THIS IS A FUNDAMENTAL LEAGUE
a. IT IS OUR GOAL TO TEACH THE PLAYERS:
i. HOW TO TACKLE
ii. HOW TO BLOCK
iii. HOW TO RUN BASE PLAYS
iv. HOW TO PLAY DEFENSE VS. BASE PLAYS
v. THE NAMES OF THE DIFFERENT POSITIONS
vi. WHERE TO LINE UP
2. Offensive Rules -Pee Wee Weight Limit up to 65lbs allowed to run the ball, over 85lbs offensive line only-Junior Weight Limit up to 90lbs allowed to run the ball, over 160lbs offensive line only-Bantam Weight Limit up to 120lbs allowed to run the ball, over 185lbs offensive line only
a. Offenses must use Official Whitepoint hole and back numbering system
b. Offense must use Official Whitepoint I Formation
c. No quarterback sneaks.
d. The maximum splits for an offensive lineman is 3 feet or 1 yard between their feet.
3. Defensive Rules
a. Defense must use Official Whitepoint Gap lettering system and 2-3 3-deep defensive formation.
b. No Blitzing
c. Only down linemen can rush the passer
i. If the QB rolls-out or scrambles outside of the Guards he is considered a running back and can be tackled by anyone.
ii. Blitzing will result in an unsportsmanship penalty
d. Defensive Line
i. Defensive linemen must align head up with the offensive
ii. Defensive linemen may not shoot the gaps.
1. Defensive line must make non-angled (straight-on) contact with an offensive player directly across from him before reacting to the play.
2. Defensive linemen may use a rip or swim technique only after a two hand punch or shoulder blow is delivered
iii. It is up to the discretion of the referee whether or not a defensive lineman is shooting the gap
iv. Shooting the gap will result in an unsportsmanship penalty
v. Vs. a pulling offensive lineman the defensive line man may run directly to the ball carrier.
vi. No Nose Guards
e. Defensive formations require four distinct levels.
1. Line of Scrimmage
2. Linebackers, four yards off the line of scrimmage
a. Inside the 5 yard line, the linebackers can line up 3 yards off the line of scrimmage.
3. Cornerbacks, at least one yard behind linebackers (5 yds off the LOS)
4. Safety, at least three yards behind cornerbacks (8 yds off the LOS)
4. Special Team Modifications
i. On 4th down the offense can declare that they are going to punt.
1. The ball will be marked 30 yards from the line of scrimmage.
a. If the 30 yards marked off lands in the end zone a touch back will be declared.
b. The ball can’t be moved inside the 10 yard line from a punt.
b. Kick Off/Return
i. Drives will start on the 10 yard line at the start of the game, 3rd quarter, and after touchdowns.
a. Each touchdown is worth 6 points.
b. Point after touchdown will be marked from the 3 yard line.
i. PAT is worth 1 point
a. Only the most blatant of infractions will be called.
i. After a penalty is called it is the coach’s job to instruct the player on what he did wrong and how to correct it.
ii. Do not expect many calls to be made.
iii. Do not whine or yell out holding or some other type of penalty.
b. Whitepoint follows all NFHS Football Rules.
i. In addition to NFHS Football Rules
1. Blitzing, Unsporsman like conduct-15 yd penalty
2. Shooting the gap, Unsporsman like conduct 15 yd penalty
7. Code of Conduct
a. The Referees are volunteers. Please do not harass them or give them a hard time. They are doing the best they can.
b. The Head Coach is responsible for conduct of his assistants and parents of players on his team.
c. Follow the league rules in fact and in spirit.
i. Remember at all times this program is for the players benefit, not for the coaches or parents.
d. Coaching Rosters are to have One Head Coach and up to two Assistant Coaches.
e. No criticizing officials at any time, on or off the field. This can only hurt the program.
i. If you disagree with a call, and you think the official misapplied a rule, you can call a time out and discuss it with the officials.
1. This does not apply to judgment calls.
ii. If the official agrees a rule was wrongly applied, the time out is not charged and the correction is made.
iii. If the official thinks the rule was correctly applied, the time out is charged to your team and the play stands.
iv. The referee’s decision is final.
f. In case of an injury on the field, coaches are allowed to pull the team to the sideline for water or Coach’s instructions.
g. Show good SPORTSMANSHIP at all time.
h. Playing time for all participants is more important than winning or losing a game. REMEMBER: THIS PROGRAM IS FOR THE YOUTH and not for the coaches and parents.
i. INFRACTIONS OF THE ABOVE RULES ARE SUBJECT TO A VARIETY OF DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS BY THE BOARD UP TO AND INCLUDING DISMISSAL FROM THE PROGRAM.