What we're about
We are a diverse group of flag football fanatics. We welcome novice & experienced adult players of all ages. Our motto is safety first, then sportsmanship, fun, exercise, & competition. Come make new friends, have fun, and get great exercise at the beach. No fees or donations required! FREE water, Gatorade, and energy bars. Our rules GUARANTEE that men & women receive the ball equally. Our concise rules create a fun and competitive game.
We play on the beach in the sand in front of LIFE GUARD TOWER 29 (closer to the boardwalk than the water). We are located near the corner of NAVY STREET and OCEAN FRONT WALK. You cannot miss us if you walk up NAVY STREET towards the beach. We are literally at the boarder of Venice Beach and Santa Monica beach at the very end of the Venice boardwalk where the street vendors stop. You can use the nearby address below for mapping purposes.
100 Oceanfront Walk Santa Monica, CA 90405
FREE PARKING:There is free street parking wherever available, but the best place to find free parking is located near Marine and 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th street. We park here on most days for FREE. From here it is just a three minute walk to the game. If you walk up Marine toward the ocean you will walk straight into our BEACH FOOTBALL FIELD.
FREE PARKING OPTION TWO: There is abundant free parking located right around the GOLD’S GYM located at 360 HAMPTON DR., VENICE, CA 90291. It is a 10 minute walk to our game field from Gold’s Gym. To get to the game walk North on HAMPTON DRIVE, West on ROSE AVENUE down to OCEANFRONT WALK (and the beach), and then North on OCEANFRONT WALK to the end of the Venice boardwalk.
There is two hour metered parking on Main street and the side streets near where we play. You can also park all day at the nearest beach parking lot for only $9 ($12 between Memorial day and Labor day) at the Rose Street beach parking lot. Drive down Rose Street toward the beach and you will drive directly into the parking lot. Walk North up the board walk in the direction of the Santa Monica Pier. We will be on the sand just North of the parking lot in front of life guard tower 29.
WHAT TO BRING:
Bring a good sportsman's attitude!
Bring sunscreen if needed.
BRING WATER, BUT WE PROVIDE FREE ICE-COLD WATER FOR ALL MEMBERS.
We have a first aid kit on hand for minor injuries.
IF YOU ARE ABLE, PLEASE ARRIVE ON THE FIELD BY 11:00 AM SO YOU CAN GET TO KNOW THE OTHER PLAYERS AND WARM UP BEFORE THE GAME; BUT LATE ARRIVALS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME!
DONATIONS ARE WELCOME BUT THERE IS NEVER A CHARGE TO MEMBERS FOR THIS MEETUP!!!!!
We will play rain or shine, unless it is unsafe.
Please RSVP as early as you are able. This also encourages others to attend. We all get busy and our schedules change, but please update your status to NOT GOING if you have already RSVPd, but later cannot attend.
Feel free to message me, Josh Grey, if you have any questions. You can also add a question to the message board for the entire group to see.
BASIC RULES OF THE GAME:
We play a respectful and fun style of flag football with NO taunting or other aggressive behavior. We are here to have fun and make new friends.
Play will start at the 5 yard line.
Teams have 4 downs to reach midfield; then another 4 downs to reach the end zone.
The offense may rush at any time outside of 5 yards from the 1st down or end zone.
Each female on a team must receive at least three opportunities to handle the ball per game.
Men are worth 6 points when scoring a touchdown. To encourage the involvement of women in scoring plays, women are worth 9 points for catching, throwing, or running into the end zone.
Teams can go for 1, 2, or 3 points after a touchdown; 1 point from 5 yards out, 2 points from 10 yards out, and 3 points from 15 yards out.
The defense may rush after a 4 second timer count or a 7-one thousand verbal count. The defense may blitz 1 time every 4 downs
MAJOR SAFETY RULES:
WE PLAY NO CONTACT FLAG FOOTBALL!!! FIRST DOWN PENALTIES WILL BE AWARDED FOR ALL VIOLATIONS OF THE BELOW SAFETY RULES.
1) To protect the Quarterback from hand and arm injuries, rushing and blitzing players must lower their hands before they cross the line of scrimmage. At this point the rusher can still sack the QB, but may not deflect or intercept the ball. This rule only applies to the player(s) rushing the QB.
2) A tackling and/or pass interference call will be made anytime a defender makes significant contact with an offensive player while making a play on the ball.
3) To protect our player's heads and spines, you may not "leave your feet" to go over of through another player's back.
4) We do not allow contact blocking, but players may screen block. This means you are allowed to stand still in place to create an obstacle for the defense.
5) It is a foul if a player initiates contact against a player who is "defenseless." A receiver is considered defenseless is he/she is attempting to catch a pass; or has completed a catch and has not had time to protect him/herself or has not clearly become a runner.
Both offense and defense can make foul calls. All players should respect and not argue over each other’s calls. An organizer will resolve any disputes.
You may review our detailed rules by clicking the “Pages” button.
ASSUMPTION OF RISK & WAIVER AND RELEASE OF ALL CLAIMS:
Our flag football games are fun, provide good exercise, and are designed to be as safe as reasonably possible. However, there is a risk of injury or even death in all sports and especially football. You must understand the risks of playing this game and agree to the waiver below before playing. You should also have health insurance and/or be able to afford medical care if needed.
Please read this information carefully!!! You are agreeing to the following by joining our meetup.
ASSUMPTION OF RISK:
I fully understand the risks and dangers to me and others, from both expected and unexpected factors, due to participating in sports events and other activities organized by Joshua Grey and Santa Monica Co-ed Beach Flag Football, formerly known as Los Angeles Co-Ed Flag Football. I am voluntarily participating in these events based upon my own judgment. I am not making this decision based upon the rules, equipment, facilities, and conditions provided by Josh Grey andSanta Monica Co-ed Beach Flag Football, formerly known as Los Angeles Co-Ed Flag Football. Therefore, I voluntarily assume any and all risks, including, but not limited to, injury (including death), loss, or damage to me and/or my property due to any and all causes regardless if it is or is not caused by the negligence of others.
WAIVER AND RELEASE OF ALL CLAIMS:
I recognize and acknowledge that there is a risk of physical injury to participants in this activity, and I voluntarily agree to assume the full risk of any and all injuries, damages or loss, regardless of severity or whether caused by the negligence of others, that I may sustain as a result. By signing up for and participating in this activity I am expressly assuming any and all risk and legal liability of participation, and I am waiving and releasing all claims for injuries (including death), any damages, or loss which I might sustain as a result of participating in any and all activities connected with and associated with this activity, including, but not limited to injuries that occur during an event or activity and those that may occur while traveling to and from events or activities. I further agree to release and waive any right to sue Josh Grey, Los Angeles Co-Ed Flag Football, its organizers, members, volunteers, other participants, sponsors, and advertisers.
If a provision of the Assumption of Risk or Waiver And Release Of All Claims is or becomes illegal, invalid, or unenforceable in any jurisdiction, that shall not affect the validity or enforceability in that jurisdiction of any other provision of this Agreement.
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