2010 Rulebook, Changes & Clarifications
After taking in a ton of feedback from players and potential captains we have made several changes to the 2010 rulebook and format to insure safety is our first concern from here on out. We’ve have 2 very successful seasons but at times play has gotten a little rougher than anticipated and players we’re a little more vocal and unsportsmanlike than will be tolerated this year and in the future. Most of the rule changes focus on making the league safer and more similar to other flag football leagues around. The new rulebook can be downloaded below, but I will also highlight some of the main changes you can expect to see in the book. (Note. The changes or rules that will be more emphasized are all highlighted in the rulebook.) We’ve also hired 2 referees who played in the league in previous years and no what to look out for and what will not be tolerated this year.
Roster Limit & Changes
Teams are required to turn in their complete rosters prior to their week 1 games. There will be no changes, additions, or altercations of rosters after they are turned in. Teams are required a minimum of 9 players and a maximum of 18 players and 1 captain/player per roster. If players aren’t expected to make the first few weeks you still must list them on your roster and they will be checked prior to each game.
General Notes & Changes
Fumbles of any sort will now result in a dead ball at the spot. Players are permitted to strip the ball; however if it touches the ground it results in a dead ball and the offense will keep possession. This includes bad snaps; which will be treated as an incomplete pass or loss of a down.
Players must have control of the ball and 1 foot in bounds when making a catch. If contact by the defender pushes the receiver out of bounds when in judgment of the official he would of come down in bounds, it shall be ruled a completion.
Ball carriers cannot run through or over an opponent. However runners can guard flags by using their hands to deny the opponent an opportunity to pull the flag. This includes: pushing hands and arms away from the flag, however placing the ball over the flag, lowering the shoulders, or hurdling over a player (except to avoid a down player) and covering flags are not permitted. Spinning in place is not allowed and the flag marks the spot of the ball except in goal line situations. There is also NO stiff arms.
Any hanging object on the ball carrier such as towels, playbooks, etc will be considered flags if they are pulled during an attempted deflagging.
Excessive baggy pants or shirt tails hanging over the flags are not permitted. If a defensive player while attempting to pull a flag grabs a handful of shirt or pant, it is not considered holding if he also has part of the flag.
Linemen who are rushing the quarterback must line up within a 5 yard box on each side of the quarterback; however blitzing players not including linemen can blitz from outside of the box.
Blockers must be on their feet before, during, and after contact with their opponent. You may not dive or blindside block an opponent. Blockers may only contact their opponents body between the waist and shoulders with open hand straight arm blocking. You may not grab the opponents jersey and you may not contact the opponents head, or shoulders during a block. Blockers in the backfield (linemen/rb) may body up on the rusher but any use of hands, forearms, or elbows above the shoulders shall be a personal foul with a player warning. Flagrant fouls will result in player ejection without warning.
Penalties & Unsportsmanlike Conduct
Only the Captain/Coach may ask the referee questions about rule clarification and interpretations. Players cannot question judgment calls, and all interactions with captains and referees should be made in a sportsmanlike manner.
Excessive contact or rough play: If an official decides excessive contact was with “intent to harm” the player will be ejected from the game. Depending on the severity of the incident the player may be tossed out of the league. Note: Excessive contact may be called even when the contact was unintentional. Excessive arguing with the officials, vulgar language, and taunting/trash talking will result in unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, but the official also holds the right to eject any player who’s attitude and conduct is interfering with game play or safety.
If any player or coach bumps, assaults, or threatens a referee they will be ejected from the league. If there is a physical attack on a referee with intent to harm the team will forfeit all remaining games and money will be forfeited.
If 2 players get into a shoving match, they will be ejected from the game and the following. If punches are thrown those players will be ejected and removed from the league. Any players leaving the sideline to escalate or join a fight will be ejected and the team will be removed from the league.
Any verbal abuse will not be tolerated. The player will be ejected from the game and suspended for two additional games. If conduct persists from the same team the official has the right to declare a forfeit. This applies to fans as well as players.