FLAG FOOTBALL RULES 2023 Foword
SECTION 1. General
Article 1 - Flagrant Fouls
A flagrant foul is one which puts an opponent in danger of serious injury or one which is contrary to the principle of sportsmanship. Flagrant fouls require disqualification. [S47]
Any player or coach who commits two unsportsmanlike acts during the same game shall be disqualified.
A disqualified player or coach is required to leave the team area and remain out of view of the field. Further regulations are to be made by the organizer of the tournament or championship.
Article 2 - Unfair Tactics
If a team refuses to play or repeatedly commits fouls that can be penalized only by halving the distance or commits an obviously unfair act not specifically covered by the rules, the Referee may take any action considered equitable, including assessing a penalty, disqualifying a player or coach, ordering a loss of down, awarding a first down to either team, awarding a score or suspending or forfeiting the game. AR 10-1-2-I to VI
NOTE: The Referee should, but need not, warn the team and inform them that the foul will be called if they continue to repeat a certain unfair situation.
It needs a lot of experience to find the appropriate judgment for when the Referee should make use of this rule. Officials should confer prior to any announcement by the Referee in order to ensure that the action being taken is appropriate.
SECTION 2. Penalties Completed
Article 1 - How and When Completed
a. A penalty is completed when it is accepted, declined or canceled.
b. Any penalty may be declined by a team of the non-offending team, but a disqualified player must leave the game.
c. When a foul is committed, the penalty shall be completed before the ball is declared ready for play for the next down.
Article 2 - Simultaneous with Snap
Article 3 - Live Ball Fouls by the Same Team
Article 4 - Offsetting Fouls
If live ball fouls by both teams are reported, the fouls offset and the down is replayed with the following exceptions:
a. When there is a change of team possession during a down and the team last gaining possession had not fouled before last gaining possession, it may decline offsetting fouls and thereby retain possession after completion of the penalty for its foul.
b. When a live ball foul is administered as a dead ball foul it does not offset and is enforced in order of occurrence.
AR 10-2-4-I to IV
Article 5 - Dead Ball Fouls
Penalties for dead ball fouls are administered separately and in order of occurrence.
Dead ball fouls by both teams simultaneously will offset and the previous down counts. AR 10-2-5-I
Article 6 - Interval Fouls
SECTION 3. Enforcement Procedures
Article 1 - Basic Spot (BS)
The basic spot is the scrimmage line with the following exceptions:
a. For offense fouls behind the scrimmage line, the basic spot is the spot of foul. AR 10-3-1-a-I to VIII
b. For defense fouls when the dead ball spot is beyond the scrimmage line, the basic spot is the dead ball spot. AR 10-3-1-b-I to X
c. For fouls after a change of team possession the basic spot will be the dead ball spot. If the foul is on the last related run from the team ending up in possession and the foul is behind the dead ball spot, the basic spot is the spot of foul. AR 10-3-1-c-I to VI
d. For fouls after a change of team possession, committed by a team in their own end zone, before the ball is brought out of this end zone, the enforcement spot is the Touchback spot (own 5-yard line). AR 10-3-1-d-I to IV
Article 2 - Procedures
The enforcement spot for live ball fouls is the previous scrimmage line if not otherwise stated in the penalty. The enforcement spot for dead ball fouls is the next scrimmage line. Fouls during or after a touchdown or try:
a. Fouls with a 10 yard penalty by the non-scoring team during a touchdown are enforced on the try. Other fouls by the non-scoring team are declined by rule.
b. Fouls after a touchdown and before the ball is ready for play on the try are enforced on the try.
c. Fouls with a 10 yard penalty by the non-scoring team during a successful try are enforced on the next new series. Other fouls by the non-scoring team are declined by rule.
d. Fouls with a 10 yard penalty by the non-scoring team after a change of team possession during a try will be enforced on the next new series. Other fouls are declined by rule.
e. Fouls after a try are enforced on the next new series.
AR 10-3-2-I to X
Article 3 - Half-Distance Enforcement
No distance penalty, including tries, shall exceed half the distance from the enforcement spot to the offending team’s goal line. AR 10-3-3-I to II