Ashland Youth Football League Rules
· Ashland Youth Football League Rules
THE ASHLAND YOUTH FOOTBALL CODE -top-
Traditionally, football is the game of schools and colleges. As such, only the highest standards of sportsmanship and conduct are expected of players, coaches and others associated with the game. Football is and should be an aggressive, rugged, contact sport. However, there is not a place in the game for unfair tactics, unsportsman like conduct, or maneuvers deliberately designed to inflict injury. Through the years, children have played sandlot football without any supervision or adequate equipment, resulting in several injuries that could have been prevented if supervision and adequate equipment had been provided for them. The AYFL Board and the rules committee under their supervision had endeavored by rule and appropriate penalty to prohibit all forms of unnecessary roughness, unfair tactics, and unsportsman like conduct. But the rules alone cannot accomplish this end. Only the continued best efforts of coaches, players, officials, parents and all friends of the game can preserve these high standards with the public has the right to expect in America’s foremost collegiate sport.
COACHING ETHICS -top-
Deliberately teaching players to violate the rules is indefensible. The coaching of intentionally holding, beating the ball, illegally shifting, feigning injury, interference or illegal forward passing, such as the forward fumble, will break down rather than aid in the building of the character of your players. Teaching or condoning the intentional roughing of an opponent is even worse. Such instruction is not only unfair to your opponents but is demoralizing to the boys entrusted to your care. It has no place in the game, which is an essential part of an educational program for our children.
SPORTSMANSHIP AND RULES -top-
The football player who intentionally violates any rule is guilty of unfair play and unsportsman like conduct, and whether or not he escapes a penalty; he brings discredit to the good name of the game, which it is his duty to uphold.
All National Alliance rules,
regulations, and interpretations with the Ohio High School rule modifications
shall apply to the AYFL with the modifications to follow in this document.
THE AYFL FOOTBALL PHILOSOPHY -top-
The AYFL program is the training ground of the future junior and senior high football prospects. The purpose of the league is to develop a genuine interest in the game of football and to teach the fundamental football skills, techniques, and attitudes that are necessary to become a good football player. Although winning is important, it is more important that the players enjoy the game and that all are allowed to participate who are qualified and meet practice requirements. They should be taught the team concept of the game and learn to play within the rules, regulations and requirements of the National Alliance, the Ohio High School Athletic Association, the AYFL Constitution and their coaches.
ARTICLE 1 - AGE OF PLAYERS -top-
All players must be 10 years old by October 1st of the playing season. A player may not play if he is 13 years old by August 1st, or a seventh grader.
ARTICLE 2 - DRAFTING -top-
The trustees will hold a blind draw with the players grouped according to weight and age. All players’ siblings, and head coaches shall be automatically place on the team roster.
ARTICLE 3 - GUARANTEE TO PLAYERS -top-
Any player that is assigned to a team and meets the age requirements will be permitted to play with that team until he has been disqualified for undesirable conduct. No, player will be disqualified until final review by the trustees who will meet with the boy, his parents or guardian, and the coach. When a player is released he will not be permitted to play with another team.
Each player must play a
minimum of 10 plays a game unless injured during game or if player
is being disciplined. Violation of this rule will result in the suspension
of the head coach for one game. A second violation will result in
a suspension for the remainder of the season. It is the responsibility
of the head coach to see that this rule is enforced.
ARTICLE 4 - TRANSFER OF PLAYERS -top-
No players will be permitted to transfer from one team to another without permission and agreement of coaches and trustees.
ARTICLE 5 - COACHES -top-
There will be a maximum of one head coach and three assistant coaches per team. Coaches will consist of non- parent volunteers. Parent volunteers will only be used as a last resort. If any coach resigns another coach will be appointed by the Board of Trustees.
• Coaches are expected
to concentrate their efforts to the teaching of the fundamentals to
ARTICLE 6 - UNIFORMS -top-
All uniforms will be furnished by the AYFL and shall remain the property of the association. Uniforms will be turned in to the coaches at the end of the season. No equipment will be issued to any player who has not filed all their registration forms signed by the proper party, or who have not paid their registration fee. No equipment may be used in this program unless it is the property of the League other than shoes, socks, and athletic supporter. Parents are responsible for the cost of equipment not returned and will be charged $200.00 for replacement uniform and/or player may be suspended from AYFL indefinitely.
ARTICLE 7 - INSURANCE -top-
Medical Insurance is strongly recommended.
ARTICLE 8 - LENGTH OF SEASON -top-
The Board of Trustees before start of each season shall determine the length of the season.
ARTICLE 9 - PRACTICE SESSIONS AND EXHIBITION GAMES -top-
of the Ashland Youth Football League: There will be no more than 6
hours of practice per week prior to the start of the first scheduled
game. No one practice should exceed 2 hours. The head coach will be
warned the first time his practice(s) exceed these limits. If he violates
the rule again, he will be suspended for one game. The first two practices
of any season shall be without contact or full equipment (helmets
are permitted. *A late addition to the team, off the waiting list,
etc. must practice at least twice without contact.
ARTICLE 10 - EQUIPMENT -top-
equipment issued by AYFL Football shall include:
ARTICLE 11 - PLAYING AND PRACTICING RESTRICTIONS -top-
In case of rain, games will most likely be played. If lightning is spotted, the official in charge and/or head coach will immediately suspend the game until he feels conditions are clear of any danger or until postponement is deemed necessary. No practices unless it is supervised by Coaches. No contact is allowed unless the players are fully equipped.
ARTICLE 12 - PLAYER USAGE AND FORFEITURE -top-
No team may borrow players from another team roster. In the event that a team does not have eleven players to start a game at a scheduled time, the opponent will win by forfeit.
ARTICLE 13 - DIMENSIONS OF THE PLAYING FIELD -top-
The dimensions of the playing field will be the same as the High School playing field unless deemed otherwise by the Board.
ARTICLE 14 - BALL SPECIFICATIONS -top-
The size of the ball will be intermediate 2/3 size and the type approved by the Board of Trustees.
ARTICLE 15 - MANDATORY EQUIPMENT -top-
All players must wear football pants with pads, helmet, shoulder pads, mouth protectors when practicing and in official league play. AYFL EQUIPMENT SHALL NOT BE USED UNLESS IT IS AN AUTHORIZED AYFL PRACTICE OR GAME.
ARTICLE 16 - LENGTH OF PERIODS AND INTERMISSION -top-
running time for a game shall be 50 minutes with periods and intermissions,
GAME CLOCK – Playing time will be kept by the best means available to the official. In no case except injury, time outs, and delay of game, or at the discretion of the official will the clock stop during the game.
TIME OUT – Two per half for each team, one minute with clock stopped. Unused 1st half time outs may not be utilized in the 2nd half.
FOURTH QUARTER –
Last 2 minute’s clock can be stopped by incomplete pass, running
ball out of bounds, or using a time out.
ARTICLE 17 - INCLEMENT WEATHER -top-
In case of inclement weather during a played game, the head official or board member shall be responsible for calling the game. The Board of Trustees will determine the rescheduling of the game.
ARTICLE 18 - REPLAYED GAMES -top-
All games will be played at a date set by the Board of Trustees.
ARTICLE 19 - PROBLEMS -top-
Any problems that arise should be reported thru proper channel; players to Coaches; Coaches to Trustees; Trustees to Board.
ARTICLE 20 - PLATOONING OF PLAYERS -top-
Platooning of players will be used as much as possible. The number of players less than 22 will be permitted to play both ways. Every player must be a starter sometime though out the season on defense or offense of teams with less than 22 players or less to reflect the philosophy of AYFL instructional Football.
Mandatory Play Rule –
AYFL Football expects that all coaches do everything possible to play
each player equal time.
ARTICLE 21 - REPRIMANDS FOR COACHES AND PLAYERS -top-
ARTICLE 22 - GAME TIE BREAKERS -top-
In the event of a tie score at the end of regulation playing time, there will be a coin toss to determine choice of possession from the ten yard line. Each team will get a chance to score a touchdown or field goal. If both teams score equal amount of points next possession will go to the 20 yard line.
ARTICLE 23 - KICKING GAME -top-
• At the start of the game, there will be a coin toss. The winner of the toss will have the option to receive the ball, go on defense, or defer his choice to the second half. If you defer your choice to the second half, the opposing team will have the option to go on offense or defense.
• There will be no kickoffs. The ball will be put into play on the 35- yard line.
• Punting: Will be allowed with only two boys allowed to be deep, beyond the line of scrimmage. There will be no rushing. Punts must be announced. The ball will be considered live until downed by the receiving team. Punting team will not advance the line of scrimmage. If the kick is blocked the ball is down where it hits the ground. There are no fumbles or advancement on punts. THERE WILL BE NO RUN BACKS. All catches are assumed possession. If the ball is batted forward, it must be placed where it was first touched. Defensive men may all stand and jump in attempt to block the punt. The punter must be positioned at least three yards behind the line of scrimmage and between the tackles when he kicks the ball.
• Points after touchdowns will be one or two points. One point conversions will consist of a successful running or passing the ball in. A two point conversion will consist of a kick. All extra point kicks and field goals must be declared, and will not be rushed. If the ball hits the ground on a snap the ball is dead. Holder must field the snap cleanly. Once the ball is snapped the kicker has five seconds to field the ball. There will be not fake field goals. . A blocked field goal is a dead ball at the line of scrimmage.
• The ball must be put in play within 30seconds. Violation is a 5-yard, dead ball penalty.
• In the event of
a safety, the defensive team will be awarded 2 points. They will also
receive the ball at the 35-yard line and go on offense at the 35-yard
ARTICLE 24 - OFFENSIVE RULES -top-
offensive line must use a balanced 7man line. Center, two tackles,
two guards and two ends. Ends may be split and may stand
ARTICLE 25 - DEFENSE RULES -top-
of a four man line, no lining up in the gaps.
ARTICLE 26 - FUMBLES -top-
be no advancing of a fumble by the offense or defense. The ball will
be placed at the point of recovery.
ARTICLE 27 - FACEMASK PENALTIES AND UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT -top-
by the players will not be tolerated. An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty
will result in a 15-yard penalty. In addition to the 15-yard penalty,
the player must be removed from the game for the next play. A second
unsportsmanlike conduct penalty assessed to the same player in the
same game even though it may be a different type of a violation will
result in ejection from the game, and a one game suspension.
ARTICLE 28 - WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS -top-
handler – 115lb.
ARTICLE 29 - MISCELLANEOUS -top-
1. No stick-um
on footballs o players’ hands.