TCYFL Rules and Procedures

Updated Tuesday October 27, 2015 by Amelia Carruth.

TCYFL RULES AND PROCEDURES

All Washington State High School rules apply unless changed by the TCYFL. Click here for TCYFL changes to the high school rule book.

A: SUPPLEMENTAL RULES FOR JV, VARSITY, AND SENIORS. The board has the option to alter the Supplemental Rules, but all teams or coaches impacted by the changes need to be notified in advance of said changes.

SR-1: Persons are eligible to play in the TCYFL if they are entering the 2nd to 8th grade in the fall of the season year and are not over 14 year of age on July 31st of the current season year.

ART: 1-1: 1st Grade players must have a signed waiver by the parent(s), or legal guardian(s), and approval from the team's franchise coach.

SR-2: Each player must participate in 10 or more practices before playing in a game. All players who attend the required number of practices can participate in the game each week.

SR-3: Practices may start no earlier than Aug. 1st of the current season and concludes at the close of the current season. Practices shall be no more than two hours in duration each. No more than one TCYFL practice is permitted per day. No practice session held Monday thru Friday shall commence prior to 5:00 p.m.

ART 3-1: No football, contact practice sessions may occur before three non-contact practice sessions have occurred. No football participant shall participate in a contact practice until said participant has participated in three practices without contact.

ART 3-2: A minimum of two practices, and a maximum of three practices, of no more than two hours duration each, shall be conducted each week during the entire season for the Minors, Major JV, and Major Varsity teams.

ART 3-3: A minimum of two practices, and a maximum of five practices, of no more than two hours each, shall be conducted each week during the entire season for the Senior JV and Senior Varsity teams.

ART 3-4: The Minors, Major JV, and Major Varsity coaches may opt to conduct one practice week consisting of four practices of no more than two hours duration each, prior to the beginning of league play.

ART 3-5: During the week of the Jamboree, three practices consisting of no more than two hours duration each may be conducted by the Minors, Major JV, and Major Varsity teams in addition to the Jamboree.

ART 3-6: Six days prior to or Six Days Following a scheduled "BYE" game, Minor, Major JV, and Major Varsity teams may schedule a scrimmage and conduct 3 practices not to exceed 2 hours in duration.

(Player Weight and Age Restrictions)

SR-4: All weights must be recorded using an official TCYFL scale. The current season's Jamboree is designated as the official weigh-in place and date. Players' weight, who weigh more than the ball carrying weight designated for said player's division, will be recorded by a TCYFL board member. Players who weigh less than or equal to the ball carrying weight designated for said player's division will be recorded as having been officially weighed, an official weight may be recorded at the discretion of the TCYFL Board. There may be additional weigh-in(s), as deemed necessary via the TCYFL board, during the current season. For division(s) of play without weight limits, the TCYFL Board will determine if an official weight will be recorded for players in said division(s).

(Minor Division)

ART: 4-1: Those players entering the 2nd or 3rd grade in the fall of the season year and are not over 8 years of age on April 30th of the current year may participate on a Minors Division Team. Those not meeting the age requirement will play, without exception, at the Major Junior Varsity level. At the request of the parent and Franchise Head Coach, any player not older than 8 year of age on July 31st of the current year may also participate in the Minor Division.

ART: 4-2: Only those players weighing 85 pounds or less, as weighed by an official TCYFL scale, may align as or by shift become, an eligible pass receiver, running back, or quarterback on a Minor Division Team. Refer to SR-6 for Special Teams Limitations.

ART: 4-3: On a Minor Division Team, players weighing more than 85 pounds, as weighed by an official TCYFL scale, shall align on defense on the line of scrimmage, inside of the free blocking zone*. Refer to SR-6 for Special Teams Limitations.

(Major Junior Varsity Division)

ART: 4-4: Those players entering the 4th or 5th grade in the fall of the season year and are not over 10 years of age on April 30th of the current year may participate on the Major Junior Varsity Division Team. Those not meeting the age requirement will play, without exception, at the Major Varsity level. At the request of the parent and Franchise Head Coach, any player not older than 10 year of age on July 31st of the current year may also participate in the Major Junior Varsity Division.

ART: 4-5: Only those players weighing 110 pounds or less, as weighed by an official TCYFL scale, may align as or by shift become, an eligible pass receiver, running back, or quarterback on a Major Junior Varsity Division Team. Refer to SR-6 for Special Teams Limitations.

ART: 4-6: Players weighing more than 110 pounds, as weighed by an official TCYFL scale, shall align on defense on the line of scrimmage, inside of the free blocking zone*. Refer to SR-6 for Special Teams Limitations. Refer to SR-6 for Special Teams Limitations.

(Major Varsity)

ART: 4-7: Those players entering the 6th grade in the fall of the current season year and are not over 12 years of age on July 31st of the current year may participate on a Major Varsity Division Team. Those not meeting the age requirement will play, without exception, at the Senior Junior Varsity level. At the request of the parent and Franchise Head Coach, any player not older than 11 year of age on July 31st of the current year may also participate in the Major Varsity Division.

ART: 4-8: Only those players weighing 120 pounds or less, as weighed by an official TCYFL scale, may align as or by shift become, an eligible pass receiver, running back, or quarterback on a Major Varsity Division Team. Refer to SR-6 for Special Teams Limitations.

ART: 4-9: Players weighing more than 120 pounds, as weighed by an official TCYFL scale, shall align on defense on the line of scrimmage, inside of the free blocking zone*. Refer to SR-6 for Special Teams Limitations.

(Senior Junior Varsity)

ART: 4-10: Those players entering the 7th grade in the fall of the current season year and are not over 13 years of age on July 31st of the current year may participate on a Senior Junior Varsity Division Team. Those not meeting the age requirement will play, without exception, at the Senior Varsity level. At the request of the parent and Franchise Head Coach, any player not older than 12 year of age on July 31st of the current year may also participate in the Senior Junior Varsity Division.

(Senior Varsity)

ART: 4-13: Those players entering the 8th grade in the fall of the current season year and are not over 14 years of age on July 31 of the current year may participate on a Senior Varsity Division Team. Those not meeting the age requirement will not be eligible to participate in the TCYFL. At the request of the parent and Franchise Head Coach, any player not older than 13 year of age on July 31st of the current year may also participate in the Senior Varsity Division.

* Being on the defensive line of scrimmage is defined as within 1 yard of the neutral zone (Rule 2-25 of the NFHS Rule Book). The free blocking zone (Rule 2-17 of the NFHS Rule Book) extends 4 yards in each direction from the ball towards the sidelines.

SR-5: Weights determined at the official weigh-in are determined by a league official scale only. The weight printed in the TCYFL season program, with exception of typographical errors, will be considered the players official weight for the entire season. Head coaches should be sensitive to excessive weight gain by players. For the senior teams there is no maximum weight. Any player who does not get officially weighed will be deemed over the ball carrier weight for their division of play. For players participating in division(s) without weight limits, the TCYFL Board may elect not to record an official weight for players in said division(s).

ART: 5-1: A second official play-off weigh-in will be required of those players who qualified as a ball carrier and were within 5 pounds or less of the requirements in ART: 4-2, ART: 4-3, ART: 4-5, ART: 4-6, ART: 4-8, ART: 4-9 at the official regular season weigh-in. Weights to be determined by league official scale and representative only. Weights will be recorded before the start of the first official playoff game. A 5 pound allowance increase will be given to Minors, Major Junior Varsity, and Major Varsity players. Any player that does not have an official playoff weigh-in or fails to meet the weight requirements may not participate in the ball carrier category as defined by the criteria in the articles listed above.

SR-6: Kickoff and Kickoff Return teams will include players whose weights qualify under SR-4 ART: 4-5 and ART: 4-8 restrictions. If the team does not have enough players, who are under the weight restriction, to field a Kickoff and/or Kickoff Return team, the next closest player in weight may be used in a front line position only. In other words, only ball eligible players may participate in Kickoff and Kickoff Return teams, unless, per above, a team does not have enough qualified players to field a Kickoff or Kickoff Return team.

SR-8: Prior to contact sessions, each player must have a colored mouth guard, other than white or clear, in order to practice and participate in a game.

SR-9: Teams must use footballs that are brown with white stripes. The Minor Division teams will use Pee-Wee sized Footballs. The Major Junior Varsity and Major Varsity Division teams will use Junior sized footballs. All other division teams will use Youth sized footballs. If during a game a team does not provide the proper sized football for their team, they must use the opposing team's football provided it is the proper size. Teams also must use the football provided by the TCYFL in the current season for game play.

SR-10: For Seniors, Varsity, and J.V., a game shall consist of four 8 minute quarters with 1 minute between quarters and 5 minutes between halves.

SR-11: Official regular season games in the Major Junior Varsity, Major Varsity, Senior Junior Varsity, and Senior Varsity Divisions ending in a tie at the end of regulation time shall be settled through a "Kansas City Tie Breaker" to be administered by the senior official present at the game. Play shall commence from the 10 yard line. There will be a maximum of 3 overtime periods. If there is no winning team after 3 overtime periods, the game will end in a tie. The regular season Minor Division games are exempt from the "Kansas City Tie Breaker" process. All Divisional playoff games ending in a tie will be settled through the "Kansas City Tie Breaker" until a winner is determined.

SR-12: A Team has the option of kicking, running or passing to try for the point after touchdown. A successful run or pass is awarded one point; a successful kick from a placement is awarded two points.

SR-13: Mercy Rule, if a team is ahead by 21 points or more we will have a running clock from the start of the second half. If both head coaches agree the running clock can be started in the first half.

ART 13-1: A running clock does not stop except for the following. The running clock will be stopped for the PAT attempt and restarted with the start of the next play following the PAT attempt. The running clock will be stopped to tend to injuries. At least one minute must run off the clock prior to stopping the clock due to injury. At anytime the game referee may stop a running clock, especially when the game referee is keeping the official time.

SR-14: All touchdowns shall be followed by a PAT attempt even though the outcome of the PAT has no effect in determining the winner of the game. This rule shall remain in effect as long as points scored against during the season decide ties in the league standings.

SR-15: All participants will play a minimum of eight plays per game providing they have met team practice requirements, or unless the player is injured, removed for disciplinary reasons, or if the player opts not to play.

SR-16: Due to insurance concerns there shall be no non-participants past the inside edge of the running track surrounding the playing field. When playing on fields with grandstands, all non-participants shall remain in the grandstands.

SR-17: Each team will be allowed 2 (two) timeouts per half.

SR-18: Once the ball is snapped, three coaches may stay in the restricted area. The restricted area is the area formally known as the coach's box. This rule is a modification of NFHS rule 1-2-3g.

SR-19: A player's jersey number will not designate said players eligibility as a receiver. A player's eligibly will be determined by said player's alignment in the offensive formation, in accordance with the NFHS rulebook and any limitations dictated by the TCYFL's weight limits for ball carriers. This rule is a modification of NFHS rule 7-2-5.

MINOR SUPPLEMENTAL RULES

SRM-1: No defensive player, no matter the distance from the line of scrimmage, may line up directly over the center or in either gap to the centers right or left. The defensive line will have no more than six players on the line of scrimmage. All players not lined up on the line scrimmage must be four yards from the line of scrimmage and may not move forward until the snap of the ball. Stacking players, one behind the other, within 4 yards of the line of scrimmage is prohibited. The maximum line split between the center's foot and the offensive guard is 18 inches. A 5 yard encroachment penalty will be assessed if the offensive or defensive teams violate these rules.

SRM-2: Kick-off situation will be substituted with the offense starting at their own 35 yard line 1st and 10. Punting is allowed.

SRM-3: One coach is permitted on the field while the game is being played. He may be in the huddle.

SRM-4: Time between plays is 35 seconds and will be strictly enforced.

SRM-5: A game will consist of four ten minute running clock, ART 13-1, quarters. A 1 minute break will be allotted between the 1st and 2nd quarters and between the 3rd and 4th quarters. Teams will not change sides of the field during the 1 minute break between the 1st and 2nd quarters and between the 3rd and 4th quarters. The intent of the 1 minute break is to allow coaches an opportunity to substitute players. Halftime will last 5 minutes. There will be two time outs allowed per half.

SRM-6: Each player will play a minimum of 8 plays per game providing they have met team practice requirements, or unless the player is injured, or removed for disciplinary reasons, or if the player opts not to play.

SRM-7: A referee or designated individual will keep the official game clock unless the facility offers one.

SRM-8: The coaches of the last game shall clean and return the field to pre-game condition.

SRM-9: During game play, fumbles can be advanced.

SRM-10: If a team is ahead in score by 12 or more points with less than two minutes remaining in the second half, that team cannot use their timeouts

SRM-11: A completion of a forward pass resulting in a successful PAT attempt shall be awarded two points. -Note: The completion does not have to be in the end zone.

SUPPLEMENTAL RULES FOR CHEERLEADERS

SRC-1: All cheerleaders will observe the same attendance requirements as the team's football players.

SRC-2: Cheerleaders will comply with the same registration requirements as football players.

SRC-3: Cheer Squads will be limited to no more than 20 cheerleaders per single. Ten cheerleaders may be added with each additional coach.

SRC-4: All franchises will have a designated Head Cheerleader Coach.

PLAYER/CHEERLEADER

TCYFL coaches are responsible for the actions of their teams while in uniform, both on and off the field while engaged in the TCYFL activity. Any report of misconduct of the players/cheerleaders that is not considered in the best interest of the TCYFL is to be forwarded in writing to the TCYFL board of directors. The board of directors will give the matter immediate attention to resolve the matter. A decision will be made within one week of the incident, and the offending players/cheerleaders will be advised of the decision.

SUPPLEMENTAL RULES FOR EJECTION OF PLAYERS/CHEERLEADERS OR COACHES

SRE-1: The ejection of a player from a ball game will result in the following: Any player/cheerleader ejected by a referee from a regular season game will be ineligible to play in the team's next league game. The ejected player will remain on the bench throughout the penalty game. Coaches shall make this rule clear to all players prior to the start of the season.

SRE-2: The ejection of any person (coach, parent, spectator, chain gang, board member, etc.) will require this person to leave the stadium and field area immediately. The ejection will also result in this person being suspended for a minimum of one week from attending TCYFL sponsored events and may result in further disciplinary actions pending the investigation and findings of the TCYFL Oversight Committee into the incident.

SUPPLEMENTAL RULES FOR REFEREES

SRR-1: Official referees will be contracted by the TCYFL. A minimum of two referees are to be assigned for each game.

SRR-2: In the event of official referees not showing up, the Field Marshall will work with the head coaches of both teams to try to find one or two impartial officials. If no officials can be found or if the head coaches do not agree with the volunteers, the game will be cancelled and rescheduled.

SRR-3: If a game is canceled by the league due to inclement weather or no officials, it may be rescheduled during the practice week with coaches officiating.