Rules: Flag football is a 6 on 6 game. The offensive team plays for a first down at midfield and a touchdown in the end zone. Running and passing plays are allowed although there are no running zones at midfield and near each goal line. The defensive team covers rec, rushes the passer and grabs flags to make “tackles”.
A coin toss determines first possession (winning team can elect to defer to the 2nd half). The offensive team takes possession of the ball at its 5-yard line and has 3 plays to cross midfield for a 1st down. Once a team crosses midfield, it has 3 plays to score a touchdown. If the offense fails to score, the ball changes possession and the new offensive team takes over on its 5 yard line.
If the offensive team fails to cross midfield, possession of the ball changes and the opposition starts its drive from its 5-yard line. All possession changes, except interceptions, start on the offensive’s 5-yard line. Interceptions may be returned. Teams change sides after halftime. Possession changes to loser of coin toss.
Timing/Overtime: Games are played with four 10-minute running quarters (40 minutes), 1-minute water break between quarters and a 5-minute half time. Each time the ball is spotted, a team has 30 seconds to snap the ball. Team will receive one warning before a delay of game penalty is enforced. Two 30-second timeouts per half are permitted. They do not carry over to 2nd half if unused.
Divisions 5th & 6th and 7th & 8th are the only ones that will go into an overtime situation if the game is tied after 40 minutes. A coin flip determines possession and direction. Ball is placed midfield. After 3 plays, referee will mark the ball where it ended up. Opposing team takes over at midfield and run their 3 plays going I the same direction. Whichever team gains the most yards in 3 plays wins the game. If both teams get the same yards, the process is repeated until there is a winner. Negative net yards on offense will count against you. Other team must still run their 3 plays. If ball is intercepted and returned for a touchdown, the game is over.
Sportsmanship: UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT & FOUL PLAY WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. If the Referee witnesses any acts of tackling, elbowing, cheap shots, blocking or any unsportsmanlike act, the game will be stopped and the player/coach or fan may be ejected from the game. The penalty if called is a dead ball at point of infraction and automatic 1st down. If a penalty is against the offense, then 10yds + loss of down, from original line of scrimmage. It will always benefit the other team.
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 or spectators.) If trash talking occurs, the referee may give one warning and if it continues, the player(s), coach(s) and fans will be subject to ejection from the field and premises. The game will not continue until the ejected party has left the premises. If they do not leave, the ref will forfeit the game immediately and award the win to the opposing team.
Youth sports programs play an important role in promoting the physical, social and emotional development of children. It is therefore essential for parents, coaches and officials to encourage youth athletes to embrace the values of good sportsmanship. Moreover, adults involved in youth sports events should be models of good sportsmanship and should lead by example by demonstrating fairness, respect and self-control. Therefore, all parents, coaches and spectators will abide by the following rules:
I will not engage, or encourage my child to engage in unsportsmanlike conduct with any coach, parent, player, participant, official or any other attendee, such as booing and taunting, refusing to shake hands, or using profane language or gestures.
I will not engage, or encourage my child to engage in any behavior which would endanger the health, safety or well being of any coach, parent, player, participant, official or any other attendee.
I will not engage in verbal or physical threats or abuse aimed at any coach, parent, player, participant, official or any other attendee.
I will not use, or encourage any other person to use drugs or alcohol while at games, and will not attend, coach, officiate or participate in any league event while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
I will be a positive role model for my child and encourage sportsmanship by showing respect and courtesy, and by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, officials and spectators at every game, practice or event.
I will refrain from coaching my child or other players during games and practices, unless I am one of the official coaches of the team.
I will respect the officials and their authority during games, and will never question, discuss, or confront coaches at the game field, and will take time to speak with coaches at an agreed upon time and place.
I will teach my child that doing one’s best is more important than winning, so that my child will never feel defeated by the outcome of a game or his/her performance.
I will treat any coach, parent, player, participant, official or any other attendee with respect regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation or ability.
I will remember that youth sports are played for fun and the game is played for the youth and not for the adults.
Individuals an d players who fail to conform to the foregoing while attending, coaching, officiating or participating in any game will be subject to disciplinary action, including but not limited to the following in any order or combination as decided by the league:
• Verbal warning issued by the GID Sports Flag League.
• Written warning issued by the GID Sports Flag League.
• Immediate ejection from the game.
• Suspended from a game, or multiple games.
• Removal from the GID Sports Flag League.
Any player, coach, or parent ejected from a game will automatically be suspended for one game. All ejections are reviewed by the GID Sports Flag League, and if necessary can be extended to multiple games. A second ejection will be an automatic two game suspension, and possible removal from the GID Sports Flag League. A third ejection is permanent removal from the GID Sports Flag League. Dismissal from the GID Sports Flag League with NO REFUND.
The GID Flag League rules may be changed at any time if situations arise due to concerns with safety conditions, sportsmanship, or competitive balance.