SNYSA Rule Book

SOUTHERN NEVADA YOUTH SPORTS ASSOCIATION

SNYSA FALL SEASON RULE BOOK

Where Competition Lives!

Author: Spencer Straughter - Modified by Camp Representatives

9/1/2018

Each Head Coach is required to have a copy of the rule book at each game.

(Digital or Print)

Parents are encouraged to read the rule book

*RULES WILL NOT BE CHANGED ONCE FINALIZED FOR THE SEASON*

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Welcome to SNYSA FOOTBALL, a participating National High School Football Rules SNYSA - Thus No Weight Limits. The SNYSA's promise to put out the best possible football product at a fair price with the least amount of hassles as possible. If this is your first season with the SNYSA, WELCOME, and for those of you returning to the SNYSA, WELCOME BACK, and we look forward to you sharing with us the positive changes that the existing board and their newly elected members have made for this upcoming season. It is our goal, during this Football Season, that you have a positive and enjoyable experience with your family and player/child and enjoy the family like atmosphere that the SNYSA strives to exude, all while helping us to provide a positive benefit within the community. Our SNYSA mandate is to provide a fun filled learning experience while your child participates in the sport of Football or Cheerleading. Your child's development, not only as an athlete but also as a person, is a task that we look forward to achieving. We feel the values of citizenship can be realized through sportsmanship and ethical play in athletics. The opportunities to experience and develop life skills in such areas as leadership, teamwork, discipline, goal-setting, respect for self, and respect for others is invaluable as a life learning experience.

As you read this handbook, note the useful information that will aid you during the season. This booklet will provide information on how the SNYSA operates, what to do if you have a concern, and a code of conduct for Coaches, Parents and Players.

The SNYSA is now in its 15h year and totally dedicated to SIX Divisions of Football.

*FLAG:

Ages 4 and 5

*U6 TACKLE (8 man):

Players who do not turn 7 before August 1st

8U Division:

Players who do not turn 9 before August 1st

10U DIVISION:

Players who do not turn 11 before August 1st

12U DIVISION:

Players who do not turn 13 before August 1st

*The player may not be in the 8th Grade

14U DIVISION:

Players who do not turn 15 during before August 1st

*Girls on the lower end of the age bracket may play down.

Ex: 13-year-old girl may play 12U, 11 year-old-girl may play 10U etc.

(If a girl is dominating the lower division the SNYSA Rules Committee reserves the right to move the girl up the respective division)

NO PLAYER CAN BE IN HIGH SCHOOL!

NO EXCEPETIONS!

*Flag and 6U Divisions are developmental levels

Let's have a great season of playing America's greatest sport, the game of FOOTBALL

PLEASE NOTE: In the SNYSAs effort to be Transparent to everybody involved - All Documentation and rules were created in a tiered methodology, 1st - The SNYSA's Rules and Enforcement Board Members created and revised the base document. 2nd - Modifications were then made by the SNYSA President. 3rd - Document was then brought in front of the SNYSA Board members for further tweaking and refinement. 4th - Rules were then presented to the SNYSA Coaches for comments and non-binding suggested changes to or from the rules document. This document is a result from all four stages and is modified yearly, before every New Season.

Finalized rules will not be changed or modified during season play.

Registration

SNYSA FALL SEASON TACKLE FEE - $180.00 per Player - PAYABLE by Credit (online or in office), Cash, Money Order or Cashier Check (payable to SNYSA)

Payment plan may be made started online or at league office in no case however will any equipment OR player ID be issued until paid in full.

  1. Player MUST have an ORIGINAL (SNYSA will make a copy) School ID (States or Federal Picture I.D or Passport will also work) card at time of Sign Up - Private school or Charter school children will be required to show some form of Official documentation from that School. SNYSA reserves the Right to Determine the Authenticity of the provided documentation. -- You must also provide an original or copy of a birth certificate. A Child's Parent or Guardian must have State or Federal Picture I.D, Driver's License, or Passport) present at Sign Up, in order to sign up a child.
  2. A Parent, Guardian or Relative can sign up a Player if that player cannot be present and only in order to have that player placed on his Team's roster no coaches or board member coaches will be allowed to sign up players unless it is their own child (unless required for SNYSA purposes).
  3. Parents / Guardians and their child not present at time of signup - MUST return with child to SNYSA sign up site with child and required documentation
  4. SNYSA discourages players switch teams after being assigned to a team and will rarely allow this to occur unless there is a valid hardship. To request a transfer the parent must complete a Player Transfer Request Form and submit to SNYSA. SNYSA will review the request with the coaches of the new & the old team and render a decision in a timely manner. Note that it is illegal to recruit a player, if the player is on the roster of another team in the SNYSA, this is considered cheating by the coach.
  5. FULL payment of SNYSA Fee is to be paid on or BEFORE Certification Day or player will not be certified and cannot play games.
  6. Required documentation is turned into the SNYSA ON or BEFORE Certification Day or player will not be certified and cannot play Games.
  7. Minimum Players for a team: The SNYSA reserves the right to merge teams in the event there are not enough players on a team. Teams must have a Minimum of the following number of players on their team for their respective division 2 weeks prior the start of the first game.

  • 14U, 12U, 10U shall have a minimum of 17 players and a maximum of 28 players.
  • 8U shall have a minimum of 15 players and a maximum of 28 players.
  • 6U eight-man football, shall have a minimum of 10 players and a maximum of 16 players.
  • Flag shall have a minimum of 5 players and a maximum of 12 players.

Certification

  • Each player is deemed certified by SNYSA staff when all required registration documentation is verified as valid.
  • A SNYSA Identification card will be issued to certified players only.
  • Players without SNYSA issued identification card will not be allowed to participate in game play.
  • Coaches must be certified by USA Football and registered on the USA Football website to receive a sideline pass.

CHALLENGE RULE FOR CERTIFIED PLAYERS: Any certified player may be challenged as to grade and age by any opposing Head Coach; Challenge Protocol:

  1. Challenging Head Coach needs to submit a challenge via email to the SNYSA President or Vice-President.
  2. SNYSA rules committee will review and investigate the complaint, rendering a decision within 7 days of receiving the complaint.
  3. If player is found illegal, the player will be suspended for the balance of the season, the team will forfeit all games which the illegal player participated in.
  4. If it is found that a coach had knowledge of the players age/grade and participated in assisting the illegal player register or recruited the player to the underage team the coach will be suspended for next 3 games. A second occurrence will result a ban indefinitely from SNYSA.
  5. If the player is found legal the challenging Head Coach will formally apologize to the opposing Head Coach, parent, player and submit the $100 challenge fee to the opposing teams account.

SCHOLASTIC VERIFICATION:

(Applicable to 14U and 12U Divisions Only)

I, as coach, player, parent or guardian do understand that any player recruited or assigned to my team, must meet a SNYSA minimum standard for school grades as set forth by SNYSA rules. I understand all my players will be subject to the following conditions: Teams are to provide all 14U and 12U player's and cheerleader's progress reports to the SNYSA at check in, in alphabetical order by last name. Each player and cheerleader will be checked by SNYSA rules enforcement or field director before play begins. This is not a tool to try and stop a child from playing it is a SNYSA decision to force the importance of education first.

Grade Check Procedures

For our pre-teen athletes to understand the importance of being a student first athlete second the SNYSA finds it beneficial to enforce a 14U and 12U Division grade check.

  • Grade checks will be conducted twice during the season, during the first release of CCSD progress reports and prior the first playoff game.

  • All players must maintain a 2.0 GPA to maintain eligibility. If a 2.0 GPA is not met during grade check the player will be ineligible for game play until a 2.0GPA is achieved, at which time the player will regain eligibility.

  • Grades must be reported on an official school grade sheet dated within one week of submitting to SNYSA officials, no copies will be accepted.

Any player that does not meet the SNYSA standard for grades and plays in a game will be considered an Illegal player. SNYSA rules will apply and the game will be counted as a forfeit. Also - Any player that provides grades after the start of the game and plays before his designated start time is an Illegal player and SNYSA rules will apply with the game counted as a forfeit.

SCHOLASTIC VERIFICATION:

8U and 10U Divisions

Head Coaches are responsible maintaining an Academic Awareness Program which should include periodic grade and educational performance checks for their respective teams. We expect coaches to develop a program that drives the importance of academic performance. SNYSA Board may randomly challenge Head Coaches to describe their Academic Awareness Program. This may be delegated, but the Head Coach holds the responsibility ensuring his/her team has a program in place.

I understand that the Player must be scholastically fit to participate. Special needs players (confirmed by school documents) will be dealt with on a (Private) and individual basis as decided by the Non-Coaching Board Members.

The SNYSA will strive to recognize all exceptional players and cheerleaders with grades 3.0 or better on the SNYSA website as Honor Student Athletes and provide an award to wear on their uniform.

Special Rules

  1. Coaches and their assistants may not scout, film, watch, have parents or representatives scout, film or watch any opposing team PRACTICES at any time during the season. This means from the official start to the end of the season. This rule does not apply to games, games may be scouted, recorded, attended and watched by other teams.
  2. A player that competes in any game without being paid in full or registration completed (unless arrangements have been made with the SNYSA) will cause said team to forfeit all games the unpaid player has played in. NOTE: An un-Paid player is considered an ineligible player.
  3. You may scrimmage any team inside or out of our SNYSA, if they are of the same age, and it doesn't interfere with a SNYSA event.
  4. "Mercy Rule" is in effect at 28 separation at which point a running clock will start. If at any time the point separation become less than 28 points the game clock will return to stand rules. We do expect Head Coaches to show sportsmanship with the concern of running up the offensive scores. Poor Sportsmanship can lead to Head Coach suspension. It's OK to shut your opponent out, because defense is a playoff tie breaker.
  5. By agreement of the opposing coaches and the referee, 1) a running clock may be used at any time during the game or 2) any remaining period may be shortened at any time or the game terminated.
  6. Teams must have a First Aid Kit available always.
  7. Teams are required to bring water to all games and provide at least one (1) water break per 15 minutes at practice.
  8. To encourage kicking extra points - all kicked successful point after conversions are worth 2 points and run/pass conversions are worth 1 point.
  9. Players must wear athletic cups at games and practices. No jewelry is to be worn at games or practice.
  10. Players are may conduct a limited celebration that is within good taste, not offensive and not taunting the opposing team. Officials will give 1 warning if player celebration is unacceptable. Additional occurrences will result in an un-sportsman like conduct penalty.

Pro Bowl

  1. The SNYSA will attempt to have an SNYSA Pro Bowl game for our SNYSA All-Stars of each division. Coaches and players will be selected by a vote from his/her peers (league coaches). The selection will be as follows: 1 Head Coach, 1 OC with his position coaches, 1 DC with his position coaches and 1 Special Teams coach. All-Star players will be selected by coach's ballet throughout the season. Any player that is a no-show for the All-Star practices may be replaced by that team's Head Coach's player of choice. NO player excluded by grades for play-offs shall be included. All Head Coaches must allow all selected players to participate or be suspended. All- Star player's names must be turned in the day after the Semi-Final Play-Off Game. A Pro Bowl committee will be formed to plan, organize and oversee the success of the event.

8U Division - Special Rules

  1. Kick-offs for the 8U Division will be added to the 8U division for the 2018 season. All teams must kick-off.

  1. Point after conversions must be declared as a run or kick. If a kick is declared the defense cannot rush the play. During the kick PAT conversion, the defense can raise hands and jump up and down in effort to distract the kicker. If a run/pass conversion is declared the defense can defend the conversion as a normal play.

  1. ONE coach is allowed on the field for each team. After play is called each coach must be 15 yds behind players and out of the End Zone when inside the 20. Interference in play by said coach that is seen to have caused a negative or positive impact on the play will result in a 15-yard spot foul penalty.

  1. Punting: Punting is allowed without a defensive rush. Your team may choose to live punt or DECLARE THE PUNT TO THE OFFICIALS. If the team declares a punt the ball will be moved 20 yds downfield from the LOS as if you punted 20 yds and turned over to the opposing team.

  1. No defensive player shall be lined up directly over the center; player must be 2 yards back, in an up position and lined up in line with the center. Offside calls will be lenient as long as it is not blatant and does not affect the play. The officials have been instructed to call a little more aggressively after the 3rd week so the kids can learn. The SNYSA expects coaches and parents to understand this and revert to; if you have nothing positive to say when you yell out on the field, then don't say anything at all.

  1. It should be noted by all that the game officials are going to be lenient and let the kids play a safe fun game in the 8U division

  1. The SNYSA expects coaches and parents to understand and revert to; if you have nothing positive to say when you yell out on the field, then don't say anything at all.


6U Division

8-man tackle

General: Eleven player 8U rules are used for eight player football with the following modifications'.

Offense alignment- a minimum of 5 players must be on the line of scrimmage.

Eligible Receivers - each player who at the snap was on an end of the line of scrimmage line (total of two) and was legally behind the scrimmage line (possible total of three).

No Kickoffs - Offensive possession will begin at the 25-yard line.

Punt - Offence may declare a free punt at which time the official will advance football 20 yards

Play clock - 35 second.

6U players cannot line up over the center

In 6U one coaches from each team will be allowed in his/ her respective backfield during the game. Coaches on the field should be at least 10 yards behind their last player at start of cadence. Coaches must also make every effort to not interfere with plays (physically or verbally) once they are in progress. PENALTY-Sideline Warning 5 yrd penalty15 yrd -Unsportsmanlike Conduct

Timing

Note: The Regulation Clock runs in accordance with NIAA rules. Regulation Clocks will stop for the following:

  • Penalties
  • End of Quarters
  • Out of Bounds
  • Incomplete Passes
  • Scores & Touchbacks
  • Fair Catches
  • Inadvertent Whistles

MERCY RULE

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There will be a running clock if a team is winning by 28 points or more. Once the deficit is below 28 points the clock will go back to a regulation clock.

While the Mercy Rule is in effect, the clock shall run and stop only for the following:

  • Time outs
  • Injuries
  • End of Quarters
  • Immediately after a score which takes the scoring margin back below 28 points

Other

Late-arriving players may be checked-in at Halftime and play in the 2nd half.

Overtime will be handled in accordance with the NIAA.

After 3 overtimes in a regular season game the game will be declared a draw.

Game Length:

14U - Four (4) ten (10) minute quarters

12U - Four (4) ten (10) minute quarters

10U - Four (4) Ten (10) minute quarters

8U - Four (4) Eight (8) minute quarters

6U - Four (4) Eight (8) minute quarters

5U Flag - Four (4) Eight (8) minute quarters

Games will be played with and clock will be running in accordance with NIAA guidelines unless mercy rule is enforced.

Game Balls

14U - TDY YOUTH

12U - TDJ (JUNIOR)

10U, 8U PEE WEE

6U, Flag - K2

Teams are required to bring their own game ball, if a game ball is not available the team will play with the ball on the field.

Game will not be delayed by waiting for a game ball.

Playoffs

Only the Top Eight (8) OR TOP Four (4) (if less than 8 teams in a division) of all the SNYSAs Teams, determined by Seeding Criteria (see below) will be in Playoffs

Seeding Criteria - #1 The Teams regular season record. If there is a Tie (Go to Criteria - # 2)

Seeding Criteria - #2 1st Tie Breaker is Heads Up (who beat who) If no Heads-Up Game (Go to Criteria - #3)

Seeding Criteria - #3 Total season points allowed.

Seeding Criteria - #4 Coin Toss, One Toss Only. The Winner of the Toss is the Higher Seed. A SNYSA Official will decide what side of the Coin represents which Team and then toss the Coin (letting it hit the ground) in front of the Coaches that are representing each Team. (No more than Two Coaches per Team) If a Team has no representatives at the Toss the other Team wins the Higher Team by default. If neither Team has a representative show up, A SNYSA Official will decide what side of the Coin represents which Team (in front of a Witness) and then Toss the Coin (letting it hit the ground) the winning Team will then be the higher seed.

What parents can expect from SNYSA

  1. The SNYSA will provide an opportunity for children to be instructed in the fundamentals of playing football and the development of your child as a player. Also, the fundamentals of cheerleading and their development as cheerleaders for those in the cheerleading program.
  2. The SNYSA will provide a practice field for each team. The Department of Parks and Recreation considers our requests and allocates fields accordingly. The Department of Parks and Recreation have the right to change field assignments, although rare it is possible that a team may have to change practice fields during the season.
  3. The SNYSA will provide a field for "Game Day". ALL locations to be announced on season's schedule.
  4. The SNYSA will provide game officials from a local officiating organization. These are qualified within their respective organizations. Officials on all levels of sports will miss calls and make bad calls from time to time, regardless of the call, results are never reversed. Heckling and criticizing officials is prohibited and can result in sideline warning, sideline flag up to game forfeit if not controlled by head coach.
  5. The SNYSA will provide its players with helmets, shoulder pads, a pair of football practice pants and a 7-piece pants pads set. Cheerleader uniforms are not provided by the SNYSA, they must be provided by individual teams or the parents. At the end of a team's last game, all the items listed above are to be returned to the SNYSA at the game field, before a player is to go home. Mouthpieces, hard cups, socks and cleats are provided by the parents, game uniforms and helmet decals are provided by the assigned team.
  6. The SNYSA will hold all Coaches & Volunteers to the highest standards of conduct while working with children.
  7. As a Parent/Guardian, you may remove your child from participation at any time. This option can be an excellent motivator in helping a child improve their grades and or their attitudes around the home and in school.
  8. Any PHYSICAL ABUSE, VERBAL ABUSE or PERSONAL THREATS to any PERSONS BEFORE, DURING or AFTER a GAME will be TURNED OVER to the SNYSA FOR REVIEW. THIS COULD RESULT in YOUR REMOVAL from all SNYSA SANCTIONED EVENTS, GAMES and PRACTICES for the DURATION of the SEASON. Physical abuse to any SNYSA Non-Profit volunteer or game official(s) can result 1-year sentence in the Clark County Detention Center if found guilty in Clark County Court of law. SNYSA values its staff and will fully press charges on anyone who imposes harm on our staff or game officials. Please do not let a game of have such a negative impact on you and your family, it's not worth it!

The SNYSA Expectations of Parents / Guardians and their Guests

  1. The SNYSA has a "No Refund" policy. This means, 'NO REFUNDS' for any reason. As soon as funds are received, the SNYSA pays for equipment, insurance, rental of practice fields, game fields, officiating and other expenses associated with the SNYSA and running a sports league. All Parents / Guardians are obligated to pay the full amount of the registration. (See Registration Rules)
  2. After a Team's last game, all equipment issued to a player will be returned to the SNYSA at the game field, before a player is to go home. (Remember to bring a change of clothes for your child.) If you fail to do so, you will be financially responsible for the cost and any collection costs (including attorney fees if required) to the SNYSA. (See Registration Form)
  3. The SNYSA expects each parent to abide by a common-sense code of conduct. This includes NO ALCOHOL, TOBACCO OR DRUG USE at ANY SNYSA SANCTIONED EVENT, including practice and games. Please always show consideration for all personnel connected with the SNYSA . ANY PHYSICAL ABUSE, VERBAL ABUSE or PERSONAL THREATS to ANY PERSONS BEFORE, DURING or AFTER a GAME WILL BE TURNED OVER to the SNYSA for REVIEW. THIS COULD RESULT in YOUR REMOVAL from ALL SNYSA SANCTIONED EVENTS, GAMES AND PRACTICES (YOU, not your Child) FOR THE DURATION OF THE SEASON.
  4. The SNYSA has observed some overbearing parents wanting to re-live their youth through their children. Children put enough pressure on themselves to meet your expectations without any added pressure by parents / guardians. Football is not an easy sport, kids learn and develop at their own speed. Don't expect them to play at a professional level during their youth years. You had your day in the sun, let your CHILD have theirs without your pressure of taking the fun out of it.
  5. Please treat all Coaches, SNYSA Officials and Team Volunteers with respect and dignity and they will do likewise. This is not the easiest job for them, remember that they are volunteers who contribute their time and talents for the benefit of your children. You may not always agree with these volunteers, but they are doing their best for you and your children. Without them there would be no sport for your child to play.
  6. Remember, you're not paying for the right to choose your child's position or how much he plays. It is the SNYSA's policy that a player position and playing time is the team coach's decision and that he has the final say on his team.
  7. If you feel that you or your child is being treated unfairly, talk to the Head Coach first. If that doesn't solve the issue, talk to your camp representative. If needed the camp rep will escalate issue to the SNYSA at which time we will conduct an investigation.
  8. The SNYSA expects you to get your child to all games and practices on time. Head Coach may cut a player from that week's game for missing three (3) consecutive practices. It is the parent's responsibility to ensure that at practice and on game days, your child is properly equipped and has his SNYSA issued certification identification card for game day. Players are inspected for proper equipment, and if not properly equipped, won't be allowed to play. This is not the it's not the coach's responsibility.
  9. The SNYSA expects that you ensure your child behaves in a positive manner and shows respect to all coaches, SNYSA and game officials. Any Head Coach may cut a player for chronic misbehavior. Any Coach can discipline a player by not allowing him to play in a game if the player doesn't follow the rules or directions of the coach.

  1. A team may raise money for a variety of reasons. Parents/guardians, have the right to review the financial records of your team and should routinely do so. The Head Coach or Camp Director is ultimately responsible for the finances and the financial records of his team. The Head Coach/Camp Director will gather the parents together to explain how funds are to be raised and how the funds are to be spent.
  2. The SNYSA and its coaches have the right to remove any parent, player, cheerleader or volunteer, from any SNYSA event (including practice), who is creating a disturbance or not following the rules of the code of conduct, or creating an unhealthy environment for children, without a refund. Upon any such action, a review of the incident will automatically be conducted by the SNYSA.

  1. Parents/guardians, prior to practices and games, inspect your children's equipment. Make sure all the equipment is there, that all helmet pads, and face mask screws are in place and tightened. Check shoulder pads for straps, pads and string and that your pants pad set are in good condition and in place. Ask a Coach if you have any questions. The responsibility to inspect your child's equipment for safety is yours, NOT YOUR CHILDS.
  2. Parents/guardians have the right to inspect the practice and game fields. You have the final approval concerning your child's safety. If you feel something is unsafe address a SNYSA representative, and if you are not satisfied to the solution, remove your child from that event.

Illegal Players

  • The SNYSA will not tolerate cheating teams, cheating coaches, or illegal players. If it is factually proven that a player is too old for the division, he/she is playing on an investigation will be conducted by the SNYSA league officials and selected camp reps. If proven the player will be immediately suspended for the balance of the season including playoffs and each game the illegal player participated in will be forfeited with the opposition gaining the Win with a score of 2-0.
  • If a coach is found to be aware of or had actions connected with an illegal player, the coach will be suspended for 3 games. A second occurrence will result in a permanent ban from the SNYSA. Each game the illegal player participated in will be forfeited with the opposition gaining the Win with a score of 2-0.
  • If a player is found not be registered with the SNYSA, the player will be immediately banned from the SNYSA and each game the illegal player participated in will be forfeited with the opposition gaining the Win with a score of 2-0.
  • Players who have not fully paid registration are not eligible unless approved by SNYSA officials. Players given permission to play by SNYSA will have a league ID issued. No ID - No Play!
  • Cheerleaders participating in the cheer competition must cheer with their division age level. Cheering on a lower level during competition is consider illegal and result in the team and cheerleader being dismissed from the competition.

Supporting illegal actions sends the wrong message to our children, promotes poor sportsmanship and a lack of respect for the game, in addition to creating safety and child encouragement issues.

NIAA/NFHS

Rule Changes/Modification

BLINDSIDE BLOCK DEFINED AND FOUL ADDED: Continuing with the focus on risk minimization, this block involves contact by a blocker against an opponent who, because of physical positioning and focus of concentration, is vulnerable to injury. Unless initiated with open hands, it is a foul for excessive and unnecessary contact when the block is forceful and outside of the free-blocking zone.

SPECIFIC FOULS NOW POST-SCRIMMAGE KICK FOULS: Illegal participation fouls by the receiving team occurring during the kick are now enforced under post-scrimmage kick fouls. Illegal substitution and illegal participation fouls by the receiving team occurring at the snap continue to be enforced from the previous spot.

POP-UP KICKS MADE ILLEGAL: Continuing with the committee's efforts to minimize risk, a pop-up kickoff has been defined. A pop-up kick is a free kick in which the kicker drives the ball immediately to the ground, the ball strikes the ground once and goes into the air in the manner of a ball kicked directly off the tee. Such kicks will be penalized as a dead-ball free-kick infraction.

DEFINITION OF DEFENSELESS PLAYER EXPANDED: The committee adopted specific examples of a defenseless player. By adding these examples, the committee continues to focus on risk minimization and responded to requests on the annual NFHS football rules questionnaire from participating coaches, game officials and state association representatives.

CLOCK OPTIONS ADDED FOR FINAL TWO MINUTES OF EACH HALF: The committee added an option for the offended team on an accepted penalty inside the last two minutes of either half. The referee continues to have the authority to start or stop the clock if a team attempts to conserve or consume time illegally.

ADDITIONAL PROTECTION FOR ATHLETES PARTICIPATING WITH A PROSTHETIC LIMB: With this change, the ball becomes dead when a prosthetic limb comes completely off the runner.

ENCROACHMENT FOUL EXPANDED: Defensive players are restricted from contacting the ball or the snapper's hand(s) or arm(s) until the snapper has released the ball.

FORWARD PASS INTERFERENCE MODIFIED: This change eliminates the previous foul for non-contact face guarding forward-pass interference.

Complete NIAA Rule Book can be found at:

www.NIAA.com

5U Flag Rules

TEAMS: Teams consist of 5-10 players together with 1-2 adult coaches.

TIME:

All games will four (4) Eight (8) minute quarters with a running clock. There will be a 10-minute halftime. There will be a 35-second play clock in effect. In case of injury the clock will stop at the discretion of the Referee, if that occurs the player must leave for at least one play. Teams will have 2 timeouts per half per team.

GAME PLAY FIELD:

Fields are 45 yards long, plus 10-yard end zone and 30 yards wide. Field dimensions, lines, cones, pylons, and markings may vary based on venue/facility rules.

PLAY:

The offensive team takes possession of the ball at the 40-yard line and has four (4) plays to gain 10 yards for a first down. If the offense fails to score, the ball changes possession and the new offensive team takes over on the 40-yard line. If the offensive team fails to cross midfield, possession of the ball changes and the opposing team starts its drive from the 40- yard line. All possession changes start on the 40-yard line. Teams change sides after halftime. The opposing team gets possession at the start of the second half according to the coin toss at the beginning of the game. Play again begins at the 40- yard line. The game cannot end on a defensive penalty, unless the offense declines it. Regular substitution rules apply.

Players/Teams:

Teams must have a minimum of five (5) players. Games will be played if only four (4) players show up to play, which will also count towards the standings. A coach or volunteer may be used as an ineligible center. If a team does not have at least 4 players by the scheduled start time they will forfeit the game. A score of 7-0 will result for the team receiving the forfeit victory.

Scoring:

  • Touchdown scores 6 points
  • 1 extra point by running or passing from the 5-yard line
  • 2 extra points by running or passing from the 12-yard line
  • Interception scores 3 points, plus possession at the 40-yard line Interception returned for Touchdown scores 6 points
  • Safety scores 2 points when the ball is dropped, or a flag is pulled behind the 45-yard line, plus possession at the 40-yard line
  • No fumble recoveries, the ball is dead if it touches the ground

No overtime during regular season game play, tie scores at the end of regulation play will result in a draw.

Rushing:

The quarterback cannot run with the ball beyond the line of scrimmage under any circumstances unless the ball has been previously handed off at least once with a clear change of possession behind the line of scrimmage. The center may receive handoffs behind the line of scrimmage. Handoffs between the center and quarterback may not be between the legs. Only direct handoffs and pitches/laterals behind the line of scrimmage are permitted. Offense may use multiple handoffs and/or laterals. Laterals or pitches ARE allowed only behind the line of scrimmage. If the ball hits the ground, it is ruled a dead ball. A lateral/pitch must be made behind the QB and not forward. If the ball hits the ground it is a dead ball. The player who takes the handoff or pitch can throw the ball from behind the line of scrimmage. The QB is an eligible receiver. Once the ball has been handed off or pitched, all defensive players are eligible to rush.

Receiving:

All players are eligible to receive passes including the quarterback.

To provide spacing, with the exception of the center and quarterback, all offensive players must be at least one arm's length away from each other when the ball is snapped. This includes players on the line of scrimmage and in the backfield.

Only one player is allowed in motion at a time and the player in motion cannot be moving towards the line of scrimmage when the ball is snapped.

A player must have at least one foot inbounds with full possession of the ball when making a reception. This includes interceptions.

Receivers can leave their feet to catch a pass.

Players may not run out of bounds and then come back in to touch the ball or catch a pass.

Blitzing:

A defense may blitz at any time as long as they start 7 yards from the line of scrimmage

Dead Balls:

The ball must be snapped between the legs (direct or shotgun), not off to one side, to start play. Substitutions may be made on any dead ball (the 30 second clock remains in effect). Play is ruled "dead" when:

- Ball carrier's flag is pulled

- Ball carrier steps out of bounds.

- Touchdown or safety is scored.

- Any part of the ball carrier's body (except for feet & hands) touches the ground.

- Ball hits the ground.

- If the ball carrier's flag falls off and is not caused by an opposing player, the ball carrier must be "one hand touched" to be ruled down.

Penalties:

This is a non-contact game and any flagrant contact is cause for immediate ejection. Jamming is allowed for coverage of receivers that are on the line of scrimmage. As always, any un-sportsman like conduct is also cause for ejection. The Referees decision is final on all plays, there will be no tolerance for arguing, and only a coach may ask for a rule clarification. Coaches control profanity. Coaches are expected to eliminate profanity on their team.

Offense:

Holding: 10 yards from line of scrimmage, loss of down

Illegal Motion: 5 yards from the line of scrimmage

Pass Interference: 10 yards from line of scrimmage and loss of down

Delay of Game: 5 yards from line of scrimmage

Defense:

Tackling: 15 yards from line of scrimmage and possible ejection.

Holding: 10 yards from line of scrimmage or half distance to goal line if applicable, automatic first down, ejection for contact violation.

Offsides: 5 yards from line of scrimmage

Pass Interference: 15 yards from line of scrimmage, automatic first down

Illegal Rushing: 10 yards from line of scrimmage, automatic first down