Official Rule Book

2021 Official Rule Book

Hoosier Heritage Youth Football Conference

We, as separate and independent leagues, have agreed to establish and further develop an organized system to promote the game of football.

  • Each league shall conduct its own registration and establish necessary fees for each player.
  • All leagues will have liability and medical insurance.
  • Leagues will report how many teams they will have each year by July 15th in order to create the game schedules.
  • Player weights will be verified by a representative from another league prior to any games being played. Each year, we will collectively agree as to which leagues will verify one another. These weigh-ins will be recorded and shared to all teams participating.
  • There will be no less than three organizational meetings each year. One representative from each league is expected to attend.
  • Host teams will provide two (2) certified game officials, a scoreboard operator and chain crew for all games.
  • NO FEES will be collected for parking or attending games. This only applies to the regular season games. Any tournament(s) hosted will be independent from these rules.

Hoosier Heritage Youth Football Conference

All games will be played by IHSAA rules with only the following exceptions.

1st - 2nd Grade Division

  • Maximum running weight limit in 1st / 2nd grade is 75lbs, helmet must be striped by coaches if over 75lbs.
  • Maximum Weight of 145lbs and those players must play offensive line only
  • Helmet Striping Requirements - All players exceeding the ball carrying weight at the official weigh-in shall have their helmets marked with a two-inch wide stripe four inches long. Stripe shall be of a distinctive contrasting color so the game official can distinguish them as ineligible ball carriers.
  • Single Striper:
    • 1. OFFENSE - A single striper is not eligible to carry or receive the football at any time. A single striper may only play in the offensive center, guard or tackle positions.
    • 2. DEFENSE - A single striper may play ANY defensive position. In the event possession is gained by a player over the ball carrying weight, the ball is to be blown dead immediately. Any player over the maximum weight limit my only play on the offensive side of the ball as stated above
  • Players over ball carrying weight ARE allowed to kick, punt, and hold for PAT's and field goals, but may not advance the ball at any timePlayers over the maximum weight limit must play Offensive line only. i.e. Center, guard, tackle. No player over the maximum limit will be allowed to play any defensive position.
  • A TEAM WITH A SINGLE STRIPER WHO IS DETERMINED TO BE PLAYING IN AN INELIGIBLE POSITION WILL BE PENALIZED 5 YARDS BY THE OFFICIALS, SECOND OCCURANCE WILL BE A TWO GAME SUSPENSION OF THE HEAD COACH.
  • FAILURE TO PROPERLY STRIPE A PLAYER (NO STRIPES ON HELMET) SHALL RESULT IN A TWO GAME SUSPENSION OF THE HEAD COACH AND BOARD MEETING TO BE REINSTATED
  • KICKOFF RULE - There will be NO kickoff for 1st / 2nd Grade. The ball will be placed on the 30 yd line at the beginning of each half and after all touchdowns.
  • PUNT RULE - There will be NO punt in 1 s t/2nd Grade. Rather, there will be a 20yd walk off rule. The offensive coach must declare that the offensive team intends to punt. In no case, may the ball be placed inside the 20 yard line on a declared punt. For example, if the offensive team has the ball on the defending team's 25 yard line and elects to punt - the ball would be placed on the 20 yard line(not the 5 yard line)
  • SAFETY RULE - In the event a safety occurs in 1st / 2nd Grade, the ball shall be placed on nearest 45 yd line (i.e. the 45 yard line of the defending team)
  • DEFENSIVE ALIGNMENT RULES:
    • 1. There will be NO noseguard allowed on defense on ANY down, including Goal Line or 4 th down situations
    • 2. Interior Defensive Linemen (excluding Defensive Ends) must line up in a 3 or 4 point stance position (i.e. they may not be standing)
    • 3. Interior Defensive Linemen must align HEAD UP on the offensive guards and/or tackles, as applicable. There will be NO lining up in "A", "B" or "C" gaps EXCEPT on 4 th down or Goal Line situation (inside 10 yd line). Defensive players may "shoot" the gaps upon the snap ofthe ball in all situations
    • 4. Defensive Ends may line up either Head Up or in an Outside Shade position
    • 5. Linebackers must line up behind the defensive line and give 1 yard of daylight. They may blitz upon the snap of the ball, but cannot "walk up" into a gap prior to the snap.
    • 6. GOAL LINE / 4 th DOWN RULE - Interior defensive lineman may line up in the gaps ("A", "B", "C" gap) in a goal line (inside the 10 yd line) or 4 th down situation. There is still NO noseguard permitted

Hoosier Heritage Youth Football Conference

All games will be played by IHSAA rules with only the following exceptions.

3rd - 4th Grade Division

  • Each quarter will consist of a 12 minute running clock
  • Game clock will stop after any touchdown
  • The last two minutes of each half, the game clock will stop according to IHSAA rules
  • No kickoffs. The offense will start with the ball on their own 35, 1st and 10
  • No punts. A team may declare a punt and the officials will walk off 20 yards. The ball may not be placed inside the 20 yard line.
  • Weight limit for a player to run the ball or catch passes is 100.0 lbs
  • Players weighing between 100.1 and 165 lbs will have a single stripe on their helmets.
  • Players over 165 lbs will have two stripes and may only play offensive line.
  • PAT will be a dead ball play. No defensive rush allowed. Teams are encouraged to snap the ball to the holder but may place the ball beside the holder. Line of scrimmage will be the three yard line with the kick coming from the ten. Only a kicking block may be used, no kicking tee. NO FAKES
  • Nose guard shall be one yard off the line of scrimmage. No defensive lineman shall be in the "A" gap. Either one yard back head up over the center or lined head up to the inside shoulder of the guard.
  • No blitzing by the defense.
  • One coach is allowed on the field. No coach is allowed in the offensive huddle.

- MERCY RULE: Once a team has a lead of 18 points or more, all offensive running plays must remain within the tackle box. If the runner attempts to get outside, the play shall be blown dead and the ball spotted behind the previous line of scrimmage. All passing plays will be spotted where the pass is caught. NO advancing of a completed pass will be allowed. Teams are encouraged to play all non-starters and consider moving players to alternate positions.


Hoosier Heritage Youth Football Conference

All games will be played by IHSAA rules with only the following exceptions.

5th - 6th Grade Division

  • Each quarter will consist of a 12 minute running clock
  • The last two minutes of each half, the game clock will stop according to IHSAA rules
  • Game clock will stop after any touchdown. Clock will resume with the kickoff.
  • PAT will be a dead ball play. No defensive rush allowed. Teams are encouraged to snap the ball to the holder but may place the ball beside the holder. Line of scrimmage will be the three yard line with the kick coming from the ten. Only a kicking block may be used, no kicking tee. NO FAKES
  • Teams declaring to punt must punt, NO FAKES. Ball will be snapped from the line of scrimmage and no defensive players may rush. Kicking team may not leave the line of scrimmage until the ball is kicked.
  • Weight limit for players running the ball or catching passes will be 120.0 lbs.
  • Players weighing between 120.1 and 185 lbs will have a single stripe on their helmets
  • Players weighing over 185 lbs will have a double stripe on their helmets and must play offensive line only.
  • MERCY RULE: Once a team has a lead of 18 points or more, all offensive running plays must remain within the tackle box. If the runner attempts to get outside, the play shall be blown dead and the ball spotted behind the previous line of scrimmage. All passing plays will be spotted where the pass is caught. NO advancing of a completed pass will be allowed. Teams are encouraged to play all non-starters and consider moving players to alternate positions.
 
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