FAQs for TVYFL (DYF's new league)

What are the age divisions?

 

The following are the age divisions for football and cheerleading participation within the TVYFL:

 

Division

Ages

League Age (as of 31 Aug)

Weight Restrictions

Freshman

5-6 

5-6 years old

Unlimited weight

Sophomore

7-8

7-8 years old

Unlimited weight

Junior

9-10

9-10 years old

Unlimited weight

Senior

11-12

11-12 years old

Unlimited weight

                NOTES:     1/ Player’s certified weight is established at the weigh-in defined in Article V.B.

                                    2/ Weight restrictions on ball carriers are addressed in Article V.B.

                                    3/ Cheerleaders are eligible if 13 yrs old on or before August 31st.

 

Are Older/Lighters allowed?

 

Older/Lighter Rule

Division

Ages

Older Age Player

Weight Restrictions

Freshman

5-6 

Older 7

55 lbs.

Sophomore

7-8

Older 9

70 lbs.

Junior

9-10

Older 11

80 lbs.

Senior*

11-12

Older 13

95 lbs

 

* Note:  Players that are (13) years old as of August 31, and weigh 95 lbs or less, may play in the Senior Division using the Older/Lighter Rule.

 

The older/lighter rule was written in the spirit to increase participation, and not to “load” up an underage team with older, more athletic players.  This rule will be reviewed yearly and monitored very closely to maintain competitiveness within each age group.  Coaches are discouraged to have lighter, more gifted players to play down for the purpose of “stacking” a team.  Any player that believes they are eligible to play O/L must attend the designated weigh-in for certification.  Any O/L player missing this weigh-in, will NOT be allowed to play as an O/L but will have to play in their respective age division.

 

Decatur Youth Football will only apply the older/lighter rule in the Senior Division unless there are extreme circumstances.

  

What are the weight restrictions on ball carriers and how is player numbering enforced?

 

Division

Linemen

Max Weights

Jersey Nr.

Offensive Backs

and Split Ends

Max Weights

Jersey Nr.

Tight End Max

Weights and Restrictions

Jersey Nr.

Freshman

5-6 year olds Unlimited

50-79

60 lbs max

  1-49 or

80-89

5-6 year olds Unlimited

90-99

Sophomore

7-8 year olds unlimited

50-79

95 lbs max

  1-49 or

80-89

Unlimited

Can only run down field passes

Cannot split > 1 yard from tackle

90-99

Junior

9-10 year olds unlimited

50-79

115 lbs max

  1-49 or

80-89

Unlimited

Can only run down field passes

Cannot split > 1 yard from tackle

90-99

Senior

11-12 year olds unlimited

50-79

135 lbs max

  1-49 or

80-89

Unlimited

Can only run down field passes

Cannot split > 1 yard from tackle

90-99

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTES:     1/ Certified weigh-ins, along with any make-up dates, will be set each season by the TVYFL, provided that the weigh-ins will occur no earlier than the first Saturday following the end of the preseason conditioning and no later than the Jamboree.  It will be the goal of the TVYFL to have at least one weigh-in date at each park, to be overseen by an ELC representative from another member park in order to simplify the process.  This representative will be assigned at the discretion of the league president to insure compliance with the bylaws.

                    2/ Weight limits on running the ball not applicable to front line of receiving team for kicks;

                    however, players ineligible by weight restrictions to run the ball may not “drop back” to receive kickoff.

                    3/ Ball Carrier is defined as anyone who runs or advances the ball on a designed offensive play, punt, or

                    Kick-off return.

 

What are the eligibility requirements?

 

Every player must present a copy of their birth certificate, a current physical and a signed ASHAA Concussion Form prior to participation. Players will be weighed prior to the first game to determine their eligibility for carrying the ball. The weight restriction may not be waived for any player. Once a player has been officially weighed and found eligible, they will remain eligible throughout the remainder of the season, regardless of any weight gain.

 

How long are the games, what are the field sizes and what are are the ball sizes?

 

Division

Ball

Playing field (yards)

Length of Qtrs

Half Time

Freshman

K2

80 x full width

8 minutes

8 minutes

Sophomore

K2

100 x full width

8 minutes

8 minutes

Juniors

TDJ

100 x full width

10 minutes

10 minutes

Seniors

TDJ

100 x full width

10 minutes

10 minutes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Will there be kicking?

 

Division

Kickoffs

On Side

Kicks

Punting

Field

Goals

Extra Point

Conversions

Freshman

5 yards from mid field

No

No-Spot ball 25 yards down field

(not inside the 25 YL)

Following safety ball put at 25 YL

No

1 point for rush

2 points for pass

Sophomore

(See Note)

Kick from 45YL

Yes

No-Spot ball 25 yards down field

(not inside the 25 YL)

Yes

1 point for rush or pass

2 points for kick

Juniors

(See Note)

Kick from 45 YL

Yes

No-Spot ball 30 yards down field

(not inside the 15 YL)

Yes

1 point for rush or pass

2 points for kick

Seniors (See Note)

Kick from 40 YL

Yes

Coach Choice – Use H.S. Rules or Spot ball 35 yards down field

(not inside the 10 YL)

Yes

1 points for rush or pass

2 point for kick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTES:     No fake kicks on field goals/conversions.  Fumbles on a kick becomes automatic dead ball with a loss of the down.

Officials are to stop clock when punt is announced by coach.  As the officials are walking off the punt, 10 seconds shall run off the clock and clock will not restart until the next snap.

 

Is there a minimum play rule?

 

Without exception, in all divisions each eligible child must play 5 active plays per half.  Players who are facing disciplinary action may be forced to sit out a game.  These absent individuals and players, will be identified prior to the start of the game to the field manager and to the opposing head coach.  Players who come late will not be governed by the minimum play rule.

 

For the purpose of establishing minimum plays, a play shall be an “active play” on offense or defense from the line of scrimmage, and in the divisions with a kicking game shall include plays on specialty teams, (e.g., kick off/receiving teams, punt/punt return teams). 

 

What are the eligibility criteria for cheerleading?

 

Cheerleaders shall be drawn from and assigned to teams from their respective Districts. Cheerleaders must be qualified residents of these Districts.  A Cheerleader will remain in good standing as required by their individual Football Association and by their compliance with these Bylaws as they regard player conduct.

 

Criteria for Cheerleader participation relative to gender, cheer divisions, and ages are consistent with player guidelines with the following exceptions:

 

      a.  Cheerleaders will be allowed to cheer in a Division up or down from their respective age                            at the discretion of local boards.

      b.  There are no weight restrictions for cheerleading.

      c.   Waivers approved by the ELC are not required for cheerleaders.

 

Every cheerleader must present a copy of their birth certificate and a current physical prior to participation.