Needham Flag Football Rules
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The offensive team takes possession of the ball at its 5-yard line and has four (4) downs to cross midfield. If the offensive team fails to cross midfield, on 3 downs, and elect to "punt" on 4th down, possession of the ball changes and the opposition starts its drive from its own 5-yard line. If the offensive team goes for it on 4th down and does not cross field, the opposing team will start its possession from the spot.
Once a team crosses midfield, it has three (3) downs to score a touchdown. If the offense fails to score, after crossing midfield, the ball changes possession and the new offensive team starts its drive on its own 5-yard line. 5.
Both teams must “go for two” from the 10-yard line. Interceptions result in a dead play. If neither team scores after 2 attempts then starting with the 3rd overtime, each team will get 1 play from the 5 yard line going out from the endzone. The team with the most yards will be the winner. The team with the most yards will be awarded 1 point added to their final score
The ball is NOW spotted where the ball is when the flag is pulled not where the foot is.
All Games will be 5 players on 5 players
All teams must have at least 4 players to play at game time or game is forfeited.
Divisions are shown below and may be adjusted depending upon the number of players in each division.
1) K-1st Grade
The first 4 Weeks of the K-1 Program will have coaches as QB unless teams agree otherwise.
2) 2nd and 3rd Grades
3) 4th and 5th Grades
4) 6th-8th Grades (May be adjusted based on number of players from each grade)
All teams will play 8 weeks even if eliminated from the playoffs.
PLAYOFFS ONLY: The clock will stop for a 2 minute warning at the 2nd half only. After the 2 minute warning the clock will stop for incomplete passes, plays that are out of bounds, change of possession, fumbles, and penalties.