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FlagFootballX Flag Football Tournament Format Breakdown

FlagFootballX Flag Football Tournament Format Breakdown

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If you live in Texas and want to compete for money in flag football tournaments, FlagFootballX is a great place to start. They have several different levels of tournaments with cash prizes ranging from $1,000-$3,000. So what are the levels of tournaments, the roster rules differences, and which ones should you enter?


Couch Potato Division: 5man

Rules:  Only players unranked or ranked couch potato can play in this tournament.

Prize: $1,000 winner takes all

Level of play: Some good athletes and a few decent QB’s. The rest of the field is low level of players. On a scale of 1-10 I give it a 2.

Style: 3 pool play games and then a seeded single elimination tournament

My take: Whether you are just starting off in flag or trying to fly under the radar without getting ranked, this is the tournament to enter. There is a wide range of players that will be out there. You will have great athletes that have no idea how to play this game to the 50 year olds that know it all but can’t keep up anymore. This is really anyone’s tournament because of the level of play. If you know flag and can limit your mistakes, you have a solid chance of competing for the money.


Crazy Couch Division: 5man

Rules: A team can have 2 rec or 1 comp player and the rest must be couch. Players can also be ranked difSferent (typically lower) based off of Non-QB, Non-Rush, Yellow Shirt QB, etc. Basically, this allows higher ranked players play without having to use one of the rec or comp spots by playing outside of their normal positions.

Prize: $1,000 winner takes all

Level of play: You will have more athletes there than the Couch Potato division but where you see the big difference is in game play. A lot of teams will know what they are doing to a degree. On a scale of 1-10 I give it a 4

Style: 3 pool play games and then a seeded single elimination tournament

My take: Might be the most fun flag football tournament you can play in. You won’t run into the elite players but there will still be good competition out there. It’s a good tournament to learn from. You get to see several good QB’s and the style of their play. This is another tournament that is anyone’s to win. There won’t be a team that will dominate this tournament every single time. It’s a good place to find new up and coming talent. I highly recommend this one!


Recreational Division: 5man

Rules: Only players unranked, ranked couch potato, rec or upper rec can play in this tournament. You may only have 2 players ranked upper rec on a team.  The rest of the players can be a combination of any of the other ranks.

Prize: $1,000 winner take all

Style: 3 pool play games and then a seeded single elimination tournament

Level of play: This is what you would expect from a recreational tournament. You have some “ringers” that will have good teams and always be in the hunt. You will also have a couple of teams that have never played but thought they were better than couch….. Bad idea.  On a scale of 1-10 I give it a 5.5

My take: This is a bit of a step up from the couch tournaments. The biggest difference that you will see is the intelligence of the players. These players have been around the block and know some of the tricks of the trade. Again, there will be a couple of very solid QB’s that will be there at the end consistently but there are always a couple of surprise teams. Play smart and don’t make stupid mistakes and you could have a shot.


Crazy Rec Division: 5man

Rules: A team can have 2 comp players or 1 elite and the rest must be rec or lower. Players can also be ranked different (typically lower) based off of Non-QB, Non-Rush, Yellow Shirt QB, etc. Basically, this allows higher ranked players play without having to use one of the rec or comp spots by playing outside of their normal positions.

Prize: $1,000 winner take all

Style: 3 pool play games and then a seeded single elimination tournament

Level of play: We finally get to introduce the elite players into the mix. This is where you start to see athleticism mixed with creativity. If you don’t know what you are doing, I wouldn’t recommend it but hey, the other teams would love the donation.  On a scale of 1-10 I give it a 7.5

My take: This is my second favorite tournament. Typically, I play with friends that I don’t normally play with and you get to mix and match styles. There is good competition but not the very top. It is fun to mix and match roster and there is always a little trash talking. Depending on who plays you can almost always pick out the final four teams. We need some new blood in this tournament so saddle up your best and bring them out.


Elite Division: 4man

Rules: There are no roster rules. Open rosters anyone can play.

Prize: $3,000 winner take all

Style: 2 pool play games and then a double elimination tournament

Level of play: I think the name and the prize pool says it all… but I will elaborate. Unless you travel the country to play, which I highly recommend, this is the best of the best.  I do like what Dennis at Flagfootballx has done by offering a discount to play with the big boys. On a scale of 1-10 its 10 (9.5 if we are talking nationwide)

My take: This is by far my favorite tournament. Everyone brings their A game for this one. The good news is that if you want competition you got it. Dallas had 3 top 5 finishes this past year in Roswell (Arguably the best national tournament of the season) including the winner Blackout. 5 teams in Dallas can compete tt a very high level anywhere in the country. There are quite a few others that can put up a good fight as well. There is only one way to get better and that is playing better competition and learning from the experience. This is one that you will have to play in to experience no matter what level you are currently playing at.


All information is approximate at the time of this post and could change at any time, so make sure and check out the official FlagFootballX.com website for more information & event dates!

 

Dustin Parrish Dustin is a long time flag football player and organizer with experience in some of the top tournaments across the country. Having competed in and won with teams in many of the top 4man, 5man and 8man competitions in the Dallas area he has accumulated over $50,000 in total winnings from the various events.
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