Organizing member of iCanReferee & Head Offiicial of Friday Night Lights flag football league. Over 12 years experience with youth flag & tackle football. Major responsibilities are education, on-field training, game assignments, rules interpretation & expanding the organization.
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Scrum type plays are now allowed. Attached is a video of a scrum play that lead to a touchdown and changed the outcome of the game. You may be asking why aren't they allowed, it seems like a normal play, but in fact it is not. Scrum play by definition are a deception play and are not allowed. They cover up and skew the sight line of the ball and confuse players as to who is in control. Unlike a fake handoff where the defender may be tricked by who has the ball, the ball is readily able to be seen and can be viewed by all who are watching. In a Scrum play the ball is unable to be located due to the multiple players blocking the view, also those players are blocking the defenders ability to rush the QB and create a blocking screen of multiple players blocking out any who are attempting to pull a flag. This is a flag football league and as such deception plays are illegal, blocking is illegal and impeding the rusher is illegal. Since a Scrum play create all three of these scenarios it has been deemed an illegal play. If a Scrum play is run you are to blow the play dead and treat it as a delay of game which is 10 yard penalty or half the distance to the goal and carries a loss of down. If you are unclear about what a scrum play is please seek me out.
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For those of you that didn't make the meeting or scrimmage games on the 21st be aware that there is a New Rule this year. The rule states that you only speak with the Head Coach and ONLY THE HEAD COACH. However, understand that the Head Coach has 3 methods or ways they can speak with you about rules, plays or if they need clarification.
1. They can call a timeout and speak to you.
2. They can wait until quarter or halftime breaks.
3. They can talk to you after the game is over.
DO NOT speak with anyone about the game or rules unless they are the Head Coach, including after the game is over. The Head Coach is responsible for their players, fans, coaches and sidelines. This means any unsportsmanlike penalties from the sidelines will go against the Head Coach, since they are responsible for their people. If the Head Coach receives 2 unsportsmanlike penalties they are automatically ejected from the game. Make sure you have thick skin and warn the Head Coaches to handle whatever business is arising from the sidelines before it gets out of control. Remember the fans, players and spectators don't know you, but they do know the Head Coach, so let him be the point of contact between you and anything that shouldn't be happening. Also be prepared to write a statement and submit it to me for any ejections that arise as it is required that you submit a written statement to me. If you don't understand this rule or need help during a game try to wait until their is a quarter break or if urgent then send someone to get me and I will help you.
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Welcome back to another great season of FNL youth flag football. This year along with our regular FNL league will be hosting 7 vs 7 HighSchool Flag Football League. Week#1 is just around the corner so if you were unable to make our paid training day please check the website and scroll down for a list of rules and other items to update yourself on the what you need to know. This Blog Post will be used Week in and Week out to update on any rules interpretations, changes or clarifications, so please check back weekly and "Stay In The Know". As always you can contact me about anything and let's get out there and have another awesome season.