Game Ball Size per Level
The following football sizes will be followed for each level of play:
Flag - K2
8U - K2
9U - K2
10U - K2
11U - TDJ
12U - TDJ
13U - TDY
14U - TDY
Leather or Composite is acceptable
Wilson Ball is the official sponsor of AYF and will be used at all Region and National championship games.
Flag Proper Blocking Technique
The following link provides fairly clear instructions on blocking for flag. The main point is that you cannot force a blocker or a defender from their position. That basic rule is part of what makes this flag football.
Here is the link: https://youtu.be/LKgjPCgYFJo
We always receive questions from Coach's throughout the season. Moving forward we will post the question and answer here.
Q - Are tinted shields/visor allowed?
No, tinted visors are not allowed even with a doctor note. While tinted face shields/visors are illegal, it is legal for a player to wear tinted glasses underneath a clear face shield/visor.
Q - Understanding the Block in the Back Rule
Free Blocking Zone
Can you have this sent to all coaches? We had a coach complaining about a bunch of “blocks in the back” (BIB) that we weren’t calling. When he was told that a BIB was legal in the “free blocking zone” he asked what that was. There are times, in the free blocking zone, when a BIB, blocking below the waist and clipping are legal. The attached document explains this.
Also we threw flag on a player who hit a ball carrier who was on the ground. When we explain the call, the coach said they taught the players to hit until the whistle was blown. I explained that the play is over when a player is on the ground or stopped. The whistle is to let other players know the ball is dead and to stop blocking. If a whistle stops the play, it is an inadvertent whistle and the team in possession of the ball usually has the option to take the result of the play when the whistle was blown or replay the down.
Thanks for your help in getting this out!
2021 NFHS Football Rule Changes Video
This video explaines rules changes that are followed by the NFHS officials that we use in our games.
Please make all coaches become familiar with these change.
Rule Changes 2021
Blind Side Block Video
This video explains the Blind Side Block (BSB) interpretation used in the 2015 Oregon and other states NFHS approved experimental rule. It also expands the defenseless receiver interpretation being used in Hawaii.
Blind Side Block
Officials Mechanic Rule Change - Am I on the line?
The NHFOA adopted a new mechanic for players.
If a players asks: Am I on the line or Am I in the backfield we will respond yes or no. If asked Am I on the line and the player is not we will respond “no, my foot is the line” and have our arm back. If a player comes up the line and looks at the official or looks at the official with a thumb up, there should be no response from the official. If the player comes up to the line and asks Am I okay, there should be no response from the official. We don’t know where he is supposed to be.
This should make things easier and a lot smother. This change will be consistent at all levels up to and including High School. Please make sure this is communicated to all coaches. Player can only ask Am I on the line or Am I in the backfield!
Coaches should also be aware that when the player closest to the sideline is not on the line, the wing official will have his arm pointing back.
Please remind all organizations that there should be a line that is two yards off the sideline running parallel to it for the length of the field. This can be 1 inch wide. Also the yard line indicators that are placed every 10 yards should be 5 yards back from the sideline. Most of the time when we arrive at a field they are right on the sideline. We usually move them back 2 yards, However, the rule book shows 5 yards.
NFHS Rule Changes & Point of Emphasis
Important for all football coaches to download and review for the 2021 season..
Every football coach should have a copy of these document and/or become familiar with them.
Download the NFHS Rule Changes and Points of Emphasis for the 2021 season.
2021 Football Rule change - Blocking below the waist rule change
Football Rule Changes 2019
2019 NFHS 40 Second Clock
2019 NFHS Points of Emphasis
2019 NFHS Game Officials Manual Points of Emphasis
2019 NFHS Football Jersey-Game Pant Rule Update
2019 NFHS Football Officials Signals