2021 PAL COPS & KIDS
GENERAL PROGRAM PROCEDURES:
At the start of each game, captains from both teams shall meet at mideld for the coin toss to determine who shall start with the ball. The Away team shall call the toss.
The winner of the coin toss has the choice of offense, defense, and defer. The loser of the coin toss has the choice of direction.
a. Each team is allowed a minimum of one possession. The only exception is if the first offensive team throws an interception. In this case, the game ends with the intercepting team winning.
i. Home team will call for the coin toss in overtime.
ii. Each team gets a minimum of one possession and one timeout.
b. All regulation period rules and penalties are in effect.
c. There are no regulation time-outs that will carry over into overtime.
d. Each team will be scored based on yardage gained or points scored:
i. Yardage gained – each team will be given one complete series to drive the field as far as they can. The yardage gained will be noted by the official. The team with the most yards gained wins. If both teams score touchdowns and complete the same amount of points in conversions, the process is repeated.
1. In the case of an interception, the ball will be marked at either the line of scrimmage or the point where the defender’s flags were pulled, whichever is the more advantageous spot to the defense.
2. If Team B intercepts the ball and returns it for a touchdown, Team B wins. ii. Scoring – Same as regulation. The team with the most yards gained wins. 1. Winning through yardage is equivalent to winning by 6 points for tie breaker purposes
Each team is allowed a minimum of one possession. All regulation period rules and penalties are in effect and each team gets one timeout(60 seconds).
A) Substitutions may be made on any dead ball.
B) Play is ruled dead when 1) Ball carrier’s flag is pulled.
2) Ball carrier steps out of bounds.
3) Touchdown or safety is scored.
4) Ball carriers knee hits the ground.
5) Ball carriers flag falls out.
NOTE: There are no fumbles. The ball is spotted where the ball hits the ground.
B) Extra point 1 point (played from 5-yard line)
C) 2 points played from 10-yard line
D) Safety 2 points
2. Referees determine incidental contact that may result from normal run of play.
3. All penalties will be assessed from the line of scrimmage, except as noted. (spot fouls)
4. Only the head coach may ask the referee questions about rule clarification and interpretations. Players may not question judgment calls.
5. Games may not end on a defensive penalty, unless the offense declines it.
6. Penalties are assessed live ball then dead ball. Live ball penalties must be assessed before play is considered complete.
7. Penalties will be assessed half the distance to the goal yardage when the penalty yardage is more than half the distance to the goal
Defensive Pass Interference- Automatic First Down
Holding- +5 yards & Automatic First Down
Stripping- + 10 yards & Automatic First Down
Defensive Unnecessary Roughness- + 10 yards & Automatic First Down
Screening, Blocking or Running with the Ball Carrier- - 5 yards & Loss of Down
Charging- -10 yards & Loss of Down
Flag Guarding -10 yards & Loss of Down
Offensive Unnecessary Roughness -10 yards & Loss of Down
Offside +5 yards from line of scrimmage & Automatic First Down
Illegal Rush (Starting rush from inside 7-yard marker) + 5 yards from line of scrimmage & Automatic First Down
Illegal Flag Pull (Before the receiver has the ball) + 5 yards from line of scrimmage & Automatic First Down
Roughing the Passer + 10 yards from line of scrimmage & Automatic First Down
Taunting + 10 yards from line of scrimmage & Automatic First Down
Holding SPOT FOUL, + 5 yards & Automatic First Down
Stripping SPOT FOUL + 10 yards & Automatic First Down
Defensive Unnecessary Roughness SPOT FOUL + 10 yards & Automatic First Down
Offside / False Start - 5 yards from line of scrimmage & Loss of Down
Illegal Forward Pass
(Throwing a pass beyond the line of
Scrimmage) - 5 yards from line of scrimmage & Loss of Down
Offensive Pass Interference - 5 yards from line of scrimmage & Loss of Down
Illegal Motion (More than one person moving) - 5 yards from line of scrimmage & Loss of Down
Delay of Game - 5 yards from line of scrimmage & Loss of Down
Impeding the Rusher - 5 yards from line of scrimmage & Loss of Down
Screening, Blocking or Running with the Ball Carrier SPOT FOUL, - 5 yards & Loss of Down
Charging SPOT FOUL, -10 yards & Loss of Down
Flag Guarding SPOT FOUL, -10 yards & Loss of Down
Offensive Unnecessary Roughness SPOT FOUL, -10 yards & Loss of Down
Tackling by players is not permitted under any circumstances. The P.A.L will strictly enforce this rule. If the referee witnesses any acts of tackling, elbowing, cheap shots, blocking, or any un-sportsmanlike conduct, the player can be assessed an ejection from the game if the referee deems it necessary. If a warning is access the second offense, the player will be automatically ejected from the game and proper penalty assessed. FOUL PLAY WILL NOT BE TOLERATED AT ALL. Trash talking is illegal. If trash talk occurs, the referee will issue a warning. If it continues, the player or players will be ejected from the game and given a (1) game suspension. UNSPORTSMAN LIKE CONDUCT BY PLAYERS OR COACHES WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. The purpose of this program is to allow children to develop their football skills in the spirit of friendly competition and good will.
Cleats are allowed, except for metal spikes. Inspections must be made. Official PAL Sports shirt MUST be worn. Players without team shirt will not be permitted to play.