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Arena Flag Football Rules

LEAGUE FEATURES + TEAM

Ã??Ã?·         Suggested 10 on each Roster

o   7 on Offense, 7 on Defense

o   Must have 3 of each gender in play at all times

o   Must be 21 years of age or older

Ã??Ã?·         Players may be substituted at any point during game play in between plays on offense or defense

o   Gender Rule still in affect at all times

PRE-GAME

Ã??Ã?·         Rock, Paper, Scissors to determine who would like to choose to have first possession or defer     

o   The other team gets to pick which end zone to defend

OFFENSIVE PLAY

Ã??Ã?·         Offense will have one set of downs to advance the ball to the next BLUE LINE

Ã??Ã?·         There will be 4 downs in a set of downs

o   Every 3 rd play must include a gender play defined below

Ã??Ã?·         The Quarterback has a maximum of 5 seconds to release the ball by executing a forward pass, handoff or pitch

o   The referee will oversee counting the 5 seconds out loud

o   After the 5 seconds the QB may be rushed

Ã??Ã?·         Under no circumstance can the QB advance past the Line of Scrimmage without another Offensive player having Possession first or a Defensive player crossing after the 5 seconds

Ã??Ã?·         The Center who snaps the ball may not cross the line of scrimmage prior to 5 seconds

Ã??Ã?·         Line of scrimmage

o   The Offensive Team must have 5 players set at the line of scrimmage to snap

o   The referee shall signal out loud when the Line is Set

Ã??Ã?·         Running

o   The QB may not cross the line of scrimmage unless they are rushed after the 5 second count

o   IF QB hands off or tosses the ball behind them to another player, that player who received the ball, can choose to take it and run immediately or throw again to any eligible offensive player

Ã??Ã?§  In this circumstance the 5-second waiting period automatically cancels

Ã??Ã?·         Passing

o   Completion is considered when a thrown ball is secured and does not hit the ground (or wall/net) while at least one foot is in bound

Ã??Ã?§  THE LINE IS OUT OF BOUNDS

Ã??Ã?§  Cannot use the assistance of the wall or net to help you jump, catch, etc.

Ã??Ã?·         Punting

o   Teams are only allowed to Punt (in this case THROW) on Fourth Down if they are in their own territory and have not passed mid-field on the current possession

o   The team that is punting must announce their intentions to the Referee before setting for the 4 th down

o   Offense and Defense must have at least 6 people on the line and may not move until the ball is thrown

o   The punt is thrown in the air

Ã??Ã?§  NO Fake Punts are allowed

Ã??Ã?§  NO Punts can be blocked

Ã??Ã?§  The Receiving team may call for a Fair Catch

Ã??Ã?§  If the punt hits the net, wall, or goal then it will be considered a touchback and the offense will gain possession on the Center Dot

Ã??Ã?§  If the ball hits the ground it is dead and spotted where it lands

GENDER RULING

Ã??Ã?·         Female players must participate in a play at least once every 3 plays

o   They can participate as carrying the ball over the line of scrimmage for positive yards

o   Throwing as the QB

o   Catching as a Receiver for positive yards

Ã??Ã?·         After the announced Gender Play the Gender Count will go back to 0

Ã??Ã?·         A play must be attempted to a Female, as judged by the official

Ã??Ã?·         If the Gender Play is not executed by the Offensive Team it will result as an automatic Loss of Down and the offensive team will have to repeat the Gender Play

Ã??Ã?·         If a player of the required gender is not utilized as described in these rules during an announced gender play, any passes shall be considered incomplete, and the offensive team will lose a down (repeat Gender Play)

o   A Female must have full possession of the ball and make positive yards

Ã??Ã?§  A ball thats tipped from or off a Females hands, into a Male on the same team, does NOT count. The Female must make positive yards in her possession

Ã??Ã?·         If a Male catches the ball, laterals to a Female, this does NOT count toward the Gender Count

o   However, vice versa, it does under original Gender Count ruling

POSSESSION

Ã??Ã?·         A Catch or Interception is ruled complete as soon as a Player has control of the ball

Ã??Ã?·         Only need 1 foot in bounds for a catch

o   LINE IS OUT

Ã??Ã?·         If any part of the ReceiverÃ?¢??s body touches the ground the ball is immediately dead, and the play is over

o   Example: Hand, Knee, Elbow. No sliding

Ã??Ã?·         If the Player drops the ball, with or without the influence of an opposing team, the ball is dead and spotted at the drop.  i.e. NO FUMBLES

Ã??Ã?·         The Offense can have 1 player in motion at any time

o   Must be moving horizontally across the Line of Scrimmage

Ã??Ã?·         The QB Cannot catch a forward pass unless it is completed beyond the Line of Scrimmage

Ã??Ã?·         The play is stopped immediately if the Players flags fall off intentionally, unintentionally, or on no contact

o   This eliminates argument on what actually caused the flags to fall and any grey areas

SCORING

Ã??Ã?·         A player must only have 2-feet in the End Zone, with full control of ball

o   Does not need to have entire body in End Zone

o   The Ball breaking the plain will NOT be sufficient (i.e. No Diving)

Ã??Ã?·         Anything beyond the Goal Line (depth and width) and in front of the painted G on the field will count as a TD

o   No out of bounds in the End Zone to avoid argument

Ã??Ã?·         A Male Touch Down is scored will count as 6 points

Ã??Ã?·         A Female Touch Down is scored will count as 9 points when:

o   A ball that is thrown by a Female is caught in the End Zone by a Male

Ã??Ã?§  The Male may not run across the Goal Line, if he does, counts only as 6 points

o   A ball is thrown by a Male and is caught in the End Zone by a Female

o   A ball is carried over the Goal Line by a Female

Ã??Ã?·         Conversion Points

o   5 Yard line = 1 Point

o   15 Yard line = 2 Points

o   No extra points are awarded if Female is involved

o   Gender Count does not apply

o   Ball is DEAD on interception

o   Under 2 minutes of play, on an extra point attempt, the clock is stopped

o   An interception on the extra point attempt is LIVE and can be returned for 2 points to the defense

Ã??Ã?·         Upon scoring a TD a referee will test the players flag by pulling on them to ensure thy were legally secured

Ã??Ã?·         A safety will result in 2 points + possession for the Defense if they pull an Offensive Players flag in their own End Zone while the Offensive Player has possession of the ball

o   If the ball is dropped or touched the End Zone its a dead-ball and loss of down

Ã??Ã?·         An interception taken all the way back to the opposing End Zone by a Male will result in a Male TD = 6 Points

o   Interception by a Female will result in a Female TD = 9 Points

PENALTIES

Ã??Ã?·         THESE PENALTIES WILL RESULT IN 5-YARD PENALTY AND REPLAY DOWN

o   Blocking

Ã??Ã?§  Defined as the Offensive Player forcing a Defensive Player to change his position on the field through physical contact initiated by Offensive Player

Ã??Ã?·         Hands, Arms, Shoulders, Legs, Head, etc.

o   Holding

Ã??Ã?§  A player grabbing or holding onto another to impede his motion

o   Charging / Off-Sides

Ã??Ã?§  If a Defensive Player crosses the Line of Scrimmage while QB still has ball before the 5-second count is completed

o   False Start

Ã??Ã?§  At least 5 players must be set at the line of scrimmage

Ã??Ã?§  An offensive player leaves before the ball is snapped

o   Illegal Forward Pass

Ã??Ã?§  Any forward pass thrown beyond the Line of Scrimmage

o   Illegal Quarterback Run

Ã??Ã?§  Quarterback runs across the Line of Scrimmage prior to the 5-secound count being over

Ã??Ã?·         THESE PENALTIES WILL RESULT IN A SPOT-FOUL. Ball will be placed where it occurs

o   Flag Guarding

Ã??Ã?§  When a player in possession of the ball uses their hands, arms, elbows, or ball to prevent a defensive player from pulling their flag

Ã??Ã?§  When a player in possession of the ball physically slaps or pushes away opposing player

o   Pass Interference - Spot foul and automatic first down

Ã??Ã?§  Occurs when bodily contact initiated by a defensive player prevents an offensive player from attempting to catch a likely catchable pass

Ã??Ã?§  Occurs when a defensive player holds onto a part of the body or uniform of an offensive player before they have a chance to make a play on the ball

o   Illegal Contact

Ã??Ã?§  Any physical contact as judged by Official

Ã??Ã?·         THESE PENALTIES WILL RESULT IN AN AUTOMATIC EJECTION. As deemed by Official

o   Tackling

o   Unsportsmanlike Conduct

Ã??Ã?·         A Penalty on the Goal Line = Automatic LOSS OF DOWN (repeat Gender Rule if applicable)

TIME

Ã??Ã?·         Each game shall consist of 2 25-minute halves

Ã??Ã?·         The Game Clock will only stop for Team and Referee Time Outs

o   Game clock will stop on incomplete passes and players going out of bounds within the last 2-minutes of the entire game (i.e. only the 2 nd half)

Ã??Ã?·         Each team will be allotted 1 60-second time out per half

Ã??Ã?·         The Conversion Point attempt shall be permitted after a TD regardless of the time on the clock

Ã??Ã?·         Over Time

o   If the score of the game is tied after 2 halves

o   No time outs will be awarded, and no times outs can be carried over

o   The game clock will be turned off

o   Each team will have one possession to score from mid-field

Ã??Ã?§  Including a Conversion Point

Ã??Ã?§  The team that won the initial RPS contest will get to choose the order of possession

Ã??Ã?·         This choice will alternate after each Overtime Period

OFFICIALS

Ã??Ã?·         There will be at least 2 Officials per game

o   Their duties include (but not limited to):

Ã??Ã?§  Keeping Time

Ã??Ã?§  Keeping Score

Ã??Ã?§  Calling Gender Count/Rule

Ã??Ã?§  Placing ball for snap

Ã??Ã?§  5-Second QB Release Count

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