5UP football games will be played on turf fields. The surface is approximately 165 feet long by 80 feet wide. The end zone will consist of an area approximately 25 feet in depth set up at one end of the field whereby each team will travel the same direction to score.
Equipment of Players
All players participating in this league and or tournament are highly encouraged to use the following equipment.
- Supporter with cup.
- Cleats where appropriate or otherwise Tennis shoes or molded rubber sole turf shoes only.
It is assumed that all participants have examined by their own licensed physician and have been deemed fit to participate in this league and or tournament.
Each player under the age of eighteen (18) must have the liability release form signed by their parent or guardian in order to participate in the program. See waiver agreement.
The League and or Tournament Director have found that the majority of players are insured through family insurance; therefore, insurance is the responsibility of the individual.
Must use High School regulation size ball
- Individual registered players will be placed on a team by the League and or Tournament Director based on position.
- EXCEPTIONS. There are to be no players on two rosters and no player can play on more than one team in any given season and or tournament.
- No team may enter the league and or tournament with fewer than Ten (10) players. Thirteen (13) players is the maximum allowed per roster.
Players, Formations, and Game Play
Please note that the purpose and intention of the league and or tournament rules are to generate offense. All High School rules are in effect according to the National Federation rulebook with the following exceptions:
The League and or Tournament Director reserves the right to modify, add, or remove rules as they deem fit for the improvement or safety of the league and or tournament at any point during the play.
Starting of the Game
- For the safety of the players and fair competition, each team must field five players at the start of the game. A forfeit will be called if a team cannot field five players at the start of each game.
- The visiting team shall take possession of the ball at the five (5) yard line to start the game.
- Only coaches on the side line are those which are part official team roster are permitted on the sideline/bench area at any time.
- If, at ANY TIME, an individual is discovered on the sideline who is not a coach on the official team roster the team will incur the following consequences: first offenses by a team will result in an official warning to the team. Second offenses will result in suspension of the individual at fault as well as the Head Coach from the next game of play. Third offenses will result in suspension of the Head Coach indefinitely and removal of the team from post-season and or championship play. Any further offenses will result in the team’s removal from the league and or tournament.
- No defensive coaches are permitted on the field unless a time out is called. No more than two offensive coaches are allowed on the field at any given time.
- No one other than coaches, players, and game official are allowed on the field before, during, or post-game.
- The offensive team shall consist of five (5) players on the field
- The offense positions will consist of one (1) Center, one (1) Quarterback, and three (3) eligible receivers.
- The Center is the player on the line of scrimmage whose primary purpose is to pass block. This player must start in a three point stance where by each offensive down is started by the center snapping the ball. The other alternative to start each offensive down is by the Quarter back placing the ball on the small of the Centers back and then simulate the Center’s snapping of the ball.
- The Quarterback is the player positioned behind the center. The ball can only be advanced by way of a pass or handoff directly from the Quarterback.
- The Receivers are eligible to advance the ball only by a direct pass or handoff from the Quarterback.
- There are various acceptable formations as long as the center is on the line of scrimmage along with one (1) eligible receiver (all covered rules apply).
- The Center is eligible in the Red Zone (This is an area no more than fifteen (15) feet from the goal line.) All receivers and remain so through the down. The principals of one (1) Center, one (1) Quarterback and three (3) Receivers make up the base offensive structure. All basic football rules apply to eligible receivers and covered ends.
- The defensive team shall consist of five (5) players on the field.
- A coach is free to have his/her team use whatever base defensive formation he/she wants.
- One (1) defensive player must be on the line of scrimmage in a three (3) point stance at the start of each offensive down. This players, primary purpose, is to pass rush the Quarterback.
- This player must always move forward in an attempt to sack the Quarterback. The only exception for the Defensive lineman to drop into coverage after the snap of the ball is if the Center release across the line of scrimmage while in the Red Zone to become an eligible receiver.
- ALL defensive linemen must be in a down position – 3-point stance and head on the center.
- In all defensive formations, the Defensive Lineman’s initial position must be within two (2) feet of the down offensive lineman known as the Center.
- All non-defensive linemen, i.e. Linebackers, Corners, Safety’s cannot move forward until the snap of the ball and cannot rush the Quarterback on a pass play.
- NO BLITZING is permitted. For the purpose of 5UP Football, a blitz it defined as a non-defensive linemen penetrating the line of scrimmage during play where the Quarterback is passing the ball. Specifically, the only defensive player, that can penetrate beyond the line of scrimmage are the defensive lineman identified above. Non-defensive linemen can either have pass coverage or “spy” responsibility on the Quarterback in the event the Quarterback hands the ball to an eligible receiver, but those players cannot penetrate the line of scrimmage until the hand attempt is made. 5UP Football limits the protection that a Quarterback has, so the “no blitzing” rule is necessary for safety and to encourage the passing game.
- "Blitzing" is permitted if someone other than the QB has the ball in their procession behind the line of scrimmage. The QB is defined as the first player that touches the ball immediately after snap.
- When the Quarterback “fakes” a handoff, non-defensive linemen cannot "blitz", however they can step forward initially to stop the advance of the ball. For the purpose of 5P Football, a pass play occurs when: (1) the Quarterback is in possession of the football after the initial snap, (2) the Quarterback has not transferred the ball to another player and (4) the Quarterback has not crossed the line of scrimmage.
- When the ball touches the ground it is dead, even if the Quarterback is able to recover the ball the non-defensive linemen cannot rush after the ball touches the floor.
- An eligible receiver is considered down once a defender touches any part of the receiver body with contact by both hands simultaneously.
- Each game will consist of a fifteen (15) minute time limit with continuous running time for fourteen minutes. The last minute is stop time. The clock will automatically stop with a one (1) minute remaining for the “one minute warning”. Officials may stop the clock for injuries or consultations on disputed calls. During the regular season and or Tournament Seeding Rounds there is no overtime. During the playoffs and or Tournament Elimination rounds, overtime will consist of each team having two plays from the half field mark. The team which advances the ball furthest in those two plays will be considered the winner.
- Referees will be responsible for keeping the play clock of 20 seconds. Referees will work with coaches and players to keep the game moving.
- In the case of an injury the clock will stop. Stoppage time is based on the discretion of the referee, depending on the game and schedule situation. The injured player must be removed from the field of play and not participate for one (1) down.
- Games may start up to five (5) minutes early if field is available in order to keep games on schedule throughout the day.
- The League and or Tournament Director reserves the right to adjust game times based on League and or Tournament participation.
- Game time is forfeit time; therefore all teams should be ready to play.
Moving the ball and Scoring
- Four (4) downs are allowed to advance the ball to midfield for a first down. If a team advance to midfield or further within four (4) downs than that team is given an additional series made of four (4) downs to score.
- Should a team fail to cross midfield within four (4) downs, thus not acquiring a first down, or in the case of earning a first down fail to score, than the ball will be place on the five (5) yard line and the ball will be considered turned over on downs.
- A turnover will be marked as a first down at the spot of the ball for the team awarded possession.
- Six (6) points are awarded for a touchdown.
- One (1) point conversion from the three (3) yard line.
- Two (2) point conversion from five (5) yards.
- Three (3) point conversion from the half field mark
- Two (2) points awarded for an interception
- Colored lines, tape or cones will mark the out of bounds on all sides of the field.
- The hash will be determined by the distance which represents half way of the out of bounds line and the center of the field on either side.
- Each offensive procession will start with the ball in the center of the field.
- Any offensive player that is called down will require the ball for the next down to be place closest to where that player was downed in relation to either hash or the center of the field.
- Tie Breaker for All Games – Tie games are allowed. There is no time allowed for tie breakers during the season or tournament seeding play. Playoff and or Tournament Elimination Rules for overtime will consist of two plays from mid field. The team which advances the ball the furthest will be ruled the winner.
- Mercy Rule- If up by 32 points margin, the losing team gets the ball at mid-field with four plays to score. Once the losing team closes the margin to under 32 points then they must start back at the five yard line like normal.
- Slaughter Rule- Once a team reaches a 48 point margin the losing team will continue to get the ball back at mid-field with four plays to score. If the losing team does not score they receive an additional four plays to score starting at mid-field. This will continue until the clock runs out no matter how many times they start again at mid-field.
- Stalling Rule- If, in the last three minutes of the game, the winning team is on offense and commits two penalties of any kind (off sides, unsportsmanlike conduct, etc) the ball will be immediately given to the opposing team on the 5-yard line.
- Stalling Rule (Defense) In the last three minutes of the game, if the winning team is on defense and commits a penalty it will be assessed as normal; however, if they incur a second penalty prior to the offense running a play the ball will be placed on the mid-field line (or assessed as normal if the ball already crossed mid-field). If a third penalty is incurred prior to the offense running a play the ball will be placed on the 5-yard line.
- A game cannot end on a defensive penalty.
- In the event that the ball touches the overhead net or ceiling the ruling is a dead ball and a loss of down for the offense.
- No one can have gum, candy, food, or colored/flavored drink on the field of play. Any player, coach, or spectator with any of these items on the field will be asked to leave the facility. NO warnings are necessary.
- Head coaches are responsible for the conduct of their parents and players, ANY inappropriate interaction between opposing team's players, coaches, parents, referees, etc. deemed inappropriate by the referee can result in a penalty, ejection, or suspension.
- Sportsmanship is a MUST; teams found guilty of displaying poor sportsmanship will run the risk of forfeiting games or being removed from the league.
- Normal five (5) to ten (10) yard penalties will be considered to be five (5) yard penalties.
- Normal fifteen (15) yard penalties will become ten (10) yard penalties.
- ALL unsportsmanlike penalties shall be 10 yards.
- Any player or Coach can be removed from the game by a referee or League and or Tournament Director.
- Any ejection of a player, or Coach, will result with a mandatory, minimum one (1) game suspension, and can include forfeits and expulsions from the League and or Tournament, without refund.
- All disciplinary actions are at the discretion of the 5UP Football.
CONDUCT OF COACHES, MANAGERS AND TEAM PERSONNEL, ETC.
- The Head Coach of any team in the league is at all times responsible for the conduct of any person connected with his team.
- Any individual connected with a team in the League who displays questionable conduct is subject to immediate suspension by the Official or League Director. Period of suspension may be for any time period the League Director deems necessary.
- The Head Coach and/or area representative of any organization affiliated with the League is responsible for the conduct and actions of all personnel associated with his/her team.
Coaches – The duties of the Coaches will be as follows:
- An understanding of eleven-man football and its adaptation to 5UP Football.
- Responsibility for the team's behavior and well being while on the playing field, or while conducting practice sessions. Also, the promotion of good sportsmanship and fair play.
- Cooperation with the game and League and or Tournament Officials.
- A designated Head Coach or Assistant Coach of a team shall be present at every practice session or game in which his team participates.
Conduct of Coaches and Managers – All members of the Coaching Staff and/or adult personnel connected with teams in this league and or tournament shall refrain from unsportsmanlike conduct, including:
- The use of profanity.
- If a player or Coach is ejected from any game he/she will be facing a minimum of a (1) game suspension depending on the severity of the situation. If a player or Coach is ejected from any two (2) games during a season and or tournament, a special meeting of the League and or Tournament Director and all registered coaches will be held.
- A suspended Coach will not be allowed in the facility while his team is playing.