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Attention Parents: When you sign up and register for our FALL 2020 season, you will need to make an account with our new registration vendor called 'LeagueApps'.  We are no longer working with SportsEngine.  If you are having any issues with registration, please email us   


 If you are not sure which friends your child wants to play with, go ahead and still sign them up for the Fall. Parents will have the opportunity to update and add player requests prior to the start of the season. Please know that FNL will always try to have kids play with teammates from their same school and/or neighborhood! No payment or deposit is required to register- SAVE YOUR PLACE ASAP


Greetings from Santa Barbara FNL!

We hope this email finds everyone well and that our young athletes have successfully navigated the beginning of their school year.

As the NFL returns, it brings us hope thatFNL will find a way back onto the field real soon! We are still 'on-hold' with city officials to play any games here in Santa Barbara but our permits have been submitted and our plan to safely return to the field following all CDC guidelines has been completed. Our small teams of 6-8 kids playing on new, larger outdoor fields makes our program safer than many other youth sports leagues. As the health of our community continues to improve, so do our chances to get the kids out on the field

Some organizations are offering 'training leagues /practice-only programs' without being allowed to play any games. If we get early field access and approval for training & practices, we will let everyone know and begin to build teams so kids can start to practice and benefit from physical activity! If games are not permitted by the end of October, registration may rollover with games starting in January (at no additional cost).

Currently, FNL has hundreds of kids already signed up to play this Fall. As a reminder, we will be limiting the number of teams and participants so we highly recommend signing up today to avoid our waitlist. No payment is required until we officially get the green light from officials to play games. At that time, families will have the final opportunity to decide if they want to play! NO RISK TO SIGN UP NOW. We miss the kids so much and we are ready to get them safely back on the grass to play some flag football! [More information below...]



FNL's ability to have small teams on large outdoor fields definitely make our play safer, however there will be new standards in place beginning this Fall that follow the safety guidelines provided by the CDC and local officials. Our 'Return-to-Play' plan and procedure is posted on our website. We've been working with many youth sports organizations as well as the Coalition For Youth Sports, which run some of the best youth sports leagues across the Country. After a ton of meetings, zoom calls, research and emails, we put together a plan that will help keep our families, players & coaches safe. 

Here are just a few of the major adjustments and safety precautions we've put in place:

Santa Barbara FNL protocols:

1) Significantly limiting the number of teams participating. 

2) Reducing the number of fields to allow for social distancing. 

3) Potentially limiting the spectators to immediate family only.

4) Maintaining a consistent roster of 6 - 8 kids per team.

5) Staggering game times on Friday nights.

6) Providing Hand Sanitizing Stations at the entrance and exit at both Dwight Murphy and Pershing Park.

7) Signage reminding players and families how to stay safe while on the field.

FNL Football Skills Academy.  

Friday Nights October 9th, 16th and 23rd


FNL Football Skills Academy

Friday Nights this October. FNL Football Skills Academy for boys & girls grades K-10th. Fun Skills & Drills... while having a ton of FUN. FNL SAFELY bringing kids together to PLAY! 10/9, 10/16, 10/23

Ready to launch October 9th-23rd! More info coming soon...

FNL's Return-to-Play Dates:

Fall 2020 Season: (October-December) Registration is going on now. Reserve a spot. No payment required until season is approved by local authorities. Families can decide at that time if they would like to proceed & play. Full refunds will be provided prior to first practice!

Winter League 2021 Season:  (January - March) Registration begins November 15th.

Spring League 2021:  (March - May) Registration begins January 15th.

Summer League 2021: (June - July)  Registration begins April 15th

*Please note that all dates are tentative and subject to change due to availability of fields and active number of participants.


Boys & Girls grades K-10th get ready to for Fall/Winter 2020: 


Kinder Only.






HIGH SCHOOL FLAG FOOTBALL Fall 2020 Grades 9th/10th

Hey Parents....WE GOT YOU!

FNL's first and foremost priority is the health and safety of the kids and families in our community. After carefully reviewing the guidelines established by the state of California and Santa Barbara County, we believe that we can operate in a safe manner under the right conditions.(see FNL Return-To-Play). Due to COVID-19, FNL wants to limit the number of players participating in the Fall 2020 season. Until we get final approval to play, we are allowing parents to register their son or daughter without making any payment. Once city and state authorities approve the season, your card will then be processed at the early registration fee of $200 (K), or $225 (1st-10th). 

*NO PAYMENT REQUIRED TO SIGN UP FOR FALL. (Until City & State Authorities Approve Return to play!) 

FALL 2020 LEAGUE: Reserve your spot.

REGISTER FOR THE FALL 2020 Season!  Players can add friend requests or build a team later.  FNL may have to limit the number of players so reach out to your friends, neighbors and classmates now and let them know to sign up TODAY!




Registration now OPEN!

FALL 2020 SEASON: Grades K-10th. October - December

More information to come!  Questions?:

Hello from FNL,

We hope this note finds everyone healthy and safe. Our hearts go out to everyone who has been impacted by this global crisis. These are challenging times to say the least and the uncertainty of when life will return to 'normal' is still unclear. We look forward to the day we see our kids back on the field playing with friends,  and our families are together again on Friday nights. We will be there eventually, but it may look a little different. FNL will continue to listen to the experts and adapt to the "new norm". Games may be staggered, fewer games could be played each hour, and additional venues may be used. When we get through this, which we will, Santa Barbara Friday Night Lights will once again strive to provide this community with a fun and safe youth sports experience. We hope to see your kids sign up for some fun in our FNL Summer Camp (pending State approval) and that we can all be together on Friday nights under the lights for the Fall 2020 Season. Take care & be safe.

Spring 2020 Refunds Processed;                                                          

Dear FNL friends & family,

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a major affect on many organizations...youth sports leagues included. FNL understands it is still not safe to try and continue games this Spring.  FNL has made the painful decision to cancel the Spring 2020 season. As a result, FNL will be providing every registered family refunds based on the balance of the Spring season. Many refunds have already been processed but they all should be completed by the end of June. All youth sports incur a significant amount of expenses upfront and prior to any games being played. These 'sunk costs' include, jerseys, insurance, permits, equipment, CC fees, website hosting, background checks, casual labor, referees, scheduler and numerous other costs that FNL cannot retrieve. As a non-profit youth flag football league, FNL does not carry any cash balances forward from season to season. If you have any questions please feel free to email FNL at We truly hope to see the kids back on the field with FNL for a full, fun and safe return in the Fall.  Thank you! Please stay safe and be well.

Santa Barbara Friday Night Lights

(Specific dates pending City and State approval).

Fall 2020 League:  August-November

Reserve your spot for the Fall. No risk. No money down. Save your spot and when the city reopens their fields, then you will be charged the 'early registration fee' of $200.  

Play with friends, neighbors & classmates!

Games 6 -vs- 6

5 Divisions

K,   1st/2nd,   3rd/4th,   5th/6th,   7th/8th , 9th/10th

Non Contact for fewer injuries.

Every team makes it to playoffs!

Play skills positions- QB, WR, RB, DB

Only 1 practice is allowed each week.

8 player team rosters.

Everyone plays 3 out of 4 quarters!

Games on Friday Nights* at Dwight Murphy and Pershing Park

FNL Game times run from 4:15pm - 8:45pm

No parent volunteer requirements.  Games only use professional, paid officials.


Santa Barbara Friday Night Lights. 

Guaranteed 100% FUN!

FNL 2020


Spend your Friday nights with FNL this Spring.  Earn up to 5 hours of community service each night!


Ted and Nevin Pallad


FNL Family Dinner Project

Michael Remorenko and his son Chase enjoying dinner from our sponsor Kyle's Kitchen

Santa Barbara FNL Refund Policy

All refund requests must be received in writing by Dec. 1st for Spring Season, May 15th for the Summer Season and June 1st for Fall Season.  After these dates, refunds will not be issued as the league will start to incur many expenses in preparation for the upcoming season.  Expenses being incurred , but not limited to are: uniforms, field permits, insurance, acctg.,website, credit card fees, mktg, labor, etc.  For more information please review our policy below or email FNL at  Thank you for your understanding.