• To teach all participants the proper fundamentals, techniques and rules of the game of football.
• To make each participant’s first organized football experience fun, enjoyable and rewarding.
• To encourage each participant to continue in an organized football program at the next level.
• To teach and demonstrate the values of sportsmanship and fair play at all times.
General Weight Rules 4th Grade:
• All skill position players may not exceed 100 lbs. (QB, RB, SE, FLK, WG)
• Tight Ends may weigh up to 115 lbs. Players 115 lbs and above must play on the line C / G or T.
• Linebackers may be up to 115 lbs – over 115 lbs must play DT or DE.
General Weight Rules 5th Grade:
• All skill position players may not exceed 110 lbs. (QB, RB, SE, FLK, WG)
• Tight Ends may weigh up to 125 lbs. Players 125 lbs and above must play on the line C / G or T.
• Linebackers may be up to 125 lbs – over 125 lbs must play DT or DE.
General Weight Rules 6th Grade:
• All skill position players may not exceed 120 lbs. (QB, RB, SE, FLK, WG)
• Tight Ends may weigh up to 135 lbs. Players 135 lbs and above must play on the line C / G or T.
• Linebackers may be up to 135 lbs – over 135 lbs must play DT or DE.
General Defensive Rules
All teams must use a basic 4-4 defensive alignment which will include the following:
1) Tackles – 3 or 4 stance, head up offensive guards.
2) Ends – 2, 3 or 4 pt stance, outside shoulder of Offensive Tackle.
3) ILB’s – 2 pt stance, stacked directly behind Defensive Tackles or shaded (no more than 1 foot)inside – at least 3 yards off the ball.
4) OLB – 2 pt stance, aligned outside shoulder of TE or slot back – at least 3 yards off the ball.
5) Corners – 2 pt stance, must be at least 5 yards off the ball.
6) Safety – 2 pt stance, must be at least 10 yards off the ball.
• All DB’s and LB’s musts line up according to alignment rules. No gap defenses. Absolutely no blitzing or faking a blitz. LB’s must read:
- If Run - LB's may go to ball.
- If Pass - LB's must pass cover.
- If LB makes tackle on QB in the offensive backfield it MAY be considered a blitz. (Ifthe QB scrambles or rolls out to beyond the position of the ends it can be considered a run. Once the QB leaves that area, if he returns it can still be considered a run and linebackers can pursue.). But … If he drops straight back and stays within the extended pocket area … 10 yd. Penalty from LOS and automatic first down. Be sure you, your coaches and ref’s understand this.
• Goal line situation (ball inside the 5 yd line) LB’s, DB’s may line up 1 yd. off the ball. (NOT appropriate (legal) in short yardage situations outside the defenses 5 yd. line - 10 yd. penalty automatic 1st down)
** Points of emphasis **
- Head Tackles (Tackling by the helmet above the shoulders) will be considered illegal and penalized 15 yards.
- Spearing (Using the top of helmet to block or tackle) will also be penalized 15 yds.
- Time in Huddle Offense - Coaches are asked to limit the time in the huddle … “Practice & Teach plays during practice not in the huddle”. Officials are to warn coaches 1st. After which instruct time keepers to stop the clock after 25 seconds (2X). If continual the official will stop the clock and penalize the coach 5 yds.