Thu
STARTS May 09, 2024

Summer 2024 Coed 8v8 Flag Football League (Thursdays) BJC

8 v 8 | 6:30PM - 10:00PM

General Information

Registration Ends
April 26, 2024
Play Begins
May 09, 2024
Part of Town
Central Austin

Regular Registration Price

Team*
$1145 + 6.0% Processing Fee
Individual*
$115 + 6.0% Processing Fee
Registration Period*
Mar 16, 2024 - Apr 05, 2024

Early Registration Price

Team*
$1045 + 6.0% Processing Fee
Individual*
$105 + 6.0% Processing Fee
Early Registration Period*
Feb 22, 2024 - Mar 15, 2024

Late Registration Price

Team*
$1245 + 6.0% Processing Fee
Individual*
$125 + 6.0% Processing Fee
Late Registration Period*
Apr 06, 2024 - Apr 26, 2024

*Click “All Details” for Early Bird and Late registration periods and fees.

Overview

  • This rec league is open to all skill levels. It is a friendly competitive league. Everyone is here for a fun-filled season with highlights on the field and at Lustre Pearl East post-game celebrations.
  • Join as a Team Captain and fill your team’ roster.
    • Minimum 12 players
    • No Max
  • Join solo or with a small group as a Free Agent and we’ll place you on a team. You can request teammates when you register.
  • Game Times: 6:30pm - 9:15pm
  • The listed league dates are projected and tentative. Actual start date and other league dates may change based on circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 virus and related facility operations.

Registration Includes:

  • 7 regular season games with trained referees
  • Playoffs for top teams
  • Game Equipment
  • Unlimited Team Rosters sizes – no per player fees for team registrations
  • Team Shirts (first 15 included – $10 for each additional)
  • Championship Prizes

Location

Rules

LEAGUE FORMAT All teams will compete in the regular season and the top teams advance to the playoffs. The number of playoff teams will be determined by the total number of teams in the league. If there is a tie in the standings, the head-to-head match-up will determine seeding. If there is no clear head-to-head winner, the points scored differential will determine seeding.
THE GAME
  • Coed Flag football is an 8 on 8 non-contact league. All players must have SPORTSKIND-provided shirts as their uniforms and will wear the provided flags around their waist.
  • Games consist of two 20-minute halves, with one two-minute half-time. There will be a running clock maintained by the referee except for the last two minutes of the second half unless one team is ahead by 19 points or more, in which case time will continue to run with no stoppages aside from a trailing team’s timeout.
  • If the game is within 18 points during the final two minutes of the second half, the clock is stopped for an incomplete pass, if a player goes out of bounds before having their flag pulled, if either team scores (the clock starts when the opposing team snaps the ball, after the PAT attempt), for a change of possession, if a penalty must be marked off, or if a team calls time out. The clock does not stop on first downs or for a completed pass in bounds. If a team is down by 19 points but scores after the two-minute mark in the second half, the clock then stops.
START OF THE GAME The referee will have the two captains play rock, paper, scissors. The winning captain will have the first choice of which half they want the ball or direction. The losing captain can then choose from whatever option is left over. Teams change directions and possession at half-time.
UNIFORM RESTRICTIONS All players must wear their team’s SPORTSKIND league shirt. Upon checking into the game, 1 point will be given to the opposing team for each player, not in uniform (Exception: If a player is on the official roster and the shirt was ripped during the league and a replacement shirt hasn’t been purchased and picked up. Teams are responsible for the replacement of ripped or torn shirts within a week of a ripped or torn shirt). PLAYERS MAY NOT WEAR SHORTS WITH POCKETS, or jewelry of any kind. Please note that taping your pockets is not acceptable. Each player who wears shorts/pants with pockets will be penalized 1 point. Players may not alter the SPORTSKIND-provided flags. SPORTSKIND will provide all field equipment, including footballs and flags. Each team is entitled to use their football.   SUBSTITUTION RULES
  • Teams must have a minimum of 3 females on the field at all times. For an official game with league referees, there must be at least 6 (minimum of 2 female) players on the field. Any teams short of this number may look to utilize our substitution rules but if the team is still without at least 6 players 10 minutes after the scheduled game time, the game will be an official forfeit and the forfeit policy will take effect.
  • If teams are short players they may pick up players from other teams within the league.  They are allowed to pick up enough players for a 7 person roster. However, any players after 7 must be approved by the opposing team. If a team member arrives late a substitute player must drop off to stay at the 7-person roster size unless approved by the opposing team.
TIME OUTS
  • Each team is allowed 1 (one-minute) timeout in the first half and 2 timeouts in the second half. If not used, the 1 time-out in the first half does not carry over. About two minutes before each half ends the referee will inform each team of the playing time remaining in that half. If a touchdown has occurred after time has expired, the extra point conversion will be allowed. A half cannot end on a defensive penalty.
  • No timeouts can be called by a leading team if they are ahead by 19 or more. Time will only be stopped during the first 38 minutes for called timeouts and serious injuries. If an injury occurs, that player must leave the game for one scrimmage down.
LINE OF SCRIMMAGE
  • The ball starts on the 20-yard line. Only one offensive player can be in motion, as the ball is snapped. 
  • The player in motion can move laterally or backward at the snap but not forward. 
  • All other players must be set before the ball is snapped. 
  • Aside from the Center position, there is no minimum number of players required to line up on the line of scrimmage. 
  • After a play, the line of scrimmage is determined by the location of the hips when the flags are pulled. The ball becomes dead when the flag is removed legally (If the belt/flag falls off, one hand touch between shoulders and knees).
DOWNS
  • First downs are obtained by crossing midfield, and your opponent’s 20-yard line. 
  • If a team fails to earn a first down in four plays, possession will go to the opposing team. 
  • The offensive team may elect to punt on fourth down.
  • The offensive team must declare punts on fourth down to the referee with enough time for the defense to put players in receiving formation. 
  • Once the offensive team declares to punt they must use a timeout to change their decision.
  • No fake punts are allowed and all punts must be kicked once declared and in motion.
  • The kicking team must stay on the line of scrimmage until the ball is punted. 
  • Five players from the receiving team must be on the line of scrimmage. The receiving team may catch the ball or advance it. The receiving team can field the ball off one bounce, however, when the ball hits the ground a second time it becomes a dead ball. 
  • If the ball travels into the end zone without being touched, a touchback is called and the ball is placed at the 20-yard line. The defense may not block a punt.
BLOCKING
  • “Blocking” with hands is not allowed. 
  • This includes downfield “blocking” during an offensive play and a returned punt. 
  • NO CONTACT is allowed at the line or downfield by any defensive player guarding a receiver. 
  • Players may block with their hands behind their back at the line of scrimmage, but may not do so 5 yards passed the line. Once a defender gets past a blocker, the blocker becomes an eligible receiver.
RUSHING
  • All defensive players must play a yard off the line of scrimmage.
  • No players can rush until officials complete a 5-count. 
  • If a female is lined up at QB then only a female defensive player(s) may rush. 
  • If a male is lined up at QB then either a male or female defensive player(s) may rush. 
  • A QB can not run the ball until after they are rushed. 
PASSING
  • A forward pass is completed when caught by any player of the passing team who has at least one foot in-bounds. If opposing teams catch the pass in bounds simultaneously, the tie goes to the offense. If a player steps out of bounds and comes back in bounds to be the first person to touch the ball, it will be ruled an incomplete pass. However, if a player steps out of bounds, they will be eligible to catch a deflected ball.
  • After the immediate completion of a play, the referee will place a marker at the line of scrimmage. The offense has 25 seconds to put the ball in play after it is declared ready by the head judge (ie, when the marker is placed). No player shall put the ball in play until declared ready for play.
  • A male player can guard a female but must use a 3-yard cushion and reasonable catching opportunity. A male defensive player cannot deny a pass to a female player or make contact with them while guarding. 
  • A change of possession can only occur due to downs, a punt, or an interception. A fumble where the ball hits the ground cannot result in a turnover (the ball is dead at the spot of the fumble). A lateral caught by the defense will result in a turnover.
  • On a change of possession, the offense must allow the defense to get set for 15 seconds after the marker has been placed before the offense can snap the ball.
OPEN / CLOSED PLAYS
  • During the offensive team's possession, there may not be more than two (2) consecutive legal forward pass completions on downs Male to Male. 
  • The term CLOSED means a male player may not complete a legal forward pass to a male.
  • The term OPEN means any player can complete a pass to any other player.
  • Accepted penalties do not affect open and closed plays. It is possible to lose net yardage on a closed play; for the next play to be open all of the requirements to open a play must be met. Positive yards gained are GROSS yards gained, not NET yards gained after the penalty has been enforced.
  • Rushing plays do not affect open and closed plays.
DEFENSE AND CLOSED PLAYS
  • If a male player is the quarterback only one defensive player can guard them.
  • All other male defensive AND offensive players must remain stationary on the LOS lined up across from one another with their arms down.
  • A male player can not move or touch a forward pass until after it has been touched by a female offensive player. 
  • Interceptions by a male player are only possible off of the hands of a female offensive player. 
  • If a female player is the quarterback all players can participate as if the play was open. 
  • No male player is allowed to rush the female quarterback. 
OFFENSE AND CLOSED PLAYS
  • The offensive team must declare who will be receiving the snap. 
  • If the quarterback takes a knee or spikes the ball the play remains CLOSED.
  • If a Male quarterback is sacked or a fumble occurs the play will remain CLOSED.
  • If a female quarterback is sacked or a fumble occurs the next down will be OPEN. 
  • To move on to OPEN play the following must occur: 
    • A female receiver was the intended target of a fwd pass.
    • A female player was the intended target for a backward pass.
    • A female quarterback attempts a fwd or backward pass. 
    • A female quarterback is rushed and attempts to run the ball. 
  • Play remains CLOSED for the following: 
    • A female center snaps to a male.
    • A female quarterback hands off to a male running back.
    • The quarterback intentionally grounds a pass. 
  • Illegal plays during a CLOSED play include
    • A male quarterback advances across the line of scrimmage.
    • A male defensive player is in motion before the fwd pass. 
    • A male player receives a lateral pass behind the line of scrimmages and tries to throw it for positive yards. 
    • A male quarterback tries to create an intentional interception. 
GENDER COVERAGE ON CLOSED PLAYS Three female defensive players and two offensive female players
  • All three defensive players can guard the two offensive players. 
Three or two female defensive players and three or four offensive female players
  • Male defensive players guarding female players must allow a 3 yrd cushion to offer an opportunity for a completed pass. 
Four or more defensive female players against three or two offensive female players
  • Any additional female defensive players above three must line up with a male offensive player and remain stationary with her arms down. 
SCORING
  • Touchdowns are six points.
  • After scoring a touchdown, teams may elect to go for either one, two, or three extra points:
    • 1 point – attempted from the 3 yard-line
    • 2 points – attempted from the 10 yard-line
    • 3 points – attempted from the 20-yard-line
  • An intercepted extra-point try may be returned for 2 points. Safeties are 2 points. The scoring team will now go on offense with the ball placed at their 20-yard line.
FOOTBALL PENALTIES Moving penalties can be accepted or declined by the defense. If declined, the play stands as ruled. If accepted, the penalty is yardage and the down is re-played. Penalties committed by the defense vary by infraction: LOSS OF FIVE YARDS PENALTIES
  • Offsides
  • Encroachment
  • False Start (loss of down)
  • Delay of Game (loss of down)
  • Illegal Formation/Procedure/Snap/Shift/Motion:
    • Excepting the Center, there is no minimum number of players required to line up on the line of scrimmage.
    • Any player receiving a snap directly from the Center must be at least 2 yards behind the line of scrimmage.
    • Offensive players must assume a set position and come to an absolute stop (except one man in motion). The player in motion may only move laterally or backward.
  • Illegal Forward Pass (loss of down)
    • An offensive player cannot cross the line of scrimmage and then throw a forward pass.
    • The offensive team cannot throw more than one forward pass per down.
  • Intentional Grounding (loss of down).
  • No Diving (spot foul) – No player may dive to gain positive yards, including crossing the goal line.
LOSS OF TEN-YARD PENALTIES
  • Defensive Pass Interference/Illegal Use of Hands/Illegal Contact (automatic first down)
  • Offensive Pass Interference (loss of down)
  • Roughing the passer (automatic first down)
  • Flag Guarding/Stiff Arming/Any Intentional Contact
  • Illegal Blocking (spot foul) – No player may use his hands to block the opponent. Offensive players may not run downfield past 5 yards from the line of scrimmage in front of or parallel to the ball carrier, whether they intended to block or not. They may run behind to receive a lateral.
  • Kick Catch Interference
  • Illegal Flag Removal
  • Illegal Kicking
  • Illegal Participation
  • Stripping the Ball/Attempting to Strip the Ball
  • Hurdling a Player/Attempting to Hurdle a Player
  • Illegal equipment (loss of down); including but not limited to:
    • Tying, modifying, or in any way changing the intended use of flags to make it more difficult for the defense to pull.
  • Unsportsmanlike conduct, abusive or insulting language, or gestures to another player or referee, and taunting are not permissible under any circumstances. The player may be disqualified for the above actions if judged by the referee to be flagrant and will be suspended for next week’s game. If that player(s) is caught playing next week, the team will forfeit that game. In a severe case of unsportsmanlike conduct, the player will be suspended from playing any SPORTKIND event indefinitely.
OVERTIME RULES (PLAYOFFS ONLY) In the Playoffs, rock/paper/scissors are played by the captains with the winning team deciding on the first or second possession. Teams will attempt to score in the same end zone. Each team will then have four downs to score from the 20-yard line. If a team scores, they will have the opportunity to go for one, two, or three extra points. If a tie occurs after the first round, then teams will repeat using the same format. However, the team that defended first is now on offense first. If a third round is needed, then the teams must go for two or three extra points. The game will be decided when one team scores more points in the round. No first downs will be awarded except in the case of a penalty. PLAYOFF ELIGIBILITY All players participating in the playoffs must be on the official team roster and have played at least one regular season game. If an opposing team believes one of the players on the other team hasn’t played in an official regular season game and/or isn’t on the official team roster they can protest that player. If a team checks in a player who isn’t on the official league roster and the opposing team protests, the team will automatically forfeit the game. FORFEIT POLICY
  • If your team forfeits a game during the season, the following rules apply: 
    • The first Offense: Loss of the game. Score marked: 21-0
    • Second Offense: Loss of game and ability to make the playoffs. Score marked: 21-0 
    • Third Offense: Removal from the league.
  • If you know in advance that your team is going to forfeit a game, we encourage you to contact us immediately so we can inform your opponent. 
  • Teams have until ten minutes past the designated start time to field a full squad (or the league minimum of players required according to rules). If at that time a team is unable to field a legal team, they forfeit the game. The teams may utilize the playing field during their allotted time to play an unofficial game. The official score will be marked as a loss with the respective forfeit score of 21-0.
SPORTSMANSHIP
  • We enforce a “Zero Tolerance Policy” regarding the behavior of players, captains, and fans. Taunting, trash-talking, or abusive language will not be tolerated. Referees and league staff will have the right to reprimand or eject players, managers, or fans depending on the severity of the situation. Abusive behavior toward the referee will not be tolerated. An ejection carries a two-game suspension (including the current game). In extreme cases, the player will be asked to leave the premises without a refund. The severity of the punishment will be based on the discretion of the referee and league staff.
  • Only captains of respective teams are allowed to approach the referee with questions or concerns in a respective manner. Teams charging the field of play to question or complain about a call will be subject to an automatic forfeit for that game.
  • Alcohol and smoking are not allowed on playing fields.
  • Any rules not covered or protests will be handled by the Referee.
  • There will be no refunds allowed for rain delays or cancellations. If the league is postponed due to weather, we will reschedule for a later date. There will be no refunds if you are not able to furnish a team on the makeup date.
  • Flag Football is played in the rain if at all possible unless the Referee or Facility Representative decides it is necessary to postpone due to dangerous field conditions or lightning. If lightning occurs, all attempts will be made to resume play 30 minutes after the last lightning flash is viewed and the umpire deems it safe to resume play. The games will resume as scheduled if at all possible, or shortened if necessary.
LEAGUE AUTHORITY
  • FIGHTING WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. ANY INSTANCES OF FIGHTING MAY RESULT IN A TEAM FORFEITING THE LEAGUE WITHOUT A REFUND AND POSSIBLE EXPULSIONS FROM FUTURE LEAGUES.
  • ALL DECISIONS OF THE LEAGUE STAFF ARE FINAL. THE LEAGUE STAFF SHALL ALSO HAVE THE FINAL AUTHORITY TO MAKE ADJUSTMENTS TO THE GAME SCHEDULES, GAME DURATION, AND OTHER ASPECTS OF THE RULES OR THE LEAGUE.