2019 Rules

GYFL 2019 Official Rule Book

Table of Contents

Section I Executive Committee

Section II Coaches

Section III Player Eligibility

Section IV Weight Requirements

Section V Player Registration

Section VI Weigh In

Section VII Team Selection

Section VIII Practice

Section IX Season Schedule

Section X Game Rules

Section XI Game Penalties

Section XII Equipment

Section XIII Parental Permission Section

XIV Game Officials Section

XV Concessions Section

XVI 1 st/2nd Grade Rules

SECTION I

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Travis Nolting - GCHS Varsity Head Coach

Chad Butler - Commissioner (Board)

Ricky Gardner - Vice Commissioner (Board)

Mandi Cobb - Treasurer (Board)

Jason Gardner - Sponsorships (Board)

Mike Morrell - Officiating (Board)

Section II-Coaches

Part A. Head Coaches

Rule 1: The GYFL Board will assign all head coaches and assistant coaches on an annual basis.

Rule 2: Head coaches will name one assistant coach prior to the season and this name will be submitted to the Board. All coaches and volunteers that are in contact with any participants in the GYFL must complete an application and have a background check on file.

Rule 3: The maximum number of coaching personnel allowed on or along the sideline during a game is four (4). This includes the head coach, all assistants and statistics personnel. One of 4 coaches must fill the dedicated role of team equipment manager. They are responsible for making sure that all players are properly outfitted before game time with all necessary safety equipment. Any player without proper equipment must obtain equipment before start time or will not be allowed to participate in the game. During the course of a game, any team that has a player participating without proper gear will be given one warning. As a result of the warning, the player found improperly equipped will be removed from the game. This will be documented at time of occurrence and will be reported to the GYFL Board. A second violation will result Head Coach being suspended for two games. A third violation will result in the head coach of that team being relieved of his responsibility and suspended from the league.

Part B. Assistant Coaches

Rule 1: Qualified assistant coaches shall have the first option on any head coaching vacancy that may occur, with the approval of the GYFL Board. However, they do not necessarily have to come from the team which the vacancy occurred.

Part C. Conduct

Rule 1: No person (coach or fan) may scout or otherwise interfere with another team's practice session unless authorized by the head coach of the team being scouted.

Rule 2: An on-field coach will be allowed for the 3rd and 4th grade teams during games for the duration of the season. One coach at a time will be allowed on the field for the entire season for the 3rd and 4th grade … on offense, defense & special teams.This can be the same coach or different coaches for offense, defense & special teams.

Rule 3: Coaches and players will meet in the center of the field and shake hands upon the completion of each game.

Rule 4: There shall be no verbal or physical abuse of ANYONE on or off the field.

Rule 5: THE GYFL BOARD MAY REPLACE ANY COACH WHOSE CONDUCT HAS BEEN DETERMINED TO BE UNBECOMING TO THE IMAGE OF THE GYFL. THIS INCLUDES ALL-STAR TOURNAMENTS

Section III-Player Eligibility

Rule 1 Participation in the GYFL Tackle Leagues is limited to 1 st, 2nd, 3 rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade students. Eligibility is limited to 5 years.

Rule 2 4 th - 6 th grade players must adhere to the GIS & MIS Athletic Code of Conduct.

SECTION IV WEIGHT REQUIREMENTS

The following is a break down for running weight, striper weights, and maximum weights per division. Any player over the maximum weight is NOT ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THAT DIVISION for safety reasons he or she must play in a higher division.

*** You are not required to be weighed in wearing your equipment. ***

Maximum Running Weight Single Striper Weight Max Weight
1st/2 75lbs 75 to 145 lba Over 145
3rd/4 100 lbs 100.01 to 165 lbs Over 165
5/6 120 lbs 120.01 to 185 lbs Over 185

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 time

Players 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

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.

Section V-Player Registration (applies to Greenfield only)

Rule 1 The Commissioner shall supervise registrations and the camp.

Rule 2 There is a $50.00 fee per player to participate in flag, $95.00 fee per player to participate in tackle for the 2019 season. For tackle there is a

Section VI - Weigh-ins

Rule 1: Official Pre-Season Weigh-in: This will be held on Equipment Day. All players will be weighed-in. Each weigh-in will be supervised by persons selected by the Board of Directors.

Rule 2: For players who exceed the ball carrier weight limit at the Pre-Season Weigh-in, they are still eligible to be ball carriers if they weigh-in within the ball carrier weight limits at the Game Weigh-ins

Section VII-Team Selection (applies to Greenfield only)

The Board of Directors and High School staff will be in charge of adequate assignment of the teams at all levels. This will be based on several different views of participants. i.e. camp or combine performance, height, weight, and previous years performance.

Section VIII-Practice (applies to Greenfield only)

Rule 1 No player will participate without a signed liability/medical waiver.

Rule 2 Only league members wearing authorized equipment will participate in contact practices.

Rule 3 There shall be no more than one (1) practice per day of no more than 2 hours in length.

Rule 4 All practice sessions must be scheduled keeping safety in mind (dusk hours, lightning, etc.).

Rule 5 Coaches will be mindful of hot weather and give their players a sufficient number of water breaks.

Rule 6 A maximum of three (3) football events per week after school starts. A week is defined as Monday through Sunday. A football event is defined as a game or practice. For example: 2 practices and 1 Game is considered 3 events. No practices will be held on Sundays or Fridays (other than All-Stars). Penalty for a violation will be Head Coach Suspended for remaining of the season.

Rule 7 Practices may be cancelled due to inclement weather… this includes the obvious such as thunderstorms but also high heat-index days. This should follow the GCSC closing guidelines. If school activities are canceled due to weather, so are GYFL activities

Rule 8 Teams are allowed to get together for special events and conduct football-related activities (NO PADS). These team-building events do not count as official practices and player attendance is optional

Rule 9 Practices shall be held at the GYFL fields.

Section IX-Season Schedule

Rule 1 The Board will establish specific schedules for league and playoff games.

Rule 2 The GYFL Board shall make the final decision concerning postponement/cancellation of games due to bad weather

Rule 3 Games postponed due to bad weather may be rescheduled at the discretion of the GYFL Board.

Rule 4 To determine team seeds for post-season play, any ties in the regular season standings will be decided first by head-to-head competition and second by points scored against. The last tie breaker is a ratio of points scored against and points scored. All teams will make the playoffs which will be a single elimination format

Rule 5 All games that end in a tie shall be decided by the IHSAA Tie-Breaker Rule. See overtime explanation in Section X - Game Rules.

Section X-Game Rules

Rule 1 All games will be played under IHSAA rules with exceptions noted in this section.

Rule 2 Game Times

  1. A) All Game times and locations will be determined by the GYFL Board.
  2. B) Weeknight games will begin at 5:30 pm allowing for plenty of daylight for late season games. If played on the GCHS field or opposing fields we will relate to the start times of that facility.

Rule 3 Teams should be at the field no later than thirty (30) minutes prior to the start of their game. Players need ample time to properly warm-up and prepare for game activities

Rule 4 All tackle games consist of four 12 minute quarters with a running clock as determined by the GYFL Board. The clock will stop for injuries, time-outs (team & official) and after a score & will restart with the kick-off (when receiving team touches the ball or at snap of first play from scrimmage if no successful kick)

Rule 5 The offense will have a maximum of 40 seconds in the huddle to get a play called from the time of the last play . The 3rd/4th grade offensive coaches must work from pre-diagrammed plays … no on the-fly play-calling allowed. a 5 yard delay of game penalty will be assessed for delay of game.

Rule 6 Three 2-minute time-outs per half are allowed for each team. Teams will be required to use one of their time-outs for injuries occurring in the final 2 minutes of the game

Rule 7 Every player will have a starting position, either on offense or defense. However, it is the head coach's discretion to limit a player's game time due to poor practice attendance or disciplinary reasons. It is also the Head Coach's responsibility to improve each and every player on his a team and spread playing time across all players

Rule 8 All players exceeding the weight limit (120 lbs for 5th/6th and 100 lbs for 3rd/4th) at the official weigh-in shall have their helmets marked SEE SECTION IV WEIGHT REQUIREMENTS

Rule 9 Offensive backs, tight ends and receivers cannot exceed the weight limit as determined at the official weigh-in: 120lbs for 5th/6th and 100lbs for 3rd/4th

Rule 10 A striper player may never advance the ball. On punt returns, kick returns and offensive fumble recoveries, the ball will be called down if controlled by a striper player and cannot be advanced.

Rule 11 Motion will be allowed before the ball is snapped by GYFL teams

Rule 12 Only the offensive formations provided by the GYFL Board will be used by GYFL teams. Other organizations can use the offensive formations set forth by their leagues

Rule 13 The football must be hiked to the QB … either under center or in shotgun formation. No wildcat offenses will be allowed in the GYFL or from other organizations.

Rule 14 All Leagues will run a 4-4 or a 4-3-2 defense with the following rules:

A NO defensive lineman will line up in the center/guard/tackle/tight-end gaps.

  1. B) Defensive tackles will be in a 3-pt or 4-pt stance … and will be heads-up on the guards at all times in the 3rd/4th grade league and in the 5th/6th grade league.
  2. C) Defensive ends will be in a 3-pt stance or 4pt stance … and will be heads-up or on outside shoulder of the furthermost offensive lineman (OT or TE) at all times in the 3rd/4th grade league and 5 th/6th grade league.
  3. D)Linebackers will be 5 yards off the line of scrimmage. No show of blitzing until the ball is snapped
  4. E) Cornerbacks will be a minimum of 7 yards from the defensive end.
  5. F) The safety will be 8-12 yards from the line of scrimmage.
  6. G) No linebacker or defensive back blitzing. There will be no false-start calls against the defensive backs or linebackers. These positions are allowed to move pre-snap but must move back into position before the ball is snapped and hold to the defensive formation. If they do not return to their position, an illegal formation call will be assessed against the defense. At the time of the snap, linebackers must be lined up a minimum of 5 yards off the line of scrimmage, the free safety a minimum of 8 yards off the line of scrimmage.
  7. H) Exception to the 4-4 or 4-3-2 defense - In 5th/6th league games, teams can run any kind of defense they choose. No set defense is required.

Rule 15 The goal-line defense can be used when the offense is on or inside the 5-yard line and will run a variation of the 4-2-5 described above with these modifications:

  1. A) Linebackers will be 3 yards off the line of scrimmage with no blitzing.
  2. B) Cornerbacks can be on the line of scrimmage AND must be a minimum of 5 yards from the defensive end.

Rule 16 Anytime a team is ahead by a margin of 20 points, all runs must be between the tackles. QB and RB DON'T HAVE TO BE SWITCHED OUT. Any runs outside the tackles will be blown dead as soon as they cross the line of scrimmage. Also the clock will run at all times only stopping for time outs called by either the coach or official.

Rule 17 Overtime: we will use this simplified version of the IHSAA Tie-Breaker Rule

  1. A) Coin flip - winner will choose to go on offense or defense first.
  2. B) Each team will have a full set of downs from their opponent's 10-yard line.
  3. C) After scoring a TD, the offensive will have the option of going for a 2-point conversion or a PAT. Both are worth 2 points. The ball will be placed on the 3-yard line for PATs and the 5-yard line for 2-point conversions

Rule 18 Coin flip at beginning of game: The winner of the coin flip will select to receive, kick or defer to the second half. The loser of the coin flip will select which goal to defend. The 2nd half will start with the teams reversing roles of kicking/receiving and defending goals. We don't switch sides at quarter breaks

Rule 19 The kicking team will kick the ball from their 40-yard line. The receiving team will have their front line of players line up on the 50-yard line

Rule 20 Kick-offs: If the ball travels less than 10 before it can be touched by kicking team. If touched before 10 yards the offensive team will take over from that spot. Receiving team can pick up the ball before the 10 yards. No Kick offs in 3rd/4thgrade only 5th/6thlevel.

Rule 21 Kick-offs: successful kick-offs that go out-of-bounds will be placed on the 50-yard line.

Rule 22 3rd/4th League PAT/2-point conversion/field goals:

  • After scoring a touchdown, the offense has its choice of going for a 2-point conversion or PAT. Both will be worth 2 points.
  • The ball will be placed on the 3-yard line for PATs with the kicking block on the 8-yard line.
  • There will be no rushing by the defense. The team can either hike the ball or the ball can be placed on the ground next to the kicking block when the ball is placed on the kicking block by the placeholder, all offensive & defensive linemen will remain stationary.
  • Field goal attempts will have the same structure as PATs. • For 2-point conversion plays, the ball will be placed on the 5-yard line

Rule 23 5th/6th League PAT/2-point conversion:

  • All teams must attempt PATs in the 3 quarters of the game. PATs or 2-point conversions will be allowed in the 4th quarter.
  • The ball will be placed on the 3-yard line for PATs with the kicking block on the 8 yard line.
  • The ball will be hiked and placed on the kicking block by the holder. The placeholder will use a normal cadence to start the play. Upon the hike, the defense can rush in attempting to block the kick but avoiding contact with the placeholder or the kicker.
  • The penalty for defensive contact with the placeholder or kicker will be two-fold: 1) The 2-point PAT is good. 2) A 15-yard penalty will be assessed on the kick-off. • Field goal attempts will have the same structure as PATs. • For 2-point conversion plays, the ball will be placed on the 5-yard line.

Rule 24 No fake punts, field goals or PATs allowed.

Rule 25 A punt must be from 8 yards behind the line of scrimmage. If violated, a 5-yard penalty will be enforced from the line of scrimmage and the team will be forced to re-punt the ball

Rule 26 No rushing during a punt: At the snap, offense and defense will hold their positions … the players will then release when the ball is kicked

Rule 27 Coaches are allowed on the field only for (5th and 6th league) 1) injuries … 2) time-outs … 3) between quarters.

Rule 28 On-field coaches (3rd/4th league) are not allowed to talk or coach their players after offense team breaks the huddle i.e. THEY'RE GOING RIGHT… WATCH 14…. IT'S GOING TO BE A PASS… let them play and learn. A 5-yard penalty will be assessed and the down will be replayed if a violation occurs. The penalty can be declined and 5 yards will be added to the end of the play if the team not in violation of the rule elects to let the play stand

Rule 29 Any coach that receives an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty will be required to meet with the GYFL Board before being allowed to coach in the GYFL.

Rule 30 Any player ejected from a game for unsportsmanlike conduct must meet with their parents and the GYFL Board for disciplinary action before the next game. Suspension for one game will be the primary disciplinary action … but this will be decided at the meeting and it will depend on the severity of the player's conduct

Rule 31 Each team will supply the parents to run the chains / down marker. No person running chains or down marker is to communicate with either team and/or coaching staff. No person of ANY GYFL coaching staff will be permitted to run the chains. No kids from that age group are allowed to run the chains.

Rule 32 There is to be no filming except at your own game.

Rule 33 A team will forfeit a game if they cannot field 11 players. However, games will still be played with a 10-on-10 or 9-on-9 format

Section XI-Game Penalties

Penalty 1 Illegal Snap: 5 yards / hiking the ball to a player other than the QB … dead ball foul

Penalty 2 Rushing during a Punt: No contact = 5 Yards. Contact = 10 yards + automatic 1st down.

Penalty 3 Rushing during a Field Goal Attempt (3rd/4th league): No contact = 5 Yards. Contact = 10 yards + automatic 1 st down

Penalty 4 Rushing during a PAT (3rd/4th league): half the distance to the goal line + re-kick

Penalty 5 Illegal Defensive Contact with Kicker/Placeholder (5th/6th league): the 2-point PAT is good + 15 yards assessed on the kick-off

Penalty 6 Illegal Offensive Formation: 5 yards

Penalty 7 Illegal Defensive Formation: 5 yards / DT, DE, NT lining up in a gap. Blitzing by LB, CB, S

Penalty 8 False Start: 5 yards … dead ball foul

Penalty 9 Delay of Game: 5 yards

Penalty 10 Offsides / Encroachment: 5 yards (even if defense backs out of neutral zone before snap of ball)

Penalty 11 Offsides / Encroachment with Contact: 5 yards … dead ball foul

Penalty 12 Offensive Holding: 10 yards

Penalty 13 Block in the Back: 10 yards from point of the foul (above waist)

Penalty 14 Clipping: 15 yards from point of the foul (high engagement with defender by one blocker and low engagement below waist by another blocker)

Penalty 15 Defensive Pass Interference / Defensive Holding of Receiver: 15 yards + automatic 1st down

Penalty 16 Offensive Pass Interference: 15 yards + loss of down

Penalty 17 Illegal Forward Pass: 5 yards + loss of down / pass thrown to avoid loss of yardage (no eligible receivers nearby) or passing beyond the neutral zone/line of scrimmage

Penalty 18 Personal Foul: 15 yards + automatic 1st down or loss of down / grabbing facemask/chinstrap/edge of helmet, horse-collar, tripping, spearing, chop-blocking (while defender is engaged), roughing the QB, late hit, helmet-to-helmet hit, leading with the crown of the helmet, unnecessary roughness

Penalty 19 Unsportsmanlike Conduct: 15 yards + automatic 1st down or loss of down / spiking the ball, taunting, swearing, hot-dogging, arguing with referee, physical contact with referee. If a player or coach receives two Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalties, they will be ejected for the duration of the game

Penalty 20 Leading with Helmet: No player is allowed to target or lead with the helmet when tackling or running. This applies to both defense and offense. If a player "spears" at the point of tackle (leading with their helmet), a 15 yard penalty and automatic 1st down will result if it is a defensive penalty. If an offensive player "spears" (leads with the helmet when blocking or running), it will result in a 15 yard penalty and loss of down. The second occurrence by a player in the same game will result in removal from the game

Section XII-Equipment

Rule 1 Only rubber or molded plastic shoes will be worn. Screw on cleats will not be allowed.

Rule 2 Wearing improper equipment during a game will result in a warning and expulsion from a game until corrected. Additional infractions will result in fifteen (15) yard penalties and expulsion from the game until corrected.

Rule 3 All Players must wear a mouthpiece (full: four (4) teeth on both sides of center).

Rule 4 The official ball sizes are Pee Wee for the Flag, 1 st/2 nd grade & 3rd/4th Leagues and Junior for the 5th/6th League.

Rule 5 Any GYFL Equipment can only be used in GYFL league. It can't be used in any outside besides All-Stars. Failure to comply will be ejection from the league and no refund on equipment.

Section XIII-Parental Permission

A signed Medical and Liability Release and Concussion awareness form must be on file prior to any player participating in practice or a game. NO EXCEPTIONS any Head Coach violating this rule will be removed from the league

Section XIV - Game Officials

Rule 1 The Director of Officiating shall be in charge of all officials at the games.

Rule 2 Official time will be kept by the official timekeeper (one of the on-field officials).

Rule 3 If during a game, a coach/official is having a problem with the crowd, an official's timeout will be called and a league official will be summoned. Coaches will not be charged for this timeout. If the fan persists or is belligerent, the police will be called and that person or persons will be escorted off the premises

Section XV-Concessions

Any concessions, donations and/or admissions fees will be determined and supervised by the Commissioner and Board

Section XVI-2nd Grade Rules

The following rules have been designed to provide a safe and fair playing environment for the 1 st/2 nd grade teams. Any rules not specifically defined below will follow the rules for 3 rd-6th Grade teams defined above

Maximum running weight limit in 1 st/2 nd grade is 75lbs, helmet must be striped by coaches if over 75lbs

There is a 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 time

Players 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 1 st/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 1 st/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
 
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