Players - A $20 per player fee will be required to register and participate in play with East Manatee Bulldogs HS Flag league. Coaches are not required to pay but are required to register.
Registration will consist of the following:
• Name of school
• Names and telephone numbers of head coach and assistant coaches
• Legal first and last name of each player or coach
• Grade and age for each player only
Teams must have signed participant waiver by all persons listed on the roster to play.
Games will be played at East Manatee Bulldogs field located in LWR Park at 5350 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, Bradenton, FL 34211 on Saturdays. First game of the day will start at 9am and a schedule will be posted online before the season begins.
The season will consist of a minimum of 6 games with playoffs. Playoffs will be bracketed and single elimination.
Teams must consist of a minimum of 12 players and a maximum of 20 players. Schools may submit more than one team if these requirements are met. If more than one team is registered, they must have alternate jersey colors.
1. GENERAL LEAGUE POLICIES
Players grades 9-12 that are currently enrolled in school through brick and mortar, Virtual, or E-Learning in Manatee or Sarasota Counties.
Players and Coaches must sign the roster prior to the start of each game.
a) Players must wear Football rubber cleats, plastic screw in type cleats must be no longer than 1/2". Cleats with exposed metal are not allowed and must be removed.
b) Players may wear gloves, elbow pads, and kneepads. Braces with exposed metals are not allowed.
c) Player must wear shorts with no pockets on the playing field.
d) Players must wear team jersey with a number on the back.
e) Player jerseys must be tucked into their pants if they hang below the belt line.
f) All players are required to have jerseys and mouth guards, no exception.
a) All earrings, facial piercings, body piercings, and bands must be removed before start of game.
b) Players are not allowed to wear watches or jewelry (chains, earrings).
c) Prescription eyeglasses only may be worn; lenses made of glass are not permitted.
d) Metal framed glasses are not permitted.
e) Plastic framed glasses, providing they are strapped around the head, and sports goggles (wraparound type, made of plastic) are permitted; any other type of eyewear that the referee deems could be dangerous is not permitted.
f) No player will be allowed to play with a cast. A doctor's release note must be presented to the league before they can play again.
g) ALL cases of COVID-19 suspected, or related issues must be reported immediately to the league designated contact.
a) All team rosters are due by the team’s next regular season game and a final roster must be submitted before playoffs begin.
b) All team roster will consist of a maximum of 25 players and must contain the following information:
• Name of school
• Names and telephone numbers of head coach and assistant coaches
• Legal first and last name of each player
• Grade and age for each player
• Uniform number of each player
• Each player must be registered with the league to play
2. GAME DAY POLICIES
2.1 Game Duration
a) Two 16-minutes halves running time. Teams switch sides of the field at half time.
b) (2) Time-outs per half (60 seconds).
c) There is no time limit on the QB to pass.
d) Stop time starts the last (1) minute of each half. The Clock moves on extra point, except
for the last minute of each half.
e) Teams have 25 seconds to hike the ball between plays (or delay of game penalty).
f) Teams have a 15 - minute grace period before a forfeit is called.
g) Half time is 5 minutes long
a) All forfeited games are entered into the standings as a 6-0 loss.
b) A fifteen (15) minute forfeit time is allowed for all games. This will be STRICTLY ENFORCED by the referees unless extra time is authorized.
c) Any team forfeiting 3 games in a season will be dropped from the schedule without refund of league fees.
2.3 Overtime Period
a) Each team will have 1 possession (1-down) to score a touchdown.
b) The ball will be placed on the 10-yard line to score 6-points. Extra point will be taken from the five (5) yard line for 1 point or from the (10) yard line for 2 points.
c) First team to score the most points after dual possessions wins.
d) Maximum possessions in O.T. will be three (3). After three possessions are completed, and if the score is still tie the score is FINAL!!!
a) The league provides each player with a flag belt only. Mouth Guard, Jersey with number, cleats and other apparel are each players’ responsibility.
a) Is shown by respect for each player win or lose.
b) Players who fail to comply with the rule will be suspended one (1) game.
c) If a referee witnesses any acts of intentional tackling, elbowing, cheap shots, blocking or any unsportsmanlike act, the game will be stopped, and the players will be ejected from the game.
The decision is made at the referee’s discretion. No appeals will be considered. Foul play will not be tolerated!
d) Offensive or confrontational language is illegal. Officials have the right to determine offensive language. If offensive or confrontational language occurs, the referee will give one warning. If it continues, the player or players will be ejected from the game.
e) Players may not physically or verbally abuse an opponent, coach or official.
a) Protests of Referee’s judgment calls will not be allowed.
b) Teams that wish to Protest a game must first.
• Notify head official at the game about the protest.
• Protest must be emailed to East Manatee Bulldogs league admin as provided in the registration within 24 hours.
a) There are restrictions on filming of league games and future opponents.
b) Video recordings are not allowed by A.D.s or coaches
c) A.D.s and coaches that violate this policy will forfeit that game or games.
d) Parents and spectators are permitted to film.
a) Touchdown six (6) Points. Field goal three (3) Points - A field goal will be a FREE kick with no rush and must pass through the uprights.
b) Point after Touchdown (PAT) conversion (1) point is from the 5-yard line.
c) Two (2) Points conversion is from 10-yard line.
d) Safety (2) Points.
e) PAT can be return (interception) for Two (2) pts.
f) Players must have both feet and ball across end zone to score a touchdown.
g) Mercy rule after one team is trailing by more than 21 points in the second half.
h) Mercy Option - The team trailing by more than 21 points will be giving the opportunity to place the winning team on their 20-yard line after the next turnover on downs. This will provide an opportunity for the trailing team to shorten the field, attempt to diminish the differential and preserve fair play. If the 21-point advantage is diminished play returns to normal.
3. GAMEPLAY RULES
a) At the start of each game, captains from both teams shall meet at midfield for the coin toss to determine who shall start with the ball. The visiting team shall call the toss.
b) The winner of the coin toss has the choice of offense or defense. The loser of the coin toss has the choice of direction. Teams may not choose to defer to the second half.
c) The offensive team takes possession of the ball at its 20-yard line and has 3 first downs
(every 20 yards) to score a touchdown. Ex: 20-40-40-20-G
d) If the offense fails to score, the ball changes possession and the new offensive team starts its drive on its own 20-yard line.
3.2 Field/No run Zone/Blitz
a) The field dimensions are approximately 100 yards long 35 yards wide with two 10-yard end
zones, and no midfield line-to-gain. No-Run Zones inside the 20-yard lines. However,
field size may vary based on field availability for each league.
b) No-Run Zones are in place to prevent teams from conducting power running plays and limit injury.
c) While the No-Run-Zones are placed 20 yards from each end zone, teams cannot run the ball in any fashion. All plays must be pass plays, even if its handoff.
d) Blitz is allowed at all down and from any position. The defense and rusher must be 5 yards off the line of scrimmage to be eligible.
e) A Blitzer must not be "screened", contacted, or impeded on his path to the QB.
3.3 Play is ruled dead when
a) When ball is thrown intentionally by the QB to the ground.
b) If a ball carrier fumbles the ball to the ground.
c) A ball carrier knee touches the ground.
d) The ball carrier flag is pulled.
e) A ball carrier steps out of bounds.
f) A ball carrier crosses the end zone or for a first down.
g) The receiver catches the ball while in possession of or no flags and is touched by one hand.
h) If a player jumps and leaves the ground to avoid his flag being pulled the whistle is blown the play is dead.
i) Inadvertent whistle.
3.4 Contact blocking is not allowed
a) A non-contact block is allowed. This is attempted by placing your arms in front of your body in a down position, or in a cross position at your chest, while screening your body between the ball carrier and the defender. Contact of any type by offense or defensive players is a penalty.
b) The offensive player must stop his block positioning by standing still when the defender is within two (2) feet of the offensive blocker.
a) The quarterback cannot directly run the ball. The QB does have the ability to scramble in the back field and cannot advance the ball beyond the line of scrimmage if there was no blitz attempt.
b) Shovel pass is allowed.
c) The ball is hiked by snapping the ball between the legs, and simultaneously saying set-hike after the in-play whistle blows from the head official.
d) Every player from the offense must be completely motionless and behind the line of scrimmage before the quarterback says says-hike.
e) Only one player can go in motion at a time.
f) Players are responsible for placing their flags in the correct positions (two on side, one hanging from the rear).
g) A runner may not leave their feet to advance the ball, diving, or leaping.
h) A player must have at least one (1) foot in bounds for a reception.
i) A football spin moved is allowed, but players may not leave their feet.
j) Laterals are allowed. They can be intercepted and if they hit the ground are considered down at the spot.
k) The ball is spotted where the runner’s feet are when the flag is pulled, not where the ball carrier has the ball.
l) Only direct handoffs behind the line of scrimmage are permitted. Handoffs may be in front,
behind, or to the side of the offensive player, but must be behind the line of scrimmage. The
offense may use multiple handoffs.
a) No bump and run or any contact allowed with receivers.
b) No running through offensive blockers.
a) Flags must be held high in the air if grabbed by defensive player at the spot of the play.
b) It is illegal to attempt to strip or pull the ball from the ball carrier possession at any time.
c) Defenders can dive to pull flags, but cannot tackle, hold, or run through the ball carrier when pulling flags.
d) It is illegal to attempt to strip or pull the ball from the ball carrier’s possession at any time.
e) If a player’s flag inadvertently falls off during the play, the player is down immediately upon being touched by a defender and the play ends.
f) Flag guarding is an attempt by the ball carrier to obstruct the defender’s access to the flags by stiff arming, dropping the head, hand, arm, or shoulder, or intentionally covering the flags with the football jersey.
g) The flags must be on the player’s hips and free from obstruction. Deliberately obstructed flags will be considered flag guarding.
a) Coaches cannot step on to the playing field to call a play, unless it’s a time out. But player can come over to the sideline and receive a play from the coach if it with-in 25 second game clock.
b) Coaches are responsible for the conduct of their own fans, parents, players, etc. (15 yards
penalty for conduct that is seen to be disruptive to the officials).
c) Coaches cannot add a player to a roster after final roster has been turned in without the
permission of league Director.
d) Coaches are responsible for making sure that all players have required equipment and ready to play.
e) Only coaches listed on the team roster and from the same school may be involved in coaching, practice and gameplay.
a) Defensive Pass Interference (spot penalty & first down)
b) Offensive Pass Interference (10-yard penalty from line of scrimmage and loss of down)
c) Screen block (10 yards spot penalty)
d) Offsides (5 yards)
e) Encroachment (5 yards)
f) Holding (5 yards)
g) False start (5 yards)
h) Intentional diving (5 yards)
i) Illegal run within the No run zone is a 10 yards penalty from line of scrimmage and loss of down.
j) Unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, excessive celebration, cursing or coaches running on to the field of play during the game is a 15 yards and replay previous down) Unnecessary roughness 15 yard penalty (2) actions deemed dangerous can lead to automatic ejection, and game suspension.
l) Delay of game (5 yards repeats down).
m) Un-necessary roughness (15 yards) 2 calls ejection.
n) Coaches or players can’t line up inside (20) yard line on either sideline (5-yard penalty).
o) Illegal flag pull (5-yard penalty) form the spot of the infraction.
p) Illegal motion (5-yard penalty) and repeat the down.
q) Illegal Forward Pass 5-yard penalty and a loss of down.
r) Stripping 5-yard penalty
s) Flag Guarding (spot penalty foul) and 10 yards
a) Fans must also adhere to good sportsmanship, as well.
b) Yell to cheer on your players, not harass officials or other teams.
c) Keep comments clean and profanity free.
d) ZERO tolerance for racial or biased slurs.
e) Fans are required to keep field safe and kid friendly.
f) Keep younger kids and equipment such as coolers, chairs and tents a minimum of 10 yards away from the sidelines and end zones area as designated.
g) Stay in the sideline area, not in the back of the end zone.
h) All teams please remove garbage, bottles etc., from sidelines after the game.
• Each coach must always actively be aware and responsible for all players’ safety.