AMERICAN YOUTH FOOTBALL OFFICIAL RULES AND REGULATIONS

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!!AMERICAN YOUTH FOOTBALL, INC.AMERICAN YOUTH FOOTBALLOFFICIALRULES AND REGULATIONSREVISED 2010! Copyright 2010. American Youth Football, Inc.AYF wishes to recognize and acknowledge the following individuals fornot only their contributions to the world of football but for their tireless efforts, support and encouragementin developing the partnership between AYF and the NFL:Wellington Mara - Bill Walsh - John McVay - Bill Polian!"# %&'()!* ,-.!/ -0(11!2&11!3-%&'-14! )5 %' !-. !(6 !()7!1 8 1!% 3-%&'-& )3!' )-(&) 7!&)!-.&3!%,1 0 9!(3!2 11!(3!(11! -. %!%,1 3!()7!% 6,1(-& )3!2.&'.!"*/!# #0 %! %6()&:(-& )3!(% ! ; '- 7!- !5 11 2 !!/(13&54&)6!0&%-.! %!()4! -. %!7 ',# )-3!- !#(9 !(! (%-&'& ()-! 1&6&01 !&3!6% ,)73!5 %! %#() )-!3,3 )3& )! 5!-. !(7,1- 3?!()7! %! %6()&:(-& )!% 3 )3&01 !5 %!-. !('-!()7!(11! 8&7 )' !2&11!0 !-,%) 7! 8 %!- !-. !1 '(1!(,-. %&-& 3!5 %!()4! % 3 ',-& )!-.(-!#(4!0 !% 1 8()- !

TABLE OF 1313131313141414141515151616171717171718Mission, Objectives, Goals and OrganizationSection 1 – Membership StructureA) Local Membership StructureB) Tournament Membership StructureSection 2 – Structure DefinitionsA) RegionB) ConferenceC) AssociationD) ParticipantE) DivisionF) Team/ClassificationSection 3 – Rule Enforcement AuthorityA) NationalB) Regional Level of AuthorityC) Conference/Association Level of AuthoritySection 4 – Governing Rule BookSection 5 ‐ DivisionsA) Instructional DivisionB) National DivisionC) All‐American DivisionD) Conference All‐Star Division (See End Of Rule Book)E) Under Armour/AYF All‐Star Game (See End Of Rule Book)1) Definition of “Max Stripped Weight”2) Definition of “Max Dressed Weight”F) Spring Football/Summer Passing LeaguesG) Division I and Division IISection 6 – Weigh‐In RulesSection 7 – Insurance RequirementSection 8 – Formation Of TeamsA) Dropping a Player Will Be AcceptableB) Dropping a Player Will NOT Be AcceptableC) Dual ParticipationD) Participant RecruitmentE) A and B Teams/SquadsF) All‐Star TeamsSection 9 – Playing Season/PracticeA) Start DatesB) Practice LengthC) Practice Staff RequirementsD) Practice RestrictionsSection 10 – Playing Season/GamesA) Game Clock Details/Playing RequirementsB) Coaching CommunicationsC) Medical RequirementsD) Sanctioned FootballE) Scoring, Tie Breakers, Lopsided RuleF) Regional / National TournamentSection 11 – ProtestsSection 12 – Participant Registration/EligibilityConsent to PlayEmergency Information & Consent to TreatMedical ClearanceAge Certification1

18181819202021222324252525262727282932Grade VerificationScholastic EligibilitySection 13 – RostersSection 14 – Mandatory Play RulesSection 15 – Post Season Bowl GamesSection 16 – Coaching Requirments / Background Checks / ScoutingSection 17 – Coaches and Administrators PledgeSection 18 – Coaches and Administrators CodeSection 19 – Administrators, Coaches, Volunteers Standard of ConductSection 20 – Anti‐Substance Abuse RuleSection 21 – Minimum PenaltiesA) Coach / AdministratorsB) Organization OffensesSection 22 – Hearings and AppealsSection 23 – Regional/National Championship EligibilitySection 24 – Wild Card EligibilitySection 25 – Important DatesSection 26 – Conference All‐Star DivisionSection 27 – Under Armour/AYF All‐Star2

AMERICAN YOUTH FOOTBALL, INC.Reproductions of this document whole or in part, without written permission is prohibited. Copyright. American Youth Football, Inc.The international headquarters of AMERICAN YOUTH FOOTBALL, INC. (AYF) is located in Miami, FL.Your comments and suggestions are solicited and encouraged to make your membership with AYF amore enjoyable experience.The AYF website at www.AmericanYouthFootball.com is a good way to keep current with AYF activitiesand offers. For all AYF membership management, services, and publications, visit the control panel atwww.MyAYF.com. Each local Association should have its own password and access to all of theinformation and benefits of AYF. Your password will be given to you upon registration. If you do nothave a password please contact your conference representative or the AYF National Office by email toForms@AmericanYouthFootball.comContact:AMERICAN YOUTH FOOTBALL1000 South Pointe Drive TH‐A9Miami, FL 33139Email ‐ JA@americanyouthfootball.comAmerican Youth Football is on a mission to give back to the community. The NFL recognizes AmericanYouth Football’s firm commitment to its GIVING BACK campaign and has made AYF a national youthpartner of the National Football League. American Youth Football’s “Giving Back” Programs rangefrom: financial grants to leagues who need help; shoes/uniforms from Under Armour, Riddell andVarsity; field development in conjunction with FieldTurf; recognizing administrators who are making adifference in the AYF Hall of Fame; and in partnership with Sadler Sports Risk Management, makingleague safety and communication a priority.3

MISSION STATEMENT“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to testa man’s character, give him power.” – Abraham LincolnAMERICAN YOUTH FOOTBALL, Inc., (AYF) established in 1996, is an international youth footballorganization established to promote the wholesome development of youth through their associationwith adult leaders in the sport of American football. Rules and regulations are established to ensurethat players play in an atmosphere of safety with a competitive balance between teams. Scholasticrequirements for participation ensure that each participant understands that schoolwork comes first.Being all‐inclusive AYF encourages Independent Local Leagues to join in order to receive the samebenefits and services as our National Tournament members.For the greater good, a Kids First Philosophy is mandated of all AYF member organizations.OBJECTIVES“Winning is only half of it. Having fun is the other half.”‐ Bum PhillipsAYF welcomes all youth athletes to become involved in football and cheerleading, regardless of race,religion, national origin, and sex. Special divisions exist to serve various ages and weight groups, aswell as children with special needs.AYF welcomes all leagues, regardless of financial capabilities, location and participation. At AYF, wepledge to support youth football and do our best to help leagues who exist to strengthen their localcommunities.AYF allows its independent “Local Members” to govern themselves by remaining non‐intrusive, so longas they subscribe to the following principles 1) Safety, 2) Sportsmanship, 3) Full Participation (everyonegets to play).AYF requires that its “Tournament Members” adhere to the official rules and regulations contained inthis rulebook.AYF brings consistency to its rule interpretations and compliance by its effort to have open andconstant communication with all of its members. If any AYF members have questions regarding therules outlined here, please contact the Football Commissioner. AYF will strictly enforce its rules tomaintain the integrity of its programs, as well as the safety and well being of its participants. Byfollowing these guidelines, we hope to ensure that AYF coaches and administrators are exemplary adultrole models for our young athletes.All AYF members have the ability to communicate directly with the AYF National Staff. The AYFNational Staff will not tolerate disciplinary actions being taken against members who choose to contactthe National Office. Contact information can be found online at www.AmericanYouthFootball.com.AYF members believe that each of us can make a difference where we live and how we live.AYF believes that ALL kids deserve equal opportunities, special attention and respect.4

GOALS To provide a wholesome competitiveness within the scope of our rules and regulations that willprotect the youth athletes.To teach the fundamentals of football and coordinate cheerleading activities.To provide a responsible football and cheerleader program where there aren’t any provided by thelocal public school system.To influence good sportsmanship, teamwork, highest moral and physical standards and theimportance of scholarship by recognizing and rewarding academic achievement.To lend leagues support while remaining NON‐INTRUSIVE to local operations.To make Youth Football ALL‐INCLUSIVE by not excluding participants based on superficial factors(such as weight).To provide programs for special needs, at‐risk and anti‐gang groups, and the international footballcommunity.To recognize and reward Organizations, Coaches, Volunteers, and those involved in the sport offootball and cheerleading who exemplify the highest degree of Integrity, Honor and ServantLeadership (ability to put the team ahead of self in every decision, accepts and fulfills a role).To provide opportunities, regardless of organizational size, by offering a Division I and Division IIcompetition at championship events in the National Competition. The DII level of play is fororganizations that may be located in smaller communities or for whatever reason may not be ableto compete at a level that would afford them the opportunity to compete in an inter‐conferenceRegional/National tournament.To annually communicate, update and revise the rulebook in order to provide clear, concise andconsistent rules, thereby eliminating real or perceived violations of those stated rules. This allowsfor strict enforcement of rules, whether a direct violation or a violation of the spirit of the rule.Thereby insuring the integrity of AYF and fair play by all. Understanding always that this is a youthorganization and we are all role models for our youth.“It’s 4 the kids” – Ralf D’Andrea, Jr.ORGANIZATION“Organization is a habit” ‐ George AllenBoard of DirectorsAYF is guided by a Board of Directors. The Board is responsible for overseeing the National staff onmatters that relate to their individual talents and expertise. The National staff conducts the day‐to‐day operations of AYF. This staff will be under the guidance of the President of AYF. Positions will beadded to the staff as necessary.Football Advisory BoardThe AYF Football Advisory Board is composed of individuals whose knowledge and experience providevaluable advice and insight to issues that affect AYF. The primary purpose of the AYF Football AdvisoryBoard is to advise and guide AYF on matters related to rules and regulations that affect all forms ofplay.5

SECTION 1 – MEMBERSHIP STRUCTUREOrganizations can participate in one of two participation levels: AYF Local Structure or AYFTournament Structure.A) Local Membership StructureAYF Local Membership Structure stays true to the AYF objective of remaining non‐intrusive andsupporting all football and cheer teams regardless of their competitive intentions. Organizations thatDO NOT plan to participate in AYF inter‐league tournament competitions have the freedom toparticipate as a member of AYF; as long as organizations abide by the three principals of: safety,sportsmanship and full participation (everyone gets to play). Local Membership Structure leagues canretain independence in creating a structure that fits their group specifically. This structure and rulesare requested to be submitted to AYF National Headquarters by August 1 of the current season. AYFencourages its Local Members to follow this Official Rule Book whenever possible.B) Tournament Membership StructureAYF Tournament Membership Structure pertains to those Conferences that plan to participate in AYFinter‐league play: AYF sanctioned regional tournament competitions, AYF national championships.These conferences must strictly abide by AYF Rules and Regulations as outlined in this Official AYF RuleBook. This Rule Book must be followed at all times, this includes but is not limited to pre‐season, In‐Season, and Post‐Season play (Year Round). All Tournament members must make their intention toparticipate in the AYF national tournament known to the current national football commissioner atFootball@AmericanYouthFootball.com by August 1.SECTION 2 ‐ STRUCTURE DEFINITIONSA) Region:A Region is defined as a geographic territory. The geographic territory is determined by the AYFNational Office. The eight regional territories that make up AYF can be found online atwww.americanyouthfootball.com. A Region is comprised of Member Conferences within a territorythat has applied for and has been granted membership, by the National Office.B) Conference:A Conference is defined by the geographic boundary of its membership. A Conferences membership iscomprised of the Associations that have applied for, and have been granted membership, by theConference’s governing body. In keeping with the American Youth Football’s Goals and Philosophies noapplication for membership should be unreasonably withheld.C) Association:An Association is an organization, whether legally formed or not, assembled for the purpose oforganizing and operating a youth football and/or cheer program. Associations may be organized bylocales, cities, towns or community groups. The Association must be restricted by its Conference fromdrawing participants from certain geographic territory/boundaries. The acceptable method anddetermination of what participants can register within any given Association will be governed by theConference/Region to which it is a member. The movement of a participant from one memberAssociation to another must be strictly governed and enforced by the Conference/Region to which it isa member and or by this rulebook. When controversy exists over player movement or territorialboundaries or draw areas the national office will have the final say.An Associations’ members are the Participants that have applied for, and have been grantedmembership, by the Associations governing body. In keeping with the American Youth Football’s Goalsand Philosophies applications must be taken on a first come first serve basis and teams must be formedregardless of player ability (see Formation Of Teams contained in this rulebook) no application for6

membership should be unreasonably withheld and under no circumstances will a participant bediscriminated against.D) Participant:A Participant is defined as a minor child that has applied for and has been granted membership withina given Association.E) Division:A division is defined as a grouping of Teams in specific Age and Weight Class or Grade Based Class. AYFnow offers the following divisions: National, United and All American. These Divisions are furtherdefined under the heading of “Divisions” in this rulebook.F) Team/Classification:A Team is defined as a grouping within an age and weight class such as: Junior PeeWee, PeeWee,Junior Midget, etc.SECTION 3 ‐ RULE ENFORCEMENT / AUTHORITYA) National:All Conferences, Associations, Administrative Personnel, Coaches, Volunteers, and Participants aresubject to disciplinary actions including, but not limited to, Permanent Suspension or Non‐Renewal ofMembership for violation of the Rules and Regulations and Terms of Service. American Youth FootballNational Office will not interfere with local matters, and or local rule violations, unless asked to do soby the governing body, but does reserve the right, at its sole discretion, to enforce any and all of itsrules and the spirit of its rules, at any time including, but not limited to, Post‐Season activities.American Youth Football, Inc. may impose consequences upon any of its members without conductinghearings or appeals.B) Regional Level of Authority:Regional Committees are required to inspect and enforce all of the AYF Participant Paperwork andRequirements for compliance with AYF Participant Certification. No participant or team shall beallowed to compete in a regional tournament game who has not met all of these requirements.Regional Committees may be called upon, by the National Office, from time to time to: (1) mediatedisputes between member organizations and individuals, (2) discipline both adult and juvenilemembers. In these events the Regional Committees, may, at the request of the AYF national officeconduct investigations / hearings, but may only make disciplinary or dispute resolutionrecommendations to the National Office. The National Office will then at its sole discretion decide onthe course of action to be taken.C) Conference / Association Level of Authority:Conferences are hereby required to enforce the AYF Rules and Regulations contained herein.Conference / Associations have the obligation and authority to enforce the AYF Rules, Regulations andthe Spirit of the Rules and Regulations and it’s own rules, by‐laws and other organizational materials.Additionally, Conference / Associations have the right to make any rule more stringent, but do nothave the right to make these rules less strict. Any organization found not enforcing this rulebook, therules regulations and the spirit of the rules and regulations may be suspended until compliance isachieved. Conferences are asked to submit their Rules and Regulations to the National Office by August1st of the current season.All Conferences, Associations, and Teams in accordance with their organizational and operationalmaterials, may be called upon from time to time to: (1) resolve disputes between memberorganizations and individuals, (2) discipline both adult and juvenile members and (3) may from time totime be required to take action to enforce AYF National and Rules and Regulations.7

American Youth Football, Inc. does not hold hearings or appeals. Conferences, Associations and Teamsare advised to set up their own procedures to handle these matters in a timely fashion.SECTION 4 ‐ GOVERNING RULE BOOKAYF Tournament members follow their state and/or high school governing rule book for their regularseason games, except where superseded by this Rule Book. AYF Tournament members will be governedby the National Federation of State High School Association (NFHS) for all inter‐conference /tournament games including, but not limited to, Regional and National competitions. All AYF Rules andRegulations supersede any and all other rulebooks. The AYF National Office will determine and be thefinal adjudicator on any and all rule conflicts. AYF requires that all coaches receive and read thisrulebook and strongly recommends that the local organizations supply the appropriate state and/orhigh school rulebook to all of its coaches. Any organization found to have allowed a variance to thisrulebook, the rules regulations and the spirit of the rules and regulations without filing and receivingwritten approval may be suspended.SECTIONS 5 ‐ DIVISIONSA: Instructional Division*INSTRUCTIONAL DIVISIONSTeamAge (as of July 31st)Max Stripped Weight Uniform Allowance MaxDressed WeightTiny Mite7 and Under85 5 Mitey Mite9 and Under100 5 st1 GradeProtected Age 7 as of 12/31Unrestricted2nd GradeProtected Age 8 as of 12/31UnrestrictedProtected Age 9 as of 12/31Unrestrictedrd3 Grade90 lbs105 lbs*Instructional Division can be established/adjusted as you see fit, this chart is just aGuideline.Sample playing rules for Instructional Division play can be found online.Pre‐Game Weigh‐In Must Be Conducted Prior To Each GameB: National DivisionNATIONAL DIVISIONTeamAge (as of July 31st)Cadet8, 9 and 10 O/LJr. PeeWee10 and Under, 11 O/LPeeWee11 and Under, 12 O/LMax Stripped Weight Uniform Allowance MaxDressed Weight104 5 109 lbs,84 5 89 lbs114 5 119 lbs,94 5 99 lbs129 5 134 lbs,8

109 5 114 lbsJr. MidgetMidget144 6124 6169 614 and Under, 15 O/L149 6Pre‐game weigh‐in must be conducted prior to each game12 and Under, 13 O/L 150130175155lbs,lbslbs,lbsC: All‐American DivisionALL‐AMERICAN DIVISIONGrade Based / Age ProtectedGradeMax.AgeRangeProtectedAgeProtected Age Explanation4th8/9/101010 in 4th grade can not turn 11 on or before 12/315th9/10/111111 in 5th grade can not turn 12 on or before 12/316th10/11/121212 in 6th grade can not turn 13 on or before 12/317th11/12/131313 in 7th grade can not turn 14 on or before 12/318th12/13/141414 in 8th grade can not turn 15 on or befor

American Youth Football is on a mission to give back to the community. The NFL recognizes American Youth Football’s firm commitment to its GIVING BACK campaign and has made AYF a national youth partner of the National Football League. American Youth Football’s “Giving Back” Programs range

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