TCYFL Rules and Procedures

All Washington State High School rules apply unless changed by the TCYFL. Click here for TCYFL changes to the high school rule book.

A: Supplemental Rules for JR, Varsity and Seniors
The board has the option to alter the Supplemental Rules, but all teams or coaches impacted by the changes need to be notified in advance of said changes.

SR-1: Persons are eligible to play in the TCYFL if they are entering the 2nd to 8th grade in the fall of the season year and are not over 14 year of age on July 31st of the current season year.

ART: 1-1: 1st Grade players must have a signed waiver by the parent(s), or legal guardian(s), and approval from the team's franchise coach.

SR-2: Each player must participate in 12 or more practices before playing in a game. All players who attend the required number of practices can participate in the game each week.

SR-3: Practices may start no earlier than Aug. 1st of the current season and concludes at the close of the current season. Practices shall be no more than two hours in duration each. No more than one TCYFL practice is permitted per day. No practice session held Monday thru Friday shall commence prior to 5:00 p.m.

ART 3-1: No football, contact practice sessions may occur before three non-contact practice sessions have occurred. No football participant shall participate in a contact practice until said participant has participated in three practices without contact.

ART 3-2: A minimum of two practices, and a maximum of three practices, of no more than two hours duration each, shall be conducted each week during the entire season for the Minors, Major JV, and Major Varsity teams.

ART 3-3: A minimum of two practices, and a maximum of five practices, of no more than two hours each, shall be conducted each week during the entire season for the Senior JV and Senior Varsity teams.

ART 3-4: The Minors, Major JV, and Major Varsity coaches may opt to conduct one practice week consisting of four practices of no more than two hours duration each, prior to the beginning of league play.

ART 3-5: During the week of the Jamboree, three practices consisting of no more than two hours duration each may be conducted by the Minors, Major JV, and Major Varsity teams in addition to the Jamboree.

ART 3-6: Six days prior to or Six Days Following a scheduled "BYE" game, Minor, Major JV, and Major Varsity teams may schedule a scrimmage and conduct 3 practices not to exceed 2 hours in duration.


Player Weight and Age Restrictions

SR-4: All weights must be recorded using an official TCYFL scale. The current season's Jamboree is designated as the official weigh-in place and date. Players' weight, who weigh more than the ball carrying weight designated for said player's division, will be recorded by a TCYFL board member. Players who weigh less than or equal to the ball carrying weight designated for said player's division will be recorded as having been officially weighed, an official weight may be recorded at the discretion of the TCYFL Board. There may be additional weigh-in(s), as deemed necessary via the TCYFL board, during the current season. For division(s) of play without weight limits, the TCYFL Board will determine if an official weight will be recorded for players in said division(s).


Minor Division

ART: 4-1: Those players entering the 2nd or 3rd grade in the fall of the season year and are not over 8 years of age on April 30th of the current year may participate on a Minors Division Team. Those not meeting the age requirement will play, without exception, at the Major Junior Varsity level. At the request of the parent and Franchise Head Coach, any player not older than 8 year of age on July 31st of the current year may also participate in the Minor Division.

ART: 4-2: Only those players weighing 85 pounds or less, as weighed by an official TCYFL scale, may align as or by shift become, an eligible pass receiver, running back, or quarterback on a Minor Division Team. Refer to SR-6 for Special Teams Limitations.

ART: 4-3: On a Minor Division Team, players weighing more than 85 pounds, as weighed by an official TCYFL scale, shall align on defense on the line of scrimmage, inside of the free blocking zone*. Refer to SR-6 for Special Teams Limitations.


Major Junior Varsity Division

ART: 4-4: Those players entering the 4th or 5th grade in the fall of the season year and are not over 10 years of age on April 30th of the current year may participate on the Major Junior Varsity Division Team. Those not meeting the age requirement will play, without exception, at the Major Varsity level. At the request of the parent and Franchise Head Coach, any player not older than 10 year of age on July 31st of the current year may also participate in the Major Junior Varsity Division.

ART: 4-5: Only those players weighing 110 pounds or less, as weighed by an official TCYFL scale, may align as or by shift become, an eligible pass receiver, running back, or quarterback on a Major Junior Varsity Division Team. Refer to SR-6 for Special Teams Limitations.

ART: 4-6: Players weighing more than 110 pounds, as weighed by an official TCYFL scale, shall align on defense on the line of scrimmage, inside of the free blocking zone*. Refer to SR-6 for Special Teams Limitations. Refer to SR-6 for Special Teams Limitations.


Major Varsity

ART: 4-7: Those players entering the 6th grade in the fall of the current season year and are not over 12 years of age on July 31st of the current year may participate on a Major Varsity Division Team. Those not meeting the age requirement will play, without exception, at the Senior Junior Varsity level. At the request of the parent and Franchise Head Coach, any player not older than 11 year of age on July 31st of the current year may also participate in the Major Varsity Division.

ART: 4-8: Only those players weighing 120 pounds or less, as weighed by an official TCYFL scale, may align as or by shift become, an eligible pass receiver, running back, or quarterback on a Major Varsity Division Team. Refer to SR-6 for Special Teams Limitations.

ART: 4-9: Players weighing more than 120 pounds, as weighed by an official TCYFL scale, shall align on defense on the line of scrimmage, inside of the free blocking zone*. Refer to SR-6 for Special Teams Limitations.

 

Senior Junior Varsity

ART: 4-10: Those players entering the 7th grade in the fall of the current season year and are not over 13 years of age on July 31st of the current year may participate on a Senior Junior Varsity Division Team. Those not meeting the age requirement will play, without exception, at the Senior Varsity level. At the request of the parent and Franchise Head Coach, any player not older than 12 year of age on July 31st of the current year may also participate in the Senior Junior Varsity Division.


Senior Varsity

ART: 4-13: Those players entering the 8th grade in the fall of the current season year and are not over 14 years of age on July 31 of the current year may participate on a Senior Varsity Division Team. Those not meeting the age requirement will not be eligible to participate in the TCYFL. At the request of the parent and Franchise Head Coach, any player not older than 13 year of age on July 31st of the current year may also participate in the Senior Varsity Division.

* Being on the defensive line of scrimmage is defined as within 1 yard of the neutral zone (Rule 2-25 of the NFHS Rule Book). The free blocking zone (Rule 2-17 of the NFHS Rule Book) extends 4 yards in each direction from the ball towards the sidelines.

SR-5: Weights determined at the official weigh-in are determined by a league official scale only. The weight printed in the TCYFL season program, with exception of typographical errors, will be considered the players official weight for the entire season. Head coaches should be sensitive to excessive weight gain by players. For the senior teams there is no maximum weight. Any player who does not get officially weighed will be deemed over the ball carrier weight for their division of play. For players participating in division(s) without weight limits, the TCYFL Board may elect not to record an official weight for players in said division(s).

ART: 5-1: A second official play-off weigh-in will be required of those players who qualified as a ball carrier and were within 5 pounds or less of the requirements in ART: 4-2, ART: 4-3, ART: 4-5, ART: 4-6, ART: 4-8, ART: 4-9 at the official regular season weigh-in. Weights to be determined by league official scale and representative only. Weights will be recorded before the start of the first official playoff game. A 5 pound allowance increase will be given to Minors, Major Junior Varsity, and Major Varsity players. Any player that does not have an official playoff weigh-in or fails to meet the weight requirements may not participate in the ball carrier category as defined by the criteria in the articles listed above.

SR-6: Kickoff and Kickoff Return teams will include players whose weights qualify under SR-4 ART: 4-5 and ART: 4-8 restrictions. If the team does not have enough players, who are under the weight restriction, to field a Kickoff and/or Kickoff Return team, the next closest player in weight may be used in a front line position only. In other words, only ball eligible players may participate in Kickoff and Kickoff Return teams, unless, per above, a team does not have enough qualified players to field a Kickoff or Kickoff Return team.

SR-8: Prior to contact sessions, each player must have a colored mouth guard, other than white or clear, in order to practice and participate in a game.

SR-9: Teams must use footballs that are brown with white stripes. The Minor Division teams will use Pee-Wee sized Footballs. The Major Junior Varsity and Major Varsity Division teams will use Junior sized footballs. All other division teams will use Youth sized footballs. If during a game a team does not provide the proper sized football for their team, they must use the opposing team's football provided it is the proper size. Teams also must use the football provided by the TCYFL in the current season for game play.

SR-10: For Seniors, Varsity, and J.V., a game shall consist of four 8 minute quarters with 1 minute between quarters and 5 minutes between halves.

SR-11: Official regular season games in the Major Junior Varsity, Major Varsity, Senior Junior Varsity, and Senior Varsity Divisions ending in a tie at the end of regulation time shall be settled through a "Kansas City Tie Breaker" to be administered by the senior official present at the game. Play shall commence from the 10 yard line. There will be a maximum of 3 overtime periods. If there is no winning team after 3 overtime periods, the game will end in a tie. The regular season Minor Division games are exempt from the "Kansas City Tie Breaker" process. All Divisional playoff games ending in a tie will be settled through the "Kansas City Tie Breaker" until a winner is determined.

SR-12: A Team has the option of kicking, running or passing to try for the point after touchdown. A successful run or pass is awarded one point; a successful kick from a placement is awarded two points.

SR-13: Mercy Rule, if a team is ahead by 21 points or more we will have a running clock from the start of the second half. If both head coaches agree the running clock can be started in the first half.

ART 13-1: A running clock does not stop except for the following. The running clock will be stopped for the PAT attempt and restarted with the start of the next play following the PAT attempt. The running clock will be stopped to tend to injuries. At least one minute must run off the clock prior to stopping the clock due to injury. At anytime the game referee may stop a running clock, especially when the game referee is keeping the official time.

SR-14: All touchdowns shall be followed by a PAT attempt even though the outcome of the PAT has no effect in determining the winner of the game. This rule shall remain in effect as long as points scored against during the season decide ties in the league standings.

SR-15: All participants will play a minimum of eight plays per game providing they have met team practice requirements, or unless the player is injured, removed for disciplinary reasons, or if the player opts not to play.

SR-16: Due to insurance concerns there shall be no non-participants past the inside edge of the running track surrounding the playing field. When playing on fields with grandstands, all non-participants shall remain in the grandstands.

SR-17: Each team will be allowed 2 (two) timeouts per half.

SR-18: Once the ball is snapped, three coaches may stay in the restricted area. The restricted area is the area formally known as the coach's box. This rule is a modification of NFHS rule 1-2-3g.

SR-19: A player's jersey number will not designate said players eligibility as a receiver. A player's eligibly will be determined by said player's alignment in the offensive formation, in accordance with the NFHS rulebook and any limitations dictated by the TCYFL's weight limits for ball carriers. This rule is a modification of NFHS rule 7-2-5.


Minor Supplemental Rules

SRM-1: No defensive player, no matter the distance from the line of scrimmage, may line up directly over the center or in either gap to the centers right or left. The defensive line will have no more than six players on the line of scrimmage. All players not lined up on the line scrimmage must be four yards from the line of scrimmage and may not move forward until the snap of the ball. Stacking players, one behind the other, within 4 yards of the line of scrimmage is prohibited. The maximum line split between the center's foot and the offensive guard is 18 inches. A 5 yard encroachment penalty will be assessed if the offensive or defensive teams violate these rules.

SRM-2: Kick-off situation will be substituted with the offense starting at their own 35 yard line 1stand 10. Punting is allowed.

SRM-3: One coach is permitted on the field while the game is being played. He may be in the huddle.

SRM-4: Time between plays is 35 seconds and will be strictly enforced.

SRM-5: A game will consist of four ten minute running clock, ART 13-1, quarters. A 1 minute break will be allotted between the 1st and 2nd quarters and between the 3rd and 4th quarters. Teams will not change sides of the field during the 1 minute break between the 1st and 2nd quarters and between the 3rd and 4th quarters. The intent of the 1 minute break is to allow coaches an opportunity to substitute players. Halftime will last 5 minutes. There will be two time outs allowed per half.

SRM-6: Each player will play a minimum of 8 plays per game providing they have met team practice requirements, or unless the player is injured, or removed for disciplinary reasons, or if the player opts not to play.

SRM-7: A referee or designated individual will keep the official game clock unless the facility offers one.

SRM-8: The coaches of the last game shall clean and return the field to pre-game condition.

SRM-9: During game play, fumbles can be advanced.

SRM-10: If a team is ahead in score by 12 or more points with less than two minutes remaining in the second half, that team cannot use their timeouts

SRM-11: A completion of a forward pass resulting in a successful PAT attempt shall be awarded two points. -Note: The completion does not have to be in the end zone.


Supplemental Rules for Cheerleaders

SRC-1: All cheerleaders will observe the same attendance requirements as the team's football players.

SRC-2: Cheerleaders will comply with the same registration requirements as football players.

SRC-3: Cheer Squads will be limited to no more than 20 cheerleaders per single. Ten cheerleaders may be added with each additional coach.

SRC-4: All franchises will have a designated Head Cheerleader Coach.


Player/Cheerleader

TCYFL coaches are responsible for the actions of their teams while in uniform, both on and off the field while engaged in the TCYFL activity. Any report of misconduct of the players/cheerleaders that is not considered in the best interest of the TCYFL is to be forwarded in writing to the TCYFL board of directors. The board of directors will give the matter immediate attention to resolve the matter. A decision will be made within one week of the incident, and the offending players/cheerleaders will be advised of the decision.


Supplemental Rules for Ejection of Players/Cheerleaders of Coaches

SRE-1: The ejection of a player from a ball game will result in the following: Any player/cheerleader ejected by a referee from a regular season game will be ineligible to play in the team's next league game. The ejected player will remain on the bench throughout the penalty game. Coaches shall make this rule clear to all players prior to the start of the season.

SRE-2: The ejection of any person (coach, parent, spectator, chain gang, board member, etc.) will require this person to leave the stadium and field area immediately. The ejection will also result in this person being suspended for a minimum of one week from attending TCYFL sponsored events and may result in further disciplinary actions pending the investigation and findings of the TCYFL Oversight Committee into the incident.


Supplemental Rules for Referees

SRR-1: Official referees will be contracted by the TCYFL. A minimum of two referees are to be assigned for each game.

SRR-2: In the event of official referees not showing up, the Field Marshall will work with the head coaches of both teams to try to find one or two impartial officials. If no officials can be found or if the head coaches do not agree with the volunteers, the game will be cancelled and rescheduled.

SRR-3: If a game is canceled by the league due to inclement weather or no officials, it may be rescheduled during the practice week with coaches officiating.

Game Rules and Procedures

The following Special Provisions are used in the Thurston County Youth Football League (TCYFL) and supersede any conflicting provisions of the current National Federation of State High School Associations’ (NFHS) Football Rules Book.

The Special Provisions may apply to any or all of the League’s age divisions. Special Provisions can be identified by the following:

  • (Minors)   Relating to the Minors Age Division of Football
  • (Majors)   Relating to the Majors Age Division of Football                                      
  • (Seniors)    Relating to the Seniors Age Division of Football

Some Special Provisions will be accompanied by an explanation of the rule being changed and/or the intent of the Special Provision.  This text will be identified by Italic lettering, and will immediately follow the Special Provision to which it applies.

Rule 1: The Game, Field, Players and Equipment

Section 3: Game Equipment 

Art.1 is revised to read:

(Minors)

The ball shall be an American Youth Football recommended brand and model that is designated for ages under 9 years old.

Minor balls are designated as "Pee Wee" by most manufacturers.

(Majors)

The ball shall be an American Youth Football recommended brand and model that is designated for ages under 13 years old.

Major balls are designated as “Junior” by most manufacturers.

(Seniors)

The ball shall be an American Youth Football recommended brand and model that is designated for ages under 15 years old.

Senior balls are designated as “Youth” by most manufacturers.

Art.6 is revised to read:

(Minors, Majors, Seniors)

A timing device referred to as a "the game clock" or "the clock", if provided, shall be operated by a designated member of the visiting team from the previous game or the visiting team, if the game is the first game of the day at that venue.

The visiting team shall be responsible for the operation of the scoreboard and clock for the following game at that venue.

If the venue is not equipped with a timing device, the officials will keep time on the field.

Section 5: Player Equipment

Art.1.b.2. is revised to:

(Minors, Majors, Seniors)

Delete the reference to the color "white."

Teams are provided only one colored jersey style by the TCYFL.  If either of the coaches feels there will not be adequate contrast between the teams, he may contact the League’s Director of Equipment for alternate jerseys for that contest.  Contact must be made within 24 hours of the posting of the schedule to request alternate jerseys.  Alternate jerseys may not be available.  In that case, the game shall be played to the best abilities of the players, coaches, and officials.

Art.1.b.2.(e) is deleted in its entirety.

(Minors, Majors, Seniors)

Art.1.b.3. is revised to:

(Minors, Majors, Seniors)

Delete the reference to the color "white."

Teams are provided only one colored jersey style by the TCYFL.  If either of the coaches feels there will not be adequate contrast between the teams, he may contact the League’s Director of Equipment for alternate jerseys for that contest.  Contact must be made within 24 hours of the posting of the schedule to request alternate jerseys.  Alternate jerseys may not be available.  In that case, the game shall be played to the best abilities of the players, coaches, and officials.

Art.1.b.3.(e) is deleted in its entirety.

(Minors, Majors, Seniors)

Art.3.a.1(a) is amended with the following:

(Minors, Majors, Seniors)

A logo located on the sleeve and depicting the TCYFL logo, the team sponsor, or a TCYFL sanctioned memorial shall be allowed.

Art.3.a.1(b) is deleted in its entirety:

(Minors, Majors, Seniors)

The TCYFL logo shall be worn on one sleeve and a sponsor or memorial logo may be worn on the other sleeve.

Section 6: Coaches and Equipment

Art.1. is revised to read:

(Minors, Majors, Seniors)

Communication devices including but not limited to audio recorder, Local Area

Network (LAN) phones and/or headsets, mobile phones, still photograph(s), film,

analog or digital video(s), and/or internet depictions, shall not be used to communicate with a player.

Communication devices shall not be used on the sidelines except in the case of emergencies.  No communication between a player and a sideline coach or a coach or spectator in the stands or scorer’s booth for the purpose of gaining any tactical advantage is allowed.

Art.2 is deleted in its entirety.

(Minors, Majors, Seniors)

Communication devices shall not be used on the sidelines except in the case of emergencies.  No communication between a sideline coach and a coach or spectator in the stands or scorer’s booth, for the purpose of gaining any tactical advantage, is allowed.

Rule 2: Definitations of Playing Terms

The following section is added:

(Minors, Majors)

Section 46: Ball-Carrier Weight

Art. 1...Players on A must meet the ball-carrier weight for their age division to be aligned at the snap as an end or back.

Art. 2...Players on B that exceed the ball-carrier weight for their division must align on the line of scrimmage and with any part of their body within four (4) yards either side of the spot of the snap.

Art. 3...No players on K nor R during a free kick may exceed the ball-carrier weight.  If a team does not have 11 weight-eligible players, the remaining positions may be filled beginning with the lowest weight player remaining on the roster.

Art. 4...The ball-carrier weight for Minors is 85 lbs. maximum.

Art. 5...The ball-carrier weight for Major J.V. is 110 lbs. maximum.

Art. 6...The ball-carrier weight for Major Varsity is 120 lbs. maximum.

Art. 7...All players that exceed the ball-carrier weight for their age division shall wear a distinctive helmet sticker provided by the TCYFL.  Wearing the sticker during games is mandatory.

Weight restrictions for offensive and defensive ends, backs, backers, kicking teams, and kick return teams have been implemented in the Minors and Majors for player safety.  The intent is to have players that exceed these weight limits play on their respective lines.

The following section is added:

(Minors)

Section 47: Restricted Area 

Art. 1...The restricted area is a rectangular area extending laterally from sideline to sideline beginning at the line of scrimmage and extending four (4) yards into the defensive side of the field.

Art. 2...Only six (6) of B's players may be aligned in the restricted area at the snap.

Art. 3...No player in the restricted area may align directly behind or "stacked" behind another player in the restricted area.

Minors football is aimed at player development where 11-man box defenses and stacked blitzes are not appropriate.

The following section is added:

(Minors)

Section 48: No Man's Land

Art. 1...No man's land is a rectangular area extending laterally between the outside of the closest feet of the linemen nearest the snapper and extending from the line of scrimmage to the defense's end line.

Art. 2...The maximum distance between the snapper and the next closest lineman is 18", meaning that no man's land can be no wider than the snapper's feet plus 36".

Art. 3...No B player may align with any part of their body in no man's land.

Minors football is aimed at player development where the fundamental of executing a snap can be a challenge.  No man's land is intended to provide the snapper with the opportunity to complete the snap without distraction.  No man's land is not intended to allow the quarterback to run unimpeded.  Therefore the split limitation was added.   

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PERIODS, TIME FACTORS AND SUBSTITUTIONS

SECTION 1  LENGTH OF PERIODS 

Art.1 is revised to read:

(Minors)

The clock running time for a game shall be 40 minutes with periods and intermissions as indicated in Table 3-1.

(Majors, Seniors)

The clock running time for a game shall be 32 minutes with periods and intermissions as indicated in Table 3-1.

Art.2 is revised to read:

(Majors, Seniors)

At the end of the first half, or at any point in the second half, if the point differential between the teams is 21 points or greater the game will continue with a running clock.  If the 21 point differential is reached in the first half, the running clock may be used at the agreement of both head coaches.  If at any point the differential drops below 21, the clock will resume to normal operation.

(Minors, Majors, Seniors) Table 3-1 is revised to read:

PERIOD OF TIMING

CLOCK TIME

CLOCK TIME

 

MINORS

MAJORS & SENIORS

 

 

 

First Half:

First Period

Intermission for changing goals

Second Period

 

 

10 minutes 1 minute

10 minutes

 

8 minutes 1 minute

8 minutes

Intermission:

When teams leave the field

 

5 minutes

 

5 minutes

Second Half:

First Period

Intermission for changing goals

Second Period

 

 

10 minutes 1 minute

10 minutes

 

8 minutes 1 minute

8 minutes

Charged Time-outs

1 minute

1 minute

 

Section 1 is amended with the following:

(Minors)

ART. 6 . . . An overtime period is untimed play after a regulation playoff game has ended with the score tied.  During an overtime period each team has an opportunity for an offensive series of downs.  However, an overtime period may include only one offensive series of downs if the defensive team scores a safety or touchdown.

Minors games only extend to overtime in the playoffs.  Otherwise, a tied game at the end of regulation ends in a tie.

(Majors, Seniors)

ART. 6 . . . An overtime period is untimed play after a regulation game has ended with the score tied.  During an overtime period each team has an opportunity for an offensive series of downs.  However, an overtime period may include only one offensive series of downs if the defensive team scores a safety or touchdown.  A maximum of three (3) overtime periods will be played during regular-season games.  If the score is still tied at that time, a tie game will be awarded to both teams. (Minors, Majors, Seniors)

ART. 7 . . . When the score is tied at the end of the fourth period, and overtime is warranted, the referee will instruct both teams to return to their respective team boxes.  There will be a three-minute intermission during which both teams may confer with their coaches.  All officials will assemble at the 50-yard line, review the overtime procedure, determine the number of the second half time-outs remaining for each team, and discuss how penalties, if any, including any carry-over penalties from the regulation contest will be assessed to start the overtime procedure. (See 8-3-5,6)  At the end of the intermission, the linesman will go to the team on the side of the field where the line to gain equipment is located and the line judge will go to the other team.  They will inform the coaches of the number of time-outs each team has remaining and any special penalty enforcements that apply.

SECTION 2  STARTING A PERIOD – HALF 

The first sentence of Art.1 is revised to read:

(Minors)

Each half of the game shall be started by a play from scrimmage commencing from A's 35-yard line.

Minors do not kickoff to begin the game or after scoring.

Art.3.a is revised to read:

(Minors) To choose whether his team will begin on offense or defense.

Minors do not kickoff to begin the game or after scoring.

Section 2 is amended with the following:

(Minors, Majors, Seniors)

ART. 5 . . . At the coin toss in the center of the field prior to an overtime period, the visiting-team’s captain shall be given the privilege of choosing “heads” or “tails” before the coin is tossed.  The winner of the toss shall be given his choice of defense or offense first, or of designating the end of the field at which the ball will be put in play for this set of downs.  The loser will have his choice of the other options.  The referee will indicate the winner of the toss by placing a hand on his shoulder.  To indicate which team will go on offense, the referee will have that captain face the goal toward which his team will advance and indicate this with the first-down signal.  The other team captain will face the offensive captain with his back toward the goal he will defend. 

SECTION 4  STARTING AND STOPPING THE CLOCK 

Art. 2a is revised to read:

(Majors, Seniors)

  1. For an official’s time-out.

Art. 3 is revised to read:

            (Majors, Seniors)

The clock shall start with the snap or when any free kick is touched, other than first touching by K, if the clock was stopped because: a. The ball goes out of bounds.

  1. A legal or illegal forward pass is incomplete.
  2. A request for a charged or TV/radio time-out is granted.
  3. A period ends.
  4. A team attempts to consume time illegally.
  5. The penalty for a delay of game foul is accepted.

Middle school clock rules shall apply in order to expedite games.  Clock will start after spotting of the ball after change of possession.

Art. 4 is revised to read:

(Minors)

       The clock shall be stopped when:

  1. An Official’s time-out is taken for an injured player, and the injured player remains on the field for longer than one minute of clock time.
  2. An Official’s time-out is taken for any other reason.
  3. A charged time-out is granted.
  4. The period ends.
  5. A score occurs.

Minors games shall have a running clock.

SECTION 5  CHARGED AND OFFICIAL’S TIME-OUTS – INTERMISSIONS 

The first sentence of Art.1 is revised to read:

(Minors, Majors, Seniors)

               Two time-outs only may be charged to a team during each half of a regulation game

Section 5 is amended with the following:

(Minors, Majors, Seniors)

ART. 12 . . . Each team shall be permitted one additional time-out during each overtime period (a series for A and a series for B).  The team scoring the greater number of points in the overtime shall be declared the winner.  The final score shall be determined by totaling all points scored by each team during both regulation time and overtime periods.

(Minors)

ART. 13 . . . During the final two minutes of the second half, if the point differential is 12 or more, the leading team shall not request or be granted a time-out.

SECTION 6  BALL READY FOR PLAY AND DELAY 

Art. 2.a is revised to read:

(Minors)           Failure to snap or free kick within 35 seconds after the ball is marked ready for play.

Minors games shall have a 35 second play clock.

RULE 4 BALL IN PLAY, DEAD BALL AND OUT OF BOUNDS

SECTION 1  PUTTING THE BALL IN PLAY 

Art.1 is revised to read:

(Minors)

To start each half and to resume play after a field goal or after a try, the ball shall be put in play by a snap from scrimmage at A’s 35-yard line.

Minors do not kickoff to begin the game or after scoring.

Art. 2 is revised to read:

(Minors)

To resume play after a safety the ball shall be put in play by a snap from scrimmage at A’s 35-yard line.

Minors do not free kick after a safety.

RULE 7 SNAPPING, HANDING AND PASSING THE BALL

SECTION 2 FORMATION/POSITION, NUMBERING AND ACTION AT THE SNAP  

Art.5.b is deleted in its entirety.

(Minors, Majors, Seniors)

The TCYFL does not enforce numbering by position.

Art. 5.d is revised to read:

(Minors, Majors)

B players may be anywhere on or behind their line of scrimmage as long as they meet any ball-carrier weight restrictions.

(Minors)

B players must align in accordance with the restricted area and no man's land as defined in Rule 2.

SECTION 3 HANDING THE BALL  

Art.2.a is revised to read:

(Minors, Majors)

A ball-carrier weight eligible linemen who has clearly faced his end line by moving both feet in a half-turn and is at least 1 yard behind his line when he receives the ball. The spirit of the ball-carrier weight rule shall not be circumvented by this rule.

SECTION 4 FUMBLE AND BACKWARD PASS  

Art.2 is amended with the following: (Minors, Majors)

A backward pass shall not be intentionally directed at a non-ball-carrier weight player.  The spirit of the ball-carrier weight rule shall not be circumvented by this rule.

SECTION 5 FORWARD-PASS CLASSIFICATION  

Art.6.a is revised to read:

(Minors, Majors, Seniors)

All A players eligible by position include those who, at the time of the snap, are on the ends of their scrimmage line or legally behind the line (possible total of six).   The TCYFL does not enforce numbering by position.

RULE 8

SCORING PLAYS AND TOUCHBACK

SECTION 1 POINT VALUES  

Table 8-1 is revised to read:

(Minors, Majors, Seniors)

TOUCHDOWN

 

6 points

FIELD GOAL

 

3 points

SAFETY

 

2 points

SUCCESSFUL TRY

  1. Touchdown
  2. Field Goal or Safety

 

 

  1. point*
  2. points

Forfeited Game

 

 

 

 

Game score is:

Offended         Team:          1,

Opponent: 0

But if offended team is ahead, the score stands.

 

*(Minors) A completed forward pass resulting in touchdown during a try is worth 2 points

SECTION 3 TRY  

Art.3 is revised to read:

(Minors, Majors, Seniors)

During a try, A may score one point from what would be a touchdown or two points for a field goal or safety by B under rules governing play at other times during the game.  Only A may score during a try. The TCYFL does not enforce numbering by position.

Art. 3 is amended with the following:

(Minors)

During a try, A may score two points from what would be a touchdown resulting from a completed forward pass.

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