RULES & REGULATIONS

GENERAL

  1. Offense starts on the 40-yard line.
  2. On day one, a coin flip before each game will determine first possession.
  3. On day two (non-pool play games), the higher seed will choose which team gets the ball first (e.g., #1 seed plays #16 seed, #1 seed will choose which team gets the ball first).
  4. A player is down when he is touched with one hand below the neck and above the ankle.
  5. QB will have 4.0 seconds to throw. Refs will 3-chop and the 4th chop is the whistle. (Stopwatch may be used for verification.)  The four second clock starts on the snap of the ball.
  6. Each team will have one blitz per game (including overtime). HEAD REFEREE & FIELD GENERAL WILL TRACK.
  7. Running by the offense is permitted.
  8. There are NO untimed downs except for the extra point if a team scores a touchdown as the game time expires.
  9. The Field General can stop the clock to ensure proper application of the rules outlined herein.

TEAMS, COACHES AND GAME MANAGERS

  1. Maximum number of players on one team is twenty-four (24). Bands will not be issued for more than 24 players.
  2. Players must remain on their sideline during the game.
  3. Players and coaches shall respect the teams that are playing. Do not warm-up on their sideline.
  4. Please police your own sidelines keeping players back during the game and clean up all trash after your game.
  5. Maximum of four (4) coaches per team.
  6. One Offensive Coach and no more than two substitute players can be on the field (players must be on one knee) during play. The first offense results in a warning, each subsequent offense results in a delay of game (which is a loss of down). No defensive coaches can be on the field at any time. 
  7. Offense cannot set up on the field until the opposing team reaches the 15-yard line. Penalty is delay of game and a loss of down.
  8. Each game will have at least three (3) referees, and a Field General. Coaches will be responsible for signing the final game score sheet after each contest.
  9. The Field Generals will be in charge of maintaining order during the game and ensuring these rules are enforced properly. The Head Official and/or Field General will be responsible for communicating the score to both teams as points are awarded.
  10. Organizations with multiple teams in the same age group: during check in, each player will be given a different color wrist band to represent their team. Once a team is eliminated from tournament play that disqualifies those players on the losing team from further play during that day.  Wristbands are not interchangeable among players. All players must have a wristband to be eligible to compete. This will be monitored by Field Generals and tournament staff. Any players/teams that are caught switching wristbands or competing without a wristband will be automatically eliminated from the tournament. PLAYERS CANNOT PLAY ON MORE THAN ONE TEAM DURING THE EVENT. If a team is caught using players not on their original roster team, that team will be disqualified. A player cannot play for two different teams in any age group.

PLAYER ELIGIBILITY

Every participant will be required to check in at the registration table. Please arrive an hour before game time to allow time for the registration process.

 ALL players must be preregistered in Zorts to expedite the certification process. YOU MAY HAVE TO WAIT behind teams that completed this process properly.

Battle 7v7 events strive to ensure fair and equitable play. As such, we will check to ensure all players meet the age requirements by division.  All players will be banded during registration. DO NOT REMOVE THE BAND OR RECERTIFICATION WILL BE REQUIRED.

CLASS OF 2022 PLAYERS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE.

If found guilty of using 2022 players, both players and team will be eliminated immediately.

High School – Must have a picture ID along with a document demonstrating the player is in a class below 2022. No graduating seniors can play.

15u– Must be no older than 15 years of age on the final day of the event. Must be able to demonstrate age with picture ID.  Examples include, any government issued ID, birth certificate along with a picture ID, etc.

14u– Must be no older than 14 years of age on the final day of the event. Must be able to demonstrate age with picture ID.  Examples include, any government issued ID, birth certificate along with a picture ID, etc.

12u– Must be no older than 12 years of age on the final day of the event. Must be able to demonstrate age with picture ID.  Examples include, any government issued ID, birth certificate along with a picture ID, etc.

10u– Must be no older than 10 years of age on the final day of the event. Must be able to demonstrate age with picture ID.  Examples include, any government issued ID, birth certificate along with a picture ID, etc.

Game Times and Late Policy

  1. Each game will last 25 minutes.
  2. Running clock with no timeouts.
  3. Teams must be on site and ready to start on time. The game clock will start at the originally scheduled game time, or the game time specified by the Event Director.  If a team is five minutes late, 7 points will be awarded to the team that is present on time and the on-time team will possess the ball first. If a team is ten minutes late, the team will forfeit the game.  A win by forfeit will result in a 7-0 final score. (Registration will not be a reason to hold up games).
  4. If a touchdown is scored and time runs out, the scoring team will be allowed an extra point attempt.
  5. The head official will keep the time and will be located by the offensive huddle; The head official will blow the whistle to start the clock.

Offense

  1. Offense will start on the 40-yard line with the option of using either hash. First downs will be at the 25-yard line and 10-yard line. Once a first down is achieved inside the 10-yard line you will have three (3) downs to score.
  2. Offense has three (3) downs to gain a first down.
  3. Each team must use a center to snap the ball. The center is ineligible to catch a pass.
  4. After a score, the offense can go for one (1) point at the 5-yard line or two (2) points at 10-yard line. The offense may place the ball either on the hash or the middle.
  5. The offensive team may run the ball on ANY DOWN.
  6. The first player to receive the ball from the center is considered the QB and can NOT run. The second player to possess the ball is the runner and is not allowed to throw or lateral the ball.
  7. NO BLOCKING – THIS WILL RESULT IN A 5-YARD PENALTY FROM THE PREVIOUS LINE OF SCRIMMAGE AND A LOSS OF DOWN.
  8. A fumbled shotgun snap is a dead ball (loss of down), and the ball will return to the original line of scrimmage. All fumbles are dead where they lay.
  9. The Offensive team is responsible for retrieving and returning the ball to the previous spot or the new line of scrimmage.
  10. All offensive formations must be legal sets. Receiver alignment should respect the tackle box.
  11. All offensive substitutions must enter through the back of the offense.

Scoring

  1. Six (6) points for a touchdown.
  2. One (1) point for a PAT from 5-yard line.
  3. Two (2) points for a PAT from 10-yard line.
  4. Two (2) points for a defensive stop.
  5. Three (3) Points for an interception (no runbacks or “pick-six”).
  6. Turnover on a PAT is a dead ball (including interception) and no points will be given.
  7. If there is a defensive stop or an interception that occurs with no time on the clock, the defense will still be awarded two (2) points for the defensive stop and three (3) points for the interception.
  8. Official scores will be kept by the scorekeeper on the field.

Offense Penalties

  1. False start is a loss of down.
  2. Delay of game is a loss of down.
  3. Each team will have 25 seconds to snap the ball once it has been marked ready for play; delay of game penalties will be assessed.
  4. Offensive pass interference is a loss of down
  5. If there is an offensive penalty at the 40-yard line, the offensive team will be penalized with a loss of down (ex. first down, Offensive Pass Interference penalty at the 40-yard line, the next play will be second down from the 40-yard line).
  6. Offensive team is responsible for retrieving and returning the ball to the previous spot or the new scrimmage spot. Clock does not stop and any delay by offense in retrieving and returning the ball will result in a delay of game and be a loss of down.
  7. Dead ball penalties on the Offense assessed after the play will result in a 15-yard penalty.
  8. If a personal foul is assessed on the offense on a touchdown the offensive team will lose the next down which is the PAT. Ball goes to the defense on the 40 yard line.
  9. Back-to-back delay of game penalties will result in a defensive stop and defense will be awarded two (2) points
  10. If the scoring team is assessed a dead ball penalty after a touchdown, they will forfeit their extra point opportunity.
  11. If there is an offensive penalty (false start, delay of game, offensive pass interference, etc.) when the defensive team blitzes, the defensive team will be retain their blitz if the penalty is accepted.

Defensive Penalties

  1. Offsides is a 5-yard penalty
  2. Defensive pass interference will be a spot foul (1st down at the spot).
  3. Defensive holding will be a spot foul (1st down at the spot).
  4. If defensive pass interference occurs in the end zone, it will result in a 1st down at the one-yard line.
  5. Defensive pass interference on a PAT is half the distance for the same amount of points. Ex. Going for two (2) from the 10-yard line, defensive pass interference occurs, the ball is moved to the 5 yard line and if converted offense is awarded two (2) points.
  6. Any dead ball penalty on the defense AFTER a change of possession or TD would result in a loss of down for that team’s offense when they begin their ensuing possession.
  7. Responsibility to avoid contact is with the defense.
  8. Dead ball penalties on the defense after the play results in a 15-yard penalty, or half the distance to the goal from the spot of the ball and an automatic first down.
  9. Game cannot end on a defensive penalty.
  10. Tackling or unnecessary roughness is an unsportsmanlike penalty resulting in a 15-yard penalty and automatic 1st down and player may be ejected. Diving at the legs of an offensive player will be considered unnecessary roughness
  11. If there is a defensive penalty that occurs when the defensive team blitzes (defensive holding, offside, etc.) the defensive team will lose their blitz for the remainder of the game. (Ex: defensive team blitz, offensive team scores a TD. There is a defensive penalty on the play.  The defense loses its blitz.)

Punting the ball in celebration will result in a personal foul. If the penalty occurs on a change of possession, the penalty will result in a loss of down and the ball will be placed on the 40-yard line. 

Blitz

1) Each time has 1 blitz to be used during game play and/or during overtime

2) If a team blitzes, there will be NO 4 second count! QB can scramble but can not run passed the original line of scrimmage

3) The Blitz can be used at any part of the field, the blitzing team can blitz as many players as they choose

4) If a team blitz’s, and there is a Defensive penalty on the play the blitzing team will forfeit their blitz. If there is an offense penalty on the play, the blitzing team can accept the penalty, if the penalty is accepted the blitzing team will maintain their blitz.

Tie Breaker/Overtime Rules

  1. Any game that ends in a tie will result in overtime.
  2. The referee will select a team to call the coin toss in overtime, at his/her discretion.
  3. The winner of the coin flip will select if they want to be on offense or defense.
  4. The ball will be marked on the 10-yard line and NCAA overtime rules will apply. Each team has three attempts at the end zone.
  5. Only offensive scoring will count in overtime.
  6. After the 1st overtime, both teams must go for two (2) points (spot ball at 10-yard line) after a Touchdown.

 

*If a game goes into a 2nd overtime, the team that gets the ball 2nd in the 1st overtime will receive the ball 1st in the 2nd overtime.  3rd overtime and the teams will switch again

Over Time Penalties

All regulation rules and penalties apply.

Tournament Seeding

All teams will be seeded into the Day Two Tournament based on the win/loss record and points scored the day before in pool play.

Fighting will not be tolerated

  • It starts with the coach – if any coach encourages inappropriate behavior and acts aggressively towards other coaches or players, the coach will be ejected from the event after one warning.
  • If any coach touches any player from another team, the coach will be ejected from the tournament.
  • If a player throws a punch, he is ejected immediately for the remainder of tournament.
  • If the benches clear and it results in a fight, both teams will ejected and cannot return to the tournament.
  • IF A PLAYER IS PUNCHED AND RETALIATES (BUT DOES NOT SWING BACK) HE WILL BE REQUIRED TO SIT OUT A SERIES. IF A PLAYER IS PUNCHED AND SWINGS BACK, HE WILL BE EJECTED FOR THE GAME.
  • Each team is responsible for their fans and/or parents.

Celebrations

We encourage celebrations. However, we do not tolerate taunting. Keep it fun and keep it quick so as not to unnecessarily delay game play. If during a celebration your players pass the other teams hash, you will be penalized for taunting.

BALLHEAD NOTE: Circling or touching players from the opposite team will result in a double taunting penalty plus two (2) points being awarded to the non-offending team. Second infraction may result in ejection at the discretion of the Field General.

Equipment Requirements

**Headgear and mouthguards are recommended but not required**