CYFL - RULES


Team Selection
   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

Teams/Weight
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 5lbs of xman 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 3 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 weight.
      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 changes.


X-MAN Weights/Rules
   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: 76+ pounds
   1st grade: 76+ pounds

   If 3/4 combined division: 91+ pounds
   If 1/2 combined division: Stays at 76+ pounds

    Must have an X on both sides 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: As of 8/2/14, 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.


Z-DOWN
There will be NO z-down allowed in the CYFL.

Team in one age group being split into Division 1 and Division 2 teams
Teams that have 30 or more players will be required to split into Division 1 and Division 2 teams. The
league encourages this split at 28 players but it is required at 30 players. The two teams are encouraged
(not required, this is left up to each district) by the league to practice together and try to keep the kids
unified as a group even though they play two different schedules. The Division 1 team is meant to be
competitive and the Division 2 team is meant to be more instructional.


Floating Players 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
team 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 having 15
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
the 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
difference. Floating player are not allowed to play QB/RB in a D1 game. No restrictions beyond regular
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.


Footballs Used
   1/2 Grade: K2
   3rd Grade: K2
   4th Grade: K2
   5th Grade: TDJ
   6th Grade: TDJ
   7th Grade: TDY
   8th Grade: TDY


General Rules
    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 16 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 order:
            1 - Head to Head
            2 - Common Opponent
            3 - Coin flip (All coaches will be present)
            (NOTE: We do not use point spread)


Overtime Rule
    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 over.
    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 yard line.
    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
    (1/2 ONLY) There will be no kickoffs. Ball will be placed on 30 Yard Line.
    (1/2/3/4/5/6 GRADES ONLY) On punts no one is allowed to rush the kicker. Everyone stays put until the ball is away
    (1/2/3/4/5/6D2 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.
    (1/2/3/4 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...


Parental Behavior
    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.


Parental Participation
    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 participation fee.
   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 return.
   6. The above rule should apply if the player misses no more than one practice in the previous week and there are no discipline problems.
   7. If there is a discipline problem, the coach must let the board member in attendance at the game know.


League Discipline
    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 consulted.
    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 be necessary.


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 job.
    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.