Helena Small Fry Football ByLaws

 

 HELENA SMALL FRY FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION, INC.

By-Laws

ARTICLE 1 - ELIGIBILITY OF PLAYERS

ARTICLE 2 - GAME OFFICIALS

ARTICLE 3 - ASSIGNMENT OF PLAYERS TO TEAMS 

ARTICLE 4 - REGISTRATION PROCESS

ARTICLE 5 - EQUIPMENT 

ARTICLE 6 - FOOTBALL PRACTICES

ARTICLE 7 - INSURANCE 

ARTICLE 8 - PLAYING FIELDS

ARTICLE 9 - PLAYING RULES

ARTICLE 10 - REGULAR & POST SEASON GAMES

ARTICLE 11 - PROTESTS 

ARTICLE 12 - CONDUCT OF COACHES & PLAYERS

 

 ARTICLE 1 - ELIGIBILITY OF PLAYERS

Section 1.1 - There shall be two (2) divisions in the Small Fry Football program. One division shall be called the Junior Division. The second division shall he called the Senior Division. Each division shall have specific eligibility requirements that must be met for participation. The physical size of a player shall have no bearing on which division he/she plays. Grade level is the sole criteria.

Section 1.2 - Junior Division Eligibility Requirements - Only students in the fifth and sixth grades are eligible. Junior Division players with a strip weight of over 110 pounds are allowed to play center, offensive guard, or offensive tackle. They may not play a quarterback, back field, or end position. Junior Division players, regardless of size, may play all defensive position. They may legally advance the ball if they intercept a pass or recover a fumble.

Section 1.3 - Senior Division Eligibility Requirements - Students in the seventh and eighth grade are eligible. Senior Division players with a strip weight of over 150 pounds are allowed to play center, offensive guard, or offensive tackle. They may not play a quarterback, backfield, or end position. Senior Division players, regardless of size, may play any defensive position. They may legally advance- the ball if they intercept a pass or recover a fumble.

Section 1.4 - Determination of Player Weight - The weight restriction imposed on certain offensive players is meant to prevent injuries. The determination of player weight will be made only once during each football season. Each player will be weighed at sign-up. That weight measurement will be the sole criteria for determining whether a player is eligible to advance the ball on offense.  EV. 1-20-93)

Revised language Section 1.4 - Adopted by the Board 9/18 - Determination of Player Weight - The weight restriction imposed on certain offensive players is meant to prevent injuries.  At the board's discretion and at any time during the season, the board may initiate random re-weigh to ensure safety of all players.  It is mandatory for all players that desire to become eligible to carry the football to show up at the required weigh-in.  Players can also re-weigh to become eligible to carry the football if they were not originally eligible.    If a player does not appear at the random weigh-in, they relinquish their right to carry the ball.

 

 ARTICLE 2 - GAME OFFICIALS

Section 2.1 - The Board will attempt to secure the best game officials for each game.  Whenever possible there will be M.O.A. officials.  When these officials are unavailable, the Board will use individuals with football experience to serve as officials. In some situations, the opposing coaches may be asked to find a knowledgeable parent or spectator to assist.

Section 2.2 - Whenever possible, all Junior Division games will be officiated by a referee, an umpire, and a head linesman. One of those officials will serve as official timekeeper.

Section 2.3 - Whenever possible, all Senior Division games will he officiated by a referee, an umpire, it head linesman, and a line judge. One of those officials will serve as official timekeeper.

Section 2.4 - Other required game personnel include three people to operate the sideline chains and down marker.

            Section 2.5 - Game fees will be paid to all referees, umpires, head-linesmen and line judges.

 ARTICLE 3 - ASSIGNMENT OF PLAYERS TO TEAMS

Section 3.1 - Teams are composed of all eligible players who reside in specific geographic areas.  Those geographic areas are set by the Board. They generally follow grade school boundaries. Maps of the geographic areas will be available for coaches and the public. Players who reside within the geographic areas can only play on the team designated for that geographic area unless an exception is approved by the Board.

NOTE: The Head Coach and Assistant Coach rule has been eliminated.

Section 3.2 - Exceptions will generally be approved for the following reasons:

a)      A hardship exists with which the Board concurs, or

b)      A player who has moved during the season may continue to play for his original team for that year only.    (REV. 9-21-06)

 ARTICLE 4 - REGISTRATION PROCESS

Section 4.1 - Prior to completion of team registration material, all players shall he weighed by an individual approved by the Board. The scale used when weighing each player shall also be approved by the Board.

             Section 4.2 - Registration responsibilities of the player's parents or guardians include:

a)      Completing the player registration slip and signing as the player's parent or guardian;

b)      Paying the appropriate player fee set by the Board.

Section 4.3 - Each team shall have one adult (head coach, assistant coach or parent) designated by the head coach as the team registrar. The team registrar's responsibilities include:

a)      Providing full explanations to parents and players regarding the team, practices, equipment requirements, game schedules and other aspects of the Small Fry Football program;

b)      Examining all registration documents for completeness and accuracy;

c)       Determining whether the player lives within the team geographic area;

d)      Preparing the certified team roster;

e)      Collecting registration fees and remitting those fees to the Treasurer.

Section 4.4 - Registration shall take place at least one week prior to the opening of the regular season practice. Depending on the Board's direction, there may be multiple registrations. A copy of the "Certified Team Roster" shall be supplied to the Secretary and to the Treasurer by the head coach prior to the first scheduled game.

a)      The "Certified Team Roster" must include name, birth date, address and phone number of each player and names, addresses and phone numbers of all coaches.

b)       Head coaches shall obtain and present the home location of any team player when requested to do so by the Board.

 Section 4.5 - Players added to a roster after the "Certified Team Roster" has been compiled must be approved by the Board. Signed registration items and registration fees must have been received by the Secretary and Treasurer prior to the first game.  All fees must be paid before equipment is issue to a player.

              Section 4.6 - Concussions Requirements and Return To Play

a)      Return to Play - In accordance with the Dylan Steigers Protection of Youth Athletes Act, a coach or official shall remove a youth athlete from participation at the time the youth exhibits signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a concussion.  The youth cannot return to play until he/she is evaluated by a licensed health care professional and receives written clearance to return to play from the licensed health care professional.

b)      Athletes’ and Parents’ Awareness and Notification -  The league shall distribute to each athlete and his/her parents or legal guardian’s information (acknowledgement form, parent information, athlete information and available resources) before the student is allowed to participate in the Helena Small Fry Football League.  The athlete and parents/legal guardians must acknowledge on the Helena Small Fry Football registration form verifying they have read and understand the information regarding concussions. 

Section 4.7 -  Refund Policy - The policy of Helena Small Fry Football is to issue no refunds after a child has been assigned to a team.  Team assignments occur in early August every year.  Prior to a player being assigned to an official team, a refund of the registration fee less a $50 administrative handling fee will be issued.   If there are extenuating circumstances after team assignments (i.e. injury, illness, moving out of the area, etc.), parents can appeal in writing for a refund (less a $50 administrative handling fee).  

An official notification must be sent in writing to league administration requesting the refund and arranging for the return of all equipment and discount cards if applicable before a refund is processed.  Refunds will be issued on September 30th.  

 ARTICLE 5 - EQUIPMENT

Section 5.1 - The Board will issue protective equipment for each player in the Small Fry Football program. Exceptions to use of that equipment must be made in writing and be approved by the Board. Coaches shall continually inspect and approve the equipment used by each player on their team. The following required equipment shall be worn by all players in the Junior Division and the Senior Division beginning with the first contact practice and throughout the remainder of the football season. Failure to wear the required equipment will result in the disqualification of the player from participation until correction is made, A player shall wear:

a)   Helmet - A helmet which met NOCSAE test standards at the time of manufacture and has a visible exterior warning label regarding the risk of injury, The helmet shall be secured by a properly fastened chinstrap;

b)  Face Protector - The multiple bar type is recommended, The face protector shall be made of material designed to be non-breakable with rounded edges, and those constructed of metal shall have the surface covered with resilient material designed to Prevent chipping, burrs or abrasiveness which would endanger players. The face protector must have met NOCSAE test standards at the time of manufacturer; 

c)   Intraoral Mouth and Tooth Protector - The intraoral (within the mouth) mouth and tooth protector shall include an occlusal (protecting and separating the biting surfaces) portion that covers all upper teeth. The protector shall be constructed and fitted to the individual by impressing his teeth into the mouth and tooth protector itself. The Board shall supply each player with one intraoral mouth and tooth protector, All players must wear the mouth and tooth protector during practice and games;

d)   Soft Knee Pads - Soft knee pads at least 1/2-inch thick or 3/8 inch thick if made of an approved shock absorbing material worn over the knees;

e)     Hip Pads - Hip pads with tail-bone protector;

f)      Shoulder Pads - Shoulder pads fully covered by a jersey;

g)    Thigh Guards - Thigh guards which must have any hard surface covered with material such as closed-cell vinyl foam which has a minimum compression resistance of 4 to 8 pounds for 25% compression or other material with equivalent specifications and is at least 1/4inch thick on the outside surface and at least 3/8-inch thick on the inside surface and the overlap of the edge;

h)    Pants - Football pants which cover the knees;

i)     Jerseys - Teams can only wear jerseys purchased and approved by the Board. Practice jerseys can be of the player's own choosing, but shall not be the game jerseys;

j)    Shoes - Any soft or semi-soft soled tennis or basketball shoe will be allowed. Cleats will be allowed as long as they are molded non-removable rubber cleats only.

Section 5.2 - The Board shall not allow illegal equipment to be worn by any player.  Types of equipment which shall always be declared illegal include but not limited to:

a)      Projecting metal or hard substance on clothes or person;

b)      Any substance such as leather, rubber, plastic, plaster or fiberglass which is hard in its final form and worn on the elbow, hand, wrist or forearm must be covered in a minimum of 1/2 inch padding.  Padding must be inspected and thickness must be agreed upon by coaches from both teams before the game.  If a coach does not think the thickness meets requirements then the padding must be inspected by a board member before the player can take the field.  Any player in a cast must have written permission from a parent to be playing in the cast.

c)    Knee braces made of hard unyielding material, unless hinges are covered on both sides and all of its edges overlapped and worn under the pants. Unless covering is provided by the manufacturer, any portion of the brace made of hard material and extending below the pants must be covered. Any other hard substance across the front of the leg must be covered with at least « inch of closed-cell slow recovery rubber or other material of the same minimum thickness and having similar physical properties;

d)  Forearm pads, hand pads or gloves, unless made entirely or soft nonabrasive, non-hardening material which poses no danger to the wearer or other players.

e)     Athletic tape may be used at each end to anchor such pads;

f)     Tape, bandage or support wrap on the hand or forearm, unless made of non-hardening, nonabrasive, and necessary to protect an existing injury.

g)  Non-hardening, nonabrasive tape, bandage, or support wrap, not to exceed three thicknesses, and sweatbands, when any of these are worn on the wrist beginning at the base of the thumb and extending not more than 3 inches toward the elbow, are legal without inspection or sanction;

h)      Shin guards which are not covered in the same manner as thigh guards;

i)        Ball colored towels, pads or gloves;

j)        Any slippery or sticky substance of a foreign nature on equipment or exposed part of the body;

k)      Plastic material covering protective pads whose edges are not rounded with a radius equal to one-half the thickness of the plastic;

l)        Tear away jerseys or jerseys that have been taped, tied or altered in any manner which produces a knot or knot-like protrusion;

m)    Uniform adornments other than a single, one-color plain towel.

n)      Helmet adornments unless approved in advance by the Board.

 (REV. 9-21-06)

 

 ARTICLE 6 - FOOTBALL PRACTICES

Section 6.1 - There shall be no Small Fry Football practices before the second Monday in August. The sole exception shall be a Small Fry Football camp scheduled and sponsored by the Board.

Section 6.2 - Players shall not engage in physical contact (blocking and tackling) until they have had at least 3 days of non-padded non-contact practices.  After the initial 3 days of non-contact, players are required to have an additional 5 days of practice with pads before they will be allowed to play in a game. 

Section 6.3 - All players shall wear required equipment at all practice sessions involving physical contact.

Section 6.4 - After the second Monday in August, practice sessions may be held Monday through Friday, at the discretion of the coach. No practice session shall be longer than two hours. It is recommended that after school begins, practice sessions be held Monday through Thursday with "B" team players being given credit for a practice by virtue of playing in the "B" team game. It is further recommended that the Friday practice be a one-hour, no-pads, pre-game practice.

 ARTICLE 7 -INSURANCE

Section 7.1 - The Small Fry Football Association, Inc. shall secure an appropriate level of health insurance, liability insurance and storage insurance to adequately protect players, officials, members, uniforms and equipment of the Association.  Insurance is intended to supplement, not replace, the personal insurance coverage of the participants in the program.  A copy of the league insurance policy will be available to all head coaches in the event a question arises concerning coverage.

 ARTICLE 8 - PLAYING FIELDS

 Section 8.1 - The size of the junior playing field is 80 yards between goal lines and 40 yards wide with 45 ft hash marks. End zones shall be 10 yards.

Section 8.2 - The size of the senior playing field is 100 yards between goal lines and 53.33 yards wide with 53.33 ft hash marks.  End zones shall be 10 yards.

Section 8.3 - The team box boundaries are between the 30-yard lines. They shall be 5-yards deep from the side line. These areas are reserved for players and coaches.

Section 8.4 - Goal posts must be approved by the Board. Only portable goal posts shall he allowed.  The top edge of the crossbar shall be 10 feet from the ground, measured from the base or each upright to the top of the crossbar at the intersection or at each end of the crossbar perpendicular to the ground when a single pedestal is used. The crossbar shall be 23 feet 4 inches long. Each upright may not exceed 4 inches in width. The uprights shall extend a minimum of 10 feet above the crossbar

Section 8.5 - Field Conditions - The Board shall have sole discretion to decide whether fields are unplayable on the day of the game.

 ARTICLE 9 - PLAYING RULES

Section 9.1 - All games shall be governed by current year official football rules as adopted by the National Federation Rules Committee, except where those rules are specifically amended in writing by the Board.

Section 9.2 - Free Kick Lines:

a)      The kicker's free kick line is its 30-yard line and the receiver's free kick line is the 40-yard line. At least five players of the receiving team must be within 5 yards of its line.

b)      The ball is snapped after a touchback and is free kicked after a safety from the 15-yard line in the JR. Division and the 20 yard line in the SR. Division

c)        Any kick-off that goes out of bounds untouched by the receivers or was last touched by the kickers, shall be automatically put in play at the out of bounds point or at the 30-yard line, whichever is closer to the kicker's goal.

Section 9.3 - Amendments to National Federation Rules:

a)      Game Ball: The official game ball shall be a good grade rubber ball. For the Junior Division, the football shall be a "Baden Junior Official" football, Model F100 or an equivalent football. For the Senior Division, the football shall be a "Baden-Junior Official" football, Model F200 or an equivalent football. The Board shall furnish the official football for each game.

b)       Punts – See below section on Formations for further details:

1.       For the Junior Division, a free punt shall be enforced. That is, the punter shall be allowed to kick with no rush from the defense. Both lines may charge after the hall is kicked. Fake punts are not allowed. .

2.       For the Senior Division, all punts will be "live" at the snap. Fake punts shall be allowed.

c)       Extra Point & Field Goal Attempts:

1.       For the Junior Division, when the team elects to use a scrimmage kick to attempt an extra point or when it attempts a field goal, the kicker will be allowed to kick with no rush from the defense. Both lines may charge after the hall is kicked. Fake extra point kicks and fake field goal attempts are not allowed. All extra point attempts shall be made from the 3 yard line (anywhere between the hash marks).

2.        For the Senior Division, extra points attempted using a scrimmage kick and all field goal attempts will be "live" at the snap. Fake extra point and fake field goal attempts shall be allowed. All extra point attempts shall be made from the 3 yard line (anywhere between the hash marks).

d)      Quarters, Intermission and Timing:

1.       Timing – Quarters are 15 minutes in length and the clock will run continuously including during measurements and penalty enforcement except when it is stopped for the following situations:

a.       A charged team time out which is to be one minute in length

b.      An official’s time out for an injured player

c.       An official’s time out after the point after touchdown, (one minute)

Standard high school football timing rules go into effect during the last two minutes of each half.

2.       Time-outs between quarters shall be 2 minutes in length. Half time shall be 10-minutes in length, with a 3 minute warm-up period prior to the start of the second half.

3.       Delay of Game - officials should warn teams to speed up their play calling if the team takes more than about 30 seconds to run the next play.   If it becomes a chronic problem a flag could be thrown.  At the end of each half, teams cannot be allowed to stall out the game.  In the last two minutes of either half, the officials should stop the clock after 25 seconds from the ready for play if the team appears to be trying to run out the clock.  In addition, the officials shall issue a warning that a delay of game foul could follow if the team continues to waste time.

e)      No blocking below the waist at any place on the field.

f)       The penalty for all personal fouls on the defense including unsportsmanlike fouls includes an automatic first down.  These fouls are those that normally have a 15 yard penalty enforcement option.

g)      The penalty for defensive pass interference includes an automatic first down

h)      On scrimmage down plays, fouls by the offense behind the line of scrimmage except illegal forward pass and intentional grounding are enforced from the previous spot.

i)        Rules adopted by the league regarding formations, restrictions on offensive or defensive formations or positioning, the size of players or special league rules can be enforced by officials, game management or board action.

j)        If during a game, a team is in violation of one of the special league rules, and an official recognizes it before the snap, the play should be stopped and the formation corrected.   If the play isn’t stopped, no flag will be thrown, but the coach of the offending team shall be notified.  If the situation occurs again, the head coach of the offending team will be given a warning to correct the problem.  Persistent or intentional violations of the league rules will result in a flag for unsportsmanlike conduct on the head coach.

Section 9.4 - Playing Time - All teams will play a B game weekly, unless granted a waiver by the Board due to travel considerations. No player will play in a B game if they started in an A game unless there are not enough players to till a B squad. In that situation the A team player shall not play a similar position to his normal position in A team games.

Section 9.5 – Injuries - Any injured player who requires medical attention away from the football field whether it be at practice or on game day, may not re-enter that practice or game or play again until the coach has received a written release from a doctor

Section 9.6 - Formations

a)      Junior Division

1.       Offense

a.      Skill positions – At the snap of the ball, the offense (must be in a legal offensive formation per high school rules).

                                                                                                i.      Must have 1 quarterback in position to receive the snap (hand to hand or shotgun)

                                                                                           ii.      Must have a minimum of 1 running backs in the backfield lined up even with or inside the tackles in any backfield formation.

                                                                                                iii.      Must have a minimum of 1 Tight End lined up on the line of scrimmage adjacent to the Offensive Tackle (or off the line of scrimmage still adjacent to the tackle - in this formation a receiver must be on the line of scrimmage).

                                                                                               iv.      A maximum of 3 eligible receivers lined up on either side of the formation outside of the tackle box.

b.      Other  formation rules – At the snap of the ball for the offense:

                                                                                                   i.      No Motion and No shifting is allowed

                                                                                                 ii.      2 Offensive Lineman must line up on each side of the center

                                                                                                iii.      No Unbalanced Lines, the Offensive Tackles must be covered by a Tight End or Wide Receiver at all times (or off the line of scrimmage still adjacent to the tackle - in this formation a receiver must be on the line of scrimmage).

                                                                                               iv.      IF 2 Tight Ends are in the game, they must be on opposite sides of the formation from each other and next to the Offensive Tackles.

2.       Kicking Rules

a.       Punts:

                                                                                                   i.      The offense must declare their intention to punt to the defense.

                                                                                                 ii.      Punts are a Free Kick - There is no rush and no fake punts.

                                                                                                iii.      The kicking teams cannot go down field until the ball is punted and defense cannot retreat until the ball is punted.

                                                                                               iv.      No Motion and no shifting is allowed

                                                                                                 v.      Offense must use a legal formation per the offensive formation rules.

                                                                                               vi.      Defense must have at least 5 players on the Line of Scrimmage

                                                                                              vii.      The Long Snapper is a protected player until he can protect himself

b.      Kickoffs:

                                                                                                   i.      Kickoffs are live.

                                                                                                 ii.      Onside kicks are allowed.

                                                                                                iii.      At least four players on the kicking team must be on each side of the kicker.

                                                                                               iv.      No Kicking team players, with the exception of the kicker, may be more than five yards behind the kicking team’s free-kick line.

                                                                                                 v.      No Motion and no shifting is allowed

3.       Defense

a.       Regular defense

                                                                                                   i.      A minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 players can be lined up on the defensive Line Of Scrimmage at the snap

                                                                                                 ii.      All other Linebackers must be lined up at least 3 yards from the Line Of Scrimmage at the snap.  Defensive Backs (Safeties and Cornerbacks) must line up at least 5 yards from the Line Of Scrimmage, unless they align 5 yards outside of the tackle box and are defending a Wide Receiver, then they are allowed to press the Wide Receiver on the Line Of Scrimmage.

                                                                                                iii.      Defenses may adjust their Linebackers off the Line Of Scrimmage and/or out of the tackle box to defend the formation if they so choose.

                                                                                               iv.      No stemming or shifting before the snap

                                                                                                 v.      Stunts and Blitzes/Dawgs are allowed but must adhere to the pre-snap rules for all players

b.      Goal line defense – (defined as inside the opponent’s 10 yard line)

                                                                                                   i.      A maximum of 6 players and a minimum of 3 players can be lined up on the defensive Line Of Scrimmage at the snap

                                                                                                 ii.      Same rules apply to the Linebackers and Defensive Backs as the regular defense.

                                                                                                iii.      All other rules of the regular defense apply as well. 

b)      Senior Division

1.       Offense:

a.       Skill positions – At the snap of the ball,  the offense:

                                                                                                   i.      Must have 1 quarterback in position to receive the snap (hand to hand or shotgun)

                                                                                                 ii.      Must have a minimum of 1 running back in the backfield lined up even with or inside the Offensive Tackles in any backfield formation.

                                                                                               iv.      Must have a minimum of 1 Tight End lined up on the line of scrimmage adjacent to the Offensive Tackle (or off the line of scrimmage still adjacent to the tackle - in this formation a receiver must be on the line of scrimmage).

                                                                                                iii.      A maximum of 3 eligible receivers lined up on either side of the formation outside the tackle box

b.      Other formation rules – At the snap of the ball for the offense:

                                                                                                   i.       No Motion and No shifting is allowed

                                                                                                 ii.      2 Offensive Lineman must line up on each side of the center

                                                                                                iii.      No unbalanced lines, the Offensive Tackles must be covered by a Tight End or Wide Receiver at all times

                                                                                                 v.      If 2 Tight Ends are in the game, they must be on opposite sides of the formation from each other and next to the Offensive Tackles (or off the line of scrimmage still adjacent to the tackle - in this formation a receiver must be on the line of scrimmage).

2.       Kicking Rules

a.       Punts

                                                                                                   i.      Punts are live - fake punts are allowed

                                                                                                 ii.      No motion and no shifting is allowed

                                                                                                iii.      Offense must use a legal Offensive formation per the Offensive formation rules

                                                                                               iv.      The long snapper is a protected player until he can protect himself

b.      Kickoffs

                                                                                                   i.      Kickoffs are live

                                                                                                 ii.      Onside kicks are allowed

                                                                                                iii.      At least four players on the kicking team must be on each side of the kicker.

                                                                                               iv.      No Kicking team players, with the exception of the kicker, may be more than five yards behind the kicking team’s free-kick line.

                                                                                                 v.      No motion and no shifting is allowed

3.       Defense

a.       Regular defense

                                                                                                   i.      A minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 players can be lined up on the defensive Line Of Scrimmage at the snap

                                                                                                 ii.      All other Linebackers must be lined up at least 3 yards from the Line Of Scrimmage at the snap.  Defensive Backs (Safeties and Cornerbacks) must line up at least 5 yards from the Line Of Scrimmage, unless they align 5 yards outside of the tackle box and are defending a Wide Receiver, then they are allowed to press the Wide Receiver on the Line Of Scrimmage.

                                                                                                iii.      Defenses may adjust their Linebackers off the Line Of Scrimmage and/or out of the tackle box to defend the formation if they so choose.

                                                                                               iv.      No stemming or shifting before the snap

                                                                                                 v.      Stunts and Blitzes/Dawgs are allowed but must adhere to the pre-snap rules for all players

b.      Goal line defense – (defined as inside the opponent’s 10 yard line)

                                                                                                   i.      A maximum of 6 players and a minimum of 3 players can be lined up on the defensive Line Of Scrimmage at the snap

                                                                                                 ii.      Same rules apply to the Linebackers and Defensive Backs as the regular defense.

                                                                                                iii.      All other rules of the regular defense apply as well.

                                                                                               iv.      This may be used in the open field on 3rd and 1 or 2 and 4th and 1 or 2 if so desired.

Section 9.7 - Scoring Values:

·         Touchdown.................... 6 points

·         Extra Point (running)....... 1 point

·         Extra Point (kicking)........ Not Applicable

·         Field Goal....................... Not Applicable

·         When games are played on a field with goal post, NFHS scoring rules will apply:

o   Touchdown.................... 6 points

o   Extra Point (running)....... 2 points

o   Extra Point (kicking)........ 1 point

o   Field Goal....................... 3 points

Section 9.8 - Early Termination of Game - When one team is 30 or more points ahead at the end of the 1st half or if it secures such a lead during the 2nd half, the score at that point shall be recorded as the final score. Play shall continue with B squad players participating until the remainder of the time left in the game has elapsed with the play clock running continuously for the remainder of the game, including the final 2 minutes of the 2nd and 4th quarters.  (REV 5-11-2010)

ARTICLE 10 - REGULAR & POST SEASON GAMES

Section 10.1 - The Board shall schedule all regular season games.   During the regular season, if a game ends in a tie then Montana Overtime will be played.  A 2nd overtime will be played if still tied after 1st overtime.  After 2nd overtime game will result in a tie.  Montana overtime consists of the following rules:  Each team will receive 1 timeout per overtime, each team will get 4 attempts to score from the 10 yard line.  A coin flip will determine who gets the ball first in overtime.  If a 2nd overtime is needed than the team that was on defense to start the 1st overtime will begin the 2nd overtime on offense.

Section 10.2 - The Board shall schedule all post season games.  In 2018, the playoffs will be broken into two separate divisions in both the junior and senior divisions - Championship and Consolation. In the championship division, the top two seeds from the east and west divisions will compete in a playoff.  In the consolation division, the #3 and #4 seeds from the east and west divisions will compete in a playoff.

Each post season bracket shall consist of  two semi-final playoff games and one championship game in both the Junior Division and the Senior Division.

a)      Championship Bracket Pairings for the semi-final playoff games shall be based on the following criteria:

·         Game 1 - #1 Seed West vs. #2 Seed East

·         Game 2 - #1 Seed East vs. #2 Seed West

b)      Consolation Bracket Pairings for the semi-final playoff games shall be based on the following criteria:

·         Game 3 - #3 Seed West vs. #4 Seed East

·         Game 4 - #3 Seed East vs. #4 Seed West

c)      Final games will be played at Vigilante Field  - 4 games

Section 10.3 - The seeding for post season quarter-final playoff games will be determined by the following in each conference:

a)      The team with the best won-lost percentage record in conference play will be seeded number 1. The team with second best won-lost percentage record will be seeded number 2.  The team with third best won-lost percentage record will be seeded number 3.  The team with fourth best won-lost percentage record will be seeded number 4.

b)      In the event there is a tie in the season ending standings, the tie shall be resolved as follows:

1)       The winner of the regular season game played between the tied teams will be designated the higher ranking, Record's for seeding will only count within conference games.  Out of conference loses will NOT affect seedings. 

2)      In the event the tied teams did not meet during the regular season or there is a tie among more than two teams, the ranking shall be determined first, by which team allowed the fewest points within conference games only during regular season and second by which team scored the most points within conference only during regular season.  In the event there is still a tie it will be decided by a coin flip between the coaches involved. 

3)      For the championship game teams with higher seeding will be home team.  In the event two teams with same seeding play in the championship game first tie breaker will be OVERALL record, second total points scored against and last total points scored.

Section 10.4 - Tie scores in semi-final playoff games and championship games will be resolved by an immediate play off. The tie shall be resolved by the 10-yard line overtime procedure approved by the Montana High School Association. That playoff system is commonly referred to as the "Montana Play Off'.

Section 10.5 - Association teams must play only other Association teams unless approval to play a non-Association team is granted by the Board.  (REV. 9-21-06)

ARTICLE 11 - PROTESTS

Section 11.1 - All protests shall be resolved by the game officials, A coach may request and be granted a time-out for the purpose of' the coach and the referee reviewing a decision which may have resulted from misapplication or misinterpretation of a rule, provided the request is made prior to the time the ball becomes alive following the play to be reviewed. When a time-out is so granted, the referee will confer with the coach at the sideline in front of his team box outside the field of play- If the conference results in the referee altering his ruling, the opposing coach will be notified, the revision made, and the time-out shall be an official's time-out. If the referee's ruling prevails, the time-out remains charged to the team requesting the time-out for the conference, Coaches may not request a review or protest judgment calls by game officials.

ARTICLE 12 CONDUCT OF COACHES & PLAYERS

Section 12.1 - No player or coach shall act in an unsportsmanlike manner immediately before, during or after a game, Specific types of unsportsmanlike behavior that must be identified and that are allows unacceptable include:

a)       Insulting language or gestures or baiting acts or words that engenders ill-will;

b)       Intentionally kicking or swinging at any player even though no contact may or may not be made;

c)        Attempting to influence a decision by a game official by disrespectfully addressing the official or vehemently objecting to his decision;

d)       Coaches who address their own players or the players on other teams in an abusive or unprofessional manner;

e)       Players who address their own teammates or players on other teams in an abusive or degrading manner;

f)        Use of unfair acts which in the opinion of the game official and/or the Board tend to make a travesty of the game.

                 Section 12.2 - The penalties for unsportsmanlike conduct include:

a)      First violation: 15 yard penalty;

b)      Second violation: 15 yard penalty and ejection from the game if the violation involves a player or coach who previously received a similar penalty;

c)       Flagrant violations - Ejection from the game and a 30 yard penalty. If involved parties refuse to accept the game official's decision, the game shall be forfeited. 

Section 12.3 - Any player who is ejected from a game shall not be allowed to play in the next regular season game. For" A" team players that means the next regularly scheduled "A" game as well as any intervening "B" team and practice games. For "B" team players that means the next regularly scheduled "B" team game and any intervening "A" team game and practice games.

Section 12.4 - Any coach who is ejected from a game shall not be allowed to attend the next regularly scheduled "A" game. In addition the coach shall explain his actions before a special meeting of the Board. Depending on the severity of the coach’s actions, the Board may decide to take additional disciplinary action, including dismissal. (REV. 1-20-93)