed on the field, and piercings must be removed or taped. Team jerseys will be provided when teams are formed.
Players selected for OWF Elite teams will be expected to commit for the entire season, which runs from February 17 until mid-August and includes weekly practices and scheduled games. Attendance is required to develop team play.
Players will be excused when ill, but injured players are expected to attend team activities, including practices and games, to be best prepared for return to play. U18 and U20 athletes are also expected to play in the OWF women's league. We understand that 100% attendance may not be possible, but it should be the goal.
OWF Elite teams practice once per week. Friday nights until the end of April, summer practice dates/times TBC.
Three away tournaments, some are international.
U18 & U20 will be participating in the summer women's league.
This is an elite competitive flag football program. At this level, playing time is at the discretion of the coaches.
The "Parent Team" is essential to each team. Parents are asked to ensure their players arrive on time for practices and games and may be required to keep score for home and some away games.