ABOUT ROBINSON FLAG FOOTBALL
Robinson Flag Football was started in 2006 by Head Coach Eric Vance. In its first season, JV went 5-0 and Varsity 1-8 with only 28 players. Since then, the program has grown to the most successful sports team in school history. In 2014, the Knights won the FHSAA Flag Football State Championship by beating Seminole Ridge 7-6. In 2016, the Knights won the FHSAA 1A Flag Football State Championship by beating Harmony 20-0. In 2017, the Knights won the state title with a 28-6 win over Miami Edison. In 2018, the The Knights secured their third consecutive state championship with a 16-0 over Miami Edison. The Knights fourth consecutive championship was accomplished in 2019 with a 41-0, defeating Dillard. The Knights achieved their sixth state championship in 2021against FAMU with a 33-7. They have also appeared in nine consecutive state finals and were the state runners-up to Seminole Ridge in 2015.
Our program is dedicated to instilling in our athletes lifelong skills to better them as an individual. We believe our student-athletes are students first and athletes second, and as such, we place a heavy emphasis on academics. Our team won the FHSAA Academic State Championship from 2013-2016, with an average team GPA of 3.665 in 2016. Many of Robinson's prom and homecoming queens in past years have been flag football players. The majority of our athletes play another sport at Robinson and the 2018 team had athletes from the swim, cheerleading, volleyball, soccer, lacrosse, softball and basketball teams. We are willing to work with all athletes to fit flag football into their schedule.
Flag football is a spring sport, and the official flag football
We want our team to be a family, and we arrange many team bonding activities to make sure every athlete feels welcome. Past activities include: Halloween pumpkin carving, ice skating in Curtis Hixon Park and the Robinson Flag Football Amazing Race. We have traveled across the state for games and tournaments and were recently invited to play during halftime of a Bucs game.
season runs from February to May. In the offseason, we practice and compete as the AAU team South Tampa Nightmare. All prospective players, including incoming freshman, are encouraged to come out to practices during the AAU season to get a feel for the sport before tryouts in February.
Robinson offers both varsity and JV flag football, and making the team is competitive, so coming out to off-season practice is imperative. For more information, click here or talk to Coach Saunders (Room 125, now Portable 12).
For the past six years, Robinson Flag Football has picked a hashtag for the season. The hashtag was originally designed to give the team a goal. In 2014, after disappointing losses on the games 17th game, we wanted to play in the state finals (the 19th game) so #Play19 was born. We were successful, so the next year we wanted to #GetBack.
When the state split to two classifications we decided to use it as a goal but also something we wanted for our program. #BeTheOne was born as a way to motivate us to be the 1A state champions but to also be the ones who were doing good things for our teammates, families, and community.
The next year, we wanted to embrace a role as a flag football powerhouse and ambassadors for the sport so #EmbraceIt was the choice.
Last year, #H20 was selected to represent how Robinson Flag is capable of overcoming any challenge, and can bring everyone together. This year's hashtag is representative of what we are as a program and as individuals.
Unbreakable Team Bond
Able to adjust to new and changing situations
Brings together strong athletes, leaders, and people
A Universal Solvent
Capable of dissolving and overcoming anything in its path
A Catalyst for Growth
Student athletes growing on and off the field
Robinson Flag is #H2O
Two Parts Heart, One Part Obsession