Flag Pulling in Youth Flag Football Defense Posted February 16, 2012 · Report reply I have 2 teams one is 7-8 & the other 9-11. I had practice tonight and more then half the practice did nothing but flag drills, concentrating on having them get in front of the carrier and having them shuffle side to side to stay in front of the ball carrier. Also I can't tell you how many times I have enforced them watching the belly button or the flag. They do great on drills but once it comes to 5 on 5 they ignore everything from the drills. We have been doing the drills for 3 or 4 practices. Any more ideas?