Rules and Regulations

CODE OF CONDUCT

The following “Participant Code of Conduct” has been adopted for the Youth and Adult Flag Football Association. These rules of conduct will be strictly enforced during the playing of each and every tournament. It is the Coach/Manager/Captain’s Responsibility to ensure all players follow all of the rules.

Appropriate social behavior is requested for all programs, facility and outdoor use. Individuals are encouraged to act in a way that will not hurt another person physically, mentally, or emotionally. A participant may be asked to withdraw from a tournament, or to leave a facility if behavior does not comply with program and or facility standards.

DEFINITIONS:
Coach/Manager/Captain- A person designated as team spokesperson. One who is either a player or non-player.
Players/Participant- A person, who actively participates in the game, sits on the bench or who is on the roster.
Contest or Playing Area- That area, which is designated by the League Director, may include spectator area. Can include parking lots and open space.
Spectator- A person who comes out to watch the games for entertainment with no physical involvement.
Official- Person or persons on the field who administer the official rules.
Participation- Any involvement in YAFFA activities such as being a spectator, officiating, playing, coaching or attending non-sporting events. Anyone present at the time of an incident.
League Director- Part time or full time employee of YAFFA.

Sportsmanship Policy
Each team or individual is responsible for the actions of its members and spectators during competition.. Unsportsmanlike conduct, including intimidation and infliction or threat of bodily harm, will not be tolerated and will result in ejection from competition and/or facilities. This sportsmanship code will be extended to drop in participants of a sporting activity. Additional sanctions may be added at the discretion of the District’s staff.

No Contest is important enough to warrant physical or verbal abuse of officials, participants or spectators. Please remember that these contests are not professional sporting events. Please make the utmost effort to win with class, lose with dignity, and treat the contest officials with respect.

The following behavior is unacceptable for any players, participants, coaches or spectators:
Use of alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs or tobacco while Particiapating in or spectating any YAFFA sponsored events..
Pushing, striking, threatening (verbally or physically) another player or spectator.
Pushing, striking, and threatening (verbally or physically) an official/umpire or YAFFA staff member.
Refusal to abide by officials’ decisions, including dissent and verbal abuse directed toward officials.
Failure to follow YAFFA and/or school district regulations.
Any inappropriate sexual conduct or lewd behavior on the premises or during an event.
Foul language

CODE:
NO PLAYER/COACH SHALL: consume alcoholic beverages..
Minimum Penalty: Ejection from the playing area.
Maximum Penalty: Citation issued by law enforcement.
NO PLAYER/COACH SHALL: have three (3) or more team members (players or coaches) ejected from the game.
Minimum Penalty: Shall be penalized with a forfeit.
Maximum Penalty: Suspended from ALL YAFFA tournaments for one year. Forfeiture of fees/no
refunds given.
NO PLAYER/COACH SHALL: refuse to abide by officials’ decisions. Officials are required to immediately suspend the player from further play and report such player to the Tournament Director.
Minimum Penalty: Ejected from that game. Game may be declared a forfeit.
Maximum Penalty: Suspension from the league for two games.
NO PLAYER/COACH SHALL: be involved in a physical altercation with another player, coach, or spectator.
Minimum Penalty: Ejection from that game, receive at least a two game suspension
(possible suspension for remainder of the year or longer) and be placed on probation.
Maximum Penalty: Placed on suspension for life and/or assault charges filed.
Forfeiture of fees/no refunds given.
NO PLAYER/COACH SHALL: at anytime lay a hand upon, push, shove, strike, threaten to strike, verbally threaten an official/umpire or staff member. Officials are required to immediately suspend the player from further play and report such player to the League Director.
Minimum Penalty: Suspension from one (1) league game and placed on probation for
the remainder of the season.
Maximum Penalty: Placed on suspension for life and/or assault charges filed.
Forfeiture of fees/no refunds given.
NO PLAYER/COACH SHALL: who is ejected from a game may remain in the facility or field. He or she must leave playing area within two (2) minutes.
Minimum Penalty: They must leave facility (official’s judgement).
Maximum Penalty: Failure to leave immediately can result in a forfeit. If a forfeit is
declared the offending player is suspended for two games and depending on the
severity of the offending players of the offending players actions may result in a
suspension for life from YAFFA programs.

Teams are responsible for their players and spectators conduct before, during, and after the game. All spectators, as well as participants must conform to all YAFFA regulations. Improper behavior will not be tolerated in YAFFA Tourney’s..
Minimum Penalty: Verbal warning to the coach, technical fouls/penalties assessed.
Maximum Penalty: Forfeit of the game, possible arrest and prosecution, forfeiture
of remaining games, and no refund of fees.

ENFORCEMENTS:
All suspensions carry an automatic probation period. Once a player(s), coach, and/or team have been placed on probation, their conduct will be evaluated. Further conduct violations will result in a minimum suspension extending through the remainder of the Tournament, as well as forfeiting all fees paid to date.
Warning methods: verbal and written notices
Suspended coach or player: Suspension from the playing area will result in the League Director investigating the suspension.
If a suspended coach, player or spectator does not leave the contest area, the authorities will be called.
The official, supervisor, league director, or other staff shall be responsible for suspending the offending parties from the playing area.
The League Director has “elastic power” in determining suspensions, penalties, or rule interpretations. Officials will have the authority to penalize for unsportsmanlike behavior. This is a judgement call by the official and cannot be protested. There will be no tolerance for those that deviate from the league code of conduct.
Ejected or suspended, participant(s) in question may not come to contests as a spectator during their suspension or ejection period. This includes parking lots.
Correct name and phone number of ejected individual(s) must be given to proper authorities before leaving facility.

DUE PROCESS:
All ejections are subject to review by the League Director or his/her designee.

All ejections will be considered final.
A Suspension Review Board will be set up to hear any review of a suspension as deemed necessary for due process. The suspension Review Board will consist of the following:
YAFFA Sport Coordinator (League Director)
YAFFA Tournament Supervisor
3. Notice of suspension must be made immediately by the official or authorized staff
issuing an ejection. In the event of an extended suspension, the suspended person
will be notified in writing of any disciplinary action taken.

GAME RULES

Game Rules: Coin toss determines first choice of possession. Winner will have their choice of offense or defense. Ball will be placed on your opponent’s 10 yard line (5 yard line for 6 on 6) each start of possession, not including turnovers. All turnovers will be spotted based on ending result of play. You will be allowed to advance interceptions. No fumbles; play will be dead upon ball hitting ground.

Teams will switch sides after halftime.

First downs will be coned off on a per fifteen yard basis for all divisions. This does not include six to seven, and eight to ten divisions. These divisions will have a ten yard requirement to achieve a first down.

Scoring Table:
Touchdowns= Six points.
One point conversion= One point, Five yards out
Two point conversion= Two points, Ten yards out
Safety= Two points
PAT Interception Return= One point for Five yards
PAT Interception Return= Two points for Ten yards

PAT’s (Point After Touchdown) can be attempted in two ways. First, you can go for one from the five yards out. Or you can go for two, from ten yards out.

Players On Field:
The amount of players on field will be determined by age and division. No team may exceed maximum player limit as listed below. You must start the game with the required amount of players. You may finish the game with up to two players below the required amount. If team’s do not have enough players to finish the game, it will the result in that team forfeiting the game.

Players on the line table
4 vs 4 must have 2 on the line.
5 vs 5 must have 3 on the line.
6 vs 6 must have 3 on the line.
7 vs 7 must have 4 on the line.
8 vs 8 must have 5 on the line.

On Time Start:
Each game will have two fifteen minute halves with a five minute halftime in between. If your team is late, you will be assessed a seven point penalty after five minutes and a fourteen point penalty after ten minutes. Clock will begin running at scheduled game time; therefore, your team will also lose out on playing time. Any team fifteen minutes, or more, late will automatically forfeit the game.

Each team will be given two timeouts per Half.

Offensive Penalties:
*Pre Snap-
False start: 5 yard penalty
Illegal motion/shift: 5 yard penalty
Delay of game: 5 yard penalty
Illegal formation (5 on line) ?

*During Play:
Illegal Forward Pass: 5 yard penalty and loss of down
Holding/Illegal Block/Clipping: 10 yard penalty from spot of foul
Flag guarding: 10 yard penalty from spot of foul, and loss of down
Offensive pass interference: 10 yard penalty, and loss of down

Sportsmanship Policy
Each team is responsible for the actions of its members during competition. Unsportsmanlike conduct, including intimidation and infliction or threat of bodily harm, will not be tolerated and will result in ejection from competition and/or facilities. Additional sanctions may be added at the discretion of the YAFFA staff.

No game is important enough to warrant physical or verbal abuse of officials, participants or spectators. Please remember that these games are not professional sporting events. No one’s job is on the line. The officials are doing the best they can, just like the players. Please make the utmost effort to win with class, lose with dignity, and treat the game officials with respect.

Unsportsmanlike Behaviors
Fighting
Obscene Cheering
Verbal Abuse of Officials, Opponents, Spectators
Racial or Ethnic Slurs
Profanity/Obscene Gestures
Flagrant/Violent Fouls
Taunting/Trash Talking
Throwing/Abusing Equipment
Physical Intimidation of Officials, Opponents, Spectators
Unauthorized Leaving of the Team Bench Area

Sportsmanlike Behviors
Clapping for Introduction of Opposing Players
Respecting the National Anthem
Demonstrating Concern for Injured Athletes
Handshakes After Games
Positive Cheering for One’s Own Team
Creating Equal Competitive Environment for Opponents
Being Respectful of Children in Attendance
Helping Opponent up off the ground
Welcoming opposing fans
Thanking officials at the end of the game

The team manager or captain is the only player allowed to approach the referee with questions or concerns. Team captains are responsible for the behavior of their players.
Any participant who is ejected from a game must leave the facility immediately. Failure to leave within 2 minutes will result in forfeiture of the game. Any ejected player must sit out his/her team’s next scheduled game.
Any team that accumulates 3 unsportsmanlike penalties during a game will forfeit that game.
Any participant who accumulates 3 unsportsmanlike penalties during a tourney will be suspended for a minimum of 1 game. Additional sanctions may be given at the discretion of YAFFA staff.
ELASTIC POWER: The YAFFA staff reserves the right to establish guidelines for any and all rules or infractions not covered in the league rules and to refuse participation to any individual or coach if they do not obey the rules and regulations and keep within the spirit of sportsmanship.

(YOUTH-ADULT FLAG FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION)