Rosters and Equipment
- Players are prohibited from wearing: track or metal cleated shoes, padded suits, or special protective devices (e.g. shoulder pads, helmets, etc.).
- Players must wear shoes.
- Players of opposing teams must wear contrasting colored jerseys.
- The Home team (listed first) must wear dark-colored shirts and the Away team must wear light-colored shirts.
- Passing League games are non-contact, “one-handed touch” games. No flag belts are worn.
Periods and Time Factors
- Four (4) offensive receivers plus a quarterback versus four (4) defensive players.
- There is no center position. All plays start with the quarterback positioned behind the ball at the line of scrimmage (“under center”) or in a “pistol” or “shotgun” position 3 to 5 yards behind-the-line of scrimmage.
- All plays will start on “ball-off hand” contact by the quarterback.
- The quarterback has a four (4) second clock to release a forward pass.
- No laterals or backward passes are allowed on any play from scrimmage.
Each team shall have two 0:30 timeouts to be used at any time during the game on offense or defense. An Official may stop the clock at other times if, in his/her judgment, unusual conditions prevail that call for such an action (i.e. a serious injury).
- The team in possession of the ball at the end of regulation (Team A), starts a new 3-down series from the 15 yard line. Any touchdown within the 3-down series will give Team A a 1 or 2-pt conversion option.
- The opposing team (Team B) will then have a 3-down series from the 15 yard line to either tie the score or win the game.
- Interceptions in overtime do not score points.
- Regular season only: tie scores after each team has completed an offensive series will remain ties.
- Playoffs only: If the score remains tied after both Team A and B have each had an offensive series, Team B will begin a 2nd 3-down series, followed by Team A. Teams continue alternating (3rd series: Team A then Team B; 4th series Team B then Team A; etc) offensive series until a winner is decided after each team has had an equal number of offensive series.
Ball in Play, Dead Ball, and Out-of Bounds
If an official blows his or her whistle inadvertently, the ball is dead and the play stops. Referee’s judgment will govern the situation.
- Once any part of ball carrier’s body touches the ground (excluding hands and feet) play shall be ruled dead.
- A forward pass may be made from any point behind the line of scrimmage.
- Only one foot needs to touch in bounds for a pass to be complete.
Scoring Plays and Touchbacks
A defensive interception scores one (1) point and results in a change of possession
Conduct of Players and Others