Rule 1 The Field
•Section 1 - Dimensions
The game shall be played upon a rectangular field, 360 feet in length and 160 feet in width. The lines at each end of the field are termed End Lines. Those on each side are termed Sidelines. Goal Lines shall be established in the field 10 yards from and parallel to each end line. The area bounded by goal lines and sidelines is known as the Field of Play. The areas bounded by goal lines, end lines, and sidelines are known as the End Zones.
FIELD OF PLAY
The surface of the entire Field of Play must be Approved by League Staff or the Head of Official (White Hat).
The playing field will be trimmed by a solid white.
•Section 2 - Markings
At intervals of 5 yards, yard lines parallel to the goal lines shall be marked in the field of play.
All boundary lines, goal lines, and marked lines are to be continuous lines. These, and any other specified markings, must be in white, and there shall be no exceptions without the authorization of the Commissioner. Field numerals must also be white on the field of play. (But not mandatory)
The four intersections of goal lines and sidelines must be marked, at inside corners, by weighted pylons. In addition, a pylon shall be placed on each end line (EIGHT in all).
All lines are to be marked with a material that is not injurious to eyes or skin.
It is desirable that the yard line markers be flexible in order to prevent injury.
No benches or rigid fixtures should be nearer than 10 yards from sidelines.
In League parks where ground rules are necessary, because of fixed conditions that cannot be changed, they will be made by the Commissioner. Otherwise they will be made by mutual agreement of the two owners. If they cannot agree, the Referee is the final authority after consulting his crew.
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•Section 3 - Goal CROSSBAR
In the plane of each end line there shall be a centrally placed horizontal crossbar 18 feet, 6 inches in length, the top face of which is 10 feet above the ground. The goal is the vertical plane extending indefinitely above the crossbar and between the lines indicated by the outer edges of the goal posts.
*Note: Goal posts must be padded by proper, standard goal post padding.
**NO SHRINK WRAP OR OTHER FOREIGN PADDING**
Game will be ruled a FORFEIT if not padded properly by the home team.
At the option of the home team, both the players’ benches may be located on the same side of the field. In such a case, the end of each bench shall start at the 45-yard line and continue towards the adjacent goal line.
Note: When both benches are so located, the chain crew and linesmen are to operate during the entire game on the opposite
side to the benches.
CHAIN CREW AND BALL BOYS/GIRLS
Members of the chain crew and the ball boys/girls must be at least the age of 13 years of age…
The home club must provide and use the standard set of sideline markers.
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The Ball must be a “Wilson,” hand selected, bearing
the signature of the Commissioner of the League, Roger Goodell or an OFFICIAL NCAA FOOTBALL.
The ball shall be made up of an inflated (12 1/2 to 13 1/2 pounds) urethane bladder enclosed in a pebble grained, leather case (natural tan color) without corrugations of any kind.
**NO FOOTBALLS WITH A RUBBERY GRIP AND OR BAR CODES…
If one team does not have the correct ball…they will be force to use the opponents ball for the entire game.
The Referee shall be the sole judge as to whether all balls offered for play comply with these specifications. A pump is to be present at all times.
Each team will make 2 primary balls available for testing by the Referee prior to the starting time of the game to meet League requirements.
These balls are to be specially identified by the Referee and used exclusively for the kicking game.
In the event a team ball does not conform to specifications, the Referee shall secure a proper ball from the opponent.
In case of rain or a wet, muddy, or slippery field, a playable ball shall be used at the request of the offensive team’s center.
The Game Clock shall not stop for such action (unless undue delay occurs).
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•Section 1; Article 1
If the score is tied at the end of regulation playing time of all preseason, regular season and postseason ECFA games, a system of modified sudden death overtime shall be in effect, pursuant to the following:
At the end of regulation playing time, the Referee shall immediately toss a coin at the center of the field, in accordance with rules pertaining to a usual pregame toss. The visiting team captain is to again call the toss.
Following an intermission of no more than three minutes after the end of the regular game, the extra period shall commence.
(a) Both teams must have the opportunity to possess the ball once during the extra period, unless the team that receives the opening kickoff scores a touchdown on its initial possession, in which case it is the winner, or if the team kicking off to start the overtime period scores a safety on the receiving team’s initial possession, in which case the team that kicked off is the winner.
(b) If the team that possesses the ball first does not score on its initial possession, the team next scoring by any method shall be the winner.
(c) If the team that possesses the ball first scores a field goal on its initial possession, the other team shall have the opportunity to possess the ball.
(1) If the second team scores a touchdown on its possession, it is the winner.
If the second team loses possession by an interception or fumble, the down will be permitted to run to its conclusion, but if the second team’s possession has legally ended with the fumble recovery or interception, any subsequent action will not affect the outcome of the game. (If the change of possession occurs in the second team’s end zone, the score counts.)
(2) Fouls by one or both teams after the change of possession, or a subsequent loss of possession by the team that intercepted the pass or recovered the ball, cannot change the result. The team that received the opening kickoff is the winner, since the second team had possession of the ball and failed to score.
(3) In such situations, if the player who intercepts the pass or recovers the fumble goes to the ground and makes no effort to advance, the covering official will blow his whistle to end the game.
(4) If the second team loses possession by an interception or fumble, but the first team committed a foul prior to the change of possession, the second team’s possession has not legally ended, and the game cannot end on the down. However, in certain situations the second team cannot decline the penalty and accept the result of the play, no matter how beneficial, because it would create a second possession for itself. It must accept the penalty enforcement, which will extend its initial possession.
(5) The situation in (4) may also affect the team that receives the opening kickoff during its first possession. If there is a foul by the second team followed by a double change of possession, and the first team declines the penalty and accepts the result of the play, the second team has had its required possession, and the first team has possession of the ball for the second time and needs only a field goal to win. However, if it accepts the penalty, it will extend its initial possession.
(d) A player is in possession when he is in firm grip and control of the ball in bounds. The defense gains possession when it catches, intercepts, or recovers a loose ball.
(e) The opportunity to possess applies only during kicking plays. A kickoff is the opportunity to possess for the receiving team. If the kicking team legally recovers the kick, the receiving team is considered to have had its opportunity. A punt or field goal attempt that crosses the line of scrimmage and is muffed by the receiving team is considered to be an opportunity to possess for the receiving team. Normal touching rules by the kicking team apply.
The following shall apply to overtime games in the preseason and regular season.
(a) There shall be a maximum of one 15-minute period, even if the second team has not had an opportunity to possess the ball or if its initial possession has not ended. If the score is tied at the end of the period, the game shall result in a tie.
(b) Each team shall be entitled to two time outs, and if there is an excess time out, the usual rules shall apply
The general provisions for the fourth quarter of a game, including timing, shall apply.
The following shall apply to overtime games in the postseason.
(a) If the score is tied at the end of a 15-minute overtime period, or if the second team’s initial possession has not ended, another overtime period will begin, and play will continue, regardless of how many 15-minute periods are necessary.
(b) Between each overtime period, there shall be a two-minute intermission, but there shall be no halftime.