Backyard Sports Club Womens Flag Football Tournament  Flag Football · Female Intermediate

Accepting Team Players Only
Season:
Summer 2019
Starts:
Jun 1 ’19
Ends:
Jun 1 ’19
Registration Dates:
Apr 1 ’19 – May 11 ’19 early bird
May 12 ’19 – May 31 ’19 regular
Location:
TBA
Minimum age:
18 years old
Maximum age:
75 years old
Age as of:
Jun 1 ’19
MonTueWedThuFriSatSun 9:00am to 4:00pm
Team Fees
Early Bird $35.00 per player + 3.0% Processing Fee
Regular $40.00 per player + 3.0% Processing Fee
Free Agent Fees
Early Bird $35.00 + 3.0% Processing Fee
Regular $40.00 + 3.0% Processing Fee

TOURNAMENT FORMAT
1. Double Elimination

LOCATION
1. 67th Street, Virginia Beach, Virginia.  Oceanfront.

PLAYER ROSTER 
1. Teams are limited to a roster of sixteen (16) players.
2. A cut-off date for adding players to rosters will be the day of the first game.  No new
players may be added after this date.
3. Players must be at least 18 years old.
4. All teams must have a legal roster, filled out completely. Uniform numbers are required.
WEATHER CANCELLATIONS
1.If there is a Tornado Warning, Tropical Storm/Hurricane Warning, or Winter Storm
Warning issued for Virginia Beach on the date of scheduled games, all games may be
canceled in advance for that date.
STANDARD GAME PROCEDURE
A. Teams must provide their own practice balls, uniforms, and other equipment they deem
necessary.
1. Coaches and managers are expected to cooperate with the supervisors in every way
possible.
2. Starting time: There is no grace period. Forfeit time is game time. Official game time is
by the head referee’s watch. Teams should be at game site at least 30 minutes ahead of
scheduled time. A game may start earlier than scheduled if both coaches agree.
FIELD SETUP
1. Field layout is approximately 60 yards long by 30 yards wide from goal to goal, with 10
yard end zones.
2. Cones will be placed at the 15, 30 (center), and opposite 15 yard lines on each side of the
field. Cones marking the goal lines and end zone areas will be of a different color.
3. All cones used will be collapsible/safety cones.
PLAYING RULES
1. This is a NON-CONTACT league.
a. In an attempt to remove flags from the runner, incidental contact will invariably
occur. However, contact to the face, neck or head should not occur.
b. Illegal vs. incidental contact is a judgment call by the officials, and is not
protestable.
2. Screen blocking is allowed. Screen blocking is defined as legally obstructing an opponent
without using the body to initiate contact.
a. Similar to basketball, no moving screens are allowed – the blocker must be set for at least one
second. Arms must be tucked into the body, no use of the hands or arms to grab or push the
opponent.
C. TACKLING IS NOT PERMITTED.
1. Tackling is defined as:
o ·  running at or leaving one’s feet to dive at an offensive player, leading with or
making contact primarily with the elbow, forearm, or shoulder, in attempt to
knock a player down or knock a ball loose, with no attempt to grab a flag
o ·  playing horizontally to break up a pass by taking down the receiver
2. A player may not do any of the following:
o ·  hold, push, or knock down a runner in an attempt to remove the flag
o ·  lower the upper body and/or spin by a runner and cause contact to the opponent
o ·  play through or run/drive through an opponent
c. Penalty for tackling will be automatic first down at the point of infraction.
d. The officials have the authority to eject a player for unsportsmanlike conduct, if in the
official’s judgment a player is consistently playing too aggressively or taking deliberate action to
hurt a player.
1. To prevent possible concussions and other head/neck injuries, three and four point
stances are not permitted. All players (with the exception of the snapper) must be upright.
2. Game time: Single Day Tournament Style
3. Playing Time: 2 halves, 25 minutes each, running clock until the last two minutes of each
half, which will be a regular clock. A running clock stops only for team or official time-
outs.
4. Halftime: 5 minutes.
5. Teams: 6 players on the field. Teams may play with 5 players, but no less than 5 at any
time.
6. Teams must have 4 players on the scrimmage line at all times prior to the snap of the ball.
Any player may be in motion, but only one player at a time may be in motion.
7. Substitution: Open substitution is allowed between plays on both offense and defense.
8. Time between each down: 45 seconds.
9. Time outs: 2 per half, no carry-over.
10. No kickoff (throw) to start either half. Ball will be put in play at the 15-yard line (first
cone from the goal).
11. Two completed passes across the line of scrimmage equal a first down.
12. Teams are allowed one first down per possession, then must go for a touchdown (unless a
penalty gives a team an automatic first down).
13. Punts: “Declared kick” throw is allowed if declared on 4th down only. No rushing on a
declared kick. No fake punts.
14. Scoring: A touchdown is worth 6 points.
15. Point after touchdown: The scoring team has the option to try for 1 point from the 3-yard
line, 2 points from the 10-yard line, or 3 points from the 15-yard line. Offensive team
must declare their intention prior to the officials putting the ball in play. If the defense
intercepts the ball and returns it for a score, it will count for the number of points the
offense was attempting.
16. 25/40 point rule: If a team is ahead by 25 or more points at any time in the second half,
the clock becomes a running clock (no time outs). If a team has a 40 point lead at
halftime or gains a 40 point lead at any time in the second half, the game is over and will
be declared so by the official.
17. Overtime: Each team gets one possession at the opponent’s 15-yard line, with 4 downs to
score. If the game is still tied, additional overtime periods will be played until a winner
can be determined.
18. Clothing: Uniforms are not required but uniformity is requested. Teams must have same
colored shirts with numbers. Jerseys must be long enough to remain tucked in at all times
or at least 4 inches above the naval. Shirts, pants, and shorts cannot have belts, belt loops,
or pockets of any kind. Drawstrings must be kept inside of pants at all times.
19. Flags and flag belts should be worn as manufactured and not altered in any way. Flags
may not be tucked in under the flag belt in an attempt to prevent them from being pulled.
20. Removing the flag: After de-flagging the runner, the flag must be held above the head for
officials to see. If the runner does not have flags, or has only one flag, the game reverts to
one hand touch anywhere between the shoulders and knees.
21. Metal/jewelry/braces: Exposed metal (or any type of jewelry) on clothes and person will
not be worn. Knee braces made of hard plastic or metal must be covered on both sides by
a 1⁄2” closed cell, slow recovery rubber or other rubber material of similar thickness.
Casts of any kind are not permitted.
22. Team boxes: Team boxes will be located at least two yards off the sideline and extend
between the 15- yard lines (first cones from the goal lines). Only players and coaches are
allowed in the team box. Coaches are responsible for keeping “dead wood” out of their
team boxes.
OPTIONAL MALE QUARTERBACK RULES
The optional male quarterback is meant to provide a more efficient offense for those
teams that choose to utilize the male quarterback. It is requested that the male
quarterback play with fairness and conduct themselves in a manner that is respectful to
the female athletes.
1. The male quarterback may only throw the ball, running past the line of scrimmage is
not allowed and will result in a penalty of 5 yards from the line of scrimmage and
repeat the down. The male quarterback is allowed to run in the backfield in an
attempt to evade the rusher.
2. Once the ball is thrown, the male quarterback is then ineligible for the remainder of
the play. They are not allowed to participate in any further offense including pitch-
backs, nor can they become a receiver in a double quarterback situation. In the
event of an interception, the male quarterback cannot engage in defense or pull any
flags.
3. The male quarterback will not participate in the game beyond the quarterback role.
They may call plays, and assist verbally from the sideline when not in play.
4. If a male quarterback is not utilized, the standard rules of play are in effect (ex; a
female quarterback has the option to run the ball in a quarterback keeper, or may be
eligible for further play beyond the throw).
PLAYER/TEAM CONDUCT
1. This is a recreational league for the participants to have fun and enjoy fellowship and
friendly competition. Inappropriate and/or unsportsmanlike conduct by anyone towards
players, coaches, officials or spectators will not be tolerated.
2. It is the Team Captain’s responsibility to maintain proper conduct among team members
(players, coaches, and spectators) at all times.
3. Any player(s) or coach(es) ejected from the game by an official for any reason must
immediately leave the field area (defined as “out of sight, out of sound”). If the ejected
individual(s) refuse to leave after a reasonable amount of time, the referee will inform the
captain/coach that the game will be forfeited.
4. Any player(s) or coach(es) ejected from the game by an official for any reason will
automatically be suspended from the next two league games to be played by his/her team,
and will not be allowed in the field area (defined as “out of sight, out of sound”) during
their suspension period. No notice of this suspension shall be necessary. In the event a
player or coach deviates from this ruling, it will constitute a forfeit. The player or coach
will still be suspended from the next two league games to be played by his/her team.
5. Any player(s) or coach(es) ejected from the game by an official for fighting will
automatically be suspended indefinitely from the league.
6. Any player, coach, or spectator who is guilty of striking an official in any manner on City
property before, during, or after a game, will automatically be suspended indefinitely
from participating in all leagues sponsored by Backyard Sports Club.
7. Abuse of any kind (physical, verbal or otherwise) towards officials by anyone will not be
tolerated and will be dealt with severely.
1. NO DRINKING OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ON OR AROUND THE FIELD.
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ARE PROHIBITED BY LAW ON ALL CITY
PROPERTY. Coaches will be held responsible for their teams, therefore please notify all
members of your team and their followers of this rule. Please keep our beach free of cans
and bottles. Violations will result in a one game team forfeiture and one game suspension
of individuals. Repeated violations will result in team expulsion from the league.
 INSURANCE
1. Players participating in the league should have accident insurance coverage. This is your
responsibility.
2. It is to be understood that Backyard Sports Club will not be held liable for injuries
sustained by any person or group participating in our program while they are playing,
practicing or traveling to and from games or practices.
OVER TIME
1. There will be a second coin toss.  The winner of the toss gets to choose offense or defense
first.
2.  Each team will get four chances to score from the 20 yard line unless the defense scores,
or intercepts a pass or fumble, in which case they would take over on offense and attempt to
score to win the game.
3. Teams will alternate possessions upon a tie after one overtime period (i.e., team A has
first possession then team B.  If still tied B would get first possession in 2nd overtime).
4. After two overtime possessions with no winner.  Each team will start from the 10 yard
line and be force to go for two points after each touchdown.

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