Flag Football League Contents

Overview

Days: Sundays for games and one day during week for practice
Dates: Sunday April 7 th 2019-Sunday May 26 th 2019 (off date May 12 th )
Start time: Between 10:00 am and 4:00pm
Who can participate: Boys and girls currently in K-6trh grades
Where: TBD
Rates: $90.00
Multi child discount: $5.00 applied to each additional child (excluding Initial child)
Final registration date: Sunday March 24 th 2019 (wait list will form at this point)

Program Details

  • 6 week schedule including Championship Sunday.
  • All kids play all games 5v5 format unless numbers dictate 4v4 or 6v6.
  • Returning Dfl players will be placed on the same team as Fall 2018 (unless requested otherwise). New players will be placed by school (as much as possible)
  • Each team will consist of minimum of 5 and maximum of 9 kids
    5. Practice will be held one night during the week Game on Sunday
  • Divisions may be formed by grade if numbers allow.

Equipment

  • Dfl will supply Jerseys and flags
  • Parents are responsible for rubber cleats
  • Parents are responsible for Mouth guards
  • Players can wear shorts or sweatpants

Miscellaneous

  • Games will not be played on May 12th 2019 in honor of Mothers Day
  • We will do our best to get all games in due to weather
  • Seating may not be available at field location. Lawn chairs are reccomended

Rules

I. Game

  1. At the start of each game, captains/coaches from both teams shall meet at midfield for the coin toss to determine who shall start with the ball. The visiting team shall call the toss.
  2. The winner of a coin toss gets choice of possession. Loser has choice of direction. Team that chooses direction will begin the second half with the football.
  3. The offensive team takes possession of the ball at its own 8-yard line and has 4 attempts to cross midfield and 4 attempts to score.
  4. If the offense fails to score or obtain a first down, the ball changes possession and the new offensive team gains possession on its own 8-yard line.
  5. Flag guarding is an attempt by the ball carrier to obstruct the defender's access to the flags by stiff arming, dropping of head, hand, arm or shoulder, or intentionally covering flags with the football or jersey. Flag Guarding will be called at the full discretion of the referee.
  6. Interceptions cqan be returned for Touchdowns.
  7. There are NO FUMBLES. The ball will be spotted where the player lost control of the ball.
  8. When a muffed snap occurs, the offense will have 1 retry. Play clock resets to 10 seconds to convert a successful snap.
  9. Home Team wears dark-side jersey; Away Team wears white-side jersey.
  10. Teams must field a minimum of five (5) players at the start of the game. Showing up with four (4) or less players will result in opposing coaches choosing to accept a forfeit or play the game.
  11. Participants and Coaches are always expected to shake hands at midfield no matter the outcome of the game.
  12. Every child must play 1 quarter.
  13. The Prek/Micro, Mini and JR Division will play with the NFL JR ball inflatable to 6-7lbs (Blue Ball). The SR & Varsity Divisions will play with the NFL Intermediate ball inflatable to 7-9lbs (Brown Ball).
  14. All Grade Levels will be 5 on 5 (exception: PreK is 3v5)

II. Coaches

  1. Coaches are expected to adhere to NFL FLAG Philosophies, Coaching Guidelines and Dublin Football League's Code of Conduct at all times.
  2. The League Director has full authority to remove a coach at any time from his/her coaching duty indefinitely.
  3. Only four coaches (including the stat keeper) per team are allowed on the coach/player sideline.
  4. Rosters, Rules and Guidelines will be emailed to each coach a few weeks prior to Meet & Greet Day.
  5. Coaches will no longer be the QB in the PreK/Micro Division
  6. Coaches on field per age division: PreK/Micro=2, Mini=2, Junior=1, Senior=1, Varsity=1

III. Equipment

  1. All players must wear mouth guards at all times while on the playing field.
  2. Shorts and Pants CANNOT have pockets.
  3. Players' jerseys must be tucked into the pants, with the complete belt showing at all times. If a coach notices an opposing player's jersey is untucked, s/he must ask the referee to have the player tuck his/her jersey in before the start of the next play.
  4. The excess belt must be cut off so that it does not hang down from the players waste. If the belt is hanging down, making three (3) belts visible, then the referee can rule the player down when they gain possession of the ball.
  5. Players must wear the Flag jersey provided by Flag Football Fanatics for games. If a player does not have the flag jersey they will not be permitted to play.
  6. Footballs will be provided to each coach by Flag Football Fanatics and these footballs will be used as the game balls.
  7. It the defensive coach's responsibility to make sure all of the offensive player's flags are located on the hips prior to snap.
  8. Players can wear shoes or cleats; however, cleats with exposed metal are not allowed.
  9. Players may tape their forearms, hands and fingers. Players may wear gloves, elbow pads, and knee pads.
  10. Casts or Braces (even if wrapped or covered) of any kind are not allowed. Players must remove all jewelry and hats.
  11. The shorts must be an off color of the player's flag belt. If a member of FFF Staff believes a team is gaining an advantage by the color of their shorts we will switch belts or that entire team will play one hand touch.

IV. Field and No-Run / Buffer Zones **See Graph on last page**

  1. The field dimensions are 50 yards by 25 yards with two 5-yard end zones and a midfield line (25-yard line) which will always be the first down line. No-Run Zones precede each midfield line and goal line by 4 yards. Field Dimensions may vary depending on playing location.
  2. No-Run Zones are in place to prevent teams from conducting power run plays. While in the No-Run Zones (a 2 yard imaginary zone before midfield and before the end zone), teams CANNOT run the ball. All plays must be pass plays, with the pass going BEYOND the line of scrimmage. Teams may hand-off, pitch, or lateral the ball, however, the end result of the play must be a forward pass BEYOND the line of scrimmage. **See Graph on last page**
  3. Stepping on an out of bounds line is considered out of bounds. 4. No-Run Zones will be marked on the field and the referee will notify you before the play whether you are in a No-Run Zone
  4. The game ball will be placed at or near the center of the field after each play (designated by center cone). 6. The center may move the ball along the line of scrimmage (5 yard limit to either side). Movement must take place prior to offense being set.

V. Timing and Ties

  1. Games will be consisted of four 10-minute quarters and a five minute half-time.
  2. Clock will only stop during dead balls during the final minute of the 2nd half and timeouts. (Fumbles or Pitches are not considered dead balls = Meaning Clock runs during last minute)
  3. Each time the ball is spotted, a team has 20 seconds to snap the ball. Teams may receive warning(s) before a delay-of- game penalty is enforced.
  4. The 30-second play clock will start once both cones (line of scrimmage and rush/blitz cone are designated). The offense may not snap the ball or run a play prior to both cones being designated.
  5. Each team has one 60-second time out per half. They do not carry over to the next half.
  6. Referees can stop the clock at their discretion.
  7. In the event of an injury, the clock will stop then restart when the ball is snapped on the next play.
  8. The clock will stop on all dead balls in the final minute of the second half except when a penalty is called on the team that would benefit for the clock stoppage.
  9. If the score is tied at the end of the second half, the game will go into sudden death overtime. **One play** after a coin flip, the winning team chooses offense or defense. If the offense scores, they win, if the defense stops, they win. 10. Game times can be shortened at the discretion of the League Director.

VI. Playing Time / Substitutions

  1. The games will consist of four 10 minute quarters and a 5 minute half-time. 2. Each child must play 1 quarter each game.

VII. Scoring

  1. Touchdown: 6 points
  2. PAT , 2 points (8-yard line).
  3. Safety: 2 points
    A Safety occurs when the ball carrier is declared down in his/her own end zone. They can be called down when their flag is pulled by a defensive player, they step out of bounds, or they hit the ground with their knee, arm, or ball. A Safety also occurs when there is an offensive penalty in the end zone. Example: The QB flag guards a defender while in his/her own end zone.

VIII. Live Ball/Dead Ball

  1. The ball is live at the snap of the ball and remains live until the referee whistles the play dead.
  2. The snap must be a real snap between the legs.
  3. The referee will place a special marker down to designate the line of scrimmage. Referees may give both teams "courtesy" neutral zone notifications to allow their players to move back beyond the line.
  4. The referee will place a special marker down to designate the rush/blitz line (5 yards). The offense may not snap the ball or run a play prior to both cones being designated.
  5. The defense may not mimic the offensive team signals, by trying to confuse the offensive players, while the quarterback is calling out signals to start the play.
  6. There are NO FUMBLES. The ball will be spotted where the player lost control of the ball.
  7. If a defensive player intercepts a pitch or lateral the play will be treated as a defensive interception.
  8. Play is ruled "dead" when:
    • The ball hits the ground or the ball carrier's flag is pulled.
    • The ball carrier's elbow/knee hits the ground or steps out of bounds
    • A touchdown, PAT or safety is scored.
    • The defense intercepts a pass attempt.
    • The ball carrier is touched with one hand in the case that one (or both) of his/her flags fell out.
    • Inadvertent whistle, if there is an inadvertent whistle, the offense will have the choice of either the result of the play or replaying the down.

IV. Receiving

  1. All players are eligible to receive passes (including the Quarterback, if the ball has been handed-off, pitched, or lateraled behind the line of scrimmage).
  2. Only one player is allowed in motion at a time. All motion must be parallel to the line of scrimmage and no motion is permitted towards the line of scrimmage.
  3. A player must have at least one foot inbounds when making a reception. 4. In the case of simultaneous possession by both an offensive and defensive player, possession is awarded to the offense.

X. Running

  1. The ball is spotted where the runner's belt is when the flag is pulled.
  2. No blocking, screening or running with an offensive player is allowed at any time. The defense always has the right of way to reach the offensive player's flag belt. It is at the referee's discretion to rule if an offensive player's intent is to impede the progress of the defender(s).
  3. If a receiver/runner's flag belt comes off inadvertently, then the receiver/runner must be touched with at least one hand to be down.
  4. Defensive players must wait until the ball is handed-off, pitched, or lateraled before they can cross the line of scrimmage, unless the player(s) are behind the 7 or 9 yard rush line.
  5. Whenever a lateral, hand-off, or pitch occurs; and every defensive player is eligible to rush.
  6. Teams may hand-off, pitch, or lateral the ball as much as they want behind the line of scrimmage, however, once the ball crosses the line of scrimmage, teams may only have one (1) hand-off, pitch, or lateral.
  7. Flag Obstruction - All jerseys MUST be tucked in before play begins. If a coach notices an opposing player's jersey is untucked, he must ask the referee to have the player tuck his/her jersey in before the start of the next play.
  8. Ball carriers MUST make an effort to avoid defenders with an established position. Not making an effort and making contact with a defender may result in a charging penalty.
  9. The quarterback cannot directly run with the ball. The QB can only run after 3 seconds or a blitz.
  10. "No-Run Zones," located 4 yards before each end zone and 4 yards on either side of midfield, are designed to avoid short- yardage, power-running situations.
  11. The center may not receive a hand-off between his/her legs or behind the back. Hand off to center MUST be in the front (belly area).
  12. The player receiving the lateral, hand-off, or pitch, may pass the ball as long as he/she does not cross the line of scrimmage.
  13. Spinning: A player may spin but not become a tornado on the field.
  14. Jumping: A player may jump, however, jumping over or into a defender and diving to advance the ball is prohibited.
  15. A player is considered an Illegal Runner when the QB crosses the line of scrimmage (without receiving a pass or handoff), the ball carrier crosses the line of scrimmage with the ball in the NO RUN zone, and when the ball carrier crosses the line of scrimmage with the ball on two (2) consecutive plays.

XII. Rushing the Passer

  1. The defense may rush any number of defenders as long as the defenders from the line of scrimmage at the snap.
  2. It is the center's and offensive players' responsibility to get out of the way of the rusher. The rusher has the right of way to the QB. If any contact or interference occurs the offensive team could be penalized. It is at the referee's discretion to rule if an offensive player's intent is to impede the progress of the rusher(s).
  3. The rusher must declare his rush by lining up one yard (or more) to the left or right of the center. If this path is crossed AND contact is made involving the rusher this will result in an offensive penalty.
  4. Once the ball leaves the QB's hands, the 7 or 9-yard rule no longer is in effect and all defenders may go behind the line of scrimmage.
  5. A special marker will designate the rush line 7 or 9 yards from the line of scrimmage on every play.
  6. The rusher must go for the Quarterback's flag. Players rushing the Quarterback may NOT attempt to block a pass.
  7. A Safety is awarded if the sack takes place in the Offensive team's end zone. A legal rush is:
    • - Any rush from a point 7 or 9 yards from the line of scrimmage behind the designated marker.
    • - A rush from anywhere on the field AFTER the ball has been handed-off, pitched, or lateraled.
    • If a rusher leaves the rush line early, they will not be permitted to rush, if they continue to rush and cross the LOS, this will result in a defensive penalty. A penalty may be called if:
    • The rusher leaves the rush line before the snap and crosses the line of scrimmage before a hand-off, pitch, or lateral occurs.
    Special circumstances:
    • Teams are not required to rush the Quarterback. - Teams are not required to identify their rusher(s) before the play.
    • If the rusher leaves the 7 or 9-yard line before the snap, he/she may drop back to act as a defender with no illegal rush penalty enforced; as long as he or she does not cross the line of scrimmage.

XIII. Flag Pulling

  1. Defenders can dive to pull flags, but cannot tackle, hold or run through ball carrier when pulling flags.
  2. It is illegal to attempt to strip or pull the ball from the ball carrier's possession at any time.
  3. If a player's flag inadvertently falls off during the play, the player must be touched with at least one hand to be ruled down.
  4. A defensive player may not intentionally pull the flags off of a player who is not in possession of the ball.
  5. Flag guarding is an attempt by the ball carrier to obstruct the defender's access to the flags by stiff arming, dropping of head, hand, arm or shoulder, or intentionally covering flags with the football or jersey. Flag Guarding will be called at the full judgment of the referee.

XIV. Formations

  1. The offense must have ONE player on the line of scrimmage. The only player required to be on the LOS is the center.
  2. One (1) player at a time may go in motion. Fly motion is not permitted (toward the LOS)
  3. Offensive players must come to a complete stop for one (1) second before the ball is snapped unless he/she is the one (1) player in motion.
  4. Movement by a player who is set or a player who runs toward the line of scrimmage while in motion is considered a false start. Referees will be lenient to movement before the ball is snapped.
  5. The center must snap the ball with a rapid and continuous motion between his/her legs to a player in the backfield (NOT on the line of scrimmage), and the ball must completely leave his/her hands.

XV. Unsportsmanlike Conduct

  1. 28 Point Rule - If a team is winning by 28 points or more, the losing team will keep possession until a TD is achieved. The winning team may take possession as normal when the Point Differential is under 28 points. Exception: The losing team has the choice to decline the unlimited downs
  2. Offensive or confrontational language is illegal. Referees have the right to determine offensive language. If offensive or confrontational language occurs, the player or coach will be ejected from the game and removed from the league indefinitely.
  3. Ball carriers MUST make an effort to avoid defenders with an established position. Not making an effort and making contact with the defense may result in a charging penalty.
  4. Defenders are not allowed to run through the ball carrier when pulling flags.
  5. Fans must also adhere to good sportsmanship, as well: - Yell to cheer on your players, not to harass referees or other teams. Compliment ALL players, not just one child or team.
  6. Fans are required to keep our field's safe and kid friendly and must stay on their designated sideline.

XVI. PENALTIES

  1. Two (or more) delay of game penalties in one game will result in a loss of down.
  2. Referees determine incidental contact that may result from normal run of play.
  3. All penalties will be assessed from the line of scrimmage, except as noted (spot fouls).
  4. Only the head coach may ask the referee questions about rule clarification and interpretations. Players and coaches cannot question judgment calls.
  5. Games cannot end on a defensive penalty, unless the offense declines it.
  6. Penalties will be assessed half the distance to the goal yardage if the distance to goal is less than the penalty yardage.
  7. Extra points: If there is an offensive penalty during an extra point, the attempt is automatically no good. If there is a defensive penalty on an extra point, the attempt is automatically good.
  8. Penalties deemed as Intentional or Flagrant will be enforced at the referee's discretion (anywhere from giving extra yardage to granting a breakaway touchdown). Yard Penalties :
    • Off-sides on the Defense: 5 yards from the LOS & replay the down
    • llegal motion (more than one person moving, false start, etc.) : 5 yards from the LOS & replay the down
    • *Delay of game: 5 yards from the LOS & replay the down
      *Two (or more) delay of game penalties in one game will result in a loss of down*
    • Offense Illegal forward pass: 5 yards from the LOS & loss of down
    • Offensive pass interference: 5 yards from the LOS & loss of down
    • Illegal Runner: loss of down *Two (or more) illegal runner penalties in one game will result in a loss of possession*
    Offensive Spot Fouls:
    • Flag guarding / Charging: 5 yards from the LOS & loss of down
    • Screening, Blocking, or Running with the ball carrie: 5 yards from the LOS & loss of down
    • Defense Illegal rushing (Starting rush from inside 7 or 9-yard marker): 5 yards from the LOS & automatic first down
    • Pass Interference: 5 yards from the LOS & automatic first down
    • Roughing the passer: 5 yards from the LOS & automatic first down
    Defensive Spot Fouls:
    • Illegal contact/tackling/holding: 5 yards from the LOS & automatic first down

**ALL Rules and Guidelines are subject to change at the discretion of the League Director**