Football Rules

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Updated: April 12, 2016

All players must adhere to the rules and act in with a composed manner.  You can only wear plastic/rubber cleats. Metal cleats are not allowed on the field. Any player wearing metal cleats will be asked to take the cleats off.

Team:

7 on 7 format.

1 Quarterback, 3 Linemen, 3 WR/RB on offense.

Offensive linemen are required to begin every offensive play at the line of scrimmage and are required to stand within arms length of each other, with one of them acting as the center and “snapping” the ball to the QB. This can be done like traditional football (through the legs) or tossed back to the QB, however the ball must start on the ground.

Linemen can use their hands to block for the QB. They can release and become eligible receivers once the ball is snapped.

QB can not rush past the line of scrimmage. No QB sneaks or running plays allowed.

Game:

Game time is forfeiture time. If a team cannot field 7 players, then they will forfeit the game and the score will be 10-0.

Clock:

There shall be a 22-minute running clock for each half. In addition, the clock will stop in the last minute of each half on first downs, incomplete passes, out-of-bounds plays and penalties. Clock restarts when play resumes. To help move the game along, players are asked to help retrieve line of scrimmage and first down markers.  Play clock is 30 seconds and begins at the discretion of the referee. Delay of game will be called on the offense. The referees are in charge of the play clock. There will be a scoreboard keeping time of game and score of game

Overtime:

In case of a tie, sudden death overtime will be played.  The ball will be placed at the 15 yard line and college rules will apply.  If both teams score on the first drive then the ball will be placed at the 30 yard line.

Possesions:

There will be no Kick-offs. All drives after a score or the beginning of a half will begin at the 15 yard line.  Since there are no Kick-offs, there will be no on-side kicks.

When a team punts the ball, the opposing team will start the drive where the ball dies or goes out of bounds. If the ball is kicked into the endzone, the ball will be placed on the 15 yard line. There will be no fake punts allowed. The punt must be kicked to the opposing team

First downs are marked every 15 yards. You will have 4 chances to get the first down.

Fumbles will be considered a dead play and the offensive team retains the ball at the point of fumble. No “stripping” or swiping of the ball is allowed. Defense cannot pick up a fumble.

Scoring:

Touchdowns are 6 points each.

After a touchdown is scored, the team has the option for a 1pt or 2pt conversion. 1pt attempts will be placed on the 2yd line, and 2pt attempts will be placed on the 7yd line.  Defenses can return interceptions for 1 point or 2 points depending on what the offense chose to play for.

Interceptions can be returned for a touchdown by the defense.

Flag:

No flag guarding or stiff arms will be allowed. Flag guarding penalties will be a 5yd penalty from the spot of the foul. Excessive stiff arm or play will be a 10yd penalty from the spot of the foul. Even if the first down is achieved before the penalty, the play will be called dead at point of infraction and lose yardage on the play. It is possible to lose the first down if the penalty takes you back far enough.

If a player loses the flag while running, he is still alive until he is touched by the opposing team. He will be considered down if he is “tagged” with one hand.

A player can be pushed out of bounds. It is at the discretion of the referee if the push was excessive. No tackling is allowed either. Both instances will incur a 10 yard penalty.

Timeouts:

Each team is allowed three timeouts per game. Halftime will consist of 5 minutes.

Penalties:

Penalties will be enforced by the officiating crew.

Swearing Penalty:

  1. Charged with a 15 yard penalty.
  2. Ejection and must leave facility Spectators: Brothers and/or Sisters who wish to attend as spectators are responsible for and expected to conform to proper etiquettes, Otherwise you will be asked to leave the field.

Any player who is ejected from a game (before, during or after the game) will be required to sit out the next game unless the league supervisor feels more severe action should be taken. Please be aware that striking at a player, official or any other participant or spectator automatically results in ejection from the remainder of the tournament and possibly future tournaments. This is a policy that the committee is looking to enforce very adamantly. The tournament is a reflection of its players and organizers. Referee will be instructed to discipline players or teams that do not reflect the behavior expected by the tournament committee. Penalties include an initial verbal warning by the official, technical fouls assessed by the official, and ejection from the game by the official. If a player has been ejected from a game they will be required to sit out the next game. If a player has been/ ejected from a game the tournament committee will discuss whether or not the individual should be suspended for the remainder of the tournament. There will be no tolerance for unsportsmanlike conduct.

NO ALCOHOL or SMOKING or ILLEGAL DRUGS on the Tournament grounds which includes inside and outside the recreational centers. Recreational centers are monitored inside and outside by video cameras. If any person (player/fan) violates these rules and is observed by the tournament staff or recreational center staff, then they will not be allowed to enter the gymnasiums and according to city law, they will be removed by police force if necessary and prosecuted to the fullest of the law.

Jerseys:

Players on each team must wear jerseys that are alike in color. Team jerseys will be provided to each team. Tournament officials have the right to invoke special privileges, should they deem necessary, If both teams have the same colored jerseys and/or there is a dispute as to which bench and direction teams shall elect to go in the first half, the team with the higher seed will be given the preference in selection for both situations.

Players:

Rosters can have up to 13 players on the team. Rosters must be submitted before the season begins.  Player substitutions must be on dead balls.

Bench:

ONLY the players, 2 coaches, and the assigned team scorekeeper may be seated in the bench area, All others must be seated in the stands or away from the bench. This isn’t negotiable and will be strictly enforced. A verbal warning will be issued subsequent to the first offense. If the rule is violated once again technical fouls will be assessed to the team in violation until the issue is resolved. Teams have one minute to clear non-coaches and players off their bench before another technical is issued.

Playoffs:

Teams will make the playoffs based on their final standings. The top teams with the best records in season play will advance.

Tie Breakers:

1) Best overall record

2) Head to Head

3) Point Differential

4) Total Points Allowed

If three or more teams are tied, then the best point differential will be used to determine the winner of the bracket. Second place will be based on the head to head match-up between the two teams in question. The results of the team not involved in the tie are not used.

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