"2009 FLAG FOOTBALL COACH MANUAL"
Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA 601 Riverview Drive South Sioux City, NE 68776 402.404.8439 www.nwsymca.org 2009 FLAG FOOTBALL COACH MANUAL Ryan Dunkel Sports Director 402.404.8439 Email: email@example.com Sports Voice Mail (Game Cancellation) 712.444.4091 PHILOSOPHY OF THE YMCA FLAG FOOTBALL LEAGUE Winning is important. It’s basic to the idea of playing against an opponent in sports and in the competitive game of life. However, in our flag football league, we believe that winning is not the only thing that’s important. We hope that you as a coach will try to keep winning in the perspective of “fairplay” by emphasizing: 1. Respect for the opponent. You can’t have good competition without good competitors. 2. Respect for the rules and the officials. Everyone who plays agrees upon the rules. They define the game and the officials simply enforce the rules to make sure neither team gains an unfair advantage. 3. Respect for self. Good athletes have great respect for the spirit, mind, and body- all of with must be in tune for the best level of competition. 4. Caring for everyone involved in the program. The league will be a tremendous success if everyone cared about the program success in attaining our goals and not just winning at all cost. 5. Honesty in following the guidelines of the program and looking to provide a great experience for everyone in the program. 6. We believe that the participants, coaches, officials and parents need to act in a manner that shows they are responsible for their own activities on and off of the field. THE PURPOSE OF THE YMCA FLAG FOOTBALL LEAGUE 1. To provide a program that meets the physical and emotional make-up of the youth. 2. To teach football skills, starting at the youth’s level of ability and progressing from there. 3. To give every boy/girl an equal chance to play in every game. 4. To teach sportsmanship- the ability to live with winning and losing situations. 5. To experience and learn the value of fair play. 6. Provide opportunity for family program and involvement. 7. To develop strength, endurance, flexibility, agility, balance and skillful motor coordination. NORM WAITT SR. YMCA FLAG FOOTBALL LEAGUE Flag Football Coach’s Job Description It is our belief to make this program successful; it needs the best coaches available. Hopefully, your sportsmanship, teamwork, and skill development philosophies are parallel with those of the Y Flag Football League. We would like to thank you for volunteering your time. You will get personal satisfaction in making this the best possible experience for your team. RESPONSIBILITIES 1. Your number one responsibility is dedication to your team by promoting the Y goals of sportsmanship, teamwork, skill development, and attitude of fair play. 2. It is your responsibility to be at all practice sessions and games unless you arrange in advance to have an assistant coach present when it is impossible for you to be there. 3. Have a good time with your team and feel free to communicate any suggestions for program improvements to the Y. 4. Attend any coaches meetings. These meetings are important in relating experiences, solving problems and discussing the program. 5. Maintain proper coaching manner at all times during the games and at practice. You are a model for the youngsters and should promote sportsmanship and fair play any time you represent the Y. 6. It is your responsibility to play all children an equal portion of the game. Your leadership is the single most important factor in the Y Flag Football League. Its success, as well as the personal experience of each participant, rest in your hands. Have a great season! LEAGUE INFORMATION 1. Games are scheduled on Saturdays beginning August 15th through October 10th. No games September 5th, due to Labor Day. October 17th is the date of the annual Flag Football Tournament. This year’s event will be for the teams in the 2nd & 3rd & 4th grade. Tournament registration will be in coaches’ packets of league information. 2. All boys and girls must register and have fees paid to be eligible. 3. Practice will be scheduled at the discretion of the coach. The coach will make an effort to practice in an area that is convenient to all players. Generally schools and parks in the immediate area are good practice fields. If you plan to use a school playground for your practices, please clear the use of this field with your office. 4. The Y will furnish practice balls for each team, game equipment, and officials. 5. All boys and girls must play equal portions of each game. 6. At all times, the coaches should teach and show sportsmanship to players, officials and parents. 7. Coaches are reminded that absolutely NO TABACCO, DRUGS OR ALCOHOLIC PRODUCTS SHOULD BE CONSUMED IN THE PRESENCE OF PARTICIPANTS. This includes smoked and smokeless. Please refrain from using alcohol before attending any event with the participants of your team. 8. Location of all games: Yet to be determined. 9. Remind the parent’s of your team that pets are not permitted and will be asked to be taken away from the complex. This is a city ordinance as well as a YMCA policy. 10. All coaches are responsible for the conduct of their players, parents and any assistant coaches. All coaches are also responsible to make sure that the sideline area is left litter free after each game. All coaches are also responsible for their players and their player’s parents’ conduct at practices and coming to or leaving the game. 11. The Flag Football Site Supervisor or the referee on your field will hand out any additional informational letters. 12. No team standings will be kept. The philosophy of the league is for all players to participate on an equal basis and to have fun. 13. Depending upon your practice times, evening darkness may be a problem, especially for players who are walking or riding bikes home. Please encourage your team’s players to be careful and please do not leave any player unsupervised after practice. Please wait until all your players have been picked up. 14. Any questions regarding team pictures please call Reynolds Portrait Studios at 605-232- 0111 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. EQUIPMENT 1. For safety reasons, tennis shoes or soft-rubber “turf” shoes must be worn at all times. No metal or baseball/softball cleats. 2. Players may NOT wear any hard, potentially dangerous equipment, or baseball caps. 3. The YMCA Sport Jersey is the official team uniform and must be worn so that it is visible to all players. The shirt must be tucked in at all times. 4. Mouth guards are mandatory for every player on every down. NO TOLERANCE POLICY Due to an increasing tendency for coaches and parents to verbally harass game personnel and players, the Y has implemented a No tolerance policy throughout the Sports Program. Coaches are asked to encourage their players in a positive fashion and avoid yelling at game personnel. Our intent is as it always has been to provide a fun learning environment for the youth in our programs and to provide positive role models for young people to mentor from. NUMBER OF PLAYERS Teams will play with 8 players on the field at one time. Each team member is expected to play an equal amount of time in each game. A team must have a minimum of 6 players to start a game or it will be considered a forfeit. If a team plays short-handed, the opposing team will play with the same number of players. Teams will be given 5 minutes after their scheduled game to get their players there. At this time, if there are not enough players, the referee will declare a forfeit. CANCELLATIONS PROCEDURE In case of inclement weather, the decision to cancel games will be made by 8:00 a.m., the day of the game. The local radio station, KMEG, KCAU and KTIV will be notified- WATCH FOR SNOWCAP announcements or go to their websites at www.snowcaponline.net. Coaches and Parents can call the Youth Sports voice mail for game cancellations announcements: 712-444-4091. Coaches and players will NOT be notified individually. GENERAL RULES 1. Kickoffs: The game will start with a coin flip. The receiving team will start on their 15-yard line, 12 yard line or 10 yard line respectively. 2. The ball is spotted where the ball carrier’s feet are when the flag is pulled, NOT where the ball is. 3. Fumble: anytime the ball is fumbled and touches the ground (except during a punt in 3rd/ 4th) the ball is ruled dead and belongs to the team fumbled the ball at the spot where it touched the ground. If a ball touches the ground from the snap of the center, the ball is dead where it touches. A ball that becomes dead behind the offensive team’s goal line will be ruled a safety. 4. The playing field of 3rd and 4th grade is 40 x 60 yards and dived into four 15-yard zones. A first down is gained when the offensive team advances from one zone into the next. 5. The playing field for 1st grade teams is 25 x 40 yards and is divided into 10-yard zones. The playing field for 2nd grade teams is 30 x 48 and is divided into 12 yard zones. 6. Teams are composed of a minimum of 8 players and a desired maximum of 12. A maximum of 8 players will be on the field at one time. 7. The games consist of 4 quarters, with each quarter lasting 10 minutes. Half time is between 3-5 minutes in length. The clock runs continuously except for timeouts and the last 2 minutes of the 4th quarter. At this point, the official will declare that there are 6 players left in the game. 8. Goals will be switched only at half time. 9. The game ball for players in the 1st & 2nd grade league is the PeeWee size ball. Teams in the 3rd & 4th grade league will use the Junior size ball. 10. 1st thru 4th Grade League- One coach may go out onto the field and assist the players during the game. 11. Substitution Rules: a. 1st & 2nd Grade League: Substitutions can be made at the quarter break or at the change of possession between Offense and Defense. All players must play one quarter in the first half and one quarter in the second half. All boys and girls must play equal potions of each game. b. 3rd & 4th Grade League: Substitutions can be made at the quarter break or at the change of possession between Offense and Defense. All players must play one quarter in the first half and one quarter in the second half. All boys and girls must play equal potions of each game. 12. There are no overtime games 13. Teams are allowed 3 timeouts per game. One minute each. Any player or coach or fan involved in unsportsmanlike behavior may be ejected from the game and the following game. A player involved in an altercation in which punches of other violent actions are involved will be ejected from the current game and the next game also. Individuals ejected may also face further discipline procedures as directed by the Sports Director. GENERAL OFFENSIVE RULES 1. All offensive players must be set for at least one second prior to center snaps. Exception: If you have a man in motion they may be moving at the snap. Before going into motion the player must comply with the one second motionless period. 2. The backfield may not use more than 3 players and these players must be at least 1 yard behind the line of scrimmage. Exception: a man in motion will not be counted toward the 3- yard limit in the backfield. 3. Quarterback sneaks and dives are illegal if taking the snap directly from the center. In a shotgun formation the quarterback may advance the ball directly into the line (dives) but only from the shotgun formation and the correct distance from center at the snap of the ball. Quarterbacks who are in the shotgun formation must be 3 to 4 yards back from the center. Quarterbacks who take the snap directly from the center cannot dive directly into the line, but can do sweeps, end around, flea flickers, etc., as long as he/she is beyond the guard when they cut up. 4. All offensive players are eligible to receive a forward pass. 5. Flags must be worn on the hip and be worn on the outside of the jersey, with jersey tucked in. 6. The ball is spotted where the ball carrier’s feet are when the flag is pulled, NOT where the ball is. 7. The ball is dead when the player’s knee touches the ground. 8. If a defensive man has position, the offensive player cannot run over him. 9. The offense has 30 seconds to run its play. 1st & 2nd Grade Divisions has 45 seconds. 10. Ball carriers cannot guard flags. 11. Ball carriers can only spin once while running. 12. Stiff-arms are illegal. 13. Offensive lineman may be in either two or three point stance. 14. The offensive player must keep their hands below the neck and head. Penalties will be assessed for blows to the head. GENERAL DEFENSIVE RULES 1. The defensive player cannot tackle, trip, push, hold or shove the ball carrier while trying to pull the flag. No sliding on knees to pull the Flag! 2. The defensive team can have no more than 5 players on the line of scrimmage. 3. The defensive backfield must be at least 2 yards behind the line of scrimmage. 4. The defensive front line must have at least 3 players on the line of scrimmage, but no more than 5. 5. The referee will drop 2 cones 1 yard apart. Defense and offense must line up behind the cones. 6. Offensive lineman may be in either two or three pt. stance. 7. The defensive player must keep their hands below the neck and head. Penalties will be assessed for blows to the head. 8. Defensive team can be in a 2 point stance. SUMMARY OF COMMON VIOLATIONS LOSS OF 5 YARDS 1. Delay of game (30 sec allowed to put ball in play) (45 sec in 1st/2nd). 2. Offside, illegal procedure or illegal formation. 3. Illegal motion. 4. Excess time-outs illegally used or requested. 5. Illegal defensive formation. 6. Leaving the line of scrimmage before the ball is punted. 7. Spinning more than once while carrying the ball (point of foul). LOSS OF DOWN 1. Illegal forward pass (also loss of 5 yards). 2. Intentionally grounded pass (also loss of 5 yards, point of pass). 3. Coach on field without permission of officials (also loss of 5 yards, from the line of scrimmage). 4. Hide-outs and play not starting from the huddle (also loss of 5 yards, from the line of foul). 5. Leaving the feet or diving in making open field blocks (also loss of 10 yards, point of foul). 6. Stiff-arming (also o loss of 10 yards, point of foul). 7. Guarding the flag with hands or arms or illegal arrangement of flag (also loss of 10 yards, point of foul). 8. Unnecessary roughness (lose of down and loss of 10 yards if by offensive team, automatic first down if by defensive team). 9. Offensive pass interference (also loss of 10 yards). LOSS OF 10 YARDS 1. Interference by the kicking team against the receiving team to catch a punted ball (from the line of scrimmage or from point of foul). 2. Unsportsmanlike conduct by player, coaches, and spectators located on their sidelines (this includes verbal harassment directed toward anyone, including opposing team players or referees). 3. Defensive pass interference (10 yards from the line of scrimmage plus automatic first down). 4. Quarterback sneak or dive taken directly from the center into the line (point of foul). 5. Illegal use of hands by the offense (point of foul). 6. Illegal removal of flag (point of foul). 7. Spinning more than once while carrying the ball (point of foul). 8. Blocking from behind/clipping (line of scrimmage). OTHER PENALTIES AND MISC. RULES 1. Defensive holding or illegal use of hands (5 yards and automatic first down). 2. In accordance with National Federation of State High School Association, only one foot must touch in bounds in order for a pass reception to be considered legal. 3. Any rules not interpreted by the Y rules, shall be administered according to the rules of regular football as stated by the National Federation of State High School Athletic Association rules. 4. All decisions made by the league supervisors on rules interpretations are final. Coaches and Referees are reminded that if it came right down to it, a flag could be thrown on virtually every play in the game of football. The intent is to teach the game of football not to see how many penalties can be called per game or to get someone hurt because of rough play. Rough play should not be taught or condoned by anyone involved in this program. Teach the game so that the participants can grow up to enjoy playing and thus continue to play to the high school years and beyond. Thank you for choosing to help the Y teach the game of football, teach values and teach fun to our participants. Ryan Dunkel Sports Director