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Know your flag football, part 1

What are the rules of flag football?
Know your flag football, part 1

With the inaugural season of girls’ flag football beginning on Thursday, knowing the rules of flag football is important for fans who have never watched a flag football game. For the next three days, The Coyote Caller will post articles describing the game. Today’s article will address the rules.

The rules of flag football are different from regular football. Fewer players take the field, the field is shorter, and players don’t wear helmets, and no tackling is allowed, to name a few differences.

Over the next few days, so that students know what’s going on when the season begins, we will explain how flag football works and how it is different from tackle football. Today, we will cover the basic rules of flag football.

The basic rules of flag football:

  • The most important rule in flag football is that there’s no contact allowed/
  •  Blocking is permitted if it is behind the line of scrimmage, and blocks must be “screen” style blocks, much like basketball. Once the ball passes the line of scrimmage, no blocking is permitted.
  • Instead of physically tackling an opponent to the ground, players wear flags that hang along their sides by a belt. Defenders “tackle” the ball carrier by removing one or both of their flags.
  • The quarterback is allowed to run at any given time. No need for a blitzer to initiate the run, and there is no “Scramble Clock.”
  • All passes must go forward and be received beyond the line of scrimmage.
  • Laterals and pitches are legal.
  • Center sneak plays aren’t allowed. The quarterback must snap the ball to the quarterback, who must be at least two yards away from the center.
  • There are no fumbles. Instead, the ball stays in possession of the offense and is spotted where the ball carrier’s feet were when the fumble occurred.
  • The ball is dead when: the ball carrier’s flag is pulled, the ball-carrier steps out of bounds, a touchdown or safety is scored, the ball carrier’s knee hits the ground, or the ball carrier’s flag falls off.
  • Players can’t obstruct or guard their flags.
  • Any defensive player lined up seven yards off the line of scrimmage is eligible to rush.
  • If the ball is handed off, any defender may rush.
  • Interceptions are returnable (even on extra point attempts).

Tomorrow, we will explain the different positions on the flag football team.

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