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2022 CQL SPRING 7x7 Flag Football

3/20/22 Revised

Game Rules Equipment & Field Setup

  • Flags must be contrasting color to team colors, be at least 12 inches long and attach to the belt with Velcro strips. (SHIRTS MUST BE TUCKED IN)
  • Mouth guards are required. 
  • Football sizes: 7U/9U: K2, 11U: TDJ, 14U TDY – Home team to provide game ball.
  • Field set-up, breakdown and clean-up falls on the Hosting Association.
  • The 7×7 game will be played on a 40 yard field (100 yard field split in half) with two-20 minute halves (running clock).
  • There is a 25-second play clock in between plays.
  • Each time gets 2 timeouts per game (used at any time)

Offense

  • All possessions will start on the 40 yard line, the offensive team has 4 downs to get to the 20 yard line, and 4 downs from the 20 yard line to score.
  • The offense must have a center to snap the ball to the quarterback (under center or shotgun). Ball must be snapped from the ground.
  • Only forward pass plays are allowed and must be beyond the line of scrimmage.
  • The quarterback only has four seconds to pass the ball. Pitches or handoffs are not allowed behind the line of scrimmage.
  • The center is eligible to receive a pass.
  • A fumble is considered a dead ball.
  • No blocking or contact is allowed.
  • Offensive receivers not catching the ball must stop when the ball is caught.
  • Quarterback is allowed to step outside the 45 yard line without being penalized. 

7U Only - 11 vs 11 Flag Game

  • Contact is allowed, blocking within 5 yards from the line of scrimmage.
  • Running plays are allowed.
  • Ball will start on the 40 yard line, offense has 4 downs to get to the 20 yard line, and 4 downs from the 20 yard line to score.
  • Change of possessions will start at the 40 yard line.
  • In the event of an interception, the ball is dead at the point of interception. Intercepting team gets ball at 20 yard line.
  • There is a 25-second play clock in between plays.
  • Any Offensive Penalty will result in loss of down.
  • Any Defense Penalty will result in an automatic 1st down.
  • Each time gets 2 timeouts per game (used at any time)
  • Defense is allowed to cross the line of scrimmage.

Scoring

  • Touchdown – 6 points
  • Extra point from 10 yard line – 1 point
  • Extra point from 15 yard line – 2 points
  • Interceptions – Dead ball at the point of interception. Intercepting team gets ball at 20 yard line.
  • Overtime – Each team has a chance to score in each overtime from the 20 yard line until a winner is declared. (no OT during regular season)

Defense

  • Tackling or other contact is not allowed.
  • The defensive player must make an effort to pull the flag of the offensive player.
  • The defense can’t rush the QB. (Only for 9U, 11U and 14U)
  • The defense cannot “Jam the receiver” with any physical contact at any time. (Penalty will be enforced) 

Penalties

  • Offensive penalties include: blocking, pass interference, unnecessary roughness, false start. Penalties will result in a 10 yard loss and loss of down.
  • Defensive penalties include: pass interference and unnecessary roughness. Penalties result in a 10 yard gain for the offense and an automatic first down.

All rules pertaining to disciplinary action will 

revert to the CQL Bylaws.