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					            E.D.Y.F.L
    East Dubuque Youth Football League

             Rev July 2006




 Player Handbook
 League Rules
 Contracts and Waivers




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     East Dubuque Youth Football League
                      Basic Football Handbook
                                         Introduction

      We are happy to welcome all players and parents to this year's football season.
      We are hopeful that this will be the most exciting and rewarding football season
      you've ever experienced. Our goal is to develop well-rounded young men and
      women who learn not only the fundamentals of football, but also the
      importance of education, in an atmosphere conducive to developing sound
mind, body and character - and having a good time along the way. We practice the
ideals of sportsmanship, scholarship and physical fitness. Our program stresses
learning lessons of value far beyond the playing days, such as, self-discipline,
teamwork, concentration, friendship, leadership, and good sportsmanship.

We, as coaches, will do our very best to ensure that each player is utilized to his
utmost potential and their talents are used for the team's best advantage. The team
comes before individuals.

Safety is our top concern. Many of the exercises, drills, and team rules are there to
ensure your child is physically and mentally fit for football.

Each child is unique and develops at their own pace. We will exercise their bodies
and minds in an effort to develop the skills needed to execute the game of football.


                        TRAITS OF A GOOD FOOTBALL PLAYER

DESIRE: Desire is the determination to overcome an opponent, whether by
delivering a solid block or by shaking off the block attempt of an opponent and going
on to make the tackle. Desire is a state of mind, an abandonment of self, a form of
courage, the joy of mixing it up. It is doing one's best, calling up whatever reserve
power is available and never quitting. It is playing both for oneself and for the team's
interest. It is the exercise of a determined will, flowing from one's competitive spirit,
that drives one to achieve his goal. Desire is available to all kids not just to a gifted
few.

Coaching Football, by John P. McCartby, Jr.

CONFIDENCE: The belief that he/she can do what he/she has been asked to do.
Football is a sport that builds it. The coaches yell and bark a lot, kind of like the
military, but the idea is to get the kids to wake up. Most kids will get yelled at and be
upset by it. Parents will be worried by and begin to feel protective. The coach is just
trying to motivate the player, to toughen him up, to prepare him, and to get him
excited enough to put forth the effort needed to play football.

Coaching Football, by John P. McCartby, Jr.

THE LOVE OF THE GAME: Just happy to be part of the team. Enjoys the
competition. The willingness to play any position.


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                                     TEAM RULES

      Keep up with your schoolwork.
      If you don't practice, you don't play. All excused absences must be
       coordinated with the coaches. We have a minimum play rule. However, If you
       don't make an effort to attend practices, we as coaches are not required to
       play you.
      What the coaches say goes. Back talking, profanity, or any form of disrespect
       will result in disciplinary actions.
      Respect other players. Remember your teammates are working with you not
       against you. Any unnecessary aggression or violence towards another player
       will result in disciplinary actions.
      Take care of your equipment. Let the coaches know if your equipment needs
       repair. This is the key to safety.
      Wear your mouthpiece at all times on the field of play.
      Come to practice prepared to work, and play.
      Learn the rules of the game.
      Know the name of each position.
      Arrive on time for practices and games.


                                       REWARDS

Rewards can come in two forms verbal and material. Many of the rewards a player
receives are from positive reinforcement from coaches and parents. Often the
coaches will not require individuals to run sprints at the end of practices if the player
has showed some exceptional behavior. Game captains will be used to honor our
hard workers. However, the best reward is always a smile and a pat on the back by a
parent.


                                 DISCIPINARY ACTIONS


Normally running will not be used to punish a player. Running is an everyday part of
practice. Crab crawls or pushups will be used for minor incidents (i.e. Not paying
attention, not following instructions). A player will be asked to leave practices early
for more severe incidents (i.e. fighting or profanity). If a parent is not present the
player will be supervised until the child is picked up. The last resort is to use game
suspensions. Coaches will use each of these sparingly.



                                   FIELD POSITIONS

During the first few weeks of practice the coaches will decide the best position for
each player. When selecting players, attitude and desire wins over ability. Coaches
will try to keep playing time equal.




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                                        WINNING

Nothing in life, including football, is worthwhile unless you enjoy it and gain
something from the experience. Sure, we're trying to win football games and we are
going to set our goals high, but WE don't want it to ruin our lives if we lose. We don't
want our football team to believe that a football loss is a tragedy because it's not. All
you can ask of our kids is to do their best. If we win, Great! If we lose, it's not the
end of the world. There is another game next Saturday. Try this: Ask your child if
he/she had a good time instead of whether he/she won or lost.


                                       COACHES

We can only do our best. We view coaching as an awesome responsibility. Your
coaches will try to accomplish the following:

      Get the players in shape
      Understand each player's potential
      Work on individual skills for each position
      Work on team execution of plays
      Motivate, communicate, lead

Coaches must have the freedom to develop three things in their athletes: pride,
poise, and self-confidence. We use the following steps to instruct the game of
football.

      Explain what is required
      Demonstrate the technique
      Have the player perform the technique
      Explain the consequences of not performing the technique properly

If you have any problems with the coaching staff or league rules please contact the
league president.

                                   COACHING STAFF
The head coach is unable to manage the football team alone. If you would like to
volunteer to fill one or more of these positions please let us know. Even an hour a
week can help make this a successful season.


                                 PLAYERS EQUIPMENT

Each player is required to supply the following equipment in order to play football.

      Athletic supporter (not required but recommended)
      Socks



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      Custom mouth-guards, if preferred, (Made by dentists) must attach to helmet
       face guard
      Water jug
      Hand towel
      Shoes, must not have detachable cleats.

Players will be issued the following equipment:

      Helmet with face mask and chin straps
      Mouth guard
      Shoulder pads
      Hip pads
      Thigh pads
      Knee pads
      Jersey and pants




Each player will be required to submit a $150.00 Equipment Deposit to be
returned at the end of the season.

This equipment must be returned to E.D.Y.F.L. cleaned and ready for the next year
or parents will be billed for replacement equipment with the Equipment Deposit.


                                      PARENTS

Parents are as important to the success of the team as the players. Coaches and
parents must work together. Please keep the coaches informed about problems that
might be going on with your child, if the child has been sick, taking medication, or
going through some emotional trauma (etc).

Parents and coaches must communicate with mutual respect. Parents and coaches
reserve the right to postpone conversations that are getting out of hand. Heated
discussions have no place in front of the players.

Coaches put in a great deal of time per week. Parents are asked to put in only a few
hours working the concession, helping at practices, working the chain gang,
preparing or coming to ball games.

                                     PRACTICES

Practices are limited to 2 per week and no more than 90 minutes in length starting
mid August and ending Mid October.

Every week practices are different. New skills are learned, problem areas are
corrected, and new plays are learned. Your child will be at a disadvantage by not
making practice on time and regularly.

                                       GAMES




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Games will be played on Saturday rain or shine. There will be a 6 game regular game
schedule.

                                 HOME CONDITIONING

Players must drink 6 glasses of water everyday two before and after school, and two
after practice. Each player must complete 20 sit-ups and 20 pushups each morning
and at bedtime. A little extra salt sprinkled on their vegetables helps. Players need a
high-carbohydrate diet. This will not only help in Football but in everyday health.




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                  East Dubuque Youth Football League
                             Rule Book
                                   Revised 7-24-2006
11-MAN TACKLE FOOTBALL
PLAYING RULES
Except as specifically modified for East Dubuque Football League, all games are to be
played under the state rules for varsity football of the applicable governing body-either
the individual state member of the National Federation of State High School Athletic
Associations or the National Collegiate Athletic Association. It is recommended that each
coach be provided with a copy of the current year’s high school rules.
Write to the National Federation at PO Box 690,
Indianapolis, IN, 46206, web address: www.nfhs.org or to
the NCAA at PO Box 6222, Indianapolis, IN, 46206-6222,
web address: www.ncaa.org.

RULE 1: AGES AND WEIGHTS
September 1, CUTOFF-LEAGUE AGE:
   1. The player’s age on September 1st of the current year shall be the players age for
      the coming season. Player can not be less than 9 years old and no more than 13 on
      or by September 1st. Player must also be entering the 5th or 6th grade in the current
      year.
   2. A player weighing in at final registration and uniform day over 110 is restricted
      from being an offensive ball carrier. The player can play Quarterback position but
      cannot advance the ball beyond the line of scrimmage. Weight limit is only
      applied to Half back and fullback
   3. Weight Limits are only applied to Fullback and Halfback Positions


RULE 2: INITIAL WEIGH-IN; Final Registration
Its purpose is to serve as one final check of qualification and to screen out for special
attention each player whose weight will bear watching by the team staff, the players, and
parents. The initial weigh-in is the certified weigh-in and may be conducted on less than a
medical quality scale. The Weight will be round down and will be considered the
registered weight for the season.

RULE 3: THE FIELD AND MARKINGS and MISC.
  1. The Home team at game 1 of game day will be responsible for equipment, setup
     and preparation of the field. The Home team on game day of the second game will
     pickup and clean up area.
  2. The sideline area is reserved for players, coaches, and authorized team personnel
     only.
  3. The field of play will be 60 yards in length. The 50 yard line will be the center of
     the playing filed and will be considered the 30 yard line. All kick offs will be 20
     yard from the end zone.
  4. The Home team will always have the west side of the field.
  5. The Home team is responsible for chain gang for their game.


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   6. Coaches will be allowed on the field of play.
   7. Every team that has a 14 point lead must Huddle.
RULE 4: REQUIRED and RESTRICTED EQUIPMENT
The following items shall be worn by players in all divisions beginning with physical
contact in practice sessions:
1. EDYFL provided equipment below will be the only authorized equipment worn.
Helmet, Shoulder Pads, Pants, Hip Pads, Tail Pads, Thigh Guards, Knee Pads, Jerseys,
Mouth-guard (Keeper Strap required),

2. Equipment not provided but required listed below.
Shoes: In all divisions of play: sneakers, molded rubber cleats (soccer style), or
detachable rubber (football style) cleats are permitted. No metal cleats are permitted.
Cleats may not exceed a 1/2” in length, Eyeglasses: When worn, shall be of athletically
approved construction with non-shattering glass (safety glass) or contact lenses, Any
additional equipment worn by players shall be approved by the League prior to the game.
3. Jewelry of any type shall be prohibited, except religious or medical medallions, which
must be covered by the player’s uniform.
4. The wearing of headgear containing knots, including beads and/or decorative hair
ornaments is prohibited.
5. Casts, Players with casts must follow this guideline, Must have a release from Doctors
stating the player can play, Must be Wrapped to not be able to feel cast and a Written and
signed release from Parents or Guardians.



RULE 5: BLOCKING AND TACKLING
RESTRICTIONS
Both the National Federation and NCAA rulebooks contain extremely strong language on
blocking and tackling. It is the responsibility of every East Dubuque Football League
coach to be fully informed of, and abide by, all such rules of the governing body
(National Federation or NCAA) under whose jurisdiction his state falls, and to review
same every year. In addition to other specific prohibitions in the National Federation and
NCAA rulebooks, no butt blocking, chop blocking, face tackling or spearing techniques
shall be permitted. If such techniques or any others forbidden by the National Federation
or NCAA rulebooks are taught by East Dubuque Football League coaches, said coaches
shall be dismissed from the program, upon being found guilty following a hearing.

RULE 6: LENGTH OF PERIODS
4 15 minute quarters
2 time outs used Each Half during the game.
5 minute halftime.
All change of possessions except a score, will stop the clock for 60 seconds at which time
the next play must be off in 60 seconds to speed up the game.
Every play has to be off in 60 seconds or delay of game penalty.
Clock stops on an injury.
The Clock will stop after Every Score and Start with the start of next play.



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RULE 7: TIME-OUTS
A team shall be permitted no more time-outs than are permitted by the rules of the current
National Federation of State High School Associations or the current NCAA rule book,
depending on which body governs a state or section thereof.

RULE 8: PLAYERS
A free substitution rule is always in effect.

RULE 9: SCORING VALUES
Touchdown ........................................................... 6 points
Point after TD by run or pass .............................. 2 points
Safety (awarded to opponent) ............................. 2 points
A game can end in a tie no over time will be played.

RULE 10: RADIOS AND COMMUNICATION
DEVICES
No radios or other communicative devices shall be allowed during game situations to
relay information to the coaching staff on the sidelines.

RULE 11: NO TAXI SQUADS
No team is permitted to run a “taxi” or “reserve” squad.
RULE 12: CONTACT WITH OFFICIALS
If a player or adult should strike (hit) a game official, the offender shall be subject to
suspension or to being banned from East Dubuque Football League activities.
RULE 13: PENALTIES
All Penalties will be 5 yards.
All penalty infractions on live balls that occur behind the line of scrimmage will be
penalized 5 yards from the line to gain and not the spot of the foul. Any penalty that
occurs ahead of the line to gain on a live ball situation will be penalized from the spot of
the foul as commonly called.
RULE 14: PUNTS AND KICKOFFS
1. No rushing on punts. No returns. If ball is caught the catching team will get 5 yards
added to the point of the catch. Any catch made inside of the scoring 5 yard line will not
advance the ball.
2. If the ball is not caught by the catching team the ball placement will be at the point of
control or dead ball. If the ball goes to the End Zone, line of Scrimmage would be at the
15 yard line.
3. Any loss of control on the Kicking team when line of scrimmage is outside the 20 yard
line will be considered an automatic 15 yard punt.
4. Any Punt from the line of Scrimmage at or within the 20 yard line of the Scoring Goal
and there is a loss of control on the Kicking team the ball will be placed back on the line
of Scrimmage of the kicking team.
 RULE 15: QUARTER BACKS
    1. No Quarter Back may advance the ball past the line of Scrimmage.



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   2. Quarter Back must throw ball past line of scrimmage if has to get rid of ball or
      throw away.

RULE 16: LINE BACKERS
All Defensive Line Backers must start 5 Yards behind the line of scrimmage until the ball
is snapped.
All Defensive Line Backers may not cross the line of scrimmage until the ball leaves the
Quarter Backs Hands.




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        East Dubuque Youth Football League
                                          Coach’s Contract

                                         East Dubuque Youth football League
                                               Also known as E.D.Y.F.L

        Coach’s Name: ___________________________


     As a member of the E.D.Y.F.L coaching staff, I agree to adhere to the
following E.D.Y.F.L rules and regulations:

(1)   Use of tobacco and/or alcoholic products while actively coaching during E.D.Y.F.L practices and
      games is prohibited.

(2)   Any use or involvement in the sale or distribution of illegal drugs is strictly prohibited and will result in
      immediate removal from this organization. Other inappropriate off-field behavior (ex. felony
      conviction, child abuse, etc.) will be subject to review by the E.D.Y.F.L Board for disciplinary
      action/program dismissal.

(3)   Any inappropriate language or behavior will NOT be tolerated. Any disrespect shown to referees,
      coaches, players, or parents will result in disciplinary action to be decided by the team head coach or, in
      the case of a head coach, by the E.D.Y.F.L Board. Continuing offenses will result in removal from the
      program.

(4)   In order to provide the best possible program, and to provide protection and security for the children in
      our program, I authorize the East Dubuque Youth Football League to perform a Criminal Background
      check on me through local, state, and/or federal courts and/or law enforcement authorities.

Please review the guidelines listed below, which are considered minimum standards that prospective coaches must
meet prior to being selected. Please answer yes or no to the following 3 items:

a)    Have you ever been charged with, or convicted of, child abuse or a sex-related crime at any time in any
      jurisdiction? Yes ______ or No ______
b)    Have you ever been charged with, or convicted of, a crime involving a controlled or illegal substance within the
      five (5) years preceding the date of this date of application? Yes ______ or No ______
c)    Have you ever been charged with, or convicted of, any other felony or other crime or offense of any nature that
      might be considered detrimental to the children of this program? Yes ______ or No ______?

I, the undersigned, recognize the importance of keeping the E.D.Y.F.L football program a
fun and positive experience for all involved. I understand the above conditions to be the
proper edict of E.D.Y.F.L and will abide by these rules.




Signature: _______________________________                                          Date: __________




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     East Dubuque Youth Football League
       Parents Rules and Regulations Contract

                             East Dubuque Youth football League
                                   Also known as E.D.Y.F.L




   1. I agree to follow all E.D.Y.F.L. Rules and Regulations.
   2. I accept full financial responsibility for all equipment issued to my child and
      agree to pay for, or replace, lost or stolen equipment in my care current season. I
      will return all equipment to E.D.Y.F.L. on equipment turn in day at the end of the
      current season.
   3. I / We will work at least one function through the season.
   4. I agree that if I have any issues pertaining to coaches, referees, or any other
      parents during practices or games to take these issues to the coach, or President of
      E.D.Y.F.L – AFTER practices or games.
   5. I agree that if my actions at games and practices are in any way un-sportsman like
      or unbecoming of a E.D.Y.F.L parent, the following disciplinary actions will be
      enforced.

1st Offense with confirmation: Parent is warned by coach or board member.

2nd Offense with confirmation: Parent will be asked by coach or board member to leave
the field.

3rd Offense with confirmation: Participating child will be dismissed from the game in
session or next game.

4th Offense with confirmation: Parent will no longer allowed at games or practices.


       Parent Signature:____________________________________




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        East Dubuque Youth Football League
                                Player Contract
                             East Dubuque Youth football League
                                   Also known as E.D.Y.F.L




I, _________________________ promise to be a drug-free player for E.D.Y.F.L. I
understand that the use or possession of tobacco, tobacco products, alcohol, or other
drugs is prohibited and will result in an immediate removal from this organization.

Any inappropriate language or behavior will NOT be tolerated. Any disrespect shown to
any referees coaches equipment or other players will result in a disciplinary action to be
decided by the coach or the E.D.Y.F.L board.


We, the undersigned, understand the above conditions to be the proper
protocol of E.D.Y.F.L and will abide by these rules.

This MUST be signed and back in the possession of E.D.Y.F.L before
weigh-ins.
        NO FEES WILL BE REFUNDED IF THIS CONTRACT IS BROKEN.



Player: __________________________________________________________

Parent: __________________________________________________________

Date:   __________________________________________________________




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     East Dubuque Youth Football League Waiver/Release

           AMATEUR ATHLETIC WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY
                                   READ BEFORE SIGNING

In consideration of being allowed to participate in any way in the East
Dubuque Youth Football League, also known as E.D.Y.F.L. athletic sports
program, related events and activities, the undersigned acknowledges,
appreciates, and agrees that:

1) The risk of injury from the activities involved in this program is significant, including the
potential for permanent injury and death, and while particular rules, equipment, and personal
discipline may reduce this risk, the risk of serious injury does exist; and,


2) I KNOWINGLY AND FREELY ASSUME ALL SUCH RISKS, both known and unknown, EVEN
IF ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES or others, and assume full
responsibility for my participation; and,


3) I willingly agree to comply with the stated and customary terms and conditions for participation.
If, however, I observe any unusual significant hazard during my presence or participation, I will
remove myself from participation and bring such to the attention of the nearest official
immediately; and,


4) I, for myself and on behalf of my heirs, assigns, personal representatives and next of kin,
HEREBY RELEASE AND HOLD HARMLESS East Dubuque Youth Football League their
officers, officials, agents, and/or employees, other participants, sponsoring agencies, sponsors,
advertisers, and if applicable, owners and lessors of premises used to conduct the event
("RELEASEES"), WITH RESPECT TO ANY AND ALL INJURY, DISABILITY, DEATH, or loss or
damage to person or property, WHETHER ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE
RELEASEES OR OTHERWISE.


I HAVE READ THIS RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK
AGREEMENT, FULLY UNDERSTAND ITS TERMS, UNDERSTAND THAT I
HAVE GIVEN UP SUBSTANTIAL RIGHTS BY SIGNING IT, AND SIGN IT
FREELY AND VOLUNTARILY WITHOUT ANY INDUCEMENT.

 (Participants Full Legal Name) ___________________________________



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X_____________________________________                    DATE SIGNED:________________
        (Participant’s Signature)


FOR PARTICIPANTS OF MINORITY AGE
(UNDER AGE 18 AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION)

This is to certify that I, as parent/guardian with legal responsibility for this participant, do consent
and agree to his/her release as provided above of all the Releasees, and for myself, my heirs,
assigns, and next of kin, I release and agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Releasees from
any and all liabilities incident to my minor child’s involvement or participation in these programs
as provided above, EVEN IF ARISING FROM THEIR NEGLIGENCE.

X_____________________________________________                        DATE
SIGNED:_____________
        (Parent/Guardian Signature)

Emergency Phone Number:_______________________ Emergency Contact

Please Initial if you agree to the below Statement.

_____I, PERSONALLY AND ON BEHALF OF MY CHILD, HEREBY GIVE RELEASEES, OR
ANY ONE OF THEM, PERMISSION TO USE MY AND/OR MY CHILD’S NAME, PHOTOGRAPH,
QUOTATIONS AND LIKENESS IN ANY ADVERTISEMENTS OR PROMOTIONS PERFORMED
IN CONNECTION WITH THE E.D.Y.F.L. AND AGREE THAT NEITHER I NOR MY CHILD
SHALL BE ENTITLED TO ANY COMPENSATION FOR SUCH USE.




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