Football Rules and Bylaws

Football Rules and Bylaws

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Sumter County Recreation Department


2012 5 & 6 Flag Football


Rules



1. Must be 5 – 6 years of age on or before  August 31, 2012.


2. Each player who attends the game must play 8 complete plays from the line of scrimmage. Exception: if a coach has a discipline problem with a player and chooses not to play him/her. He/she must notify the league Official before doing so.


3. Each team gets two time outs per half. No carry over.


4. Half time will be five minutes.


5. Offensive team allowed 30 seconds to get a play off after officials have signaled ball is ready for play. Penalty is five yards from the line of scrimmage.


6. Team must start and finish game with eight players. Every player is required to wear a mouthpiece. Teams have a five minute grace period.


7. Any player or coach removed from a game for unsportsman like conduct shall be suspended for one game.


8. Will play two eighteen minute halves with a running clock. The clock will stop in the last two minutes of each half for: ball out of bounds, incomplete pass, time out, touchdown and assessment of a penalty.


9. Offensive and defensive linemen must line up shoe to shoe. Defensive linemen must line up in front of offensive linemen on line of scrimmage in a three or four point stance in front of the guard and end. A player not in a three or four point stance at the snap of the ball will be a delay of game penalty. Penalty for offense is five yards from the line of scrimmage and loss of down. Penalty for defense is five yards from the line of scrimmage and automatic first down.


10. Offense will start on their 20 yard line. No kickoffs.


11. There are no fumbles. The ball is spotted where the ball hit the ground.


12. Flags will only be worn by the quarterback, ends, running-backs and the defensive backs. Penalty is ten yards from the line of scrimmage and coach is warned. Second offense coach is ejected from the game.


13. There will not be any punts. On fourth down a team may go for a first down, or declare to punt only. If they choose to punt, the ball will be moved 25 yards from the line of scrimmage or half the distance to the goal, if it’s inside the 50 yard line for their punt.


14. The ball carrier must make an effort to avoid the defensive player. The stiff or straight arm is not allowed. If the offensive player extends to ward off or protect his flags with his arm or hand, then it will be considered a penalty. Spinning is allowed. Players cannot leave their feet to avoid a defensive player (no diving). Ten yards from line of scrimmage and loss of down.


15. Blocking above the waist is allowed at the line of scrimmage. There is no blocking down field or behind the line of scrimmage. A blocker may not leave his feet while blocking. Blocking below the waist is a ten yard penalty from the line of scrimmage and loss of down.


16. Tackling is not allowed. Defensive players may not attempt to hold or grasp the ball carrier. This will be defined as tackling. Penalty is ten yards from spot of foul and automatic first down. Team will receive a warning; second offense player involved will be ejected.


17. A player is downed when one or both flags are removed and held by an opponent are on the ground. If the flags accidentally fall off, the runner is down at that point.


18. Defensive team can only rush four players. Defensive linemen must line up shoe to shoe on the line of scrimmage in front of the guard and end.  Defensive linemen are only players that can rush. Penalty is ten yards from line of scrimmage and an automatic first down.


19. Touchdown is six points, extra point—running play is one point, passing play is two points.


20. One coach will be allowed on the playing field during game time.  Only three coaches allowed on the sidelines.  Only one coach is allowed on the field during timeouts.


21. If rules are not covered in the by-laws we will go to the high school Federation rule book.


22. Offensive and defensive linemen must use hands below the shoulders When engaged in contact. No forearms are to be allowed. First offense will be a ten yard penalty from the line of scrimmage (offensive loss of down – defensive automatic first down. Second offense player will be removed from the game.


23. Defensive backs cannot blitz. Safeties have to be ten yards behind the line of scrimmage. Once the ball has been handed off all defensive players are eligible to rush. Penalty is ten yards from the line of scrimmage and an automatic first down.


24. No running zone between offensive guards. Penalty ten yards from the line of scrimmage and loss of down.


25. Offensive linemen center and guards cannot go downfield. Penalty is ten yards from the line of scrimmage and loss of down.


26. The referees will call all penalties. Referees determine incidental contact that may result from normal run of play. Only the head coach may ask the referee questions about rule clarification and interpretations.


27. Illegal flag pull before player has the ball will be a ten yard penalty and an automatic first down.


28. The offensive team to gain a first down has to cross the 40 yard line and the 20 yard line. The goal line will be the 10 yard line. If a penalty is enforced the offense still is required to advance to the original first down marker.


29. All regular season games that end in a tie will be left a tie. If teams should end up with identical records we will use head to head games to break the tie. If teams are stilled tied, we will use fewest points allowed in the games played by the teams involved.


30. This age group will only play one game a week.


31. Remember, the purpose of this league is to provide our youth in Sumter County an opportunity for fun and enjoyment through a youth football program, teaching skills, techniques and most importantly, good sportsmanship and physical fitness.


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Sumter County Recreation Department


2012 7-8 Flag Football


Rules



1. Must be 7-8 years of age on or before August 31, 2012.


2. Each player who attends the game must play 8 complete plays from the line of scrimmage. Exception: if a coach has a discipline problem with a player and chooses not to play him/her. He/she must notify the league Official before doing so.


3. Each team gets two time outs per half. No carry over.


4. Half time will be five minutes.


5. Offensive team allowed 30 seconds to get a play off after officials have signaled ball is ready for play. Penalty is five yards from the line of scrimmage.


6. Team must start and finish game with eight players. Every player is required to wear a mouthpiece. Teams have a five minute grace period.


7. Any player or coach removed from a game for unsportsman like conduct shall be suspended for one game.


8. Will play two eighteen minute halves with a running clock. The clock will stop in the last two minutes of each half for: ball out of bounds, incomplete pass, time out, touchdown and assessment of a penalty.


9. Offensive and defensive linemen must line up shoe to shoe. Defensive linemen must line up in front of offensive linemen on line of scrimmage in a three or four point stance in front of the guard and end. A player not in a three or four point stance at the snap of the ball will be a delay of game penalty. Penalty for offense is five yards from the line of scrimmage and loss of down. Penalty for defense is five yards from the line of scrimmage and automatic first down.


10. Offense will start on their 20 yard line. No kickoffs.


11. There are no fumbles. The ball is spotted where the ball hit the ground.


12. Flags will only be worn by the quarterback, ends, running-backs and the defensive backs. Penalty is ten yards from the line of scrimmage and coach is warned. Second offense coach is ejected from the game.


13. There will not be any punts. On fourth down a team may go for a first down, or declare to punt only. If they choose to punt, the ball will be moved 25 yards from the line of scrimmage or half the distance to the goal, if it’s inside the 50 yard line for their punt.


14. The ball carrier must make an effort to avoid the defensive player. The stiff or straight arm is not allowed. If the offensive player extends to ward off or protect his flags with his arm or hand, then it will be considered a penalty. Spinning is allowed. Players cannot leave their feet to avoid a defensive player (no diving). Ten yards from line of scrimmage and loss of down.


15. Blocking above the waist is allowed at the line of scrimmage. There is no blocking down field or behind the line of scrimmage. A blocker may not leave his feet while blocking. Blocking below the waist is a ten yard penalty from the line of scrimmage and loss of down.


16. Tackling is not allowed. Defensive players may not attempt to hold or grasp the ball carrier. This will be defined as tackling. Penalty is ten yards from spot of foul and automatic first down. Team will receive a warning; second offense player involved will be ejected.


17. A player is downed when one or both flags are removed and held by an opponent are on the ground. If the flags accidentally fall off, the runner is down at that point.


18. Defensive team can only rush four players. Defensive linemen must line up shoe to shoe on the line of scrimmage in front of the guard and end.  Defensive linemen are only players that can rush. Penalty is ten yards from line of scrimmage and an automatic first down.


19. Touchdown is six points, extra point—running play is one point, passing play is two points.


20. One coach will be allowed on the playing field during game time.  Only three coaches allowed on the sidelines.  Only one coach is allowed on the field during timeouts.


21. If rules are not covered in the by-laws we will go to the high school Federation rule book.


22. Offensive and defensive linemen must use hands below the shoulders When engaged in contact. No forearms are to be allowed. First offense will be a ten yard penalty from the line of scrimmage (offensive loss of down – defensive automatic first down. Second offense player will be removed from the game.


23. Defensive backs cannot blitz. Safeties have to be ten yards behind the line of scrimmage. Once the ball has been handed off all defensive players are eligible to rush. Penalty is ten yards from the line of scrimmage and an automatic first down.


24. No running zone between offensive guards. Penalty ten yards from the line of scrimmage and loss of down.


25. Offensive linemen center and guards cannot go downfield. Penalty is ten yards from the line of scrimmage and loss of down.


26. The referees will call all penalties. Referees determine incidental contact that may result from normal run of play. Only the head coach may ask the referee questions about rule clarification and interpretations.


27. Illegal flag pull before player has the ball will be a ten yard penalty and an automatic first down.


28. The offensive team to gain a first down has to cross the 40 yard line and the 20 yard line. The goal line will be the 10 yard line. If a penalty is enforced the offense still is required to advance to the original first down marker.


29. All regular season games that end in a tie will be left a tie. If teams should end up with identical records we will use head to head games to break the tie. If teams are stilled tied, we will use fewest points allowed in the games played by the teams involved.


30. This age group will only play one game a week.


31. Remember, the purpose of this league is to provide our youth in Sumter County an opportunity for fun and enjoyment through a youth football program, teaching skills, techniques and most importantly, good sportsmanship and physical fitness.


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Sumter County Recreation Department


2012 9-10 Year Old Tackle Football


Rules



1. Must be 9-10 years of age on or before August 31, 2012.


2. No player may participate either in a game or practice without properly fitted equipment, including mouthpieces.


3. Lost or stolen equipment must be reported to the league officials.


4. South Carolina High School rules will govern play unless otherwise stated by the Sumter County Recreation Department.


5. No metal or metal tip cleats will be worn.


6. Each player who attends the game must play an equivalent of 8 plays from the line of scrimmage. Special teams do not count. Exception: if a coach has a discipline problem with a player and chooses not to play him, he must notify the league official before during so.


7. Each team gets two time-outs per half no carry over. Half time will be 5 minutes.


8. Only players, coaches, league officials allowed on sidelines. Team is allowed 4 coaches.


9. Touchdown is six points, extra point: a running play is 1 point, a passing play is 2 points.


10. Offensive team allowed 30 seconds to get a play off after officials have signaled ball is ready for play.


11. *any youth coach guilty of playing an ineligible player or unsportsmanlike conduct, before, during, or after a game, shall be removed from the program and reviewed by the Recreation Department Staff before being allowed back into the program.


12. Will play four eight minute quarters with a running clock. The clock will stop in the last two minutes of each half for: ball out of bounds, incomplete pass, time-out, touchdown and assessment of a penalty.


13. No coach allowed on field, except one coach during official time-out.


14. Mandatory weigh-in for teams, twenty minutes prior to game. Players weighing over the weight limit of 135lbs may play but may only play the interior line and not carry the ball in any aspect such as handoff, fumble recovery, punt return, interception, etc.


15. On offense a maximum of 5 overweight players will be allowed and they can play guard, tackle, or center.  Overweight players will be identified with a green stripe on their helmet. If a player is close to the weight limit an opposing coach may ask that this player be weighed in before the game.  This will not be addressed during or after a game. Once the game begins no protests of weight are allowed.


16. If a team chooses to run a tackle eligible formation, the players on the end of the formation cannot be over the weight limit even if they do not report as a receiver and are considered a tackle by high school rules.  (Overweight players must always be covered by tight end)


17. On defense a maximum of 5 overweight players will be allowed. They may only play tackle to tackle and must assume a 3 or 4 point stance.


18. Overweight players cannot play on kickoff or kickoff return teams. An overweight player cannot be the punter, extra point or field goal kicker.


19. An overweight player not in their stance at the snap of the ball will be charged with a “delay of game” penalty.


20. If an overweight player is caught playing in an ineligible position, there will be an unsportsmanlike penalty called, and the coach will be ejected.  If it occurs a second time in the same game, the team will forfeit the game, and the coach will lose his right to coach for the remainder of the season.


21. For defensive alignment purposes, the man on end of the offensive line will be considered an end and cannot be lined up against an overweight defensive tackle.


22. In the 9-10 year old division there will be no punts. On fourth down, a team may go for it or declare to punt. If they choose to punt, the ball will be placed 25 yards from the line of scrimmage. If the ball is inside the 50 yard


Line, the ball will be moved half the distance to the goal.


23. All coaches must attend all meetings scheduled by the Recreation Department.


24. All paperwork (birth certificates, fees) must be turned in before any equipment is handed out.


25. There is a maximum of 25 players per team.


26. Remember, the purpose of this league is to provide our youth in Sumter County an opportunity for fun and enjoyment through a Youth Football Program, teaching skills, techniques and most importantly, good sportsmanship and physical fitness.


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Sumter County Recreation Department


2012 11-12 Year Old Tackle Football


Rules



1. Must be 11 or 12 years of age on or before August 31, 2012.


2. No player may participate either in a game or practice without properly fitted equipment, including mouthpieces.


3. Lost or stolen equipment must be reported to the league officials.


4. South Carolina High School rules will govern play unless otherwise stated by the Sumter County Recreation Department.


5. No metal or metal tip cleats will be worn.


6. Each player who attends the game must play an equivalent of 8 plays from the line of scrimmage. Special teams do not count. Exception: if a coach has a discipline problem with a player and chooses not to play him, he must notify the league official before during so.


7. Each team gets two time-outs per half no carry over. Half time will be 5 minutes.


8. Only players, coaches, league officials allowed on sidelines. Team is allowed 4 coaches.


9. Touchdown is six points, extra point: a running play is 1 point, a passing play is 2 points.


10. Offensive team allowed 30 seconds to get a play off after officials have signaled ball is ready for play.


11. Any youth coach guilty of playing an ineligible player or unsportsmanlike conduct, before, during, or after a game, shall be removed from the program and reviewed by the Recreation Department Staff before being allowed back into the program.


12. Will play four eight minute quarters with a running clock. The clock will stop in the last two minutes of each half for: ball out of bounds, incomplete pass, time-out, touchdown and assessment of a penalty.


13. No coach allowed on field, except one coach during official time-out.


14. Mandatory weigh-in for teams, twenty minutes prior to game. Players weighing over the weight limit of 150lbs may play but may only play the interior line and not carry the ball in any aspect such as handoff, fumble recovery, punt return, interception, etc.


15. On offense a maximum of 5 overweight players will be allowed and they can play guard, tackle, or center.


16. On defense a maximum of 5 overweight players will be allowed. They may only play tackle to tackle and must assume a 3 or 4 point stance.


17. Overweight players cannot play on kickoff or kickoff return teams. An overweight player cannot be the punter, extra point or field goal kicker.


18. An overweight player not in their stance at the snap of the ball will be charged with a “delay of game” penalty.


19. If an overweight player is caught playing in an ineligible position, there will be an unsportsmanlike penalty called, and the coach will be ejected. If it occurs a second time in the same game, the team will forfeit the game, and


The coach will lose his right to coach for the remainder of the season.


20. All coaches must attend all meetings scheduled by the Recreation Department.


21. All paperwork (birth certificates, fees) must be turned in before any equipment is handed out.


22. There is a maximum of 25 players per team.


23. Remember, the purpose of this league is to provide our youth in Sumter County an opportunity for fun and enjoyment through a Youth Football Program, teaching skills, techniques and most importantly, good sportsmanship and physical fitness.


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