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2022 Badger East Youth Football League Rules 

2022 WIAA/National Federation Football Rules will govern with the following exceptions: 

1. No player can participate in the Badger East YFL if they have reached the age of 15 by the start  of the season. Players who turn 15 during the season will remain eligible 

2. Players in the 9th Grade or above are prohibited from participating 

3. 6th Grade team players must be in the 6th Grade or below, age 12 and under. 5th Graders are  allowed if communities are having trouble filling rosters/teams and parents approve of it.
4. Players can play up a grade-level, but not down unless specifically approved by the Badger East  YFL Board. 

1. Football practices may commence no sooner than 3 weeks before the first regularly scheduled  game. This year’s season and first eligible practice begins Monday, August 8, 2022.

2. A practice is defined as an organized gathering of players and coaches, with the exception of  registration and/or equipment issue meetings. 

i. Prior to the school year starting, 10 hours per week of practice is allowed 

ii. After school is in session, a maximum of six (6) hours per week is allowed 

3. Prior to participating in full-contact (hitting other players with full equipment on), each player  must complete ten (10) hours of coach-supervised non-contact practice 

4. Scrimmages are defined as any practice in which two or more organizations participate in,  whereby player to player contact takes place 

5. Teams are allowed scrimmages/games with teams outside the Badger East YFL prior to the  Sunday of the 1st week that the Badger East YFL game schedule begins, or after the final week  that the league schedule ends.  

i. An additional game is allowed with a Badger East YFL team, if your team isn’t scheduled to play the team that season and if the game is played the week before the season starts, Labor Day weekend, or the immediate week after the regular season 

schedule has ended.  

ii. EXCEPTION: If a team has a bye week or forfeit/no game on the schedule, a team can  arrange a game or scrimmage with another organization not affiliated with this league.  Please always make the Board aware if scheduling this. 


1. Footballs – The league uses a standard youth-sized (age 12-14) composite football. The home  team will be responsible for providing game balls. There will no longer be a need to switch balls  with changes of possession. 

2. Shoes – No metal or steel cleats. Molded type – 14 cleats (rubber or plastic) on molded shoes.
3. Electrical devices (walkie-talkies) are not allowed on the game field or sidelines. 

4. No helmets 10 years of age or older may be used. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this rule. 
5. Teams must follow manufacturer’s equipment re-certification policy. 

6. Jersey numbering for player positions does not need to follow WIAA rules. 

7. All teams should try to have two sets of game uniforms - a home uniform and an away uniform. 
8. Teams must determine and communicate with their opponent prior to game day, which uniform would be appropriate to wear, especially if a team only has one uniform.


1. Rosters are due to a league designee by a league-determined date prior to the beginning of the  1st week of games. 

2. Rosters not turned in by the designated league due date, will result in forfeiture of all games  until said rosters are received by the league. 

3. Roster information will include: grade-level, community team name, names of all coaches  (listed below the team’s name), uniform number, player name, and player weight  

4. Players on rosters are required to reside in the member-designated high school district boundary  unless their district does not offer a youth tackle football program. For “Private School”  systems participating in the league, all players must attend that school or be a part of their feeder system. 
i. All players are subject to random residence verification by a league representative
5. Players who move into an organization school district after the start of the season can be added to that team only after all required roster information has been given to the league prior to that player's participation in a league game. (The 10-hour practice rule still applies)


1. Restricted players aka “Blue or White Stars” are defined as weighing (without equipment):

i.  6th Grade - 120.5 lbs and over
ii. 7th Grade – 140.5 lbs and over 

iii. 8th Grade – 160.5 lbs and over  

2. Restricted players will have a league-approved marker, either blue stars or white stars on their  helmets. 2 stars must be visible on the front and 2 must be visible on back. 

3. Each community can weigh-in their players at their own location but must announce the date  and time of weigh-in to the league president and other participating league members so they  may attend. At least one other league member must attend each community weigh-in. 
4. Complete weigh-in rosters are to include:  

i. The names of all coaches 

ii. Player uniform number (in numerical order smallest to largest)  

iii. Player name (first and last)  

iv. Player weight 

v. 2 total pictures – (1) Restricted (Blue/White Star) players, (1) Full team. Players must be  wearing their jerseys and all jersey numbers must be visible in each photo. 

5. Complete rosters must be submitted to the league president at the conclusion of weigh-ins or at  least 1 week prior to the start of league scheduled games.

6. A mid-season weigh-in may be conducted by the league. If so, players must again make the  required weight, or they will be moved to a Blue/White Star status for the rest of the season.
7. No more than 5 Restricted (Blue/White Star) players are allowed on the field of play at one  time, and they must play on the Offensive and/or Defensive Line of scrimmage. 

i. Offensive Line positions are defined as: Center, Guard, Tackle 

ii. Defensive Line positions are defined as: Nose or Nose Guard, Tackle, End or Defensive  End 

8. Restricted (Blue/White Star) players may not advance the ball (ie: pick up a fumble and run  with it; intercept a pass and run with it). The ball is considered “dead” at the spot of recovery.
EXCEPTION: Players over the maximum weight may punt, kick field goals and/or extra points

9. Violation of this section will constitute a game forfeit



1. Games will be played on Saturdays either in the morning or at night. 

i. 6th Grade games: 9:00am or 4:30pm 

ii. 7th Grade games: 10:30am or 6:00pm 

iii. 8th Grade games: 12:00pm or 7:30pm  

2. 7th and 8th Grade games are to start 10 minutes after the completion of the previous game. 
3. If behind schedule, teams should be ready to start immediately following the conclusion of the  previous game. 

4. Game length – (4) 9:00 minute quarters with 3 time-outs per half; no overtime allowed.
i. Halftime is to be 5:00 minutes in duration. 

5. By mutual agreement or when field conflicts occur, coaches can re-schedule game times. 
6. The home team is responsible to notify assigned referees of change, preferably one week or  more before rescheduled date. 

7. Postponements due to weather or any other unforeseen circumstances must be rescheduled by  no later than Monday following the postponement. Failure to do so by either team will result in  a forfeit for both teams involved. 

8. Games will be considered complete after the completion of the 1st half of play. Games called  prior to the end of the first half will be considered incomplete games and will be resumed  following WIAA rules. 

9. Games will be called by joint agreement between officials and head coaches. 


1. A spectator restraining line, a minimum of 5 yards back from the playing field is suggested.  This line can be chalked off or preferably roped off if a fence is not provided. 

2. Responsible people are to work the sideline chains and down-markers for all levels of play.  These people should be quiet, professional and unbiased during the game. 

3. There should be access or reasonable availability to medical assistance. A licensed Athletic  Trainer is required to be available on the field during all home games. The home team is  required to provide this service. Doctors, Paramedics or EMT’s should only be used as a last  resort backup. 

4. You must have a game or field clock along with a qualified person(s) to run it.
5. You must provide a safe and playable field of play with goal posts. Coaches/players must  remain inside the 30-50-30 yard box. 

6. You should have an announcer at your home field games. 

7. You should have rest rooms or provide port-a-potties within a reasonable walking distance of  the playing field. 

8. Home teams will have available, and on hand, an abundance of ice and water for visiting teams  and trainers, etc. 

9. A concession stand is required for all home games. 


1. No player may play in more than four quarters per week. An exception may be made if coaches  are notified that a player(s) may need to move up (or down-if approved) to help field a team at  that level.  

i. Players cannot play down a level unless expressly approved by the Badger East YFL  Board. Players playing down must meet the weight requirements at that level if they  desire to play at a non-restricted position. If they don’t meet the weight requirements,  they are restricted players to play on the line of scrimmage, wearing respective blue or  white stars on their helmets.

ii. Rosters showing players playing down a level should be approved in advance and  copies of those rosters should be sent out to all Badger East YFL Board members and  officials at least one week in advance of the 1st regular season game. 

2. A quarter of play is defined as participation in one or more plays per quarter. 


1. 6th Grade teams are not allowed to blitz.  

i. The 5 Defensive Line players should line up: 

1. Over the Center 

2. In the gaps between the Guards and Tackles and  

3. On the outside shoulder of the Tight Ends or last player on the line of scrimmage if no Tight End is present 

2. Linebackers should be 5 yards off the line of scrimmage. 

i. Inside their own 5-yard-line linebackers are allowed to move up to 2 yards off the line. 3. An Offensive coach and a Defensive coach are allowed on the field of play.


1. Kickoffs - Due to concerns for safety at these age groups, there will be no kickoffs. At the  beginning of the game, and after scores, the receiving team will be awarded the football at their  own 35-yard line. 

2. Punts - Due to concerns for safety at these age groups, there will be no “live” punts. On 4th down, or any other down where a team may elect to punt, the referee must be notified before the  play may occur.  

i. The punting team has 25 seconds to punt the ball after notification. 

ii. No players on the punting team will be allowed to go down field.  

iii. The receiving team must have a minimum of six players on the line of scrimmage, and  may not rush the punting team, or punter. 

iv. The ball will be placed and designated downed, where the ball is controlled.  

1. If the ball bounces backwards, it will be placed where its forward progress stopped 

2. If the receiver fumbles the ball forward, the ball will be returned to where the catch was attempted

3. If the receiver fumbles the ball and it goes behind him, the ball will be placed and  considered downed at the point where it is controlled.  

4. If the ball goes into the end zone after it was touched by the receiving team, the  ball will be downed at the point of deflection.  

5. If the receiving team catches the ball on the fly, five yards will be rewarded  to the receiving team from the point of the catch.  

6. There shall be no contact made during the punt for any reason. If contact is made  and the referee feels it is aggressive and premeditated, a 15-yard penalty shall be  assessed.  

7. Teams are allowed to long snap the ball to the punter. If the snap is muffed or  dropped, the ball may be picked up and punted from the punter’s original  position.

v. Time is stopped after the punt and is restarted once the receiving team snaps the ball. 
3. Extra Point Attempts (EPA) & Field Goals 

i. (EPA) Kick aka “PAT” & Field Goal 

1. Due to concerns for safety at these age groups, there will be no “live” extra point  kick or field goal. 

2. Teams are allowed to long snap the ball to the kicker. If the snap is muffed or  dropped, the ball may be picked up and kicked only if the holder and/or kicker did not have to move from their original position to recover the ball.  If the kicker and/or holder have to move from their original position to recover the ball, the attempt is forfeited.

3. Extra point kicks are worth 2 points; a field goal is worth 3 points 

ii. (EPA) Pass/Run Play 

1. A pass or run play may be attempted for 1 point 

4. Mercy Rule – A team may have the option of receiving the football at their own 35 yard line after any score or at half, if, they are 18 points or more behind. 

i. In the event that a team is ahead by 18 or more points and records a safety, the team  behind will again receive the football and begin possession on their own 35 yard line.
ii. Beginning with the second half, any team behind by 35 or more points will encounter a  continuously running clock. 



1. None to be held. 


1. (4) Officials are required for games, at least 3 of which must be WIAA certified. At least 3  officials are needed to be present for a game to start. If the minimum number of  officials/referees is not available, the game must be rescheduled or mutual consent from both teams must be given before play is to start.

2. Home teams will be responsible for the hiring and paying of officials. Officials will be  compensated at a minimum of $40.00 per official, per game, and should be paid at the start of  the games. 


1. All coaches regardless of title must be USA Football certified. 

2. Proof of certification should be provided with team rosters. 

3. All league coaches should make an attempt to attend coaching clinics during the off-season.
4. The head coach is responsible for the conduct of his assistants, players, and sideline conduct of  parents.  

5. Only the head coach, or offensive and defensive coordinators should have discussions with the  officials, no one else.  

6. Trash talking, taunting, or inappropriate language by coaches or players is not, and will  not be tolerated. If witnessed, a 15-yard penalty will be assessed, and the player or coach  will be warned. If it occurs again, that player or coach will be suspended from that game  and the following game. Coaches are strongly encouraged to try to keep parents & spectators  in line if possible. 

7. Any coach ejected from a game will also be suspended for the next scheduled game and:
i. If the league feels the offense is serious enough to warrant additional game suspensions,  they will meet and have the power to suspend a coach for additional games. 

ii. Any coach receiving two (2) suspensions during the season will be suspended from  coaching the remainder of the season and the following season. 

iii. Suspension means the coach may not be within sight or sound of the playing field. Coach  suspensions are to be reported promptly to the League. 

8. Any player ejected from a game by an official will be suspended from participating in the next  scheduled game.  

i. By league rules: A player found to have committed 2 personal fouls in a game will also  be suspended for the remainder of that game and the next regularly scheduled game. 
ii. This includes deliberate helmet to helmet contact or contact above the shoulders as  further explained below (see DEFINITION). 

iii. A deliberate helmet to helmet contact will result in a 15 yard penalty and that  player/participant will be given a strict warning. If done again in that game (2nd offense),  the player/participant will be suspended from the remainder of that game and the next  regularly scheduled game. 

iv. DEFINITION: Effective with the 2017 high school season, which we will adhere to,  new Rule 2-43 will read as follows: "Targeting is an act of taking aim and initiating  contact to an opponent above the shoulders with the helmet, forearm, hand, fist, elbow  or shoulders." 

1. This will not be allowed and will be strictly enforced. A suspended player for this  reason will be expected to practice with their team but is not allowed on the  sidelines the next game while they serve their suspension.  

v. Evictions of Players or Coaches are required to be reported to the league promptly. 
vi. Players suspended may not be in uniform but may attend the game as a spectator in the  stands. 

vii. A player who violates a specific club or school rule will be at the mercy of that respective club or school as far as eligibility is concerned. The league will not intervene. 
9. No smoking or use of tobacco products is allowed on the sidelines or on school grounds.
10. No alcoholic beverages are allowed on the sidelines or on school grounds.
11. No profanity or abusive language shall be directed at officials, coaches, fans, or players.
12. Players should be held accountable for their academics even though this is not a school sanctioned league. Attendance of classes and maintaining passing grades should be a basic  requirement. 

13. Etiquette and sportsmanship should be followed at all times. Please observe the 18-point rule  and don’t run up the scores. 

14. All players on a team should participate. Remember – this is developmental league.