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Prime Time Athletics NFL Approved Youth Flag Football

Running

  • The ball is spotted where the runner’s front foot is when the flag is pulled, not where the ball carrier has the ball. The forward foot marks the spot.
  • The quarterback cannot DIRECTLY run with the ball in any age division.
  • In the 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14 & 15-17 age divisions, the QB CAN run if:

    – The defense crosses the LOS when rushing from the “rush marker” (7-yards from LOS) and the offense is NOT in the “no-run” zone.

  • The QB cannot directly hand the ball back to the center after the snap. For the center to take the hand-off, he/she will need to roll behind the QB.
  • Offense may use multiple hand offs.
  • Laterals are allowed behind the line of scrimmage.
  • “No-Run Zones”, located 5 yards before each end zone and 5 yards on either side of midfield, are to avoid short-yardage, power-running situations. Teams are NOT allowed to run in the No-Run Zone.
    – Reminder, the No-Run Zone does not exist in the 5-6 division.
  • Once you are in the “No-Run Zone”, you will stay in the “No-Run Zone”, even if a penalty occurs and takes you out.
  • The player who takes the hand off can throw the ball from behind the line of scrimmage.
  • Once the ball has been handed off in front or behind the quarterback, all defensive players are eligible to rush.
  • Runners may not leave their feet to advance the ball. Diving, leaping or jumping is considered flag guarding.
  • Spinning is allowed, but players CANNOT leave their feet to avoid a flag pull.
  • Runners may leave their feet IF there is a clear indication that he/she has done so to avoid collision with another player without a flag-guarding penalty enforced.
  • NO blocking or screening is allowed at any time.
  • Offensive players must stop their motion once the ball has crossed the line of scrimmage.
  • NO running with the ball carrier.
  • Flag obstruction – ALL jerseys MUST be tucked in before play begins. The flags MUST be on the players’ hips and free from obstruction. Deliberately obstructed flags will be considered flag guarding.

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