Independent Youth Flag Football League

Basic IYFFL/USFTL Rules

8 on 8 CONTACT FLAG FOOTBALL

Contact Flag Football is played between 2 teams of 8 players each.
Six players are required to avoid a forfeit.
The type of blocking that is used is "contact" blocking.
All players are eligible receivers.

Contact Blocking is legally hindering the progress of an opponent in a fair manner. Blockers must be on their feet before, during and after contact is made with their opponent.
Two on one, blocking is permitted anywhere on the field, at any time.
No high-low blocking, cross body or roll blocking is permitted.
The blocker is allowed to contact only that portion of the opponent's body between the waist and shoulders.

Games are played on a regular sized field (53 1/3yd x 100yd)

EQUIPMENT

Flag belts should be a minimum of 1.5 inches wide and 14 inches long. The flags must be of a contrasting color to their opponents' flags. The flags must be of a contrasting color to the players' pants or shorts.

(we're using the "SONIC BOOM Flag Kit---which can be ordered from BSNSPORTS.COM or 1.800.527.7510. Item # BS 867100)

Each team must wear a jersey with a number on the back. Jerseys must be tucked into the shorts or pants.

Each player must wear shoes or cleats. Please no metal cleats.

Mouth guards are MANDATORY. A player will not be allowed to play if he/she doesn't have a mouth guard. ( No "clear" mouth guards)

No jewelry

THE GAME

The team who wins the toss may chose to receive or kick off first.

When kicking off, the ball is placed on a kicking tee, on the 40 yard line. The team must line up on the line and advance once the ball has been kicked. If a player passes the line of scrimmage before the kicker contacts the ball---there will be a penalty called.

The receiving team lines up with 5 players on the 40 yard line and the 3 receivers behind them.
If the receiver drops the ball or touches and then it hits the ground—the ball is dead at that point and that is where the offense will begin.

OFFENSE AND DEFENSE:

The team on Offense must line up with 5 players on the line of scrimmage.

The team on Defense can have any type of defensive scheme it wants, however the tackle or middle rusher can not line up directly on top of the center—if he/she is planning on rushing—
He/she have to line up in the "A" gap.

A line up could look like this:

An offense is given 4 downs to advance the ball 20 yards. 20 yards is a first down. If an offense doesn't achieve a first down after 3 downs—they are given the option to punt.

Seven players must be on the line of scrimmage when the ball is being punted. And some one must hike (between the legs) the ball to the punter.

If the punter drops the ball—the ball is dead where it lands and that's where the other team will have the ball.

The receiving team must have 5 players on the line and 3 receivers back to receive the punt.

POINTS:

6-points for a touch down
1- point conversion for an extra point ( ball placed on the 5 yard line, if playing for it)
2- point conversion for an extra point ( ball placed on the 10 yard line, if playing for it)

1-point for an extra point (ball placed on 3 yard line, if kicking for it) 2-point for an extra point (ball placed on 10 yard line, if kicking for it)

Player's are not allowed to rush the kicker.

Teams are allowed to either kick or play for the extra point.

3-points for a field goal
2-points for a safety

PENALTIES:

Personal foul- 15 yards
Unnecessary Roughness – 15 yards
Roughing the passer – 15 yards
Flag guarding- 10 yards and loss of down
Stiff arming- 10 yards
Holding- 10 yards
Diving- 10 yards
Helping the runner – 5 yards

* The complete USFTL rule book is available for coaches review upon request.


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