USA Football’s Youth Football Rule Book 2013 edition with the following adjustments:
1.0 SCHOOL GRADES & WEIGHT LIMIT
A. Grades 3-4 (or 10 & under by Sept. 1) – 95 lbs.
B. Grade 5 (or 11 & under by Sept. 1) – 110 lbs.
C. Grade 6 (or 12 & under by Sept. 1) – 125 lbs.
D. Grade 7 (or 13 & under by Sept. 1) – 150 lbs.
E. Grade 8 (or 14 & under by Sept. 1) – 150 lbs.
Any player that exceeds the weight limit for their age group will wear a sticker, provided by the league, on the back of their helmet. Player can participate as a lineman only. The inside shoulder of a defensive X-man must be inside the outside shoulder of the offensive tackle. (Exception: Grades 7-8. Defensive X-man may play anywhere on the line) Player cannot run with the football, unless fumble recovery, interception, or ball strip is made. Player shall line up in a 3 or 4 point stance. Player may line up in a 2 point stance if a referee determines a 2 point stance is helpful to the player. (Exception: X-man may kick off or punt, but no attempt can be made to run with the ball) Weigh-ins will be performed just once, at the beginning of the season, at the equipment handout.
Play Down: When approved by a parent, coach, and District President, a player may play down on a lower grade level for their safety and to help create a better experience for the player. If determined necessary, by vote of the District Presidents, the player be moved back up at anytime during the season.
1.1 OFFICIAL FOOTBALL SIZES
A. Grades 3-4 – Pee Wee
B. Grades 5-6 – Junior
C. Grade 7- 8 – Youth
A. 1 coach, per team, may be on the field for 3rd/4th graders throughout the season. 5th/6th grade teams may have 1 coach, per team, on the field for the first 2 games only. 7th & 8th must coach from the sidelines.
B. Home teams (First team name on schedule) are responsible for providing a chain gang. (14 years old minimum)
C. Only players and up to 4 coaches are permitted within the coaches box. Any additional coaches must remain behind the coaches box. 1 camera person may be near the sidelines, not on the field. All others must remain in the stands.
D. Both teams that play in the last game, for that day, are responsible for picking up all trash on or near the field.
A. Coin Toss – No more than four captains from each team may be present.
B. All grades – Ball is kicked from the 40 yard line.
C. Safety – Ball is kicked from the 20 yard line.
1.4 GAME TIME
A. Quarters are 12 minutes. Clock runs continuously except for injuries, charged team timeouts, delay of game, and scores. In the last 2 minutes of each half, the clock also stops for incomplete passes and runs that end out of bounds.
B. Delay of Game – Ball must be snapped within 25 seconds for 7th/8th grades, and 35 seconds for 3rd through 6th grades once ball is placed.
Mercy Rule: Game clock will run continually if a team leads by 30 or more points in the second half. Clock will only stop for injuries or charged team time outs. If a 30-point deficit at the start of the second half (and anytime during the second half), the trailing team gets the ball at the opponent’s 40-yard line, even if leading team was to receive the second-half kickoff.
Weather: Games will be played rain or shine. Games may be delayed, or cancelled, if necessary due to lightning. Any team that fails to show up will forfeit that game. If a game is cancelled, due to lightening, game will be rescheduled if less that 1/2 of the game was played. If 1/2 or more was played, the current score will determine the winner.
Grades 3-6. No more than 6 defensive linemen may be on the line of scrimmage at any time. Linebackers must be 3 yards behind LOS until snap of ball.
Grades 7-8. High School blitzing rules apply. (Any player may be in a 2 point stance if desired)
Note: Defensive ends (non X-man) may be in a 2 point stance. Interior defensive linemen (Tackle to tackle) must be in a 3 or 4 point stance.
Note: Disrupting or attempting to disrupt the offensive team’s cadence is prohibited.
1.6 P.A.T & PUNT
P.A.T. – After a touchdown, team is given a choice of a 1 or 2 point conversion. 1 point if ball is ran or thrown into the end zone. 2 points if the ball is kicked between the posts. (If no posts exist, team may go for 2 points from the 5 yard line)
Note: Defensive nose guards can line up on center except during Punts and P.A.T’s.
Note: Grades 3-6. Teams must state when they are punting (No fakes). Punts and P.A.T’s are free kicks, with no rush or block attempts by the defense. (Dead ball)
Grades 7-8. High School blitzing rules apply.
1.7 OVER TIME
1 OT is permitted during the regular season. Captains meet for coin toss. Winner of toss chooses to be offense or defense first. The ball is placed on the 10 yard line. Each team receives up to 4 plays. If a team scores they may elect to go for 1 or 2 points. A Field goal attempt is permitted on any down. If tied, after 1 OT, the game will end in a tie. OT will continue in a playoff/championship game until a winner is decided.
No more than 3 practices may be held, in any week, after Rendezvous scrimmages.
A player or team representative is automatically ejected if he receives two unsportsmanlike conducts in a game. The player or team representative will also not participate in the following game. Coaches yelling at officials is unsportsmanlike conduct. Fragrant fouls, such as fighting, hitting, etc. will be automatic ejection for that game and may be ejection from the following game.
Red Rock Football provides secondary insurance.
2.1 MANDATED CONCUSSION MANAGEMENT:
If any player is believed to have suffered a concussion based on any of the following symptoms;
Headache, dizziness, confusion, memory loss, nausea, blurred vision, sensitive to light and sounds, and abnormal behavior.
That player shall have his helmet confiscated and not returned until written permission is given to the Head Coach from a health-care professional.
In an attempt to reduce concussions, no player may target another opponent. Targeting is an act of taking aim and initiating contact to an opponent above the shoulders with the helmet, forearm, hand, fist, elbow or shoulders. However, a ball carrier may stiff are. A ball carrier may not target an opponent with the top portion of his helmet.
The Board of Directors shall govern all operations of the league. The board consists of; Ronald Thompson (owner), Dennis Barnes (St. George area), Bryce King (Hurricane area), Nephi Mahi (Dixie), and Colton Johnson (Kanab)
Questions / Comments: All questions and comments are to be directed to your team’s District President.
Tigers – Bryce King 668-5636 email@example.com
Warriors – Dennis Barnes 218-6704 firstname.lastname@example.org
Thunder – Dan Staheli 817-5902 email@example.com
Cowboys – Willy Afeaki 801-928-0856 firstname.lastname@example.org
Flyers – Justin Poppe 773-3940 email@example.com
Pirates – Dennis Whitmore 702-682-8073 firstname.lastname@example.org