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8U & 9U LEVEL GUIDELINES & RULES

 

 

CONTENTS 1 (This page)

 

PURPOSE, AGE and WEIGHTS 2

 

LEVEL GUIDELINES 3

 

PLAYCLOCK 3

 

OVERTIME 3

 

PLAYOFF OVERTIME 3

 

ENHANCED OFFENSIVE & DEFENSIVE RULES 4,5

 

5-4-2 DEFENSIVE ALIGNMENT 4

 

ENHANCED KICKING RULES 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8U & 9U DIVISION RULES & GUIDELINES

 

PURPOSE

 

THE PURPOSE OF THE 8U and 9U LEVELS ARE TO PROVIDE AN ENTRY LEVEL INSTRUCTIONAL DIVISION FOR YOUNG PLAYERS WITH AN EMPHASIS TO BE PLACED PRIMARILY UPON TEACHING YOUNG PLAYERS GOOD SOUND OFFENSIVE & DEFENSIVE FUNDAMENTAL SKILLS & NOT WINNING OR LOSING.

 

8U & 9U LEVEL LIMITATIONS

 

 

The 8u level consists of any player that is 8 years old on sept first of the current season.

 

The 9u level consists of any player that is 9 years old and under as of sept first of the current season.

 

8 U AND 9 U AGE AND WEIGHT RULES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

 

AGE WEIGHT NBC

 

8 U UNLIMITED OVER 80 LBS

 

9 U UNLIMITED OVER 90 LBS

 

 

 

8U & 9U LEVEL GUIDELINES

LEVEL GUIDELINES

 

Field coach. one coach per team will be allowed on the field at all times to give instructions to players in the game.

 

One (1) coach for offense & one (1) coach for defense will be permitted.

 

Coaches should not position players.

 

Call the offensive play or defensive formation in the huddle and let the players react normally.

 

As soon as the quarterback is overcenter and calling the cadence, the coaches on the field must be silent, not communicating verbally or by grabbing and/or physically directing a player from the time that the offensive team becomes set until the play is whistled dead.  

 

Coaches, both offensive and defensive, must position themselves a minimum of ten (10) yards off the line of scrimmage. failure to comply with this positioning rule will result in the following penalties to be administered in the following manner:

 

1st offense - verbal warning

 

2nd offense - delay of game penalty

 

Subsequent offenses - misconduct penalty

 

PLAY CLOCK

Offenses will have thirty (30) seconds to snap the ball after the referee has marked the ball ready to play. continued abuse of this thirty (30) second time frame by the referee’s discretion will be administered by the referee as a delay penalty.

 

OVERTIME

No over time games will be played during the regular season. If after four (4) quarters (40 minutes) the score is tied, the game is over. it is declared a tie. There is no tie breaker format to be used.

 

PLAYOFF OVERTIME

In the case of a tie in the playoffs, each team will receive 4 plays from the 50 yard line. the team that scores first or comes closest to scoring after 4 offensive plays will be the winner. SEE PLAYOFF RULES FOR MORE DETAIL.

 

 

ENHANCED DEFENSIVE RULES

 

DEFENSIVE PLAYER MOVEMENT

Once the defense has aligned itself, and the offense is set, defensive line players (meaning de’s, dt’s and ng’s), may not shift until the ball is snapped.

Shift defined: a shift is defined as defensive players moving to a “new location” once their defense has aligned itself and the offense is set.

Defensive backs are free to move parallel to the line of scrimmage at anytime as long as they stay within the three (3) yard and seven (7) yard increments.

After the ball is snapped, all defensive personnel are allowed to freely move about the entire field.

On defense, all nbc stickered players must play end to end on defense and the defensive line must consist of five (5) players on the line of scrimmage at the time of the snap.

There must be four (4) players on the second line, three (3) yards off the line of scrimmage,

Two players on the third line, seven (7) yards off the line of scrimmage.

This type of defense is known as a 5-4-2.

All down linemen must be positioned in a three (3) or four (4) point stance.

Defensive ends will be allowed to stand up as well as all other defensive personnel.

No prevent defense allowed.

 

5-4-2 DEFENSIVE ALIGNMENT

 

Defensive End (DE) cannot play wider than

the outside shoulder of the normal tight end position

 

ENHANCED DEFENSIVE RULES

 

DEFENSIVE PLAYER MOVEMENT

Once the defense has aligned itself, and the offense is set, defensive line players (meaning de’s, dt’s and ng’s), may not shift until the ball is snapped.

Shift defined: a shift is defined as defensive players moving to a “new location” once their defense has aligned itself and the offense is set.

Defensive backs are free to move parallel to the line of scrimmage at anytime as long as they stay within the three (3) yard and seven (7) yard increments.

After the ball is snapped, all defensive personnel are allowed to freely move about the entire field.

On defense, all nbc stickered players must play end to end on defense and the defensive line must consist of five (5) players on the line of scrimmage at the time of the snap.

There must be four (4) players on the second line, three (3) yards off the line of scrimmage,

Two players on the third line, seven (7) yards off the line of scrimmage.

This type of defense is known as a 5-4-2.

All down linemen must be positioned in a three (3) or four (4) point stance.

Defensive ends will be allowed to stand up as well as all other defensive personnel.

No prevent defense allowed.

 

5-4-2 DEFENSIVE ALIGNMENT

 

Defensive End (DE) cannot play wider than

the outside shoulder of the normal tight end position

 

 

 

Defensive End(s)

# 1. Defensive End on outside shoulder of Tight End.

# 2. Defensive End on outside shoulder of Tight End, in normal position.

In this example, Tight End splits out, DE Must stay in……...hence, normal

Position.

#3. Defensive Line cannot shift.

 

INTERIOR LINEMAN Tackles and Nose Guard do not have to play “Head Up.

LEVEL TWO PLAYERS Can play any alignment, but must remain three yards off the line of scrimmage. Level Two is free to move parallel to the line of scrimmage.

 

LEVEL THREE PLAYERS Two players on Level three can play any alignment, but must remain seven yards off the line of scrimmage. Level Three is free to move parallel to the line of scrimmage.

EXCEPTION The one exception to this rule is that a goal line defense is allowed between the five (5) yard line and the goal line. In that goal line defense, the defensive team is allowed to use a seven man front on the line of scrimmage but five players must be in a down three (3) or four (4) point stance, with the remaining four (4) players being three (3) yards off the line of scrimmage. NBC players on the goal defense must still play end to end and be no wider than the normal tight end position.

Failure to comply with these defensive rules will result in the following penalties to be administered in the following manner:

 

(1) 1ST OFFENSE - VERBAL WARNING

(2) 2ND OFFENSE - DELAY OF GAME PENALTY

SUBSEQUENT OFFENSES - MISCONDUCT PENALTY

ENHANCED KICKING RULES

 

1. NO KICKOFFS will be allowed. the offensive team will start on its own forty (40) yard line. the same procedure will be followed after a safety.

2. NO PUNTS will be allowed. thirty (30) yards will be walked off from the line of scrimmage or one half the distance to the goal, whichever is less. (the clock