Week In Review
Rules Question of the Week?
In this week's rules question we will be explaining the sub rules for teams with 9 players. When a team has 9 players they will sit 3 players each quarter except for 1 quarter. The quarter that no players sit is called the ALL PLAY quarter. At the beginning of the game you need to ask the coach what quarter will be their ALL PLAY, as they are allowed to designate the quarter 1-4. Once they choose the quarter confirm with the opposing coach the quarter that the team selected to have as their ALL PLAY. During the ALL PLAY the coach is only allowed to sub 3 players on offense and 3 players on defense. This means that the other 3 non-sub players on offense or defense must be in for the entire ALL PLAY quarter. Basically they can sub 3 players on offense and 3 players on defense during the ALL PLAY quarter as I understand it so please be aware as I have had complaints that coaches are subbing all players on offense and defense. If you notice this or it is brought to your attention during the game please take an official time out and verify the players that are to remain in the entire quarter so you can make sure the coach is abiding by the rule. Many times the coaches are just new to the rules and don't understand them completely and if you take a moment and explain them they will comply and the game will move along smoothly.
Organizing member of iCanReferee & Head Offiicial of Friday Night Lights flag football league. Over 12 years experience with youth flag & tackle football. Major responsibilities are education, on-field training, game assignments, rules interpretation & expanding the organization.