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NFL Flag Official League

2023 Spring Season Rules & Modifications

2023 Spring Season Rules Modifications

The following are rule modifications for the 2023 Spring Season. These modifications are to the standard NFL Flag Rulebook. If you have any questions or need clarification, please contact the league organizer.


  • Jerseys must be tucked in or it is flag guarding; clock will not stop for adjustment 

  • No metal cleats, only rubber

  • Mouthpieces are required

  • Shorts should have no pockets; or have pockets taped

  • Shorts cannot be the same color as flags (no green or yellow shorts)

  • Only 2 flags hanging (extra belt must be taped/cut)


  • 25-second play clock—ref will be in charge of this

  • No jumping or diving

  • Fumble is a dead ball/play is over

  • A flip of a coin for possession

  • Handoffs must be behind the line of scrimmage

  • Spinning is allowed as long as there is not a jump

  • U9 No Run zone is 3 yards before 1st down and/or touchdown

  • U13 No Run zone is 5 yards before 1st down and/or touchdown

  • Passes in the No Run zone must cross line of scrimmage

  • QB play

    • QB has 7 sec to pass/handoff or play is dead (buzzer will sound on QB tee)

    • If QB is rushed by a defender, he may advance the ball after the rusher crosses the line of scrimmage

    • Rusher must be 7 yds off the line of scrimmage

    • Any number of players can rush the quarterback

    • No blitzing if the line of scrimmage is in the No Run zone

  • You have 4 plays to get the first down

  • If the offense fails to convert on 4th down attempt, the opposing team takes over from that spot on downs

  • If the offense elects to “punt”, the ball is placed at the usual starting spot

  • Only 1 player can be in motion

  • All players must be set when the ball is snapped (except for the player in motion)


  • Rusher(s) must be 7 yds off the line of scrimmage (official will enforce)

  • Rusher may not start forward progress until the ball is snapped

  • The rusher leaves the rush line before the snap and crosses the line of scrimmage

  • before a handoff or pass – illegal rush (5-yards from the line of scrimmage and first down).

  • No rushing when the line of scrimmage is in the No Run zone

  • When defending the Run-Pass-Option (RPO), if there is a dual-posession (QB and RB/WR have ball), the defensive line may not cross line of scrimmage (LOS) until the handoff is completed. This does not include the rusher who, who may come in at any time. If the defense, other than eligible rusher(s), cross the LOS, it will be an illegal rush (5-yards from the line of scrimmage and first down).


  • Each half is a 20 min rolling clock (U9), 25 min rolling clock (U13)

  • Clock stops only for timeouts, injuries, or officials discretion

  • 2 30-sec timeout per half (U8) / 3 30-sec timeouts per half (U11)

  • Offensive drives start at the 3 yd line (U8) / 5 yd line (U11)

  • Extra point conversion

    • 1 pt from the 3-yd (U8) / 5 yd (U11) - No Run Zone

    • 2 pt from the 5-yd (U8) / 10 yd (U11) - Pass or Run allowed

  • Non-play penalties (false start, illegal motion, illegal formation, etc.) 5 yd + loss of down

  • Due to our rental agreement with The Bridge, ALL GAMES MUST START ON TIME!

  • The ball is spotted where the ball carrier's flag is pulled, NOT where the ball is

  • Dead ball occurs where the ball hits the turf (NOT where it rolls)


  • Celebrations are allowed but NOT taunting, pushing, and shoving; those are Unsportsmanlike Conduct (+10 yds, automatic 1st down)

  • As coaches do your best to get kids as much playing time as possible and spread the ball around when possible

  • Excessive behavior towards referees/players/other coaches will not be tolerated and will result in ejection from the building (see Code of Conduct)

  • Unnecessary rough play will result in the player being suspended from the game for the remainder of the half.  The second offense is ejection from the game.

NFL Flag Rulebook:

NFL Flag Football Penalties Chart:

We reserve the right to make some adjustments as needed.

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