OFFICIAL LEAGUE RULES AND REGULATIONS
ARTICLE I – GENERAL
Section 1 – The following rules shall apply to the Lawrence Youth Football league. The league board will be the ruling and governing body, and all decisions by the board will be binding to all parties.
ARTICLE II – LEAGUE COMPOSITION
Section 1 – Lawrence Youth Football consists of Lawrence and surrounding area teams.
Section 2 - Competition is provided in both tackle and flag football.
Section 3 - Tackle teams will compete in the following grade divisions.
2nd/3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade
Section 4 - Flag teams will compete in the following grade divisions. Grade groups could be combined if necessary.
K/1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6th grade.
Section 5 – All teams participate under the Bylaws and Rules and Regulations of Lawrence Youth Football, Inc.
ARTICLE III – REGISTRATION
Section 1 – A player is ineligible to participate in the organization, including practice, unless they are registered with the league board and league fees are paid in full. Registration means that the player and parent/guardian have registered and signed the player agreement form, and said form is on file with the league board for purpose of identification and eligibility of game participation.
Section 2 – Each player will be assessed a fee, payable on or before league designated check-out date. This fee will be used for insurance, equipment and other league associated costs. Full payment of the fees to the board is the responsibility of the head coach.
ARTICLE IV – ROSTERS
Section 1 – Coaches must turn in an official roster on the Wednesday prior to the league’s first scheduled game. Roster must include team name, grade level, player’s names and jersey numbers and coaches’ names.
Section 2 - Failure to submit team roster will result in loss of Toy Bowl points for each day thereafter it is not turned in.
Section 3 – LYF will have official player weight on file for each player and is available within a reasonable time upon request by coaches.
Section 4 – Each team is allowed a maximum of three (3) player moves per season with approval of the league board. Players are only allowed to move up in grade level and should match player’s ability and skill level, unless otherwise approved by league board.
Section 5 – Any team composed of players from multiple age groups must compete in the age group of the oldest players on the roster without prior approval from the league board.
Section 6 – All roster changes must be turned in to the league board by the Wednesday prior to date of scheduled game. Failure to comply will result in ineligibility of the player in question for that game and each game player move is not filed.
Section 7 - The league board will notify opposing coaches of any such roster changes.
Section 8 – All moves up are final and a player may not move back down without prior league approval.
Section 9 – A player may transfer to another team after the first game with league approval only.
Section 10 – For the purposes of post season play, all rosters will be frozen after the fourth (4th) week of league play.
ARTICLE V - PLAYER ELIGIBILITY
Section 1 – League divisions are determined by the school grade that a player is enrolled in for the current season first and by the players’ age second.
Section 2 – Players must be enrolled in the corresponding school grade for the year and grade division in which they expect to participate for the current season and be no older than the following ages on August 1st.
2nd/3rd Grade – Age 9
4th Grade – Age 10
5th Grade – Age 11
6th Grade – Age 12
Section 3 – Minimum age:
Section 4 – Maximum age:
Section 5 - Each head coach is responsible for the eligibility of their own participants.
Section 6 – A team will forfeit all contests in which an ineligible contestant has participated.
Section 7 – All ineligible players and adults who knowingly allow an ineligible player to compete will be liable to suspension, at the discretion of the league board.
Section 8 – Any player who is ejected from a competition for any reason will be suspended for the following game also. Suspension will prohibit ejected player from attending LYF games in any capacity, at any location. Any player who knowingly defies this rule will subject their team to possible forfeiture of said game.
Section 9 – Any player who is disqualified from two (2) league games shall be considered suspended indefinitely.
ARTICLE VI – COACH ELIGIBILITY
Section 1 – All coaches must complete the USA Football coaching certification course and have completed and passed a league approved background check, as directed by the league board, to be able to coach in the LYF league at any level.
Section 2 – All coaching certification and background checks must be on file with the league board prior to a coach being allowed to coach in practice or competition.
Section 3 – Only league certified coaches are allowed on the sideline during competition. Failure to comply will result in a penalty by the officials.
Section 4 – Team administrator of each program and head coach of each team are responsible for the eligibility of their own coaches.
Section 5 – Failure to comply with all coach eligibility regulations may result in forfeiture.
ARTICLE VII – COACH DISCIPLINE
Section 1 – Charges against a coach of dishonesty and/or working against the principles and purposes of the organization and its rules and regulations, must be filed in a written statement, signed by five (5) coaches and/or parents and submitted to the league board.
Section 2 – The accused coach shall be notified in writing of the allegations and shall have the privilege of being present at a special or regular meeting of the executive board at which the charges will be considered and presented to the executive board.
Section 3 – The accused coach may be suspended, reinstated, or expelled by a three-fifths (3/5) vote of the executive board.
Section 4 – Any Coach who is ejected from a competition for any reason will be suspended for the following game also. Suspension will prohibit ejected coach from attending LYF games in any capacity, at any location. Any coach who knowingly defies this rule will subject their team to possible forfeiture of said game.
Section 5 – Any coach who is disqualified from two (2) league games shall be considered suspended indefinitely.
ARTICLE VIII – EQUIPMENT
Section 1 – Purchase of equipment shall be controlled through the purchasing agent designated by the league board.
Section 2 – Helmets and shoulder pads are available through the league.
Section 3 – Any league equipment utilized is the responsibility of the team and must be maintained and returned at the end of the season.
Section 4 – All league equipment must be returned within 10 days after the end of the season or post season competition. A replacement fee of $200 will be assessed to any individual who does not return all league provided equipment.
Section 5 – All helmet logos and decals placed on league provided equipment is subject to league board approval.
Section 6 – All helmet logos or decals shall be a type such as Pro-Tuff or equal quality material. A maximum of two nonleague supplied helmet logos or decals are allowed on all league issued helmets.
Section 7 – All helmet logos and decals shall be removed from league issued helmets by teams that use them prior to their return.
ARTICLE IX – PLAYER WEIGHTS (TACKLE LEAGUE ONLY)
Section 1 – All players must be weighed in by a league representative before the start of the season.
Section 2 – Player weigh-in will occur at official league check-out at a date and time to be determined each season.
Section 3 – The official weight recorded by league representative is final and will be certified for the length of the season.
Section 4 – Weights are used to determine eligible ball carriers for each grade division. The allowable weights for eligible ball carriers for each grade division are:
2nd/3rd Grade – 92 pounds or less
4th Grade – 107 pounds or less
5th Grade – 122 pounds or less
6th Grade – 132 pounds or less
Section 5 – All players over the legal ball carrying weight will receive a sticker to be placed on a predetermined location on their helmet for identification by game officials.
Section 6 – Removal of the nonball carrying weight identification sticker by a player or coach will result in ejection from competition and an additional one game suspension.
Section 7 - All players who are over the eligible ball carrying weight, as listed under each grade group, must be in a down lineman position and cannot line-up in the backfield on Offense.
Section 8 - Over ball carrying weight players are ineligible to receive a pass on Offense.
Section 9 - Over ball carrying weight player down lineman in the box, may be uncovered, but still ineligible to receive pass.
Section 10 - There are NO weight restrictions on Defense.
ARTICLE X – PRACTICE
Section 1 – All players must have completed ten (10) hours of conditioning prior to working out with pads. These practices are to be limited to conditioning and drills without equipment except for helmets and mouth pieces.
Section 2 – Two (2) weeks prior to the first game six (6), two-hour practices will be allowed each week (Maximum: 24 hours). No two-a-day practices will be allowed.
Section 3 - A maximum of five (5), two hours practices per week will be allowed after the first game (Maximum: 10 hours). These practices will include calisthenics and drills.
ARTICLE XI – GAME PROCEDURES
Section 1 – The schedule will be set up as early as possible prior to the first game.
Section 2 – It is required that each team be accompanied to all competition by a coach or other adult supervisor who will be responsible for the team’s conduct. Any team not abiding by this rule will forfeit or reschedule the game at discretion of the League Board.
Section 3 – A minimum of two (2) referees will be used in all league games. In addition, additional referees may be used if available or for the purpose of new official development and training.
Section 4 – The home team coaches will be responsible to provide personnel to run the chains and yard marker.
Section 5 – Each team is responsible for clean-up of its own sideline. Toy Bowl points - One (1) per week can be deducted in the event of repeated nonconformity.
Section 6 – If it becomes necessary to postpone a game for any legitimate reason, it is the responsibility of the coach or a team representative to contact the league board as well as the other team at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance of the scheduled game.
Section 7 – If game postponement is necessary due to adverse weather conditions, the league board will make this decision and notify all teams at the earliest possible time prior to start of scheduled games.
Section 8 – Forfeit time is fifteen (15) minutes after scheduled starting time.
Section 9 – If a team drops out of the league, scheduled game for that team will be handled as follows:
ARTICLE XII – PROTESTS
Section 1 – Protests must be submitted to the league board by a head coach. A $50 cash protest fee is required at the time of the protest. If Protest is found to be valid, fee will be returned.
Section 2 – Protests must be submitted to the league board prior to the completion of the game being protested. Judgment calls by officials are not subject to protest. All parties involved in protests will be expected to act in a professional manner.
Section 3 – Protests will be determined on the spot if facts are available. If not available, a decision will occur with available facts no later than 48 hours. All league board decisions are final.
Section 4 – By submitting a protest, the protesting team agrees to abide by the decision of the LYF league board. Failure to do so could result in suspension or dismissal from the league.
OFFICIAL RULES OF COMPETITION
ARTICLE I – GAME RULES
Section 1 - Kansas High School Federation Rules will be followed in all tackle league contests with exceptions stated in the LYF league rules of competition for each grade division.
Section 2 – NFL Football Flag game rules will be followed in all flag league contests with exceptions stated in the LYF league rules of competition for each grade division.
ARTICLE II – BALL SIZE
Section 1 – Tackle league. The allowable game ball size for each grade division is:
2nd/3rd Grade – K2/ Pee Wee or Comparable
4th Grade – K2/ Pee Wee or Comparable
5th Grade – K2/ Pee Wee or Comparable
6th Grade – TDJ
Section 2 – Flag league. The allowable game size for each grade division is:
K/1st - Mini
2nd through 6th Grades – K2/Pee Wee or Comparable
ARTICLE III – GAME LENGTH
Section 1 – Tackle league (all grade divisions):
Section 2 – Flag league: (all grade divisions):
ARTICLE IV – SCORING
Section 1 – Tackle league
Section 2 – Flag league
ARTICLE V – OVERTIME
Section 1 – Tackle league
Section 2 – Flag league
ARTICLE VI – FEDERATION AND NFL FLAG RULE EXCEPTIONS
Section 1 - 2nd & 3rd Grade Division:
Section 2 - 4th Grade Division:
Section 3 - 5th Grade Division:
Section 4 - 6th Grade Division
Section 5 - Flag league
ARTICLE VII – TOY BOWL
Section 1 – Toy Bowl playoff selection will be determined by Toy Bowl points accumulated throughout the season.
Section 2 – Toy Bowl points will consist of
Section 3 – Tiebreaker protocol for Toy Bowl playoff selection
ARTICLE VIII – GAME OFFICIALS
Section 1 – LYF will enforce a no tolerance rule for unsportsmanlike conduct of any kind.
Section 2 – Only the head coach from each team is allowed to request a conference with an official regarding a rule interpretation. Any abuse of this policy will result in a Delay of Game penalty enforced against the team improperly requesting the conference.
Section 3 – Official’s judgment calls may NOT BE CONTESTED!
Section 4 – Any person or persons can and will be ejected from the complex if any flagrant abuse of officials is committed.
Section 5 – Players, parents or fan who commits any flagrant acts towards officials will be ejected and not allowed to return for any further games.
Section 6 – Each head coach is responsible for the actions of the assistant coaches, players, and spectators for their own team.
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