- The quarterback cannot run with the ball.
- Only direct handoffs behind the line of scrimmage are permitted. The offense may use multiple handoffs.
- The player who takes the handoff can throw the ball from behind the line of scrimmage.
- Absolutely NO laterals or pitches of any kind.
- There are no fumbles. The ball is spotted where the ball carrier’s feet were at the time of the fumble.
- “No-running zones,” located five (5) yards from each end zone, are designed to avoid short-yardage, power running situations. In these zones there is to be no running or hand-offs.
- Once the ball has been motioned to be handed off, all defensive players are eligible to cross the line of scrimmage.
- Spinning is allowed, but players cannot leave their feet to avoid a defensive player. No diving or jumping to avoid a flag being pulled. If a player should dive or jump to avoid a flag being pulled the play shall be called dead at the point of the incident.
- NO “stiff arm” to ward off an opponent
- The ball is spotted from where the ball carrier’s feet are when the flag is pulled, not where the ball is.
- All players are eligible to receive passes (except the quarterback)
- Only one (1) player is allowed in motion at a time.
- A player must have at least one (1) foot inbounds when making a reception.
- All passes must be forward and received beyond the line of scrimmage.
- Shovel passes are allowed but must be received beyond the line of scrimmage.
- The quarterback has a seven (7) second “pass clock”. If a pass is not thrown within the seven (7) seconds, the play is dead, loss of down. Once a ball is handed off the seven (7) second rule is no longer in effect.
- No Rushing the Passer
- Interceptions change the possession of the ball at the point of interception.
- Interceptions are the only changes of possession that do not start on the forty (40) yard line.
- Substitutions may be made on any dead ball.
- Play is ruled “dead” when:
- Ball carrier’s flag is pulled.
- Ball carrier’s flag falls off.
- Ball carrier steps out of bounds.
- Ball carrier’s knee hits the ground.
- Ball carrier should leave their feet.
- Ball carrier should attempt to dive.
- Touchdown or safety is scored.
- At the point of an interception (interception returns are not allowed).
- There are no fumbles. No recovery of a “fumble” is necessary or should be attempted. The ball is spotted where the ball hits the ground with the offense keeping possession.
- If a referee, Coach or any other WWJFL Staff member witnesses any acts of tackling, elbowing, cheap shots, blocking, or any unsportsmanlike act, the game will be stopped, the referee will assess a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct and the player will be “sat-out” or ejected from the game.
- FOUL PLAY WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.
- Trash talking is illegal. Officials have the right to determine offensive language. (Trash talk is talk that may be offensive to officials, opposing players, teams, staff or spectators). If trash talking occurs the referee will give one warning. If it continues, the coach, player or players will be “sat-out” or ejected from the game.
COACHES, LET YOUR KIDS PLAY
- This program is designed to be fun for the kids and for you as well.
- Keep your lessons as simple and fun as possible. As your team grasps the basics, move on too more advanced ideas. Overloading young players with too much information too early can cause them confusion which removes the Fun. REMEMBER TO HAVE FUN!!!
- Help your players be good sports. After a game, shake hands with or do a cheer for the other team. Applaud good play on both sides. Treat all officials with respect; remember many of them are volunteers as well. While imitating you, your team won’t even know they are being taught a good lesson in sportsmanship.
- Yell encouragement, whisper constructive criticism.