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					       Fauquier Mens Flag Football League

                              Rules and Regulations

                                                        Approved
                                                     September 2009




Contents
1.    The Basics ............................................................................................................... 2
2.    Players/Game Schedules ......................................................................................... 3
3.    Timing/Overtime ....................................................................................................... 4
4.    Scoring ..................................................................................................................... 4
5.    Running………………………………………………………………………………………5
6.    Receiving ................................................................................................................. 5
7.    Passing .................................................................................................................... 6
8.    Dead Balls................................................................................................................ 6
9.    Rushing the Quarterback ......................................................................................... 6
10. Sportsmanship ......................................................................................................... 7
11. Penalties .................................................................................................................. 7
12. Attire ........................................................................................................................ 8
13. Coaches ................................................................................................................... 9
14. Referees .................................................................................................................. 9
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1. The Basics
    1.1. A coin toss determines first possession. The winner of the coin toss will have
         two options: 1) To receive the ball first (in which case the opposing team will
         choose which end of the field to defend) or 2) to choose which end of the field
         to defend (in which case the opposing team will take the ball first).

    1.2. The offensive team takes possession of the ball at its five yard line and has
         three plays to cross midfield. Once a team crosses midfield, it has three plays
         to score a touchdown. If the offense fails to score a touchdown, the ball
         changes possession and the new offensive team takes over on the nearest
         five yard line.

    1.3. If the offensive team fails to cross midfield, possession of the ball changes and
         the new offensive team takes over at the nearest five yard line.

    1.4. All possession changes, except interceptions, start on the nearest five yard
         line.

    1.5. Teams change sides after the first 25 minutes of play (at halftime).
         Possession changes to the team that started the game on defense.


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    1.6. All game fields are 50 yards in length (goal line to goal line) with end zones
         being 10 yards deep and 30 yards wide (sideline to sideline).

    1.7. There are no kickoffs and no punts.

    1.8. No blocking or tackling is allowed. Running blocks are not permitted and any
         player impeding access to the ball carrier will be called for a running block.
         Players running pass routes may continue with their routes as long as they are
         not impeding access to the ball carrier (for example: if Johnny is running down
         the left sideline with the ball and his teammate Roger is running a hook pattern
         on the right sideline to draw a man into coverage, Roger will not be called for a
         running block). It will be illegal for offensive players, once the ball is beyond
         the line of scrimmage, to trail the ball carrier.

    1.9. All teams will supply their own game jerseys. All teams may use their own
         game ball as long as it is at least the size of a TDJ and must be leather….No
         NERF balls.

    1.10.    PLAYOFF TOURNAMENT TIE BREAKERS

      1) OVERALL RECORD
      2) HEAD TO HEAD
      3) RECORD VS. COMMON OPPONENTS
      4) STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE (your opponents combined w/l record)
      5) COIN TOSS


2. Players/Game Schedules
    2.1. Teams must field a minimum of five players to start the game.

      2.1.1.Exception: If a team can only field four players (for reasons such as injury
            or illness), they may finish the game but the opposition will still field five
            players if possible.

      2.1.2.No game shall be started if a team cannot field a minimum of five players
            and will result in a forfeit.

      2.1.3.Any game that has been started and is unable to be finished due to the
            inability of a team to field a minimum of four players (for reasons such as
            injury or illness) will be rescheduled. The make-up game will be continued
            where the original game was stopped (with the same time on the clock and
            the same score).




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    2.2. Teams scheduled away and in the first time slot of the day will be required to
         set up the game field on which they are scheduled (pylons at the back of the
         end zone, the goal line, and midfield on both sidelines).

    2.3. Teams scheduled away and in the last time slot of the day will be required to
         break down the field on which they are scheduled and bring the pylons and the
         cones to the board table.


3. Timing/Overtime
    3.1. Games are played to 50 minutes running time.

      3.1.1.Twelve and a half minute quarters (continuous running clock).

      3.1.2.Three minute breaks between quarters and a ten minute halftime.

    3.2. Each time the ball is spotted, the offense has 30 seconds to snap the ball.
         Teams will receive one warning before a delay of game penalty will be
         enforced.

    3.3. Each team has one 60 second and one 30 second timeout per half.

    3.4. Officials can stop the clock at their discretion.

    3.5. If the score is tied at the end of 50 minutes, teams move directly into overtime.

      3.5.1.Overtime periods will be five minutes and each team will be awarded two,
            30 second timeouts.

      3.5.2.The first team to score wins.

      3.5.3.First overtime possession is determined by a coin toss (the overtime coin
            toss will have the same rules as the coin toss at the start of the game).

      3.5.4.During the regular season, only one overtime period will be played. If the
            game is tied at the end of the overtime period, it will remain a tie and the
            game will be over.



4. Scoring
    4.1. Touchdowns:          6 points.

    4.2. Extra points: 1 point if played from the 5 yard line.


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                     2 points if played from the 12 yard line.

    4.3. Safeties:   2 points.


5. Running
    5.1. The quarterback cannot run past the line of scrimmage with the ball unless he
         in turn has received a handoff or toss (in order for the QB to run, the ball must
         COMPLETELY leave his hands by direct handoff, toss, or backward pass
         behind the line of scrimmage and then be given back to him either by direct
         handoff, toss, or pass).

    5.2. Handoffs and lateral pitches are only legal behind the line of scrimmage. Any
         and all passes caught behind the line of scrimmage will be considered lateral
         passes and fall under the same rules as a handoff or toss.

    5.3. The player who takes the handoff/toss can throw the ball from behind the line
         of scrimmage (it is legal to execute more than one handoff or toss per play, as
         long as all tosses or laterals are caught behind the line of scrimmage as it is
         illegal to execute more than one forward pass per play).

        5.3.1. All dropped passes, laterals, tosses, or handoffs behind the line of
        scrimmage are spotted where the ball hits the ground.

    5.4. Once a handoff/toss has occurred, all defensive players are eligible to rush (no
         matter where they were lined up on the field at the start of the play).

    5.5. Spinning is allowed, but players cannot leave their feet to avoid a defensive
         player (no diving).

    5.6. The ball is spotted where the ball carrier’s furthermost flag is at the point of
         the flag pull (not where the flags land on the ground after the pull), regardless
         of where the ball is. If any one flag of the ball carrier breaks the plane of the
         end zone before the flags are pulled it will be a touchdown.


6. Receiving
    6.1. All players are eligible to receive passes (including the quarterback if the ball
         has been handed off/tossed behind the line of scrimmage).

    6.2. Only one player is allowed in motion at the snap of the ball. Motion cannot be
         towards the line of scrimmage.




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    6.3. A player must have two feet inbounds when making a reception if stationary. If
         a player is airborne or partially airborne and cannot control momentum, at
         least one foot must touch down inbounds when making a reception.




7. Passing
    7.1. Shovel passes are allowed.

    7.2. Interceptions can be returned.

    7.3. Only one forward pass across the line of scrimmage per down is legal.


8. Dead Balls
    8.1. The ball must be snapped between the legs, not off to one side, to start play.

    8.2. Substitutions may be made on any dead ball.

    8.3. Play is ruled dead when:

      8.3.1. Ball carrier’s flag is pulled.

      8.3.2. Ball carrier steps out of bounds.

      8.3.3. Touchdown or safety is scored.

      8.3.4. Ball carrier’s knee hits the ground. (If the ball carrier’s hand hits the
           ground he is NOT down)

      8.3.5. Ball carrier’s flag falls off.

    8.4. Fumbles cannot be recovered.

      8.4.1. Any dropped ball behind the line of scrimmage is spotted where the ball
             hits the ground.

      8.4.2. All others are spotted where the ball carrier’s feet were at the point of
             control loss.

    8.5. The ball must leave the center’s hand-push backs from the quarterback are
         not permitted.




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9. Rushing the Quarterback
      9.1. All players who rush the passer must be a minimum of ten yards from the line
           of scrimmage when the ball is snapped.

       9.1.1. Any number of players may rush the quarterback.

       9.1.2. Players not rushing the quarterback may defend on the line of
              scrimmage.

      9.2. Once the ball has left the Quarterback’s hand, the ten yard rule is no longer in
           effect and all defenders may go behind the line of scrimmage.

      9.3. A special marker, or the referee, will designate ten yards from the line of
           scrimmage.


10.    Sportsmanship
   10.1.    FOUL PLAY WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.

   10.2.    Unsportsmanlike acts of tackling, elbowing, cheap shots, or blocking as
            determined by the Game Official will result in game stoppage and the player
            or coach will be ejected from the game.

   10.3.    Offensive Speech (trash talking) is illegal.

       10.3.1. Officials have the right to determine offensive speech.

       10.3.2. One warning by Game Official will be issued for offensive speech.

       10.3.3. Upon second occurrence of offensive speech, a player will be ejected
               from game.

   10.4.    Players or coaches ejected from a game will serve an additional one game
            suspension to be served at their FMFFL game subsequent to the ejection. If
            a player is ejected from a game, the coach of that team will also be ejected
            from the game. The coach in that case will be able to return and play in the
            next game.

   10.5.    Upon player ejection, the ejected player will be asked to leave the game
            fields. If the player refuses to leave his team will forfeit the current game.


11.    Penalties
   11.1.    Coaches have the option to decline penalties.

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   11.2.   Defensive penalties (offsides, illegal contact, illegal flag pull, and illegal
           rushing) will be assessed as follows:


      11.2.1. Five yards from the line of scrimmage (half the distance to the goal where
              five yards cannot be assessed) and
      11.2.2. Replay the down.
      11.2.3. Defensive pass interference beyond the line of scrimmage will be
              enforced at the spot of the foul. A first down will be awarded only if the
              foul occurs across the midfield line. Defensive pass interference at or
              behind the line of scrimmage will be a five yard penalty and replay the
              down.

   11.3.   Offensive penalties (illegal motion, illegal forward pass, pass interference,
           flag guarding, delay of game, and impeding access to the ball carrier) will be
           assessed as follows:

      11.3.1. Five yards from the line of scrimmage (half the distance to the goal where
              five yards cannot be assessed) and
      11.3.2. Replay down.

   11.4.   All unsportsmanlike conduct and roughing penalties (offense and defense)
           will be assessed as follows:

      11.4.1. 15 yards from the line of scrimmage (ball placed on the one yard line
              where the full 15 yards cannot be assessed).
      11.4.2. Automatic first down if defensive; Loss of down if offensive.

   11.5.   Referees determine incidental contact that may result from normal run of
           play.

   11.6.   Referees determine impeding access to ball carrier.

   11.7.   Only the player-coach may ask the referee questions about rule clarification
           and interpretations.

   11.8.   The player-coach must identify themselves to the referee prior to the start of
           the game.

   11.9.   Players and/or coaches cannot question judgment calls.

   11.10. Games cannot end on a defensive penalty, unless the offense declines it.


12.   Attire


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   12.1.   Rubber cleats are allowed, no metal spikes. No metal can be showing on
           cleats.

   12.2.   The officiating staff must make inspections prior to the start of each game
           (this is to include mouthpieces, cleats, belts, and attire).

   12.3.   It is strongly recommended that all players wear a protective mouthpiece
           during practices and games.

   12.4.   Team jerseys must be worn during game play.

      12.4.1. Exceptions may be made so long as all parties agree (i.e. same color or
              off-color T-shirt).

   12.5.   All players must wear dark colored shorts or pants during games (no jeans).

      12.5.1. Exceptions may be made so long as all parties agree (i.e. minimal color
              change)


13.   Coaches
   13.1.   Head coach is responsible for behavior of coaching staff and team sideline.


14.   Referees
   14.1.   All calls made by the officiating staff are final.

      14.1.1. A coach may ask a member of the officiating staff to repeat a call. Under
              no circumstances are calls made by the officials to be argued by any
              coach, player, or any representative of the team.


   14.2.   All games will have a minimum of two officials.
   14.3.   Referees may not officiate any games where a potential conflict of interest
           may occur (for example: if a referee is related to one of the players in the
           game).




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