Field Marshal Responsibilities

The Field Marshal is responsible for the oversight of all field operations on game day.

Duties include:

  • Supervision of proper field set-up;
  • Monitoring game clock and scoreboard operations;
  • Giving direction to teams on where to warm-up;
  • Assisting the referees, as requested, in the event of field or TCYFL rules disputes;
  • Monitoring the activities of players, coaches, and spectators to ensure all adhere to the governing school district field use policies; and

The field marshal should have the following items on hand at each game:

  • TCYFL RULES
  • List of contacts and emergency numbers for the VP of Referees, the VP of Gameday Operations, and the facility site managers
  • The Field Marshal badge
  • Team rosters with weights and jersey numbers
  • Incident report forms
  • Score reporting forms

Pre-Game Duties

  • Site should be close to the field, protected from rain, outside of end zones or on running track. Site should not be in scorer's booth.
  • Should be able to see playing field and whole facilities.
    Scoreboard/Clock
  • Prior to each game make sure there is someone assigned to run scoreboard/clock.
  • Check for proper operation.
  • Make sure the person(s) running the scoreboard/clock know how to operate them and know the official clock management rules.
  • Inspect field for play
  • All necessary equipment accounted for, down box marker, 10-yard chain-set, goal post padding, goal markers, sideline yard markers, benches, water if available.
  • All nonessential equipment moved a safe distance away from playing field.
  • Greet each team
  • Greet referees
    Remind them of TCYFL-specific rules regarding time-outs per half (2), mercy rule (running clock if ahead by 21 in second half), and overtime procedure (Kansas City tie-breaker from the 10 yard-line; maximum 3 rounds).

During the Game

  • The referees usually are not educated about TCYFL-specific rules including weight limits, time outs, etc.
  • Any football related judgment call by the referees is final.
  • Different fields have different viewing areas.
  • As a rule of thumb, the spectators should stay off of the field, sidelines, and surrounding track.
  • There is no smoking at any TCYFL event and it is illegal on school property.
  • Pets are not allowed in most of the stadiums.
  • Water is the only beverage allowed on any Field-Turf facility.

Video and Photography On the Field

Field Lights

After the Game

  • This needs to be reported to the TCYFL Web Site:
  • E-mail the report Saturday night or Sunday.
  • Hand over Field Marshal Kit and badge.
  • Do not remove anything from the Field Marshal Kit.
  • The Field Marshal of the last game is responsible for:
    • ‚ÄčReporting all scores recorded for that day at that facility.
    • Contacting the VP of Gameday Operations to return the Field Marshal Kit.

Game Day Responsibilities

The home team is responsible for providing a field marshal for the game following their own. If you are the first team to play on the field, you need to provide the field marshal for your game AND the game following your own. Please be sure to wear the orange vest so that you are easily spotted on the field.

The visiting team is responsible for staffing the chain responsibilities. This will require three people who all must be over the age of 18.  Children under the age of 18 cannot be on the field unless they are a participant for insurance reasons. The visiting team is also responsible for providing a time keeper for the game following their own. The time keeper needs to go right to the booth after their game so the start of the next game is not delayed. They will have to miss any team huddle.

The head coach is responsible for making sure these positions are filled. If the responsibilities are not fulfilled, the head coach is held accountable and is given a "strike" in the league and suspended for the next week's game. A coach is allowed three "strikes" and then they are no longer allowed to coach with the TCFYL. 

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