- The game starts at the 20-yard line. We play 8 on 8, 4 boys/4 girls on the field.
- Captains sub in players after every conversion, 4th down and interception.
- Subs sit by their end zones with their team.
- What is the line of scrimmage? In this class, it is an imaginary line where the flag
rests on the floor or where the tackle takes place.
- No one can pass the line of scrimmage until the football is snapped. If someone
does, that is called offside. It’s a 5-yard penalty. The down is replayed.
- When the football is poorly snapped and hits the ground it’s a dead ball and
offense loses a down. Where the football hits the ground it becomes a new line of
- The center is in charge of calling out the down # for the team.
- There are no fumbles in flag football. Once the football hits the ground it’s dead.
- If a player falls with the football that becomes the line of scrimmage.
- On a pass, if the football hits the ceiling it’s a down.
- 1st down is at the 50-yard line. (optional)
- We play with 4 downs in the college and 3 downs in the high school. Each
touchdown is worth 6 points.
- When a touchdown is scored, the scoring team has an option of choosing a 1-
point conversion at the 10-yard line or a 2-point conversion at the 20-yard line.
No running plays.
- A safety is 2 points for the defense and they are awarded the football at the 20-
yard line. A safety is catching the team behind their own goal line with the ball.
- Any player on offense may pass the ball backward or parallel to his/her goal line
to a teammate at any time. This is called a lateral pass.
- The quarterback has a 4 second grace period to throw the football. Defense cannot
pass the line of scrimmage until 4 seconds has expired (You must count slowly).
However, if the quarterback chooses to pass the line of scrimmage before 4
second, he/she can be tackled.
- Once the quarterback passes the line of scrimmage, he/she can no longer forward
pass, just lateral and backwards.
- In the red zone at the 20-yard line or less there are no running plays. Pass only.
- Two hand touch, if flag falls off while possession of the football.
- Do not cover flags with your hands. Your flags must be visible by your hips. If
you disregard this rule, the penalty is 10-yards from the point of infraction and a
- All personal fouls including: cursing, taunting, trash talk, and fighting is a 15-yard
Offensive holding- You can’t use your hands to ward off or repel opponents. You
can’t slap the hands reaching for the flag. If you do this, it is a 10-yard penalty
from the point of infraction and loss of down. If your team scores a touchdown, it
doesn’t count if you are in violation with offensive holding. You are not allowed
to bump or push a receiver or the offensive team.
Defensive holding-You cannot intentionally grab a player’s shirt/pants to grab a
flag. If you do this it’s an automatic first down and 10 yards closer to the
opponent’s end zone. Redo the down. You cannot rip a flag off someone before
they have possession of the football. No blocking, no contact.Quarterbacks and
captains think of plays and form huddles.