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Rules of Play (Updated 5/16, 2014)

 

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ARTICLE I – DIVISIONS


The Rockville Football league has 6 divisions for boys and girls:

  • Mighty Mite
  • Ankle Biter
  • Pony
  • Pee Wee
  • Intermediate
  • Middle School

A player’s eligibility for a particular division is determined by the age and weight criteria described in Articles II and III herein as established by the RFL Board of Directors. Eligible players will receive an RFL Identification Card, which shall be provided by the RFL. Any request for an exception to the Age and Weight Eligibility rules must be made in writing to the Board of Directors with appropriate documentation, including but not limited to a statement from a physician.

ARTICLE II - AGE ELIGIBILITY

A player’s age shall be determined based on the player’s age as of August 1 of the particular year.

Age eligibility shall be established by the following:

A valid passport; A valid government issued photo identification card; or A Birth Certificate accompanied by an Affidavit from the player’s parent or legal guardian in the form established by the RFL Board of Directors.

ARTICLE III – WEIGHT ELIGIBILITY

Regular Season Eligibility

1) A Player’s eligibility for a particular weight division shall be determined through the weigh in process described herein. In order for a player to be eligible to participate in a particular division, the player must meet that division’s weight requirement.

2) In order to ascertain a player’s weight eligibility, RFL will schedule a “Preseason Weigh-In”. The Preseason Weigh-In will bescheduled by the Vice President for a date not more that 2 weeks before the first regular season game.

3) Players who are unable to attend the “Preseason Weigh-In” or are within eight (8) lbs of the designated weight for their age/division will be afforded the opportunity to attend a “Make-up Preseason Weigh-In” as scheduled by the Vice President of the RFL. There will be at least one “Make-Up Preseason Weigh-In.” Additional opportunities for players to weigh in are at the sole discretion of the Vice President. Players more than eight (8) lbs. over the designated weight shall be moved up a division without the opportunity to attend a Make Up Preseason Weigh-in.

  • * RED STRIPE RULE - ANY PLAYER EXCEEDING THE MAXIMUM RED STRIPE WEIGHT (SEE DIVISION - AGES AND WEIGHTS) WILL HAVE A RED STRIPE PLACED ON PLAYERS HELMET. SUCH PLAYER CAN ONLY PLAY BETWEEN THE TACKLE ON THE LOS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE BALL. IN SHOTGUN DEFENSIVE PLAYER MUST REMAIN ON THE LINE BUT NOT LINED UP DIRECTLY OVER THE CENTER. ANY PLAYER EXCEEDING THE MAXIMUM WEIGHT WILL HAVE A DOUBLE RED STRIPE PLACED ON PLAYERS HELMET. ONLY 2 DOUBLE RED STRIPE PLAYERS ARE ALLOWED ON THE FIELD FOR EACH TEAM AT A TIME.

Red Stripe Kicker and Punter: A RS player can be a kicker and/or punter. No fakes or designed plays involving anything other than kicking are permitted.

Red Stripe Executing a Free Kick: A RS player can execute a free kick  i.e. no rush extra point or no rush punt.

Red Stripe Advancing a Turnover or Kick Off: A RS player can advance a turnover on offense and defense. However, no designed plays that would involve the RS player eventually touching the ball are permitted i.e.- fumblerooski.

Red Stripe Advancing an Onside Kick: A RS player can advance an onside kick if they are playing on the front line of kickoff return and the ball is kicked directly to them.

Red Stripe Standing Up at the Line of Scrimmage: A RS player is permitted to stand-up at the line of scrimmage between the tackles. He may not shift from the LOS to LB depth and back. He must line up on the LOS.Red Stripe “Tackle Over” Play (Unbalanced Line): This is a legal play.

Pre-Season Weigh-in

1) No player shall be permitted to weigh in without first satisfying RFL’s Age Eligibility requirement.

2) The weighing of all players will be supervised by at least 2 members of the RFL Board of Directors.

3) Players shall dress in the manner prescribed by the Vice President.

4) Each player shall be afforded an appropriate tare allowance as determined by the Vice President.

5) True mathematical rounding will be utilized to record the player's official weight (i.e., 90.49 equals 90 pounds. 90.5 equals 91 pounds, etc.).

6) RFL will use its best efforts to maintain respect and confidentiality, when players weigh-in. At all times the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well being of the players will be considered a first and foremost priority of those administering, witnessing or any other function participating in weigh-ins. Any person who deviates from the intent and purpose of this rule is subject to discipline.

7) Pre-Season Weigh-ins of any player in a division may be witnessed by the head coach or one designee of another team within the same division upon approval by the division commissioner in said commissioner’s sole discretion.

8) No player shall be permitted to weigh in more than one time on the day of the Pre-Season Weigh-in day unless:

9) The player is not more than 2.0 pounds above the prescribed weigh limit for the applicable division the Vice President or in the absence of the Vice President, another member of the Board of Directors, in his or her sole discretion, permits such additional opportunity.

Make-Up Weigh-In

1) A player not making weight during the Pre-Season Weigh-in, and who is within eight (8) pounds of their age/division weight limit, will have the opportunity to attend at least one additional weigh-in at a time and place scheduled by the Vice President. All Make-Up Weigh-In’s shall be governed by the procedure of the Pre-Season Weigh In except as set forth in this Paragraph.

2) Players who do not meet weight eligibility for a particular division are permitted to move up to the next Division WITHIN their original organization if there are available slots on the roster. At the sole discretion of the Board, players may be permitted to move up to the next Division outside their original organization if age eligible, and if there are available slots. Any player who moves up a division to an organization other than their original organization, they will be permitted ONE (1) time to return to their original organization; and only in the immediate year following the year in which they moved up a division. They shall be given "new" player registration priority in returning to their original organization if opting to return.

3) No player will be allowed to weigh-in within a division after the final game of the 2nd scheduled "week" of divisional games under any circumstances, without RFL Board approval of extenuating circumstances. A player may only weigh-in after the 2nd scheduled week of games, upon a petition approved the board in writing documenting any extenuating circumstances. Unavailability for prior weigh-ins shall not be grounds for any extension. If the exception is granted by the Board, the player will have one and only one opportunity to weigh in. There is no right to an additional make-up weigh-in.

4) Any player unable to meet the weigh-in requirements as defined this Article or II will not be permitted to play in the RFL for that season.

5) No player may weigh in less than 48 hours prior to a game.

Playoff Weigh-ins

This Section shall apply to a weigh in to determine playoff eligibility.

1) The Vice President shall schedule a “Playoff Weigh-In” to take place within 30 minutes of the conclusion of each team's final regular season game or as close thereto as practicable as determined by the Vice President (the “Playoff Weigh-In”).

2) Players who do not meet Playoff Weight Requirements are INELIGIBLE for the entirety of playoffs.

3) Weight limits for each division shall increase by six (6) lbs.

4) Subject to the other provisions of Section II of this Article, Make up Playoff Weigh Ins are at the sole discretion of the Vice President.

5) Players within three (3) pounds of the Division weight limit for their age group will be permitted to attend a make-up weigh-in. Players exceeding the Playoff weight by more than three pounds will not be permitted to weigh-in again and are INELIGIBLE for the entirety of the playoffs.

6) Players exceeding the required weight limit by two (2) pounds or less during the initial weigh-in may return on the same day and attempt to weigh-in again; at the discretion of the RFL's VP of Personnel or Officer in Charge of the weigh-in process, they may have multiple attempts within the assigned time period to make weight.

7) No player may weigh less than 48 hours before a game.

 

ARTICLE IV - COACHING RESPONSIBILITIES

 

1. The Head Coach will be responsible for the conduct of assistant coaches, team players, and the team parents. Coaches will be responsible for keeping bench areas, as well as their entire sideline clear of anyone other than team members.

2. Coaches will examine and ensure that all playing and practice equipment of players is in good condition and worn properly at all times. Before each practice and game, coaches will check all equipment for completeness and safety.

3. Coaches are responsible for seeing that no player participates in practice or any game without receiving a signed participation permission form and appropriate registration fee from the player.

4. At the end of the season, coaches are responsible for turning in all RFL equipment issued to the team and its players. Any equipment not returned to the RFL will be billed to the coach at current replacement costs.

5. Coaches requiring replacement of equipment by the RFL must submit written notification to the Board twelve months prior to the purchase of the equipment. Upon review by the Board at the next Board of Director's meeting following the request, the requestor will be notified by the President of the RFL Board of Director's of the approval/denial of the request. If there is any outstanding equipment from the prior year, no new equipment will be purchased and/or distributed until the old equipment is returned.

6. In addition, any team that is new to the RFL that has previously supplied their own equipment to their players and now require equipment from the RFL must follow the same guidelines as above. Written notification must be submitted to the Board twelve months prior to the need for equipment. Upon review by the Board at the next Board of Director's meeting following the request, the requestor will be notified by the President of the RFL Board of Director's of the approval/denial of the request.

7. The Head Coach is required to attend all meetings and clinics deemed "mandatory" by the Board. Head Coaches are responsible to see that the Snack Bar is properly staffed on the night assigned to their team if such assignments are necessary. Failure to attend a mandatory meeting or clinic, or fulfill Snack Bar or Play Monitor responsibilities may result in the suspension of the Head Coach for not less than one game. Repeated failures may result in additional sanctions as stated in Article V.

8. Any tackle team that does not register a minimum of 12 players during June registration will be put on warning. If the team does not have 16 players by July 1, then the Commissioner upon review and approval by the BOD can replace the coach and work with a new coach to make sure the team is viable.

9. In order to insure that all players are receiving the minimum eight (8) plays per game in the Navy Division and ten (10) in the Army Division the following procedure will be followed. Based on a schedule to be posted on the web site and distributed to coaches and parents by early August, teams will be responsible for providing two parents to act as play monitors several times during the season. Each play monitor will stand on each teams sideline and using a provided form, record the number of plays each player plays until 8 is reached. Once 8 Navy or 10 Army is reached that player no longer needs to be tracked. At the end of the 3rd Quarter the sideline officials will take the play monitor sheet from the play monitor and inform each coach as to which players have not received the minimum number of plays. Each and every player that has not played 8 Navy or 10 Army plays will start the 4th Quarter and remain in the game until he or she has 8 or 10 plays. The only exception to this will be injured players and players that with the Commissioners consent are being disciplined. Players that arrive late for games will be Assigned a pro-rated number of plays based on two plays per quarter. Late arriving players must be reported to the play monitor by a coach. In the Intermediate Division only, Special team plays will count towards the minimum requirement.

ARTICLE V - COACHES REVIEW PROCEDURES

Coaches Tenure and Approval

1. Coaches shall serve from season to season, subject to review and renewal each season by the RFL Board of Directors.

2. Coaches must have passed the fingerprinting check and satisfy applicable certification requirements.

Coaches Review

1. Coaches shall strictly adhere to all RFL rules throughout the season and complaints or incidents involving infractions of these shall be brought to the attention of the Board of Directors.

2. Coaches who have been found by the President or Vice President of Administration to be in violation of applicable RFL rules, shall receive a warning; and upon failure to adequately correct or cease such violation, in the judgment of the President or Vice President of Administration, shall be placed on probation.

3. A coach placed on probation shall remain in such status for the remainder of that season. Any violation of RFL rules during the period of probation, shall result in a suspension of the coach for the remainder of the season. In instances of severe infractions, the RFL Board of Directors may take additional punitive measure as deemed necessary.

4. A suspended coach may seek eligibility following the full season of his or her suspension provided the RFL Board of Directors approves reinstatement.

Procedures for Review

1. A coach having been found by the President or Vice President of Administration to continue to violate RFL rules after a warning during a season, shall have the opportunity to provide a response and prior to the imposition of probation, to be heard by the RFL Board of Directors.

2. The RFL Board of Directors shall determine, based on record and facts presented whether to impose probation.

3. Any coach placed on probation whose suspension is ordered shall also have a right to appeal to the RFL Board of Directors. The appeal must be submitted in writing (can be faxed/email) to the President or Vice President within 72 hours or the right to appeal is void.

4. All coaches shall be entitled to notice, public hearing, and other due process protection with respect to any disciplinary action by the RFL Board of Directors.

5. The identity of complaints or sources of information giving rise to proceedings under section B shall be kept confidential; except during the hearing phase the RFL Board of Directors or counsel, shall disclose to the coach the specific rules alleged to have been violated or the nature of the complaints forming the basis for action.

6. Any coach/player suspended twice within a one (1) year period shall be thereafter barred from coaching/participating in the Rockville Football League.

7. This violation shall become part of a permanent record.

 

ARTICLE VI - PLAYING RULES

USAFootball Youth Rules will govern all Division/League games except those cases where RFL rules have been specified.

 

ROCKVILLE FOOTBALL LEAGUE  - ANKLE BITER DIVISION

PLAY: Game will be played in accordance with the USA Football rules except in those cases where RFL rules have been specified.

 

TIME: The game will consist of four 10 minute quarters (Running Clock). A two (2) minute warning will be given at the end of each half. The clock will be stopped to notify each coach of the 2 minute warning. The referee will then restart the clock. In the last 2 minutes of each half the clock will operate within the USA Football rules. Clock will stop on all scores in the last 2 minutes of each half and restart on the snap. THIRTY-FIVE SECOND CLOCK RULE (After the ball is marked ready for play). In addition the clock will be stopped for all scores and then restart when kick is legally touched by either team after the kick.

          First violation: Stop the clock and warn the coach

          Second violation: 5-yard penalty

          Third violation: 5-yard penalty and loss of down.

HALFTIME : Will be 10 minutes in duration

PLAY: Play begins with a kickoff to start each half from the kickers 40-yard line. Kick untouched out of bounds, place the ball 25 yards from where kicked or at the inbounds spot if the kick does not go 25 yards. Place ball on the 40 yard line after a score.

 DEFENSE: No defensive player on the line of may line up across from the Snapper or in the “A” gap. (The “A” gap may be no wider than 1-yard on each side of snapper). No rushing through the “A” Gap. No BLITZING by any player not on the line of scrimmage at the snap. 5-yard penalty (Immediate dead ball – do not let play continue).

OFFENSE: May run thru the “A” Gap

SNAPPING: All offensive plays will begin by passing or handing the ball through the snappers legs. Snapper may not stand sideways or facing the player the player to receive the snap.

KICKS (PUNT):

  1. Declared kick (Walk-off 20 yards)
  2. Play 4th down

SCORING:

              1.  Touchdown:  6 points

              2.   No extra points

  COACHES ON THE FIELD: One coach from each team is permitted on the field at all times. They must be positioned a minimum of 10 yards behind the line of scrimmage when snapper is over the ball. Penalty for violation is 5 yards for illegal procedure.

Delays for Injury, Thunder, Lightning

Thunder or lightning: Clear field, Must wait 30 minutes from the last occurrence.

Injury or Thunder or Lightning; Game will end if delay interferes with the following

game.

ROCKVILLE FOOTBALL LEAGUE - PEE-WEE AND PONY DIVISION

PLAY

1. Game will be played in accordance with the USAFootball Youth Football rules except in those cases where RFL rules have been specified.

TIME

1. The game consists of four 10 minute quarters (Running Clock). A two (2) minute warning will be given at the end of each half. The clock will be stopped to notify each coach of the 2 minute warning. The Referee will then restart the clock. In the last 2 minutes of each half the clock will operate within the USAFootball Youth rules. During the playoffs the clock will also be stopped in the fourth quarter of the game for all scores and start when legally touched by either team after the kickoff.

2. TWENTY-FIVE SECOND RULE: (After ball is marked ready for play).

a) First violation: Stop clock and warn coach
b) Second violation: 5-yard penalty.
c) All further violations: 5-yard penalty and loss of down.
d) This rule will be strictly enforced.

HALFTIME

Will be 10 minutes in duration.

Play begins with a kickoff from the kickers 40-yard line (30-yard line on 80 yard field). Kick untouched out of bounds, place the ball 25 yards from where kicked or at the inbounds spot if the kick does not go 25 yards.

SCORING

1. Touchdown: 6 points
2. Field goal: 3 points
3. Safety: 2 points
4. Extra points:
5. Run 1 point.
6. Kick (with rush): 2 points
7. Kick (without rush): 1 point

PLACE KICK AND LONG SNAP

1. No defensive player may be lined up over the snapper and within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage if there is no player within 5 yards to take a hand-to-hand snap. The restriction is not in effect if an offensive player shifts to a position to take a hand-to-hand snap.

2. Ball must be snapped between the snappers legs, and must leave his hands before touching
the ground or any other player. (No player may receive the ball from under center). The holder
may receive the ball either with one knee on the ground or standing. Holder may recover the
snap and retain the same options of going back to a knee for a kick, advance, pass or run the ball.

DECLARED KICK

1. A declared kick or “FREE KICK” may be announced by the offense at any time. This intention must be announced by the referee. (If a time-out is granted before the kick is made then the intention must be announced again before the ball is marked ready for play.)

2. Rushing the punter is prohibited. No defensive or offensive player may cross the line of scrimmage until the kick has been made.

3. There will be at least 7 players from each team on the line of scrimmage during the kick.

4. The kicker must kick the ball from approximately the same area he receives the snap. He may not move outside the tackles.

LOW BLOCKS

1. Blocking below the waist by the offense including in the free-blocking zone is prohibited.

POINT DIFFERENTIAL RULE

This rule applies when a team is 25 or more points ahead in the fourth quarter.

1. Clock only stops for injury or time-out by team behind in score.

2. Team ahead may not pass (Forward or backward).

3. Team ahead may use only one hand-off.

4. If team ahead scores they may not on-side or squib kick.

5. The game may be shortened or ended if the team behind wishes.

VIOLATION OF b, c, or d: Immediately stop play and penalize 5 yards, and loss of down.

TIE GAME

1. If the game ends in a tie during the regular season it will end as a tie except in the Navy Division one overtime will be played using the USAFootball procedure. During the playoffs the USAFootball Youth Rules ten-yard overtime procedure will be used. If still tied after first overtime period continue alternating offense and defense at same end of field.

DELAYS FOR: Injury, Thunder, Lightning

Thunder or Lightning: Clear field, Must wait 30 minutes between occurrence.

Injury or Thunder or Lightning: If game is delayed as to interfere with the following game start time use the following criteria:

Second half and Point Differential spread has been reached – Game over

Fourth Quarter and either team has a 14-point lead – Game over

Game

Less than a 2 touchdown lead: Officials must record status of game (score; team in possession; down and distance; ball location; number of time-outs remaining; time left in game).

Use common sense. If at all possible finish game but not at the expense of the nights’ schedule.

 

COACHES ON THE FIELD:

Pony - One coach from each team is permitted on the field for the first 5 games for Army and the first 3 games for Navy. They must be positioned a minimum of 10 yards behind the line of scrimmage when snapper is over the ball. Penalty for violation is 5 yards for illegal procedure.

Pee Wee - Non coaches allowed on the field.

NOTE: The Officials can use discretion and restrict a player to the bench for as long as they deem necessary rather than an ejection for serious offenses.

ROCKVILLE FOOTBALL LEAGUE - INTERMEDIATE DIVISION

PLAY

1. Game will be played in accordance with the USAFootball Youth Football rules except in those cases where RFL rules have been specified.

TIME

1. The game consists of four 12 minute quarters (Running Clock). A two (2) minute warning will be given at the end of each half. The clock will be stopped to notify each coach of the 2 minute warning. The Referee will then restart the clock. In the last 2 minutes of each half the clock will operate within the USAFootball Youth rules. In addition the clock will be stopped after all scores and restart when the kick is legally touched by either team after the kick.

2. 25-SECOND RULE (after ball is marked ready for play)

a) First violation: Stop clock and warn coach

b) Second violation: 5-yard penalty

c) Any further violations: 5-yard penalty and loss of down

d) This rule will be strictly enforced.

HALFTIME

Will be 10 minutes in duration.

Play begins with a kickoff from the kickers 40-yard line. Kick untouched out of bounds, place the ball 25 yards from where kicked or at the inbounds spot if the kick does not go 25 yards.

SCORING

1. Touchdown: 6 points
2. Field goal: 3 points
3. Safety: 2 points
4. Extra point:
5. Kick 2 points.
6. Run: 1 point.

PLACE KICK AND LONG SNAP

1. No defensive player may be lined up over the snapper and within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage if there is no player within 5 yards to take a hand-to-hand snap. The restriction is not in effect if an offensive player shifts to a position to take a hand-to-hand snap.

2. Ball must be snapped between the snappers legs, and must leave his hands before touching the ground or any other player. The holder may receive the ball either with one knee on the ground or standing. Holder may recover the snap and retain the same options of going back to a knee for the kick, advance, pass or run the ball.

POINT DIFFERENTIAL RULE: This rule applies when a team is ahead by 25 or more points in the fourth quarter. (EXCEPTION: Navy Division, when either ahead by by 34 points in second half invoke this rule.)

1. Clock only stops for injury.

2. Team ahead may not pass (Forward or backward).

3. Team ahead may only use one hand-off.

4. If team ahead scores they may not on-side or squib kick.

5. The game may be shortened or ended if the team behind wishes.

VIOLATION OF b, c, and d: Immediately stop the play and penalize 5 yards, and loss of down.

LOW BLOCKS

1. Blocking below the waist by the offense including in the free-blocking zone is prohibited.

TIE GAME

1. If the game ends in a tie during the regular season it will end as a tie except in the Navy Division one overtime will be played using the USAFootball procedure. During the playoffs the USAFootball Youth Rule ten-yard overtime procedure will be used. If still tied after first overtime period continue alternating offense and defense at same end of field.

NOTE: The Officials can use discretion and restrict a player to the bench for as long as they deem necessary rather than an ejection for serious offenses.

DELAYS FOR: Injury, Thunder, Lightning

Thunder or Lightning: Clear field, Must wait 30 minutes between occurrence.

Injury or Thunder or Lightning: If game is delayed as to interfere with the following game start time use the following criteria:

1. Second half and Differential Point Spread has been reached – Game over

2. Fourth Quarter and either team has a 14-point lead – Game over

3. Game: Less than a 2 touchdown lead: Officials must record status of game (score; team in possession; down and distance; ball location; number of time-outs remaining; time left in game).

ROCKVILLE FOOTBALL LEAGUE - MIDDLE SCHOOL


GAME

1. The game will be played in accordance within the NHSF Rules (Montgomery County JV).

2. No 2-minute warning at end of second and fourth quarters.

3. Point Differential Rule will be 25 instead of 35.

4. Delays for Injury, Thunder, Lightning

5. Thunder or Lightning: Clear field, Must wait 30 minutes between occurrence.

6. Injury or Thunder or Lightning: If game is delayed as to interfere with the following game start time use the following criteria:

7. Second half and point spread has been reached – Game over

8. Fourth Quarter and either team has a 14-point lead – Game over

9. Game: Less than a 2 touchdown lead: Officials must record status of game (score; team in possession; down and distance; ball location; number of time-outs remaining; time left in game).

 

GENERAL RULES & DEFINITIONS

1. The Differential Point Spread (Mercy Rule) applies when a team is 25 points ahead of an opposing team in the fourth quarter. The clock will only stop for time outs by the losing team. Also, the team up by 25 points cannot on-side kick, squib kick, pass or run multiple hand-offs.

2. The high school tie-breaker rule will not be used for regular season games except Navy games and MSFL. However, the high school tie-breaker rule, starting at the 10 yard line will be used in all playoff games.

3. Protests involving judgment call by game officials will not be accepted. Protests involving rules interpretation and player eligibility must be presented, by a Head Coach, in writing to the President within 48 hours of the infraction.

4. The athletic field foreman for the City of Rockville will evaluate the conditions of all fields scheduled for play and make all decisions as to whether fields are open or closed for the night. The RFL President or designee will be notified as soon as this decision is reached.

5. All Navy players must play a minimum of eight plays, not counting special teams , per game, Army players must play 10, not counting special teams, as verified by designated Play Monitors. In the Intermediate Division only, Special Team plays will count towards the minimum requirement. If players are not played a minimum of eight or 10 plays per game, the following disciplinary actions will be brought against the coach:

a) First time - player will be played and a verbal warning will be administered to the coaching staff.

b) Second time - Coaching staff will be put on probation.

c) Third time - Coach will be suspended for one (1) game.

d) Each offence will be cumulative throughout the season.

MISC RULES AND STIPULATIONS (ALL DIVISIONS)

1. The “coaches’ box” is 2 yards deep, marked in color, and includes the distances between the two 25 yard lines. 

2. All coaches must prominently display sideline passes. Only NYSCA and USA Football certified coaches will be issued sideline passes. Each team is allowed one non-adult water person and one adult camera person (non-certified) on the side line. One statistician pass will be issued to each team (non-certified). Assistant coaches under the age of 18 must be registered with the RFL to receive field passes. This rule will be strictly enforced.

3. Concerns regarding participants missing practice time and allocation of playing time must be brought to the appropriate commissioner in writing. The commissioner will make the decision.

4. No RFL football player can play in 2 recreational football leagues during the season. Private schools that offer team football participation as a physical education option (ie; Bullis, Landon, Mater Dei) are not considered recreational leagues.

5. Teams can only come together for practices or team meetings 4 times a week. Ankle Biter Division is limited to 3 meetings per week. Any practice, film session, game, scrimmage constitutes a Team Meeting. Once the season starts, a game counts as a team meeting. Practices are limited to two hours.

  1. Reserved for Future Use
  2. During time-outs, only one coach (and one non-adult, i.e. a water person) may go out to the huddle.

PLAYER MOVEMENT

1. Any player that has been moved by the RFL Board of Directors (for whatever reason) may return to his “home” team the next season, room permitting.

2. An RFL head coach is the only person that has the prerogative to move his/her children to the team the coach is taking responsibility for.

DIVISION STANDINGS AND PLAY OFF STANDINGS

1. Will be based on win-lose percentage against "League" opponents.

2. In the event teams have the same win-lose percentage, the following procedure will be used to break the tie:

a) Head-to-head competition

b) Fewest points allowed during the season against "League" teams

  1. Coin toss by the Division Commissioner or Board President

RFL PLAYER SUSPENSION

1. RFL rule regarding an automatic game suspension for ejected players

  a) If a player is ejected by an official for any reason there is an automatic  one game suspension for the player.

 

ARTICLE VII - CONCESSIONS STAND OPERATION

1. The operation of the concession stand is very important for the success of the Rockville Football League. The profits made from all concessions sales go directly to the League for payment of League expenses.

2. Upon request by the Fund-raising and Concessions Committee or the Parent Liaison, all teams must provide a listing of parents who will represent the team during that team's assigned snack bar operation time. This information must be submitted no later than September 7th. The Intermediate Division is responsible for snack bar operation on Friday nights; and Pee-Wee Division is responsible for Saturday nights. Ankle Biter Division will fill in on either Friday or Saturday nights as needed.

Article IX - Sponsorship Policy

Team Sponsorships

1. Teams receive 80% of each sponsorship acquired by said team after RFL cost, limited to $800 per team, per year on approved items. In addition, 20% of each additional sponsor (after cost) above the $800 limit is reached will go to the team. Reimbursement will be issued upon presentation of receipt to the Treasurer for approved items.

2. Approved Items:

3. Names on jerseys

4. Team party

5. Uniform accessories (socks, helmet reward stickers, arm pads, neck rolls, first aid equipment, coaches shirts and hats)

6. Field equipment (hand shields, dummies)

a. Field equipment will be shared property of the RFL & Team purchasing the equipment.
b. Field equipment will be collected at the end of the season by the equipment manager.
c. Field equipment will be re-issued to the returning coach or same team the following season.

Additional items may be added by request & approval by the RFL Board of Directors.