General Information

**Each league is slightly different. Some are Pass only and some allow blitzing.**

  1. Offense will Start on the 40-yard line.
  2. There will be a coin flip before each game for 1st possession on day one.
  3. On day two (non-pool play games), the higher seed will choose which team gets the ball first (ex. #1 plays #16, #1 gets the ball first).
  4. Player is down when he is touched with one hand below the neck and above the ankle.
  5. QB will have 4.0 seconds to throw. Refs will 3-chop and the 4th chop is the whistle. (Stop watch maybe used as well for verification.)  The four second clock starts on the snap of the ball.
  6. Each team will have one blitz per game (including overtime). HEAD REFEREE & FIELD GENERAL WILL TRACK.
  7. Running by the offense is permitted.
  8. There are NO untimed downs with the exception of the extra point if a team scores a touchdown as the game time expires.
  9. The Field General can stop the clock to ensure proper application of the rules outlined herein.


  1. Offense will start on the 40 yard-line with the option of using either hash. First downs will be at the 25-yard line and 10-yard lines. Once the 1st down is achieved inside the 10-yard line you will have three (3) downs to score.
  2. Offense has three (3) downs to gain a first down.
  3. Each team must possess a center to snap the ball. If using a center, he is ineligible to catch a pass.
  4. After a score, the offense can go for one (1) point at the 5-yard line or two (2) points at 10-yard line. The offense may place the ball either on the hash or the middle.
  5. The offensive team may run the ball on ANY DOWN (Example they can run 1st 2nd and 3RD if they choose). All forms of runs and handoffs are permitted.
  6. The 1ST player to receive the ball from the center is considered the QB and can NOT run. The 2nd player to possess the ball is the runner and is not allowed to throw or lateral the ball.
  8. Fumbled shot-gun snap is a dead ball (loss of down), and the ball will return to the original line of scrimmage. All fumbles are dead where they lay.
  9. Offensive team is responsible for retrieving and returning the ball to the previous spot or the new line of scrimmage.
  10. All offensive formations must be legal sets. Receivers’ alignment should respect the tackle box.
  11. All offensive substitutions must enter through the back of the offense.
  12. The Goal Post are out of bounds.


  1. Six (6) points for a touchdown
  2. One (1) point for a PAT from 5-yard line
  3. Two (2) points for a PAT from 10-yard line
  4. Two (2) points for a defensive stop
  5. Three (3) Points for Interception (no runbacks or “pick six”)
  6. Turnover on a PAT is dead ball (including interception) and no points will be given
  7. If there is a defensive stop or an interception that occurs with no time on the clock, the defense will still be awarded two (2) points for the defensive stop or three (3) points for the interception.
  8. Official scores will be kept by the scorekeeper on the Field.

Offensive Penalties

  1. False Start = Loss of Down
  2. Delay of Game = Loss of Down
  3. Each team will have 25 seconds to snap the ball once it has been marked ready for play; delay of game penalty will be assessed.
  4. Offensive Pass Interference = 5-yard penalty and Loss of Down
  5. If there is an offensive penalty at the 40 yard line, the Offensive team will just be penalized with a loss of down.  (ex. 1st Down, Offensive Pass Interference penalty @ 40 yard line, next play will be 2nd down from the 40 yard line.
  6. Offensive team is responsible for retrieving and returning the ball to the previous spot or the new scrimmage spot. Clock does not stop and any delay by offense in retrieving and returning the ball will result in a delay of game and be a loss of down.
  7. Dead Ball penalties on the Offense assessed after the play would result in a 15-yard penalty.
  8. If a personal foul is assessed on a Touchdown to the offensive player, Offensive team will lose the next down which is the PAT. Ball goes to the Defense on the 40 yard line..
  9. Back-to-Back delay of game penalties will result in change in a defensive stop and defense will be given 2 points
  10. If the scoring team is assessed a dead ball penalty after a touchdown, they will forfeit their extra point opportunity.
  11. If there is an Offensive penalty (false start, delay of game, offensive pass interference, etc…) when the defensive team blitzes, the defensive team will be awarded their blitz back if the penalty is accepted.

Defensive Penalties

  1. Off-sides = 5-yard penalty
  2. Defensive Pass Interference = will be a spot foul (1st down at the spot).
  3. Defensive Holding = will be a spot foul (1st down at the spot).
  4. If Defensive Pass Interference occurs in the end zone, it will result in a 1st down at the one-yard line.
  5. Defensive Pass Interference on an extra point is half the distance for the same amount of points. Ex. Going for two (2) from the 10 yard line, pass interference occurs in the endzone – ball is moved to the 5 yard line and if converted offense is awarded two (2) pts.
  6. Any dead ball penalty on the defense AFTER a change of possession or TD would result in a loss of down for that team’s offense when they begin their ensuing possession.
  7. Responsibility to avoid contact is with the defense.
  8. Dead Ball penalties on the defense assessed after the play would result in a 15-yard penalty, or half the distance to the goal from the spot of the ball and an automatic first down.
  9. Game CANNOT end on a defensive penalty!
  10. Tackling or unnecessary roughness will be an unsportsmanlike penalty (No Warning). Resulting in a 15-yard Penalty and AUTOMATIC  1st Down, and subject to ejection of the player. Diving at the legs of an offensive player will be considered unnecessary roughness. 

If there is a Defensive penalty that occurs when the defensive team blitzes (defensive holding, offside, etc.) the defensive team will lose their blitz for the remainder of the game. (Ex: Defensive team blitz, offensive team scores a TD. There is a defensive penalty on the play.  The defense loses the blitz.)


1) “The Blitz” is defined as a player or player’s that attack the QB- “QB IS THE PLAYER THAT RECEIVES THE SNAP OF THE BALL”. Example of a non-Blitz a mesh with QB and RB, and the defender crosses the line to tag the RB- No Blitz (play-action or RPO)

2) Each team has 1 blitz to be used during game play and/or during overtime

3) If a team blitzes, there will be NO 4 second count! QB can scramble but can not run passed the original line of scrimmage

4) The Blitz can be used at any part of the field, the blitzing team can blitz as many players as they choose

5) If a team blitz’s, and there is a Defensive penalty on the play the blitzing team will forfeit their blitz. If there is an offense penalty on the play, the blitzing team can accept the penalty, if the penalty is accepted the blitzing team will maintain their blitz.

Tie Breaker/Overtime Rules

    1. Any game that ends in a tie will result in Overtime.
    2. The referee will select a team to call the coin toss in overtime, at his/her discretion.
    3. The winner of the coin flip will select if they want to be 1st   offense or defense.
    4. The ball will be marked on the 10-yard line and NCAA overtime rules will apply. Each Team has three attempts at the end zone.
    5. Only offensive scoring will count in overtime.
    6. After the 1st overtime, both teams must go for two (2) points (spot ball @ 10-yard line) after a Touchdown.

*If a game goes into a 2nd overtime, the team that gets the ball 2nd in the 1st overtime will receive the ball 1st in the 2nd overtime.  3rd overtimes and the teams will switch again. 


Teams and Coaches

  1. Maximum number of players on one team is twenty (20) to twenty-four (24) depending on league. Bands will not be issued for more than league max players.
  2. Players must remain on their sideline during the game.
  3. Players and coaches respect the teams that are playing. Do not warm-up on their sideline.
  4. Please police your own sidelines keeping players back during the game and clean up all trash after your game.
  5. Maximum of four (4) coaches per team.
  6. One Offensive Coach and no more than two players can be on the field (players must be on one knee) during play. 1st time is a warning 2nd time delay of game will be assessed (which IS a loss of down)!  No defensive coaches can be on the field at any time. 
  7. Offense cannot set up on the field until the opposing team reaches the 15-yard line. Penalty is delay of game and a loss of down.
  8. Each game will have at least three (3) referees, and a Field General. Coaches will be responsible for signing the final game score sheet after each contest.
  9. The Field Generals will be in charge of maintaining order during the game and ensuring these rules are enforced properly. The Head Official and/or Field General will be responsible for yelling the score to both teams as points are awarded.
  10. Organizations with multiple teams in the same age group: During check in, each player will be given a different color wrist band to represent their team. Once a team is eliminated from tournament play that disqualifies those players on the losing team from further play during that day.  Wristbands are not interchangeable among players. All players must have a wristband to be eligible to compete. This will be monitored by Field Generals and tournament staff. Any players/teams that are caught switching wristbands or competing without a wristband will be automatically eliminated from the tournament. PLAYERS CANNOT PLAY ON MORE THAN ONE TEAM IN THE SAME AGE GROUP FOR THE ENTIRETY OF THE EVENTS.

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