MYFA RULES & REGULATIONS
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MAT-SU YOUTH FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION RULES & REGULATIONS ARTICLE I - AUTHORITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 1-Section 1 This Football Program is managed by the Mat-Su Youth Football Association (MYFA). This Organization has adopted the Executive Committee process of decision -making. This process requires the involvement of an effective Advisory Committee to review major concerns and make recommendations to the Board of Directors (B of D). Final decisions will be made at the B of D level. 1-Section 2 The rules contained herein shall govern all participating members of this organization except when these rules are inconsistent with the adopted policies of the MYFA. 1-Section 3 All competition, including tournament play, shall be governed by these rules unless specific competition requires otherwise. 1-Section 4 The Head Coach of each team is responsible to inform his assistants, managers, parents and players of these rules and procedures. Acceptable standards of conduct by each participating team member are also his/her responsibility. 1-Section 5 Coaches for MYFA will be certified through NYSCA and follow NYSCA CODE OF CONDUCT. Coaches will also be certified in sports safety training. Sports safety training should cover certification in sports-related injury prevention, first aid care and CPR. MYFA coaches will in addition adhere to the MYFA Code of Ethics, Rules and Regulations. (NYSCA refers to National Youth Sports Coaches Association). 1-Section 6 Referees for MYFA will be certified through NYSOA and certified in sports safety training. Sports safety training should cover certification in sports-related injury prevention, first aid care, and CPR. MYFA referees will in addition adhere to NYSOA Code of Ethics, MYFA Code of Ethics, Rules and Regulations, and the National Federation State High School Association rulebook (NFHS). (NYSOA refers to the National Youth Officials Association). ARTICLE II - SEASONAL YEAR 2-Section 1 The seasonal year for the MYFA shall begin on the first (1st) day in June and end on the day prior to the first (1st) day in June of the following year. ARTICLE III - REGISTRATION 3-Section 1 Boys and Girls residing within the boundaries and territories of MYFA are eligible to register. 3-Section 2 Player eligibility will be in accordance with the policies of MYFA. All players are required to submit a properly completed MYFA registration form. The date of registration will be considered when payment, proof of age and current physical examination are on file with MYFA. Examination must be less than one year old at the end of playing season. Proof of age must be provided. A birth certificate or any other record specified by MYFA shall be acceptable. 3-Section 3 Registration period will be an open registration. ARTICLE IV - AGE, GRADE AND WEIGHT LIMITS 4-Section 1 Grade divisions will be prescribed by MYFA. Players are assigned to divisions based upon their age and grade as prescribed requirements outline for each respective division. 4-Section 2 Playing Up: Players will be allowed to play in one grade division higher provided they meet the following requirements. (a) The player must be in the upper division or last half of his grade division. (Example: He must be a 6th grader in the 5th and 6th grade division) (b) He/she must be above the maximum weight allowed for his correct grade division, but he may not exceed the maximum weight allowed for the division he wishes to move up to. (c) He/she must have the permission of his/her parents, the upper division coach and the Board of Directors. 4-Section 3 Grade, age and weight divisions (a) Natural allowable progression of growth: Players must be at or under maximum allowable weight on or before the start of scheduled season to be considered. Each player will be allowed a 1% growth allowance for each month effective August 1 and each month until end of season. Each player within 5 pounds of maximum weight will adhere to Article IV Section 4d. (b) 7th and 8th Graders - Players entering 7th or 8th grade and not reached their 15th birthday during the current Seasonal Year. Maximum allowable weight is 195 pounds. Maximum allowable weight for ball handlers at the start of the seasonal year is 150 pounds. (c) 5th and 6th graders - Players entering 5th or 6th grade and not reached their 13th birthday during the current Seasonal Year. Maximum allowable weight at the start of the seasonal year is 170 pounds. Maximum allowable weight for ball handlers at the start of seasonal year is 125 pounds. (d) 3rd and 4th graders (11 man football) - Players entering 3rd or 4th grade and not reached their 11th birthday during the current Seasonal Year. Maximum allowable weight is 145 pounds. Maximum allowable weight for ball handlers at the start of seasonal year is 100 pounds. (e) School transcripts may be required to verify school enrollment before consideration of team assignments. 4-Section 4 Ball handler is any player eligible to advance the ball in a designed offensive play including pass reception, running play, or punt returns. Weight limits apply to advancement of the ball in defensive positions. Punters cannot advance the ball in grades 3rd through 6th. Punters in 7th and 8th grade divisions must be eligible ball handlers. Any player can kick the ball during a kickoff. (a) All illegal ball handlers will have their helmets distinctly marked. Whenever he/she obtains possession of a live ball, the officials shall immediately call the ball dead at the spot of possession. (b) Repeated attempts to advance the ball by an overweight player, may result in unsportsmanlike penalties being assessed to the player and team. (c) Intentional attempts by the coach/team to use overweight players in ball handler positions will be considered flagrant violation of the rules. All responsible persons will be ejected from the game and rule Article VI Section 12 will apply. (d) All players will be required to weigh in within Thirty days before the first practices and within one week before each tournament, unless they are within 5 pounds of maximum weight for their division or maximum ball carrier weight. Those players will be weighed every two weeks at an appointed date and time as designated by MYFA. Those players will be weighed in minimal clothing. All players over the maximum allowed weight will be ineligible as ball handlers and or play for the game, season and/or tournament. (e) All players in the backfield must be within eligible ball carrier weight. ARTICLE V - TEAM PLAYER ASSIGNMENT PROCEDURES 5-Section 1 Properly registered players will be assigned to teams in accordance with the following procedures: (a) The registrar will, in conjunction with the Executive Committee, assign players and select teams on said first come first serve basis. (b) In the event that a team needs to be split due to the amount of players, the Director of Coaches will meet with the team and involved coaches and split the team fairly. The Director of Coaches will allow each coach to choose a quarterback and a running back then continue with a coin toss through the team roster. ARTICLE VI - RULES OF PLAY 6-Section 1 The rules of play shall be the current issue of �Official High School Football Rules� as published by the National Federation of State High School Associations; 11724 Plaza Circle; P.O. Box 20626; Kansas City, Missouri 64195. All contests sanctioned by this Association shall abide by this specific publication and the modifications as published by this Association. 6-Section 2 Specific MYFA rule modifications are covered in MYFA Article 7. 6-Section 3 Players wearing orthopedic casts, air or metal splints will be in accordance with NFHS Rule 1-5-3c. 6-Section 4 Coaching from the sidelines by giving directions to one�s own team on the points of strategy, technique, and positioning is permitted provided. (a) No mechanical or electronic devices are used between coaches and players. Coaches may use these devices to communicate with each other but not with the players. (b) The tone of voice is informative and not a harangue or abusive. (c) No coach, player, substitute or spectator is to make derogatory remarks or gestures to the referees, other players, substitutes or spectators. (d) No coach, player, or substitute is to use profanity. (e) No coach, player, substitute or spectator is to incite, in any manner, disruptive behavior of any kind. The penalty for any of the above will be: First offense - unsportsmanlike conduct and a fifteen (15) yard penalty. Second offense - unsportsmanlike conduct and a fifteen (15) yard penalty and ejection from the game. It is the Team Manger�s responsibility to notify the District Rep with a MYFA report form. District Rep will furnish the report to the Executive Committee. 6-Section 5 Where colors of the uniform are similar, the home team must effect a change to colors, which are distinctive from those of the opponent. 6-Section 6 Prior to the start of any contest, a MYFA Team Manager and/or game official shall determine the playability of the field. Once the contest has commenced, the referee shall be the sole judge as to the acceptability of the playing field. Contests terminated prior to completion will be decided according to applicable rules. 6-Section 7 Each team, regardless of conditions, must be present within 10 minutes of starting time, with the minimum number of players as defined in Article 7 Section 4b unless the game has been postponed by the Director of Fields, his designee or the District Rep. Failure to abide by this rule will result in a forfeit as defined in Article 7 Section 4b. In the event that both teams fail to show up for a game and the contest has not been postponed, both teams will be assessed a loss. 6-Section 8 Any team delaying the start of a game by more than 10 minutes will forfeit the game to the opponent by a score of 1 to 0. 6-Section 9 Prior to the game the coach shall make sure that all player equipment is in proper order. The official�s judgment is final. 6-Section 10 Substitutions will be in accordance with the current NFHS Rule 1-5-2 & 1-5-3. 6-Section 11 Each Team Manager is responsible for calling the Vice President within 24 hours of the contest to report any injuries and/or liabilities for insurance purposes. (a) The Team Manager is responsible for calling the District Rep within 48 hours of the contest to report any major penalties. (b) The Team Manager is responsible to call and summit a copy of the official score sheet and 3 highlights to the Director of Public Relations at the end of each game or tournament. 6-Section 12 If a player or coach is ejected from a game, the Team Manager must inform the District Rep and President of the circumstances surrounding the ejection. This must be done within 24 hours via a MYFA report form and by phone to each. The player or coach is ineligible for further competition until reinstated by the Executive Board. If a player or coach is ejected a second time during the season, that player or coach is suspended for the remainder of the season. 6-Section 13 No games shall be played unless the proper number of officials is present. It will be the officials� responsibility to insure this is enforced. (a) 3rd through 6th grades will have a minimum of two. (c) 7th and 8th grades will have a minimum of three. 6�Section 14 No games or practices will be allowed unless there is a MYFA certified coach present at all times. ARTICLE VII - MYFA FOOTBALL RULES 7-Section 1 The following rules augment the �Official High School Football Rules� book. In case of conflict, the rules of Article VII take precedence. 7-Section 2 Playing Field: All age divisions will play on a standard 100 yard long, 50 yard wide field. 7-Section 3 Practices: (a) All players must participate in at least three (3) conditioning practices in clothing appropriate for conditioning. No football equipment is to be worn prior to completion of conditioning. Helmets may be worn during conditioning, option of the coach. Players must have five (5) contact practices before they are eligible to play in first game. (b) No organized team and/or individual practices shall be held at anytime prior to the date approved by the Board of Directors. (c) Teams are required to practice three days per week minimum. (d) Teams may only hold five mandatory practices per week. (e) There shall be only one practice session per day, and no practice session shall exceed 2 hours or extend past 9:00pm. (f) No practices are to be held on Sundays. Saturday and holidays must be optional. (g) No practices are to be held on game days. (h) In the event of an injury, a player wishing to return to playing status must possess a release form signed by his or her physician and must complete three full contact practices prior to participating in a game. 7-Section 3-1 Penalty: A coach who is found in violation of the practice rules in 7-3 will immediately be suspended from coaching. The Board of Directors must reinstate a suspended coach. 7-Section 4 Teams (a) A minimum of 16 players must be registered in order to make up a Team. (b) A team must field at least 11 players at the start of a game or forfeiture will result. No team can continue to play with less than the minimum number necessary to start the game. This situation could arise as the result of an injury once a game has started. Should the team that is unable to field a full team be losing, the score will stand as of the time of the occurrence; otherwise the official score shall be 1 to 0 in favor of the team able to field the minimum number of players. With mutual consent of both coaches, play may continue as a scrimmage with equal number of participants on each team. (c) The 3rd and 4th grade division may be revised to fit registration numbers as deemed necessary by the Board of Directors. 7-Section 5 Ball size - The correct ball size for the respective division shall be as follows: 7th and 8th Grade Division - Intermediate 5th and 6th Grade Division - Intermediate 3rd and 4th Grade Division - Youth The game ball will be rubber and stamped of official size and weight. No other size ball shall be substituted for the respective division. Recommended ball manufacturers are as follows: Mikasa, Tachikara, Voit or Wilson. The game official�s judgment is final. 7-Section 6 Participation requirements - Coaches are required to abide by the following guidelines: (a) All divisions - participants must play a minimum of twelve (12) plays in every game - six (6) plays in the first half and six (6) plays in the second half. It is strongly suggested that each player be given the opportunity to play both offense and defense and at various positions. (b) Exceptions - 1. A player who becomes injured to the point where they do not wish to continue or where further play could result in more serious injury. 2. A player who is being disciplined for violating a team rule such as, but not limited to, tardiness, absence, disrespect, fighting and belligerency. 3. A player who displays unsportsmanlike conduct during a game. (c) As a courtesy, the opposing coach should be advised of any player who is involved in a disciplinary action. (d) Coaches must inform the player, parents of the player and respective Team Manager regarding exceptions to the participation requirements at least the day prior to the game. (e) Team Managers or designated parent will keep track of number of plays per player. This information must be presented to the Advisory Committee upon request. If obvious infractions are occurring, the coach and assistant will meet with the Executive Committee to resolve the concerns. If infractions continue, coaches and assistants will appear before the Board of Directors. (f) The officials will keep the official game score sheet. All scores, penalties, and game conduct infractions will be recorded and submitted to the home Team Manager. 7-Section 7 Substitutions: may be made on an unlimited basis provided there are no more than the maximum number of players allowed on the field at nay one time, and provided that said substitutions do not violate any other rules as specified in the current High School Rule Book. 7-Section 8 Length of Games: (a) 7th and 8th grade division: 4 15-minute running clock quarters with last 4 minutes of each half be stop time and official time out for player substitutions. (b) 5th and 6th grade division: 4 15-minute running clock quarters with last 4 minutes of each half be stop time and official time out for player substitutions. (c) 3rd and 4th grade division: 4 15-minute running clock quarters with last 4 minutes of each half be stop time and official time out for player substitutions. (d) A 10- minute game break will be allowed between the halves of all games. (e) A mandatory 3-minute Warm-Up activity following intermission. (The head coach is responsible for his team being on the field for mandatory warm-up at the end of the scheduled halftime intermission. 7-Section 9 Points Scoring - A successful attempt for extra points after a touch down will be scored as follows: TWO points for a pass and/or run. ONE point for P.A.T.. Three points for field goals. 7-Section 10 Ties - Regular season games will not be allowed to end in a tie. Rules for breaking ties shall be in accordance with the �10 Yard Line Overtime Procedure� (refer to the National Federation High School rule book.) 7-Section 11 Offensive and Defensive Alignments- There are no restrictions on the number or type of offenses or defenses a coach may use. It is prudent however, to point out that the use of multiple offenses and defenses or the use of complex systems of play will probably result in much confusion on the part of the players. For this reason, coaches are advised to keep their players� abilities in mind when selecting team offenses and defenses. 7-Section 12 Equipment - MYFA will issue each player in the MYFA the proper equipment for play. No alterations of any kind are allowed to any MYFA equipment. No player is permitted to participate in a contact practice or game without the full equipment necessary for such activity. All equipment must comply with the safety standards as specified in the current high school rulebook. (a) The MYFA also requires that a full mouth piece be worn and that the mouth piece be attached to the helmet except as prescribed by medical professionals. Each player is responsible for supplying his or her own shoes and mouthpiece. (b) The players� name may appear on the back of the jersey across the players� shoulders. No nicknames will be permitted (i.e. killer, headhunter, etc.) (c) No decals or stickers of any kind except those placed by MYFA are allowed on players� helmets. (d) No uniform alterations will be allowed without approval from the Director of Equipment (mouthpiece excepted). (e) High school numbering system for different positions will not apply in MYFA football. 7-Section 13 Time outs - There will be three time outs permitted per half per team. There will be no intentional grounding of the ball for time outs. 7-Section 14 3rd through 6th grade rules - (a) One coach per team is permitted to be on the field during the game. Each coach is to be at least 15 yards behind the ball on his respective side. He may talk to the players in the huddle and call the plays. He may not interfere with any play that is in progress. The intent of this provision is to provide added instruction with less confusion. An assistant coach may replace each coach as the game progresses, such as when shifting from offense to defense, but no more than one coach from the same team may be on the field during play. (b) The team in possession of the ball will inform the official if it is their intention to kick the ball. In this event, the official will notify the defensive team that the offensive team will be granted a �free kick� where the kicker may not be rushed and no defensive player is allowed to cross the line of scrimmage until after the ball is kicked. An illegal punt rush is a 10- yard penalty with an automatic first down. (c) 3rd and 4th grade: Blitzing of the defense shall be allowed on any down. Blitzing through the A Gaps is strictly prohibited! The intent of this rule is to encourage safety of the snapper. Penalty: NFHS Rule 9-4-5 Illegal Personal Contact: Roughing the snapper � 15 yards and first down. 7-Section 15 Referee�s Authority - The referee�s authority and exercise of the powers granted by the current high school rulebook commence as soon as he/she enters the field of play. 7-Section 16 Termination of game - If after the start of the game, the game must (in the referee�s judgment) be terminated due to unplayable conditions, the score at the time of termination will stand, provided one-half of the contest has been completed. Should less than one-half of the game be completed at the time of termination, the game will be replayed from the time of suspension. All pertinent information will be recorded and reported to the District Representative and the Director of Public Relations. 7-Section 17 Onside kicks - All divisions are permitted to use the onside kick. 7-Section 18 Team Managers will supply a roster of player�s names, jersey numbers and weights to the opposing team. Exchange of these rosters will be done in the referee�s presence. 7-Section 19 Tie breaker rules/standings - The following format will be used to determine team standings and play-off seeding in the event a tie should occur. (a) Win/loss record (b) Head to head record (c) Common opponent (d) Coin toss 7-Section 20 Field goals will be allowed in the 5th and 6th division and the 7th and 8th grade division provided that the field in which the game is played has an official field goalpost in accordance to the high school rulebook. (a) 5th and 6th grade division will follow Article 7-Section 14b in a field goal kick. (b) Field goals can be used for an extra point after a touch down and for a 3-point conversion. ARTICLE VIII PROTESTS AND APPEALS 8-Section 1 Only violations of the Constitution, By-laws, General rules of this association and misapplications of the �Official High School Football Rules� shall be proper subjects to be considered for action. 8-Section 2 Any protest concerning the misapplication of the MYFA Constitution, By-laws, General procedures, referee misapplication of the �Official High School Football Rules� or the MYFA rules, or conduct of players, field representatives, coaches or spectators, must be submitted in writing to the District Representative within 48 hours of the contest (excluding weekends and holidays). The Executive Committee will evaluate protests. 8-Section 3 No Executive Committee members or Board of Director may be involved in any protest review or appeal review where there is a personal interest (i.e., coach, team, son, etc.). 8-Section 4 In the event of an adverse judgment, the recommendation of the Executive Committee may be appealed within 48 hours to the Board of Directors (weekends and holidays excluded). ARTICLE IX - SPECTATORS 9-Section 1 All spectators must be no closer than ten (10) yards from the playing field. Spectators are not allowed in the designated coaches/players box. If the playing field is surrounded by a track, spectators must be no closer than the inside edge of the track. Failure by a team�s spectators to abide by this rule may result in a 15 yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against the team with which they are associated. Repeated violation of this rule will result in game suspension. ARTICLE X - TEAM TRAVEL PROCEDURES 10-Section 1 Any team desiring to travel outside the jurisdiction of this association must submit a properly completed �application for travel form� to the secretary of this association. No travel shall be allowed until the Board of Directors makes approval of the application. Sufficient time must be allowed for processing the application. ARTICLE XI - ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES 11-Section 1 The use of and/or consumption of any alcoholic beverages/tobacco or substitutes by coaches, players or officials, immediately before, during or after the playing of any youth football game, is expressly prohibited. A fifteen (15) yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty will be assessed to the offending team. Any repeat of the offense may result in the offending team coach being ejected and Article VI Section 12 will apply. 11-Section 2 Any player, Team official, Committee member or Board of Directors who violates this provision, shall be subject to disciplinary action and/or suspension by the Board of Directors. ARTICLE XII - CHANGES 12-Section 1 Any change and/or exception to these rules must be addressed through the Executive Committee and Board of Directors. TOURNAMENT RULES 3rd /4th GRADE DIVISION The type of tournament for this division may be a Round Robin Tournament or a single elimination tournament. To be determined by the amount of teams in this division and the Board of Directors. Round-Robin Jamboree Tournament: All 3rd/4th grade games will be limited to 30 minutes with a running clock. Each team will be allowed a 30-second time out. Officials may stop clock for injuries. For all 3rd/4th grade games, points will be recorded as follows: 2 points for most points scored 1 point for ties 0 points for least points scored Tie breaker: 1.Head to Head 2. Least Points Scored Against 3. Point Differential 4. Coin Toss The 3rd/4th grade team with the most points after Four games will be the Bowl Champions. Should there be a tie, co-champions will be declared. Tournament weigh-in for players is within one week prior to 1st Tournament. The Divisional Champs will move on to play the Anchorage Boys and Girls Club Champions. 5TH/6TH GRADE DIVISION The 5th/6th grade divisions will play a single-elimination tournament with no consolation or third-place games, or a round robin like the 3rd /4th grade division. The Division Champions will move on to play the Anchorage Boys and Girls Club Champions. Tournament weigh-in for players is within one week prior to 1st Tournament. In the event of a tie between 5th/6th grade teams, the tie shall be broken in accordance with the �10 Yard Line Overtime Procedure� referred to in the National Federation High School rulebook. 7th/8th GRADE DIVISION The 7th/8th grade division will play a single-elimination tournament with no consolation or third place games. Tournament weigh-in for players is within one week prior to 1st Tournament. In the event of a tie between 7th /8th grade teams, the tie shall be broken in accordance with the �10 Yard Line Overtime Procedure� referred to in the National Federation High School Rulebook. GENERAL INFORMATION (ALL DIVISIONS) The official tournament committee consists of the following representatives: MYFA and the Anchorage Boys and Girls Club. Coaches/Managers must have Medical Release forms and current team rosters available on site for each Game and tournament. The team roster must list current weights and jersey numbers for all players, including those within 5 pounds of either the ball carrying or maximum player weight limit. Tournament weigh-in will occur at specified times only. Any unsportsmanlike conduct by coaches, players, or parents will be addressed through the tournament committee immediately. Parents who approach officials or tournament personnel with hostile intent will jeopardize team participation in the tournament. Home teams are listed first on the schedule. If a jersey color conflict occurs, the home team will wear pullovers. Any protest must be addressed through proper channels and follow procedures outlined in the current MYFA football rules.
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