ALL Spectators are to watch games in designated areas only (Reference Map).

Coaches and Players Only are allowed on the team side of the field during games

Spectators are not allowed on the playing field at any time.

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Game Play

Play Clock All games will have (4) – 10 minute quarters. Except for the last 2 minutes of each half the clock will stop per ISHAA rules. No Overtime 30 second play clock keep by the official for all Divisions. @ Plainfield 8 min quarters with ISHAA rules all time
Time Outs Each team will get 3 timeout per half. Each timeout will only stop the clock for 1 minute.
Half-Time Halftime will be 4 minutes long.  Teams will only switch direction at halftime. @ Plainfield 5 min
Coin Flip There will be a coin flip prior to the start of each game. Visitng team makes call, prior to the start of each game
Playing Time All players are expected to participate equally throughout the entire game. Every player should start on offense or defense and play all of the downs for that side of the ball.

Mercy Rule

When a team has an 18 point lead or more at any point in the game they are required to sub out the ENTIRE Offensive backfield (all players must be new to the backfield – not putting the QB at RB, etc.). (3 main backs can NOT touch the ball)

If the 18 point difference is reduced to under 18pts, then the team with the lead is allowed to put its starting backfield back into place. 

Note - the players that were in the backfield are allowed to stay in the game in other positions.

No gimmick or trick plays allowed to include but not limited to (reverses, hook & ladder, etc.)


All player physicals must be submitted to the league official prior to the first official day of practice.

Players will not be allowed to practice until a physical is on file with the league.

Football Size by Grade

5th & 6th 3rd & 4th K - 2nd
TDJ (Junior) K2 (Pee Wee) K2 (Pee Wee)

Practice Guidelines

All practice dates, times, and locations will be scheduled by the League.   All coaches must adhere to the practice schedule. 

  • Practice Plan
    • Dynamic Warm-ups 
    • Position Fundamentals 
    • Team 

All  practice cancellations will be posted on the league website. 

Team Structure

Each league will have 3 – 4 divisions by grade (5th - 6th), (3rd – 4th)  2nd, (K – 1s Flag Only)

1st graders are allowed to play tackle Football provided they exceed 45lbs and parents sign league waivers.

Each Mid-State league agrees to use an individual player evaluation process that identifies each players athletic ability then distribute it evenly creating a competitive environment that encourages player development.

[NO Stacking Teams, No ABC Teams, No Tier Teams]

Playing Time / Substitution

  • All players are expected to participate equally throughout the entire game. The only exception would be due to injury.
  • Player Shortage
    • Team must have less than 13 players to request a player from another team
    •  May not exceed 13 players if using players from another team
    • Sub player wears his original teams jersey (No-Switching of jerseys)
      • The intent of subbing from another team is not to allow top rated players to play on other teams. 
  • Each league to administer the enforcement of this rule.

Post Season

Post-season play will be determined by the Executive Board.