- The game will be officiated by one NFL referee and six college officials.
- Professional hash marks will be used.
- Each team will be permitted to have three captains (offensive, defensive, special teams).
- Quarters will be 15 minutes long.
- The game clock will run continuously until the last four minutes of each half. During this time the clock stops on out of bounds plays and incomplete passes.
- The offense must have at least one back in the backfield at all times.
- No shifts.
- The offense can send a man in motion, except the tight end who cannot move. (If lined up on LOS)
- A tight end may be flexed or split out.
- Absolutely no chop blocks or cut blocking allowed.
- No crack back blocks by a running back and/or a wide receiver will be allowed.
- No unbalanced lines.
- Mandatory Base 4-3-4 Defensive Alignment.
- The strong side outside linebacker can be over the tight end on the line of scrimmage, but he cannot rush the quarterback on a pass play, unless the quarterback leaves the pocket.
- Only the four interior linemen in four point stands may pass rush.
- Defensive linemen must line heads up to the offensive linemen. They may shade to an eye only. No one may line up in the gaps.
- The center may not be covered.
- There will be no blitzes, no slants or no stunts such as twists, loops, etc.
- The linebackers must be two yards off the heels of the down linemen on the snap of the ball. This does not include the outside linebacker covering the tight end.
- Secondary coverage’s allowed: Cover 3, Man-on-Man.
8A. Free Safety must remain between the hash marks.
8B. MLB alignment must be “touching” center at snap.
- In a prevent defense, a down lineman may be substituted for a defensive back.
9A. Prevent defense can only be played in last two minutes of both halves.
- The defense can never rush less than three down linemen at any time.
- When a tight end is used in a wing alignment, the defense may cover the tight end on the line of scrimmage with an outside linebacker and move up the strong safety to linebacker depth.
- Penalties for violating any of the above defensive rules will be as follows: First Time … Warning by officials:
Second Time … Five-yard penalty
Third Time … 15-yard penalty
Short Yardage Situations
1.In a three yards or less situation on third or fourth down, a double tight end formation may be used by the offense.
- In the above situation, the defense may cover both tight ends at line of scrimmage with outside linebacker, thus resulting in a 6-1 defensive alignment. (LBers cannot rush unless QB breaks pocket)
- Goal line offense will be considered from and within the five-yard line.
Special Team Rules
- No fake punts.
- Each team receives a maximum of two punts per half.
- No rushing the punter. Only four down interior defensive linemen can rush up the middle of the punting team’s line.
- A spread punt formation must be utilized.
- Only two outside “Ball Hawks” may leave on the snap. Every other player is allowed to go once the ball is kicked.
5A. Only 1-ball hawk on each side of formation may be split and all other players must be in tight formation.
- The punt team will be penalized five yards and must replay the down if anyone but the Ball Hawks release on the snap.
Field Goals and PATS
- No one may line up in “A” gaps and the center must remain uncovered.
- No one may jump on the back of a teammate in an effort to block a kick.
- The offense may fake either a PAT or a field goal.
- The defense can return a blocked extra point, interception on a fake PAT or a fumble for two points.
- Only (four down linemen) may rush to block the kick. LBer’s covering TE’s may not rush. No rush off corners
- Fumbles may be advanced.
- In overtime, the ball will start at the 25-yard line.
- Alternating coin toss at the end of each overtime period.
- A fumble or interception may not be returned in overtime.
- When a team is behind 10 or more points at halftime, that team will receive the ball to start the second half.
- During the fourth quarter (only), a team that scores and still trails by 14 or more points will retain possession of the ball after they have scored.
- Only permitted in last four minutes of game.