CYFL - RULES
All players are placed on teams accordingly:
- Grade (must play in grade division)
- School (Teams are split by HIGH SCHOOL boundary)
When you fill out your registration form, you must list the HIGH SCHOOL boundary you live in.
You must have WRITTEN permission from the Executive Board to play for another school.
CYFL BOUNDARY RULE Please read the CYFL Boundary Rule
The players are weighed at the same time as sign-ups. All players
are weighed on the same scale.
• Players are not allowed
to weigh in after sign-ups. If a player does not weigh in, they will not be
placed on a team
• Note: Wasatch players
will be weighed in by the league on a certified scale.
• Random weigh INS will
occur throughout the season. . There will be random weigh-ins for players that
are within 10 lbs of X-MAN weight. The league will show up just before the game
to do random weigh ins. BE PREPARED. The league is looking for an even playing
field where sucking weight to gain an advantage is taken away from a player.
• There will be at least 2 weigh INS
and could be more.
• These will be conducted by the
District President and someone from the board.
• If a player is found to be
overweight he will be an X-Man until such time as another random weigh in
occurs. He will not have the option to request a re-weigh just to make
• If a player wants to
play up a grade, they must have approval from the board
• If a player wants to
play down a grade, see Z-DOWN rule.
• If it is found that a
player is playing for another team, or on a younger division, all games will be
counted as a loss.
• A player can only play
for one team.
• A player must play in
the CYFL league only; you cannot play for multiple league/conferences. This
goes for single players and teams.
• A player cannot change
teams during the year.
• New players may not be
added to the roster for the playoffs.
• 9th graders are not allowed
to Z-DOWN into the league.
The Executive Board must approve all
8th grade: 166+ pounds
7th grade: 136+ pounds
6th grade: 121+ pounds
5th grade: 106+ pounds
4th grade: 95+ pounds
3rd grade: 86+ pounds
2nd grade: 86+ pounds
If 3/4 combined division: 91+ pounds
• Must have an X on front and back of the helmet.
• Offense: Must play offense line. Center, Guard or Tackle.
• Defense: Must be a down lineman, between the offensive
tackles and on the line of scrimmage.
• Defense: If an X-man plays defensive end, he must be head
up on the offensive tackle, he cannot be lined up outside of him.
• Defense: X-man cannot drop back prior to snap of ball (for
example, drop back to linebacker position or outside of offensive tackles).
• Defense: An X-man can advance the ball on an interception
or fumble recovery.
• Kick-Off/Punts: An X-man can be your kicker. But he can
never advance the ball. An X-man can only be a punter in grades 6th and below,
because there is no rushing on punts.
This rule allows smaller players with less
experience to play down a grade. This is not meant for kids to play down to be
the stars of the teams. You must fall below the Z-DOWN weight limit. All Z-DOWN
players must be approved by the board. NO EXCEPTIONS! Z-Down players will be
designated on the rosters.
Criteria for Z-Down
-Must meet weight limits
-Player must be behind in physical development from their age
-Player must practice with his/her actual age group to be
evaluated by coach.
-Coaches will recommend to district rep to take to the board if
they see a legitimate need to Z-Down.
-District rep emails request to board to be considered with
detailed evaluation of player: firstname.lastname@example.org
-Player will be moved back to actual age group at any time if
deemed to be an inappropriate Z-Down by board.
-Player must go through ALL these steps to be considered.
9th grader, NO Z-DOWN to 8th grade.
8th grader to 7th division, 115 lbs and
7th grader to 6th division, 100 lbs and
6th grader to 5th division, 85 lbs and
5th grader to 4th division, 75 lbs and
4th grader to 3rd division, 65 lbs and
3rd grader, NO Z-DOWN to 1st/2nd
1st/2nd graders, NO Z-DOWN
** There is no Z-DOWN to 1/2 grade. We will not Z-DOWN to a
combined division. For example...if we combine 3/4 grade, 5th graders will not
be able to Z-DOWN to this division.
between Divisions in same age group
Teams that have both a D1
and a D2 team in the same age group may need to float players from one
to the other due to number of kids playing. If a D1 team has less than 17 kids
they are eligible to pull
enough kids up from their D2 team to hit the 17
players. You can not pull kids from a D1 to a D2 team.
For example, if a
district has 32 kids between the two teams they can slit the teams with D1
kids and D2 having 17 kids with 2 eligible to float from D2 to D1.
If they split the teams 16 and 16 then
only on player is eligible to float
from D2 to D1. Again, no players can float from D1 to D2 so in this case
D2 team would have to play with 16. The maximum difference of players on the two
teams can not
exceed 4 players. For example, a combined roster of 32 kids can
be split 14 D1 and 18 D2. The roster
can not be split 13 D1 and 19 D2 since
that would be a 6 player difference and can not exceed 4 player
Floating player are not allowed to play QB/RB in a D1 game. No restrictions
league rules in the D2 games. Floating player(s) will be
designated on the rosters.
Division 1 and Division 2 teams with a combined
roster of 34+ players are not eligible to float players.
2nd Grade: K2
3rd Grade: K2
4th Grade: K2
5th Grade: TDJ
6th Grade: TDJ
7th Grade: TDY
8th Grade: TDY
1. There will be NO scrimmages between
different divisions at any time.
2. There will be NO TRASH TALK before or after games!
1st warning will be a 10yd penalty, 2nd will be ejection from the game. This
also includes fans, parents, and coaches.
3. The league goes by High School Rules, Except for:
Extra pts. will be 1.5 yards out for 1 point, and 3 yards out for 2 points.
4. We have a running clock, stopping only the last 2
min. of each half. Also stopping on special reasons like: light outage or major
injury. (To be judged by the refs. and Board Member.) Quarter will be 14
minutes. Timeouts are 30 seconds. Halftime are 5 minutes.
5. Game ball. Home team will provide the game ball. In
case of inclement weather conditions multiple game balls may be used at the
discretion of the referee.
6. If a player or coach gets ejected from the game,
they must sit out the rest of that game and the next game.
7. If a player or coach gets ejected a second time,
they will be dismissed from the league.
8. Changing #'s after a player has been ejected will be
reason for the coach and player to be dismissed from the league.
9. Coaches are responsible to provide adequate water
for their players during practice.
10. Insurance forms are to be at every practice and game, if
the players form is not on hand, do not even let him warm up.
11. There should be a cell phone at every practice.
12. Total practice time will be capped at 10 hours a week.
Games are included in the 10 hours.
13 Tie Breakers will be broken following these rules, in this
Head to Head
Coin flip (All coaches will be present)
We do not use point spread)
• Coin toss will occur. The winner of coin toss will choose to be on Offense or Defense.
• Each team will start their series at the 10 yard line.
• Once there is a turnover (fumble recovered by the
defense or interception) the ball is dead and the Offensive series is
• If after the first overtime the game is still tied,
a second overtime will occur. The team that did not win the coin toss
will have the option in the second overtime which will start at the 5
• Each team will receive 1 additional time-out for each overtime period.
Running Up the Score
• If a team is ahead by 35 points or more, the clock
continues to run, it does not stop, even on time-outs. This is how High
School games are run.
Grade Adjusted Rules
• (2/3/4/5/6 GRADES ONLY) On punts no one is allowed to rush
the kicker. Everyone stays put until the ball is away
• (2/3/4/5/6D2 GRADES ONLY) One coach allowed on field on
both Offense and Defense. Coach allowed in huddle, but must be 15-20 yards
behind line of scrimmage. Coaches on the field are treated as a referee, part
of the field. Coaches your are on the field to TEACH! DO NOT coach during
plays. While play is running, remain still and quite. 6D2 coaches are allowed
on the field. 6D1 are not.
• (2/3/4 ONLY) You cannot stack the line with 8 or more
defensive players on the line and essentially blitz every play. You must
play a normal defense such as 4-4, 5-4.
Player & Parent Behavior
Belonging to the CYFL is a privilege and should not
be considered a right. This privilege can be revoked at the decision of
the CYFL or Board of Directors.
The CYFL should not and will not tolerate parents or fans of players
who behave in a manner which is disruptive or detrimental ot the league
and its function.
• Each player, as a condition to CYFL, agrees to
abide by the Utah High School Rules and Participation Code of Conduct,
which includes the Disiplinary Policies.
• A Player is not merely an individual, but also represents the team and the school.
• A player should play as a member of the team showing respect for team effort.
• A player should show respect for other players, coaches and officials.
• A player should show sportsmanship at all times, on the field, on the side lines, and during school.
• And most of all, a player should make every honest
effort to win the game but avoid deliberate actions which sould cause
harm or hurt other players. Cheap shots will not be tolerated and will
be handled accordingly...
• The league recognizes and is understanding of
parents emotions related to competitive sports. The major issues that
arise are the weights of players on other teams, playing time,
criticism of the coaches, and the choice of call made by the officials.
• Coaching decisions are NOT subject to parental
interference. Parents may ask questions for clarification, but should
not confront the coach on a disagreement at games. Coaches are not
obligated to take any abuse from parents.
• If a coaches behavior is demeaning or detrimental
to the welfare of a player or the league, the parent may submit the
issue to the league director or president.
• The CYFL needs and encourages parental
participation. Many parents find trips to practice and games very
enjoyable. Every coach could use help with coaching, team moms, car
pools, or just plain support.
• Each team is strongly recommended to provide one
ACTIVE board member, to be present at meetings and comment on issues.
Rules & Regulations
(PLEASE FOLLOW PROCEDURE)
1. When you have a complaint regarding your son, we
expect you to use the following procedure to solve the problem.
A. The athlete should speak with the coach first.
B. The parent should speak with the coach.
C. The parent and the athlete should meet with the coach.
D. If the problem is not remedied contact your School Representative
Do not call your school rep until a,b,c are completed.
2. We will not tolerate hostile or aggressive
confrontations with any of the coaching staff, other athletes, parents
or the officials. If this type of behavior happens, the person or
persons involved and or the athlete will be subject to ejection from
the game or dismissed from the league with no refund of the
3. If the problem does arise, please talk to the
coach one on one. It is not appropriate and rarely positive to air
feelings in front of the team.
4. There are times when everyone is wondering about
substitutions, playing time, etc., and we know in a competitive team
sport like football not everyone is going to be happy all of the time.
We simply ask you to be positive and think of the team as a whole.
5. Playing time is determined by the performance of
the athlete at practice and is left to the discretion of their Coach.
Every player must play at least eight plays in a game. This can be on
offense, defense or special teams. In addition non-starting players
should be used if possible as primary players on kick-off and kick-off
6. The above rule should apply if the player misses
no more than one practice in the previous week and there are no
7. If there is a discipline problem, the coach must let the board member in attendance at the game know.
• League discipline is based upon what is best for
the league as a whole. The coach is the primary facilitator of
discipline. At this level, discipline can remain informal and kept at a
low profile. If it is determined by the coach that steps taken have not
remedied the problem, the league president and board members will be
• The findings of the president and the board members
are not subject to appeal. The season is very short and there is not
enough time to reopen problems from the past.
• We have had to let coaches go in the past. This
action may be taken at a practice or a game if deemed necessary. If it
is found that a coach is not up to our standards or the Coaches Code of
Conduct, generally speaking, the first violation of these rules will
invoke a warning. If the problem persists expulsion from the league may
Points to Remember
• The referee's we use are the same as the one
officiating in High School. They know the rules and generally do a
great job. The referees have been instructed to call unsportsman-like
conduct penalties on players, coaches, and fans alike. (If you insist
on abusing the referees you will be hurting your team by getting
penalized for your behavior).
• Remember, your children will see how you react to
the official and will copy your behavior. If you are understanding and
keeping your cool, so will they. If you are abusive and lose your
temper, chances are they will too. Kids learn by example.
• Referees are human and sometimes make mistakes but,
are generally right in their decisions. Lets let the referee's do their
• Please keep in mind this league is made of kids,
not high school, not college, and not NFL players, they are just kids.
Sometimes it is hard to look at a 250 lb. 7th grader and remember that
he is just a growing boy. As coaches, parents, and board members we
need to understand this.