RULES

1. Field Dimensions/Specs

  1.  40 yards in length – 40, 25 & 10 are the first down lines

  2.  Regular Field Width

  3.  Regular American End Zone

2. Team Members

  1. Players

    1. Each team has a minimum 13 players and maximum of 19 players. 

    2. Teams are not required to utilize an offensive center.

      • If utilizing one, the offensive center is not an eligible receiver.

      • The center will be responsible for setting or re-positioning the football at the line of scrimmage. If no center, the QB will be responsible.

    3. Age Requirements -

      • High School Division:

        • All players must be under the age of 19.

        • In the case there are not enough teams to field JV and Varsity division, they will play together, with playoffs being separated by age category.

  1. Coaches

    1. Each team has a maximum of 4 coaches.  Coaches will be allowed on the sidelines only during games.

    2. One offensive/defensive coach may be in the huddle with players between plays but when the huddle breaks the coach must move outside the hash on the side of his team bench so as to not interfere with the operation of the official or game play

3. Officials

  1. Each game will have 1-2 officials.

4. Game Times

  1. Teams must be onsite and ready to start on time. If a team is late or cannot start on time, the game clock will begin and whatever time is left on the clock will be where the game starts. The team that is late will begin on defense. If a team is late by 10 minutes or more they will forfeit the game.

  2. Games are played with a 23 minute running clock. After the initial 21 minutes, the last 2 minutes are played as regulation football game with clock stoppages per regulation NFHS football rules. Sacks in the last two minutes stop the clock as well. 

  3. 1 timeout per team (30 sec) – during each half is permitted. 

  4. Overtime: During tournament bracket play only

    1. If overtime is required, teams will alternate three (3) plays from the ten-yard line.  Each team has an attempt to score in each overtime period.

    2. Overtime periods are not timed.

    3. Each team is awarded one timeout during overtime period.

5. Scoring

  1. Six (6) points for a touchdown

  2. One (1) point for a PAT from 5 yard line

  3. Two (2) points for a PAT from 10 yard line

  4. Official scores will be kept by field referee and sideline scorekeeper.

6. Penalties

  1. Offense

    1. Off-sides = Loss of Down

    2. Delay of Game = Loss of Down

      • Each team will have 25 seconds to snap the ball once it has been marked ready for play; delay of game penalty will be assessed.

    3. Pass interference = 5-yard penalty and Loss of Down

    4. No penalty may be assessed in excess of the 40 yard line. If a penalty would move the offense beyond the 40 yard line, the offensive team shall be charged with a loss of down.

    5. If the referee sees that the clock has exceeded 4.0 seconds, the play is blown dead. The ball should be returned to the original line of scrimmage with loss of down. If the QB proceeds to throw the ball after the play has been blown dead, a penalty for offensive delay of game will be assessed.

    6. Offensive team is responsible for retrieving and returning the ball to the previous spot or the new scrimmage spot. Clock does not stop and any delay by offense in retrieving and returning the ball TO THE REFEREE will result in a delay of game and will be a 5-yard penalty from the succeeding spot.

    7. If defensive holding occurs on the same play as a sack, the defense will be penalized and the sack is void.

  1. Defense

    1. Off-sides = 5-yard penalty

    2. Defensive Holding = 5-yard penalty

    3. Defensive Pass Interference will be a spot foul (1st down at the spot).

      • If Defensive Pass Interference occurs in the end zone, it will result in a 1st down at the 1-yard line.

    1. Any dead ball penalty on the defense AFTER a change of possession would result in a loss of down for that team’s offense when they begin their ensuing possession.

    2. Responsibility to avoid contact is with the defense. The defense is allowed an INITIAL disruption, and then must cover. Excessive or prolonged contact will result in a “tack on” penalty at the end of the play (5-yard penalty).

7. Turnovers/Deadballs

  1. Receiver/Ball carrier is legally down when touched below the neck with one or both hands. (Excessive force by shoving, pushing, or striking a blow will be penalized by automatic first down and 5 yards. Player can be expelled if ruled unsportsmanlike & flagrant).

  2. Fumbles that hit the ground are dead balls at the spot with the last team retaining possession. A muffed snap is not a fumble/dead ball. The 4.0 second count remains in effect on snaps.

  3. The QB is allowed 4.0 seconds to throw the ball. Time starts on the snap of the ball and stops as soon as the QB releases the ball. If release is under 4.0 seconds, the play continues. Play is blown dead after 4.0 seconds.

  4. Interceptions may not be returned. 

  5. The offense must gain at least 15 yards in the first 3 or less plays or the defense takes over. No 4th downs. (3) downs in all zones.

8. Appeals

  1. If during game play a coach or player disagrees with an official’s judgment call, they may not dispute that call with the official at that time.

  2. If during game play a coach or player disagrees with a rules interpretation, they may stop the game to determine with the officials and field manager

9. Additional Game Format Rules

  1. Pool Play

  2. Bracket Play - Higher seed gets choice of offense/defense for opening possession.

  3. No kicking or punting.

  4. The defense is permitted 1 (ONE) blitz per game.

  5. No passer may run with the ball unless rushed by an opposing player. 

  6. The only laterals that will be allowed will be laterals that occur after the completion of a forward pass.

  7. Hand offs in the backfield are not allowed.

  8. All offensive formations must be legal sets. Receivers’ alignment should respect the tackle box.

  9. No blocking.

  10. No taunting or "trash talking." (See Code of Conduct for penalty).

  11. Fighting will be an automatic expulsion from any remaining games for the remainder of the year for ALL participants in the fight with no refund. 

10.  Tiebreakers

  1. If two teams are tied at the end of pool play, the tiebreaker is head-to-head records.

  2. If three or more teams are tied at the end of pool play, the following criteria will be used to determine winners:

    1. Head-to-head records

    2. Points allowed

    3. Points scored

    4. Coin flip

  • Uniforms

    1. Teams may wear their own uniforms, at minimum same colour.

    2. Teams MUST have 2 uniform colours. 

    3. Players are permitted to wear standard football cleats with plastic or rubber spikes. No metal spikes are allowed.

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