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Cranford PAL Flag Football 

Quick Facts...
Program Director:  Andrew Hooey
Program Coordinator:  Chris Coccaro ([email protected])
Season: August/September - October
Fees:  $100 Registration
Grade Levels:  Grades 1, 2 and 3
Flex Football Equipment Sizing Chart:  CLICK HERE TO SEE CHART
*Main point of contact - Chris Coccaro




The Cranford PAL Flag Football is a completely instructional introduction to the game of football.  Each coaching staff works intricately with your youth athlete on the field to discuss the fundamentals of playing football.  As it implies in its name, PAL Flag Football is a TACKLE-FREE game that uses flags instead of tackling.  Despite this, safety equipment is still utilized to ensure that our athletes remain safe on the field.


Thanks for your interest in Cranford PAL Flag Football!

Our sessions are from 8:30-10am on Saturday mornings.  1st and 2nd grade work together on one half of the field while third grade work separately on the other. 

We start our sessions with group stretching.  followed by drill stations that emphasize skills including hiking, handoffs, throwing, catching and flag pulling.

Following skill drills the 3rd graders work on offensive and defensive plays.  They follow with a scrimmage incorporating what they learned during drills.

The 1st and 2nd graders break into groups of 6 or 7 called pods and work on offensive plays.  With the remaining time the pods scrimmage against one another.  Their fields are sideline to sideline 20 yards wide.

We need 1st and 2nd grade volunteers to coach.  You will complete a PAL background check and a 1 hour USA football training session online.  We need 12 volunteers for these roles for next season.  No football background necessary.  I have worked with the 1st and 2nd graders now for 3 seasons and enjoy watching them progress in their skills sets and gain confidence in themselves.  It’s a great experience!  Please consider checking the volunteer coaching box when you sign your child up.

About the Gear:

FlexGear is the same gear trusted by 15 of your favorite NFL teams. This provides proper and safe technique development for our players.

You can learn more at flexfootball.com.  The PAL Flag Football Program is run by Flag Football Coordinator Chris Coccaro, with support from PAL Football Director Andrew Hooey.  For more information about what the Cranford PAL offers, visit www.cranfordpal.org

This activity is hosted most Saturdays at Memorial Field. 

Contact Us

Cranford Police Athletic League

P.O. Box 1021 / 8 Springfield Avenue 
Cranford, New Jersey 07016

Email Us: [email protected]
Phone : 908-709-4313
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