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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Week In Review
Rules Question of the Week?
This weeks question deals with substitution and advantage rules. Their are only 2 rules that requires the referee to be involved. First is the 8 vs 7 advantage rule, this rule states that the coach with an 8 player team is allowed to select one player from the opposing 7 player team to sit a quarter, however the coach of the 7 player team gets to choose what quarter that player sits. As an official you must notify the coaches of this rule anytime you have an 8 vs 7 game, so please read the rule in the rules manual. Once the coaches agree to sit a particular player, please make note of the player and quarter the player will sit on your score card for record. If both coaches agree not to sit a player please make note that they agreed to ignore the advantage rule. The second rule deals with free substitutions. Only a team with 9 players is allowed free substitutions. The rules works as follows, at the beginning of the game the coach of the 9 player team can select which quarter he would like to freely substitute players on offense or defense. Once they choose the quarter this is the only quarter they can use free substitutions and cannot change or substitute players in any other quarter. Any violation of the rule is an unsportsmanlike penalty for cheating. Please make note of the quarter the coach wants free substitution and announce it to the opposing team head coach.